Three years have passed in the Kingdom of Camelot and we have entered a golden era of peace and prosperity.  Yet as King Arthur and Queen Guinevere rule over the kingdom, men begin to disappear in the frozen wastelands of the north.  It doesn’t take long to realise that the witch Morgana has emerged from hiding with a plot to destroy Arthur Pendragon once and for all.  In an episode in which we see the return of Lindsay Duncan as Queen Annis and the introduction of an older Mordred, we also learn that while a lot may have changed, an awful lot seems to have remained the same.

My intention was to review the fifth season of BBC’s fantastic hit series Merlin but my enduring impression after last night’s first episode was, “how am I meant to reviewthat?”  True, the series opener was a two-parter which means that we’re not going to really make heads or tails of what is going on until the end of next week but this first episode has left me with mixed feelings.  Instead of focusing on what I liked or disliked, perhaps it would be best to look at what has changed and what has stayed the same because that is ultimately tied up with how I feel about the episode.

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