Review of: Merlin 102 Valiant
Overall Rating: 9
When Merlin learns that a knight is using a magic shield to cheat at Camelot's annual sword tournament, he must expose him before Arthur becomes the next night to die. Watch the episode streaming online above.
Valiant is a fun episode and will be a lot of fun for fans of renaissance fairs and social combat. I liked the sword tournament and watching Merlin try to figure out how to assemble Arthur's armor. The mystery and obstacles have a more Harry Potter feel to it which I enjoyed very much.
Merlin's obstacles were not the typical ones found in fantasy stories and the solutions are not permitted to be standard by the setting. It's fun to watch a hero that can not directly stand against their obstacles and advisories instead they have to empower another to do it for them. It creates a more symbiotic relationship between Merlin and Arthur and the situation encourages more creative solutions to the obstacles.
- the courtly intrigue
- the obstacles that are put in Merlin's path and watching how he overcomes them.
- the swordplay getting to see the game.
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