Merlin (1998 TV) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sam Neill, Isabella Rossellini, Helena Bonham Carter, Miranda Richardson, Martin Short, James Earl Jones

Script Analysis of Merlin (1998 TV)

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Plot & Themes

**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**    -   a King Arthur story Coming of age    -   Yes he'll/she'll become:    -   ruler    -   a powerful magician/mental powers person Romance    -   Yes Romance Plotlets:    -   two lovers separated by conflict/reuniting Powerplays    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   struggle within govt/kingdom factions    -   dealing/preventing/managing clash/war between world governments    -   overthrowing bad govt (sci-fi)/claiming throne (fantasy) magical being/mental/magical powers    -   Yes kind of powers:    -   clash between people with mental powers War and Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   sword fights    -   magical battles

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   40's-50's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can change shapes    -   can talk to animals    -   fire/lightning/weather cntrl    -   clairvoyant    -   can cast many different spells    -   healing Ethnicity/Nationality    -   English/British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Earth setting:    -   general past    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Mountains?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Forests?    -   Yes Misc settings    -   prison    -   fort/castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Kinds of F/X    -   Things that change shape/morph    -   exotic aliens    -   nasty human transformations    -   exotic alien landscape

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