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Merlin

While I have nothing against a Morgana ep, I was a leetle bit saddened to find that Ben Vanstone, he of the slashiest Arthur/Merlin, didn't write one of those again. They are feeding the Arthur/Gwen ship so heavily, they at least could have given us a good Arthur/Merlin (buddy) episode now.

At least their interaction, woefully short, though it was, was muchly improved this time around. The bit with the flowers, Arthur actually trying to give Merlin advice while projecting all over him spoke much more of the affectionate bond between them. At least Arthur talked to him like a friend. Granted, a naive country-mouse friend you look a bit down on but still a far cry from the first episode of the Season.

That said, it WAS nice to see Morgana get some screentime. Katie McGrath is very beautiful indeed.

It was also nice to see Gaius called out on his crap because good intentions or not, that is cruel. So, the plan was to basically drug her into veggie state while she is tearing herself apart? What DOES make her situation so different to Merlin's really? That she is Uther's ward? I don't see why that would change things, in fact she has a better chance getting out of it alive than Merlin if Uther found out. Arthur and Morgana might be the only two people Uther would not immediately kill if they were magic. Banish probably but not kill.

And Morgana has proven to be good-hearted and loyal, and not stupid so why the hell couldn't Gaius coach her in the same way he does Merlin? There is really no logical reason he can't.

The Druid leader was a good character and predictably he got killed, the more to drive a young Mordred over the edge - presumably. I wonder what it would be since their last encounter would have left a positive impression of at least Arthur. Now, though, Arthur came and brought death with him so maybe Mordred considers them even? Hence, he will become the enemy in the future. The boy is already creepy as it is.

I guess Merlin thought the same according to his look.

Was a bit disappointed Arthur seemed perfectly willing to carry out his father's orders with the druid. That camp clearly housed families but he did look conflicted before the attack. We have seen him stand up to Uther before to save people but I guess once he does it consistently, even for the "enemy" like here, he will be ready to become King Arthur.

What was up with the giant CGI scorpions? And why didn't Morgana try her powers on them? I realize when she was stung, she quickly became weakened but before that.

Arthur unknowingly chasing Merlin - and not in the good kind. I think if - when - he finds out, it will be the betrayal that could tear apart the relationship, not the magic itself. Oy.

And speakiing of finding out, you know, it is ridculous. Merlin comes to Camelot and immediately Gaius finds out. Now okay, you need one character on the "in" and the older mentor type is a dead ringer. But Lancelot was there for what, a week? And he easily figured it out. So why, after 15 episodes isn't it freaking time to let someone else in, huh? Even in Smallville the circle of confidantes was allowed to widen one by one. It would have seemed like a good moment for Merlin to tell Morgana IMO. Or have her seen it herself or something.

Sigh. I adore the show but they play with the big legend stuff like Lancelot, Mordred, Avalon, Excalibur, Gwen/Arthur and everything else yet seem so incredibly hesitant to break the status quo in anything. Come on, guys, be a bit more brave here, will yeh.

Still, I liked the episode.

Next week? Please tread carefully on the love triangle, guys, pleeeease.

Comments

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nachekana
Oct. 4th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
Granted, a naive country-mouse friend you look a bit down on but still a far cry from the first episode of the Season.

You made me laugh with that sentence! It's true, but the scene was indeed funny and charming. I miss those boys interracting like in season 1, I have the feeling the show went in a completely different way for the second season. I don't say it's bad, because I really loved this episode, but I can't believe they're going for the love triangle in the next episode. It will be 3 out of 4 episodes with heavy Arthur/Gwen elements, it's starting to get old.

But I shouldn't complain before seeing the episode. The addition of Lancelot might be interesting. Plus, there's some terribly bad CGI wild boar that looks very promising...

It was also nice to see Gaius called out on his crap because good intentions or not, that is cruel.

I agree, it drives me crazy too. He is so great with Merlin, I don't see why he can't help Morgana. Unless he knows something that we don't.

It would have seemed like a good moment for Merlin to tell Morgana IMO.

Very true again. I think Merlin needs a friend almost as much as Morgana at this point. Of course, he has Gaius, but having someone who goes through the same thing might have been good for both of them. And I like their relationship.

The boy is already creepy as it is.

Tell me about it!
astri13
Oct. 4th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
I have the feeling the show went in a completely different way for the second season.

Yes, I'm not sure why they felt the need to pull back so much from the ho-yay while at the same time ramping up the Arthur/Gwen like nobody's business. If they did those two things more in balance moderation, I could get behind it.

Plus, there's some terribly bad CGI wild boar that looks very promising...

Hahaha, yes, the giant, naked rat. :D

Tell me about it!

He constantly looks like he plans to slaughter you in your sleep. *twitches* Good little actor.
nachekana
Oct. 4th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, yes, the giant, naked rat.

It's suppposed to be a rat???? Wow, I'm even more impressed!

If they did those two things more in balance moderation, I could get behind it.

And yes, more balance should have been used for the Arthur/Gwen part. Do they need to get them together in the second episode already? I mean, how are they gonna step up after that? At this rate, they're going to be married before the end of the season... A slower, more consistent evolution of their romance would have made me more interested.
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astri13
Oct. 4th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
I'll need to watch that scene again, but I don't think it would change my opinion of him much anyway. :(

I gotta say apart from the first episde, I haven't had much problems with his character this Season. It is not as good as the highpoints of Season 1 but at least they haven't stepped into Smallville territory with me where by Season 3 or 4, I wanted all the "good" guys thrown into a volcano.

kuhekabir
Oct. 4th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
i am so glad it isnt just me that thinks that they are pushing the romance a bit this season...i mean i dont mind if it is done right but this is a bit overly pushy!

lancelot and gwen i can see because they made doe eyes at each other before but where arthur's sudden interest is coming from i really dont get...

i could see morgana and merlin though, cute couple...both so dark and pretty!

anyway, i wish they would stop pushing that angle of the show...it always amazes me that you got a good story and good following and then in the second season you just go and change what made the series a hit to beging with? where is the freaking logic in that?

still, i realy enjoyed last night's epi...and arthur chasing merlin how creepy was that? and mordred? excellent acting i think, he was soooooo creepy...seriously...

and yes, i do think that morgana at the end should have found out about merlin...how did she think he found out about the druids? i dont think normal non magic folk would know or find out where they are and whooops he knows where they are...hm...

Edited at 2009-10-04 07:45 am (UTC)
astri13
Oct. 4th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
but where arthur's sudden interest is coming from i really dont get...

Yes, it's like he knows the legend and that it "has" to be. But it isn't an organic growth.

it always amazes me that you got a good story and good following and then in the second season you just go and change what made the series a hit to beging with? where is the freaking logic in that?

I think this is always the problem when show-runners haven't totally caught on WHAT made a show successful so they either aren't aware if they change that, it will have negative results or they think it wasn't that important so viewers will easily move on. Drives me nuts.
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