?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Same procedure as every year...

Why oh why did they fuck up their second Season Finale in a row? On Christmas no less?

That was more or less the same plot from last year's Finale even.

So the sword-in-stone stuff happened EXACTLY as I feared. *headdesk* Merlin giving Arthur his "faith" back through lies and manipulation, thus rendering it completely empty and hollow.

And convoluting their relationship some more because frankly, Aggravaine had an excellent point how he and Merlin are totally alike that way. Sure, Merlin lies and deceives in Arthur's interest (mostly) but does that make it better or not actually worse? At least from a freaking enemy, you can expect such treatment.

Also, what I liked about this Season was Merlin not Sue-saving the day in every single episode, making every other character look like an incompetent yokel. It was such a nice change of pace. But fear not because they totally made up for that here with Merlin ultra-Sue-saving the day, making every other character look like an incompetent yokel. Urgh. And the brunt of it is always borne by Arthur, with Morgana a close second here, I might add. Btw, if I never have to see Dragoon again, it will be too soon.

At this point, I also have no idea why either the dragon nor Merlin do work on getting Arthur back to feel good about himself. That would only make sense if Merlin's stupid made-up tale was true and Arthur actually HAD a destiny in reuniting Albion, yadda yadda. Only, show doesn't play it that way. What they say is that Merlin has that big destiny. Which makes me mad on behalf of my favourite character, Arthurian legends and fluffy bunnies (in that order) and makes Merlin's entire self-proclaimed mission look downright stupid.

Either they re-establish that both Arthur and Merlin have a shared destiny with Albion - and do the bloody magic reveal while they're at it - or they stop Merlin puppeteering Arthur for... no reason I can think of. How does it help Merlin's freaking destiny along? It only makes both characters look bad in the end.

Granted, Arthur and Merlin did have a few nice scenes on the surface but this time I couldn't ignore the undercurrent of lies in them. I want them to either talk honestly or not talk at all.

Next up, Arthur and Gwen and the doctor's bill for my whiplash treatment I'm sending the writers. Arthur presumably wants her back after the Mithian-episode, misses her last episode, hugs her last episode and goes back to telling her he can never forgive her in this one? Uh. And then after seeing Isolde die and Tristan sob, he totally changes his mind and they get married in the span of two seconds? And I guess now the stupid enchantment will never come out? WTF?
Yeah, that will do wonders for their marriage, with Gwen always secretely believing she is a cheater and Arthur always secretely having doubts.

Btw, couldn't Isolde have died in defense of Tristan or Merlin or if it had to be Arthur for some convoluted reason, couldn't they have set up the fight scene better? Seeing as I didn't get an Arthur/Aggy confrontation, I would have liked him to win at least one lousy sword fight against some bit character.

And, stop teasing the death of Gaius.Not because I feared for him all that much but because a) it's annoying and b) just fucking do it. For me he has become the Bo Kent of this show, and not in a good way.

Now I will say that I liked two tiny bits in the episode:

1) Arthur and Morgana got screentime together. Yay. They even got dialogue together. Yay. What's more, they at least touched on the subject that they used to be close. I never could figure out why smirking-evol-Morgana in Season had turned so swiftly against either Arthur and Gwen considering THEY hadn't done anything to her. Uther, Gaius, Merlin all gave her reasons to hate them, those two never did.

So it was nice to see that acknowlegded. Nicer even to see a glimpse of true-person-Morgana for a second, before the muhaha-evol-ing was back. She not only agreed that they had been close at one point but seemed genuinely regret it hadn't worked out.

And her reason is...Arthur's stane on magic? Um. Honey, if that is it, you didn't help your case with your actions for the last two-three years.

Nice moment, though, when they sort of bonded over being Uther's children, whatever that may entail. They are both right in a way, each of them has something of Uther in them. Morgana seems to have his temper though, the impulse to act rashly and thus bring out the worst in her, just like Uther. Arthur tends more to withdraw emotionally if hurt.

2) Gwen, too, getting in her question to Morgana on what the hell she had done to incur such hatred. Though I felt Morgana's answer made even less sense. It's not even personal but it's about Gwen getting to be Queen? That's why she turned on someone she once loved?

Why even? Why does it stick in Morgana's craw so much who Arthur's wife is? Again, if Morgana wants to rule Camelot, ARTHUR sits on her throne, not Gwen. Gwen is only Queen due to being wife. Politically, it's a big difference.

And personally, it does't make sense to begrudge either of them the relationship. It has nothing to do with the attitude towards magic or anything of that kind. So motivationally speaking, it makes as much sense for Morgana to act this way as it does for Merlin to keep pestering Arthur to fulfill what everyone and their dog is telling Merlin is his great destiny.

Again, I come back to the creepy incestuous love. Gee, maybe that wouldn't even be a bad idea for Season 5. At least Arthur knows Morgana has magic.



Aaand, the "cliffhanger"? You got to be kidding me? Like I give much of a crap if baby dragon is evol (or possibly confused). It was a given that Morgana would come back to burn the Camelot crops another day.

Guess it's their take on the two-dragons-legend? Where the red dragon usually symbolizes Arthur/Britain and the white one the Saxons? I can only imagine how they will fuck that up. Oh, I meant "do a twist on it" of course. *eyeroll*

You know, I remember quite liking "La Morte D'Arthur" as well as "The Last Dragonlord" and yes, both had some repitite tropes that you can also find in the other two Finales. Guess I'm not keen on seeing the same final episode every year.

Too bad after a great Season that I'll go into the year-long hiatus on a lowpoint. Again.

Comments

( 8 have dazzled me — Dazzle me )
leelust
Dec. 25th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
I fear to watch but i'll do it anyway. Have to see it myself you know.
astri13
Dec. 26th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Just watch the Arthur/Morgana scene and pretend it was the entire episode. I had almost forgotten how smoldering those two could be.
scolaro
Dec. 26th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
I read your text above the cut before watching the episode (same with another entry about Merlin), so I was somewhat warned.
It was indeed quite...underwhelming, on all the levels you mentioned. And made no sense at all. Why even mention reasons for certain actions, if they're crap?
And the sword in the stone bit Merlin just "whipped up"... This could have been such a nice scene, but no, it was completely out of the blue and stupid, and everyone just swallowed it without trouble.

And don't get me started on the completely senseless death of Isolde, followed by the gunshot wedding.
O.M.G., can it get even more horrible?! *sniffles at the stoopid*
astri13
Dec. 26th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
And the sword in the stone bit Merlin just "whipped up"... This could have been such a nice scene, but no, it was completely out of the blue and stupid, and everyone just swallowed it without trouble.

I got second-hand embarassment watching that scene. And as a fan of Arthurian lore, it should have been an iconic scene I loved. But nope, they had to do another freaking "twist" on it that made the whole thing cringeworthy. If this Bruta-guy was a well-known legend to every child in Camelot, it seems a tad farfetched that only Gaius and Merlin know about this supposed second part of the legend. You know, just a tad. *headdesk*

That's like making up a story on how Julius Caesar also discovered/conquered America, only hardly anyone knows this about him, just the other stuff. Suuure.

And don't get me started on the completely senseless death of Isolde, followed by the gunshot wedding.

Ha, the entire purpose of bringing in Tristan and Isolde was to get Arthur and Gwen to said gunshot wedding - and then they even skipped the wedding onscreen. Like there wouldn't have been plenty of other ways to bring them back together. In fact, episode 11 set up a reconcilliation already. Which they could have pulled over into Season 5 and make it a bit more believable.

At this rate, Season 5 will start with Gwen having born Arthur at least five adorable moppets. Offscreen.

O.M.G., can it get even more horrible?! *sniffles at the stoopid*

I just, the disappointment hit hard this time because considering this Season, I had hoped they had gotten their act together somewhat. Last year, the Season sucked mostly so it was hardly a surprise the Finale sucked as well. This Season, they had some good build-up, some potential and seemingly the guts to do some game-changers, killing off Uther, making Arthur king, getting to making Gwen queen. So I had thought maybe, just maybe they'd do a magical reveal already. What else was the Season-long theme of "everyone and their dog betrays Arthur" for if not to set up the final whopper with Merlin?
scolaro
Dec. 27th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
That's like making up a story on how Julius Caesar also discovered/conquered America, only hardly anyone knows this about him, just the other stuff. Suuure.

Jupp, exactly. And everyone would go "ah, good to finally learn this about him as well."

Ha, the entire purpose of bringing in Tristan and Isolde was to get Arthur and Gwen to said gunshot wedding...

It's really sad - I was looking forward to seeing Ben Daniels in Merlin - and he and Miranda Raison had excellent chemistry. What a waste.

At this rate, Season 5 will start with Gwen having born Arthur at least five adorable moppets. Offscreen.

Argh! Thank you for THAT mental image! It will haunt my nightmares for days!

So I had thought maybe, just maybe they'd do a magical reveal already.

Same here. But when Merlin killed Agravaine it was pretty clear that they wouldn't reveal anything of importance in the finale.
And it still bugs me beyond belief that both Arthur AND Gwen think she cheated. At least this they could have solved with a quick sentence or two from Morgana, while everyone was around.
astri13
Dec. 27th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
And it still bugs me beyond belief that both Arthur AND Gwen think she cheated. At least this they could have solved with a quick sentence or two from Morgana, while everyone was around.

You'd think so, wouldn't you? I mean, gloating seems to be Morgana's second nature now but she misses the perfect opportunity to do this here? To both Arthur and Gwen's faces?

However, since it wasn't resolved here I don't believe it will ever be brought up again and both Arthur and Gwen (and really, everyone else) will go to their grave thinking she did snog Lancelot pre-wedding. And Lancelot will stay in his grave with his reputation ruined for all time, after sacrificing himself to save Camelot. Nice going, writers.

I don't even mind a reconcilliation before the truth came out - shows they can forgive and love each other regardless - but for the sake of the marriage only the truth to both (how horrible and nonsensical would it look if either one knew but withheld the truth from the other?) makes sense.
scolaro
Dec. 27th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Agreed.

Nice going, writers.

You know, often I see why people have trouble with certain eps, but don't really care too much about the issues to be bothered - I can still enjoy the show and ignore those small details. But this time it's too much, even for me...I also fear the Lancelot thing will never be brought up again...but seriously, don't the writers know that this leaves a bad taste in every viewer's mouth?
astri13
Dec. 27th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
I also fear the Lancelot thing will never be brought up again...but seriously, don't the writers know that this leaves a bad taste in every viewer's mouth?

Honestly, I think they either gravely misjudge their viewers - or don't care what they think.

I mean, people have been growing increasinly tired of "keep the magic secret" and it's probably fair to say that 99,95 % would welcome a reveal like yesterday yet when asked about it in an interview the producers basically go "we don't know why people would care, what does it matter anyway?" AAAAAAAAAAAArgh.

Really tells you all you need to know about their headspace.

And I think it was the same interview where they went "and people will totally looooove the twist we do on the sword-in-the-stone-myth". Seriously?

Considering that I thought this Season - while better written - benefitted most from the cast giving it their all and making me care for those characters like nobody's business, I think the show would benefit from being written by the cast as well. They seem to have better instincts and be more protective of their characters anyway. Or a mix of cast and fan writing.
( 8 have dazzled me — Dazzle me )