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I think I saw that in a movie. :D

Aaaaand, Merlin.

Wow, all out of gate with Arthur/Gwen this early? Would not have imagined that. And it's not that the characters aren't sweet together or that Gwen isn't a good influence but still, quite sudden.

Merlin and Arthur were a bit more on friendly terms than last week but I would love an episode that acknowledges that Arthur cares for Merlin's (opinion) as he cares for Gwen here. We got them in Season 1 too, after all. Now we got a little bit "you...you are telling me what I want to hear" *accusing finger of adorableness* "Yes...no...what was the question?" Hee.

And the stuff about Arthur describing the beast while Merlin nearly cracks up was very cute, too.

I liked seeing Arthur trying to better himself once more. He really is working on his flaws. And willing to listen, too.
Also, in the beginning he seemed genuinely upset the other knight didn't take his chance and defeat him. As seen with Lancelot and even last week, Arthur is not a sore loser nor ungenerous about giving other people credit or disliking them for being better at something than he is. So him wanting to prove to himself that he could win on his own merits was a good start already but of course the real test came at the end when he let the peasant earn the glory and was still all big smiles about it.

And, I would be remiss not to notice how handsome Arthur looked throughout. Bradley James is one fetching man. Woof.

Seeing as that was a jousting tournament, the comparism to "A Knight's Tale" was obvious but holy moly they lifted whole plotlines from it. James Purefoy aka Prince Edward competing incognito because he feared noone would fight him as himself. The evil guy with the sharpened lance. And the wounded knight clutching his lance and swaying in the saddle while he makes his final ride for honour's sake.

The kiss was a tad too long, I felt, but it was kinda sweet.

Gaius is a real taskmaster, I have to say. He could see how exhausted Merlin looked and still ordered him around like Arthur does. Methinks Gaius needs a good chewing out by Gwen, too.

Arthur trying to cook. Or lets say pulling the chicken. Muhahaha.

Now one thing where I have to defend Arthur is the stuff with the bed. It WAS an honest mistake IMO. There was another room and he knows that formerly two people lived in that house so why wouldn't he think Gwen had a bed further back? He didn't say "where is the bed?", he basically said "so, is this my bed?" aka where I'll sleep. And he was genuinely surprised to have taken her bed. So yes, I think she could have said something.

I didn't like him getting on Merlin about the stupid mattress, though. Arthur had no trouble sleeping on the floor with Merlin in Merlin's old home-village. And I'm sure he slept on the ground while on hunting trips so I imagine he could take it.

Was it me or did "Odin" look like an older Aragorn? Is Camelot in Middle-Earth?

Loved Arthur being so joyful there at the end when he reported back. He nearly giggled at some point.

So overall, it was fun and charming and giving me Merlin-feeling again.

Comments

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scolaro
Sep. 26th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Aahhhh, have to agree with everything you said. :-D
Esp. the LOL-moments... *squeeeee*

And the bed. But it WAS a fucked up situation. He didn't know, but she - as a servant - thought she couldn't tell him. Honest mistake on both parts, but yeah, she shouldn't have attacked him like that over this thing. Everything else, YES, for sure, though! ;-)

Didn't care for him sending Merlin to get the mattress, either. They should have cut that scene out, it didn't fit in at all.

However, the rest of the ep was brilliant!
astri13
Sep. 26th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
And the bed. But it WAS a fucked up situation. He didn't know, but she - as a servant - thought she couldn't tell him.

True.

but yeah, she shouldn't have attacked him like that over this thing. Everything else, YES, for sure, though! ;-)

And true. :D

However, the rest of the ep was brilliant!

I rewound so many times while I was watching because it was so funny and cute. Defintiely liked it better than the Premiere.

Now I'm (patiently) waiting for a Vanstone ep to bring back the Merlin/Arthur. *g*
mamoru22
Sep. 26th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Vanstone Vanstone Vanstone!!!!!!

just sayin' *g*
astri13
Sep. 26th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
If I say his name five times into the mirror, will he come and write me a very slashy Merlin/Arthur eppie? Pwease.
mamoru22
Sep. 26th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
7 will be his, thats all I know. And I dont even know how many eps he is going to get.

I so hope at least 2 better yet 3. But I don't think he did 3, 4 or 5 and he definitely didn't write 10, 11, 12 or 13. Oh, I miss him so!
astri13
Sep. 26th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
I just checked tv.oom and the credits there say he is doing episode 3. But that looks really Morgana-centric and not very Merlin/Arthur. Well, I hope there are at least bits.

And ep 4 looks definitely very Gwen/Arthur/Lancelot triangle. I want my Merthur. *weeps*

How many episodes does the Season get? 13 again?
legoline
Sep. 26th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Is Camelot in Middle-Earth?

Taking in account that the Anglo-Saxons (who had settled in England at the time at which Arthur supposedly lived) according to their Germanic beliefs called their world "middeongeard" (Middle-Earth, as opposed to "Asgard" where the Gods lived and "Isgard" where the dwarves lived)... uhm, yes? ;-)

And no, I went "ARAGORN" as well ;-)
astri13
Sep. 26th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
So, they are really historically correct, then? Other than the throwing of potatoes of course. :D

And no, I went "ARAGORN" as well ;-)

Good to know I wasn't the only one.

legoline
Sep. 27th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
So, they are really historically correct, then? Other than the throwing of potatoes of course. :D

Totally :D

They do use Old English for their spells, though, and keep talking about the Old Religion which is basically what the Anglo-Saxon paganism is referred to before the people converted to Christianity ;-) All just coincidence, I'm sure, but I still think it's funny :D

frogspace
Sep. 26th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Was it me or did "Odin" look like an older Aragorn? Is Camelot in Middle-Earth?

You are not alone! I immediately thought "Aragon"? *g*

He could see how exhausted Merlin looked and still ordered him around like Arthur does.

I want Merlin to fall asleep while doing Arthur's bed. I really, really want to see that. The boy needs some rest! Surely Arthur wouldn't deny him the comfort of his pillows? :P
astri13
Sep. 27th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
I want Merlin to fall asleep while doing Arthur's bed. I really, really want to see that. The boy needs some rest! Surely Arthur wouldn't deny him the comfort of his pillows? :P

That would indeed be a great scene. Arthur coming in to see Merlin drooling happily into his pillows. *g*
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astri13
Sep. 27th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
but I haven't actually seen the movie itself. I just might check it out soon. ;)

It's a really good, fun movie IMO. I recommend it. :)

I'm very torn over this episode. The Arthur/Gwen stuff was very good, but they don't know how to stop IMO. They should've just left at the kiss (I totally get it as it was played out, both of them were caught up in their emotions), have the characters step back a bit instead of instantly deciding they're both already deep in love.

Yes, that was a bit too on the nose. And since I know there is still Lancelot to take into account it makes me bad if they are truly following the legend. Arthur might still have a ton of really annoying habit but he is a nice enough guy that I don't want to see him betrayed like that.

I like Arthur trying to work on his flaws with Gwen, but by not extending the same courtesy to Merlin and still treating him basically like a lapdog smacks of hypocrisy.

Yes, that was bothersome. I get that he would likely always be nicer to a woman because the ideas of chivalry and all but what Gwen said about respect should extend to Merlin as well.
stealingpennies
Sep. 28th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Here via MerlinXArthur

Gaius is a real taskmaster, I have to say. He could see how exhausted Merlin looked and still ordered him around like Arthur does. Methinks Gaius needs a good chewing out by Gwen, too.

This bit really surprised me! We've always known Arthur could be pratty (though Merlin is such a rubbish servant I don't suppose he complies with half of Arthur's requests) but I expected much more Gaius. I mean Merlin was obviously exhausted but he just went on and on.

astri13
Sep. 29th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
This bit really surprised me! We've always known Arthur could be pratty (though Merlin is such a rubbish servant I don't suppose he complies with half of Arthur's requests) but I expected much more Gaius. I mean Merlin was obviously exhausted but he just went on and on.

Yes, I think they just overplayed a couple of things here that were meant for comedy and didn't realize how they came across, like Gwen doing speeches on how to treat even servants with respect and Arthur clearly taking it to heart but not adminsitering it to Merlin as well and Gaius pretty much behaving in the same way.

I guess it's when the writers envision a scene and all they see is the humour they mean to have in it and then the audience goes "uh-uh."
foxie_trot
Sep. 28th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
*comes in from merlinxarthur*

Arthur trying to cook. Or lets say pulling the chicken.
Oh good lord, this made me die a little inside. LOLOLOL.

And I agree with the feelings on Arthur ordering Merlin to get him his mattress. I thought that was stupid, because he did sleep on the ground with Merlin in ep10 last season, and he wouldn't be that adverse to sleeping on the ground. Silly writers and their continuity fail.
astri13
Sep. 29th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh good lord, this made me die a little inside. LOLOLOL.

Hehehe, he looked so helpless. I always imagined someone who goes hunting all the time would know how to make himself a meal out of his prey but apparently not. *g*

And I agree with the feelings on Arthur ordering Merlin to get him his mattress. I thought that was stupid, because he did sleep on the ground with Merlin in ep10 last season, and he wouldn't be that adverse to sleeping on the ground. Silly writers and their continuity fail.

*nod nod* I hope they get themselves into gear again where Merlin/Arthur is concerned. I realize they won't make out on screen and I realize Arthur/Guinevere is a big part of the legends but they don't need to jettison one relationship to build the other. That is something Smallville did and they seriously don't need to borrow from the wreck that SV has become.
foxie_trot
Sep. 29th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, he looked so helpless. I always imagined someone who goes hunting all the time would know how to make himself a meal out of his prey but apparently not. *g*

He did look helpless, didn't he? OMG, Bradley's face in that clip was so priceless. Utter gold. XD Though maybe (in Arthur's ... defense?) he wouldn't know how to operate an oven or whatever Gwen has - in the woods I'd've thought they'd just roast it over an open fire, which would be relatively easy. All he has to do is skin/gut it (which the chicken already was) and then skewer it. Evidently that's all his mental capacities allow for! XDDDDD;

I realize they won't make out on screen and I realize Arthur/Guinevere is a big part of the legends but they don't need to jettison one relationship to build the other. That is something Smallville did and they seriously don't need to borrow from the wreck that SV has become.

I'll admit I've not seen Smallville, and I'm kind of glad I didn't get into it now. But I agree that sacrificing one relationship to build another is NOT how they should handle the future of Arthur/Gwen's relationship. It will just destroy the fantastic stuff they built in Season one, and that is the absolute last thing that any fan wants.
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