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The math of Merlin...

Having completed my rewatch of Merlin, I find it now completely impossible to say how many kingdoms there are. And are they friends or foes of Camelot?
Also, could they please get names instead of simply being named after who rules them. I mean, it's all "Cenred's kingdom" - btw, who rules THAT now? Hunith? The town council of Ealdor? - "Carlyon's kingdom" etc. Meanwhile, Camelot is Camelot and everyone adresses it as such. I have never heard it be called "Uther's kingdom" or now "Arthur's kingdom".

In Season 1 we met King Bayard who was referenced in the Troll episode as a friend so I guess that's one kingdom accounted for.

In the jousting episode, there was a King Odin who put a prize on Arthur's head for killing his son. Btw, , didn't Merlin say Arthur was to receive an envoy from Odin and would have to listen to a speech? I wonder what that speech would have looked like, ten thousands words on how Odin wanted Arthur to die?

And just imagine, if Arthur had been late, the knights would have totally pulled their "are you threatening the life of our King? ARE YOU?" and killed the speech-maker dead. Then, what would have happened? Another ridiculously large CGI army would have laid siege to Camelot. Which doesn't have a ridiculously large CGI army, only maybe a couple dozens knights at any given time yet fortunately an unlimited supply of ever new ones.

In the episode with the love spell in Season 2, we had a meeting with "the five kingdoms". Which would suggest, phrased like that, it IS only five. But neither Cenred nor Carlyon/Annis were invited. What were they and their kingdoms then, chopped liver?

We met Olaf, with the now enchanted daughter. We met that other king who said he was attracted to Arthur!. In this Season we met King Carlyon (briefly) and his Queen Annis. Also, if I remember correctly Carlyon was the King under whom Gwaine's father served as a knight and who made Gwaine hate all nobles? Guess that solves the mystery on who volunteered to chop this bloke's head off, huh?

Guess the "five kingdoms" are actually fifteen or so. I still wish they would get names. At least before Arthur reunites the whole lot of them and becomes King of all Britains. I assume show more or less will keep that part of the legend?

Also, where are the tournament episodes? I kinda miss them. Maybe they were an Uther thing and Arthur secretely hated them? Can't say I blame him, in three out of four, someone tried to assassinate him.


( 10 have dazzled me — Dazzle me )
Nov. 13th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
LOL. I hardly pay any attention to the names of the various guest characters they introduce in almost every ep, let alone where they come from. Nice catch. ^^

(Queen Annis was awesome, though!)
Nov. 13th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
It just struck me when they mentioned a meeting of all the five kingdoms and I was "wait a minute". :D

Queen Annis was awesome, though!

It took me a while to place the actress because she looked so totally familiar. Then I remembered her from Rome.

I agree on her being a cool guest character, a female one at that. Her last remark to Morgana was definitely "oh snap" material. *g*

Nov. 15th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Very true! I wanted to hug her for that alone! And, you know, for being all "YOU KILLED MY HUSBAND, PREPARE TO DIE, ARTHUR!", then coming to terms with the whole thing (while it would have been perfectly understandable if she hadn't).
Nov. 13th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I guess, it's best not to think about some (or a lot) aspects of the show. I'm just happy we have this awesome series 4. :D
Nov. 13th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
You're probably right. I wibble in anticipation for each new episode now.
Nov. 13th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
I wibble in anticipation for each new episode now.

Me too! And I'm also a bit afraid that they will fuck it up, but so far I liked every single episode this series. <3
Nov. 13th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
I've been hunting for spoilers for what is to come and sure, there are always the possibilites of pitfalls - I was a bit dismayed to see no Arthur in the "next on Merlin" segment because it would seem like prime material for Arthur/Merlin as well - but overall I'm hopeful. The episode after next might be iffy, then again, there should also be great Arthur/Merlin potential.
Nov. 13th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know, because I haven't read any spoilers at all (I don't want to be spoiled this series). I know a few things from filming pictures (like Lancelot being back), but beyond that I don't know what to expect. That makes me even more excited and also afraid. Maybe I should read spoilers to calm my nerves. ;)
Nov. 14th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
We met that other king who said he was attracted to Arthur!.

Tell me more!
Nov. 14th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Well, he didn't say it to Arthur in person. :) It was in episode 10 from Season 2, the one where Arthur falls under a love spell for some visiting princess? It wasn't by any means a good episode. Basically, this one evil king wants to start a war by having Arthur put the moves on the princess whose father is insanely overprotective.

So he has his magical servant put a love spell on Arhur, only at first the princess totally rejects him which leads to evil king being all outraged "every woman is attracted to this boy...I'm (almost) attracted to him myself". Then he looks all shifty at what he just said and his magical servant looks all "ooooo-kay".

That was probably the only truly funny moment in this ep.

I still think they squandered the possibility of "love spell". If ever there was a possibility to do real Arthur/Merlin than it was in a comedy love spell ep.
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