When the writers of Merlin promised us Season Five was going to be more dark, they weren’t lying. ‘The Disir’ is a good example of it.
We start the episode with a ceremony were spells are cast, and shady characters are trying, once more, to finish Arthur Pendragon’s life and kingdom. In the next scene, Mordred and Arthur are sword training together. When Mordred appears, I stop thinking. He’s one of my favorite characters of the Arthurian legends, and Alexander Vlahos gives him a perfect air of mystery. You don’t know whether to trust him or not. Well, except if you’re Merlin. Merlin doesn’t trust Mordred. At all. He even fears him.
Bad news arrives to Camelot… One of Arthur’s knights has been killed by an evil sorcerer and, once again, Arthur and his men go after the criminal. Mordred accompanies them, and Arthur seems to like him. But he becomes the target of much joking by his fellow knights. Merlin and Mordred bonding ensues since they are hiding the same secret after all. It’s going to be great to watch the evolution of the relationship between these three characters: Arthur, Merlin and Mordred.
It turns out the evil sorcerer and the shady figures we saw at the beginning, want revenge on Arthur for not allowing sorcery in his kingdom. They give Arthur a sort of enchanted coin which, according to Gaius, belongs to the gods of the old religion and is very dangerous. We encounter again a close minded Arthur, still influenced by Uther’s mentality, but who has doubts about what to do. They go in search of the Disir, and Arthur wants answers. They enter the sacred cave that the Disir inhabit, and after some arguments and use of magic, Mordred is hurt. They flee from the cave back to Camelot. There, Merlin has to choose whether to save Mordred or not as Mordred’s wound is caused by magic. Finally, Arthur tries to save Mordred by returning to the cave and begging the Disir for mercy.
I really enjoyed this episode, it fleshed perfectly the characters and showed how much they have matured since Season One. Arthur is not the conceited prat he was before, he’s a grown man, a real king. It set the theme of the season and left me wanting more.
Favorite Quotes from ‘The Disir’
– Seeing is not the same as knowing. We must know for certain before we act.
– For even as Camelot flowers, the seeds of her destruction are being sown.
– What’s the difference between fate and destiny?
Questions for Merlin fans
– Is Mordred devotion and nativity just a mask?
– Did Arthur do the right thing?
– Is Merlin wrong about Mordred?
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