Merlí is a Spanish television series produced by the Catalan channel TV3 about a philosofphy teacher of the same name who encourages students to think freely using philosophy.
Each episode is named after a different philosopher or school of thought. Influenced by films like Dead Poet Sociiety, Merlí attempts to bring philosophy to the public. Each episode includes the approaches of a great thinker or school, such as the Peripatetics, Nietzche or Schopenhauer, linking their teachings with fictional events and characters. The theme song is a version of "Fligth of the Bumblebee".
The main character of the series is Merlí Bergeron, an unemployed Philosophy teacher who after being evicted from his apartment is forced to live with his mother. He also will have to take care of his son Bruno, who until then was living with his mother, Merlí's ex-wife. After Bruno arrives, Merlí is hired in Àngel Guimerà High School. There, with his unpredictable and unorthodox methods, Merlí will make the students think and express their opinions, and also will help them with their problems, even in a censurable way. He will not only explain about Socrates, Schopenhauer, Hume or Nietzsche, but also will apply their ideas and teachings to solve the problems he finds.
His students, whom he dubs "peripatetics", are a very diverse group that must face all kinds of situations: Pol, a repeater that soon gets along with Merlí; Berta, a student who does not like Merlí at first; Marc, a friendly, nice guy; Ivan, a boy who suffers from agoraphobia and does not dare to leave home; Tània, an extroverted girl and Bruno's best friend; Gerard, a boy who is prone to fall in love and will ask Merlí for advice; Joan, a studious, shy boy with a very strict family; Monica, a new, very mature student; Oliver, another new boy; and finally, Bruno, Merlí's son and his most difficult student.
The second year of Batxillerat begins at Àngel Guimerà High School. The students happily welcome Merlí as he enters the school full of energy. The "peripatetics" have matured a bit, but in essence they are still the same happy, insecure teenagers we met in the first season. There is also a new student, Oksana, who will create new relationships inside the group.
In the teachers' room, however, Merlí is not so warmly welcomed. Although Eugeni is waiting for him and wishing to quarrel, both find a common adversary, Coralina, the new History teacher and Head of Studies. This strict, disciplinarian, 60-year-old professor is determined to impose her standards and will clash with the entire staff. Meanwhile, Merlí teaches in ways even more unorthodox than during the first season. He even takes the class outside of school. Any setting, even the mall, can help him explain the Cynic philosophers, the Stoics, Descartes, Hobbes or the Presocratics. New philosophers are featured this season, such as Hipparchia of Maroneia.
The series is a sequel and spin-off of the Merlí series broadcast by Catalan channel TV3, and revolves around Pol Rubio (Carlos Cuevas) a wayward philosphy studdent who enters university to follow in the footsteps of his idolized professor at high school, now seeking guidiance from an intritguring new professor.
Upptäckte först den senare, spin-off serien på Netflix men upptäckte snabbt att det var en uppföljare till serien Merli, som jag hittade och såg på innan jag kunde se första säsongen för ca en månad sen. Men nu denna vecka släpptes även andra och sista säsongen på Netflix, och efter att ha sett bägge två serierna hade jag velat ha mera om Pol (Bruno), filosofi och Barcelona, så därför ville jag skriva en liten recension här på bloggen för att rekommendera om dem.
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