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Wow, things were happening so fast in this one. But seriously, is the Isle of the Blessed like three miles away from Camelot or something? It took literally no time to get there.

The hunting trip. Everybody sets eyes on the beast - everybody runs. But it was cute how Arthur tried to comfort a fearful looking Merlin. And how he came back after Merlin fell down.

Uther, Uther, Uther. "Lalalala, powerful magic can't do shit to me." Did you not watch the first Season? Powerful magic did do shit to you all the time.

Morgana looked half-crazed here in full Cassandra manner.

Aww, Arthur pushes Merlin out of the way.

Arthur. Noooooooo.

Uther carrying him over the courtyard and then the knights taking over was very sad.

Merlin runs to the Slash Dragon and would happily bargain away his life right there on the spot.

The people with candles, filling the whole yard. Nice to show how the people love their Prince.

Gwen/Arthur came a bit out of left field but I think in the end her less-than-pleased looks after Uther right before smiling widely at Arthur showed that for the moment at least, it IS about his potential as king. And really, it seems everybody has high hopes that the second Arthur takes the throne things will get magically better - or just magical. And, um, sure Arthur is much more open than Uther but he has been raised by Uther. He will not open Camelot to sorcerers on the spot.

Nimueh is the high priestess still? That old religion doesn't kick people out for evil-doings, huh?

Arthur's head in Merlin's lap. Squee.

Tag. Hunith is it. And really, last week, I thought Merlin would have to decide between Arthur and Gaius as two people he loves the most while Hunith's ears in Ealdor were burning. But kudos to the show for not forgetting a tertiary character because in this context she should be important. Of course the other problem is that for the audience it's kinda simple "Hunith for Arthur? Yup, I can live with that." *g*

The Slash Dragon reveals his true motive: he wants freedom. Yeah well, I didn't think he did it out of the goodness of his dragonly heart. But I read a couple of times he said "I'm your king" whereas I'm 100 % sure he said "I'm your KIN" to Merlin, as in kindred magical souls.

The goodbye scene by the fireplace with the long, loving looks and the almost gentle bantering and the sad little music in the background? As coupl-y as anything I've seen.

Tag. Gaius is it.

Merlin is less than pleased. Maybe if he keeps it up, finally someone he doesn't care about will die. And what do you know.

Tag. Nimueh is it.

That was some hardcore power-up there that Merlin did and I'm sure by the dragon's furious cries and Morgana's ongoing Cassandra looks that things will have consequences still.



Also, diese Schweine vom Cast haben alle gelogen. Es gab gar keinen Cliffhanger. *g*


Now sets clock for show's return. Sometime in a year. Sigh.

Comments

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nachekana
Dec. 13th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
I am getting so much better at remembering to watch the episode on Saturday's night! Well, of course, now it's over, I will have time to forget until 2009...

But seriously, is the Isle of the Blessed like three miles away from Camelot or something? It took literally no time to get there.

I actually loved the very accurate map, the huge montains and then... Pim, pam, poum, 3 seconds and we're there! After all, it's all about the magic!

Gwen/Arthur came a bit out of left field

I agree with you, I felt the scene was strange. And yes, she was all about the great king he would be , but the "I saw the man that was inside you" comment made me snicker because, frankly, we've seen her interact twice with him before, for about two seconds. And yes, ok, he did good things for her but still.

On the other hand, I don't know if my feelings are not based on the fact that I dread to see them get close. First, because it would fuck the Merlin/Arthur dynamic, second because I like Gwen and the idea of a Gwen/Arthur pairing reminds me way too much of Lancelot and the real Arthurian myth and just no. The first reason makes me feel really childish but it's true so... *shrugs*

The goodbye scene by the fireplace with the long, loving looks and the almost gentle bantering and the sad little music in the background? As coupl-y as anything I've seen.

My only thoughts were: "Am I suppose to be sad? Because this scene is making me gleeful!"

Of course the other problem is that for the audience it's kinda simple "Hunith for Arthur? Yup, I can live with that."

Well, ummh, yes. *blushes*


Also, diese Schweine vom Cast haben alle gelogen. Es gab gar keinen Cliffhanger.


I was waiting for it too! We were played. *g*

I loved Uther and Morgana in this episode. Though I don't really know what plans the writers have for her. With the Dragon's screams at the end and her crazy look, I thought she might start to help him. And therefore, she might get in Merlin's way. I don't know. We'll see!
astri13
Dec. 13th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
I actually loved the very accurate map, the huge montains and then... Pim, pam, poum, 3 seconds and we're there!

Seriously, I wonder why Uther didn't have it stomped in the ground if it is so close.

but the "I saw the man that was inside you" comment made me snicker because, frankly, we've seen her interact twice with him before, for about two seconds. And yes, ok, he did good things for her but still.

Yeah, that would have made more sense from about any other character because they all had more interaction with him. And sure, she probably has known him for a while but well, when Pilot!Arthur was a royal prat, Gwen looked all "again" at him.

On the other hand, I don't know if my feelings are not based on the fact that I dread to see them get close. First, because it would fuck the Merlin/Arthur dynamic, second because I like Gwen and the idea of a Gwen/Arthur pairing reminds me way too much of Lancelot and the real Arthurian myth and just no. The first reason makes me feel really childish but it's true so... *shrugs*

I'm the same way. I never minded the thought of a sham marriage where Gwen and Arthur may be friends but can happily be with their true loves but if they really have something between them? And his wife and friend betray him? Poor Arthur. He doesn't deserve that.

I was waiting for it too! We were played. *g*

Masterfully so.

I loved Uther and Morgana in this episode. Though I don't really know what plans the writers have for her. With the Dragon's screams at the end and her crazy look, I thought she might start to help him. And therefore, she might get in Merlin's way.

In that scene where she grabbed onto Merlin and told him this was only the beginning, he looked and acted rather coldly. Maybe Merlin using dark magic like that will lead to dark Merlin first and that will in turn lead to dark Morgana.

I also thought that since Gaius said specifically he would trade his life for Merlin - not Merlin's father - that Merlin actually should have died from Nimueh's fireball but was brought back due to Gaius' sacrifice. And then Nimueh dying ended that cycle. But that still would leave a life demand hanging somewhere.

My head hurts. And now we have to wait for so long to see how it goes.

Edited at 2008-12-13 11:55 pm (UTC)
frogspace
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
And his wife and friend betray him? Poor Arthur. He doesn't deserve that.

Ah, but they wouldn't betray him. He would know all about it and have his own epic love affair with Merlin. This could be my first poly shipping fandom ever. Arthur needs all the help he can get and he and his friends invent networking through sex for fantasy Camelot. :D
astri13
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Ah, but they wouldn't betray him. He would know all about it and have his own epic love affair with Merlin.

That's how I envisioned it early on but now I'm not sure if the writers aren't going for him/them to fall in love and keep the betrayal storyline. Nooooo. If they want, they can have happy orgies together but I want happy and everybody on the same page.
frogspace
Dec. 14th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Strangely enough, I'm not worried at all. I think the show will leave this open as something that might happen in the future after the canon of the series. Creating the alternative option of Merlin/Arthur subtext implies that there are several ways that marriage thing could go and several reasons why it might or might not work out; even if they keep the betrayal storyline, it might not be The betrayal, if you know what I mean.
nachekana
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
And sure, she probably has known him for a while but well, when Pilot!Arthur was a royal prat, Gwen looked all "again" at him.

*nods* Yep, exactly.

In that scene where she grabbed onto Merlin and told him this was only the beginning, he looked and acted rather coldly. Maybe Merlin using dark magic like that will lead to dark Merlin first and that will in turn lead to dark Morgana.

Now that you mention it, I think that scene was pretty strange. At first, I thought we had missed something that happened with Nimueh and that we will have an explanation for his cold behavior. But in the end, we got nada.

I really wouldn't be surprised to see dark!Morgana. After last week episode, we know she's got a huge potential!

But that still would leave a life demand hanging somewhere.

My head hurts.


Frankly, at the end, my mind was just able to think "oh, shiny fireball!". So I don't think I'll be able to help you there. I just have to say that, in a way, I would have liked to see Gaius die. I love this character, but it's a bit easy to have everyone saved. Except the bad girl. Who, I also hope, will come back in some way. 'Cause she had cool dresses.
astri13
Dec. 14th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
I just have to say that, in a way, I would have liked to see Gaius die. I love this character, but it's a bit easy to have everyone saved. Except the bad girl. Who, I also hope, will come back in some way. 'Cause she had cool dresses.

Yeah, it was a bit pat. There, there, happy-end for everybody (except Nimueh). I really love Gaius so I was conflicted but maybe they could have said a bargain is a bargain and you can't come and renegotiate and have Merlin's mother die. Then some tragedy would have come out of it and Merlin would have great conflict/angst potential next Season.

And I also love Nimueh's tattered dress. *g*
leelust
Dec. 14th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
OK, i'm seriously like Morgana and they'll make her evil? That's the legend, right? Me crying.
Also i have admit that Magic Hand of Merlin way more impressive than Pecwhatever one of Sam's.
astri13
Dec. 14th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
OK, i'm seriously like Morgana and they'll make her evil? That's the legend, right? Me crying.

Well, they go against a few established things from the legends lready so she might not be. :)

Also i have admit that Magic Hand of Merlin way more impressive than Pecwhatever one of Sam's.

Yeah, fireball-shooting is simply cooler than basically pointing. *g*
leelust
Dec. 16th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
so she might not be. :)
Whom i need to bribe to let it be my way?

fireball-shooting is simply cooler than basically pointing
But he pointed when made a shield around himself. I think it's cos Merlin a lot smaller than Sam - his hand looks more impressive when he does thing with it. I mean magic things *giggles*
kuhekabir
Dec. 18th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
did i comment? *looks around confused*

i dont think so but if i did, you get to read my rant twice...good for you...lol...

this was an awesome episode, i loved it, slightly darker than the other but just perfect...and morgana was great, slightly crazy but great, i just wonder why suddenly merlin gave her the cold shoulder? that was a little bit odd...

but it was cute when, just like you said, arthur was trying to calm down a fearful merlin...and his expression when he set eyes on that thing, how he had to look twice - lol

anyway, just awesome...AWESOME...so that's it...i could keep on ranting for much longer but i would be just repeating what everyone else said so...

hugs
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