I advise that one DOESN'T watch this. Apparently the writers haven't done their research well.
Depends on what a person wants out of Merlin
. If the viewer wants something with some fidelity to, say, Sir Thomas Malory, Merlin
is going to be a head-scratching experience; trying to correlate Merlin
's names and relationships to Malory will give one a mental aneurysm. There's no Arthurian "canon" in the sense of Star Trek
or Star Wars
. There are wildly divergent tales, some put more emphasis on Celtic mythology, some are drawn more upon Christian mythology. Some are more historical, some are completely ahistorical. Merlin
isn't trying to be the definitive, authoritative retelling of the Matter of Britain; it's just trying to be an entertaining show for a family audience. In that regard, I think it succeeds.