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13 December 2008 @ 03:56 pm
Merlin 01x13  

Usually I don't make episode reviews, but this episode was too good to pass by.

First of all, to get the lolz out of the way: HAHA I really hope the Beeb increases Merlin's budget next year so their CG can be a better. They're not awful now, but they could definitely improve.

Actually, to be fair, the magical bits were wicked, it was just the Questing Beast that looked a bit ridiculous, IMO.

Okay, onto the juicy bits: Uther's angst. I almost cried. When he said that he didn't believe in miracles, my heart really went out to him. And from what we know of his story, I can understand where he's coming from. I think the biggest draw to me about Uther is how much he's lost, and how much he keeps losing (or almost losing) and yet... Magical prejudice aside, I think we'd find him quite fair in most other aspects. *sigh*

Morgana! Okay, now I hop the Morgana bandwagon. I'll admit that I wasn't sold on Katie's acting as Morgana, or on the character herself. I felt Katie's acting sometimes lacking, or at least, I didn't always believe her. And Morgana, for all her good intentions, kept carrying herself like a brat. But today- Morgana you poor, haunted seer, you. There's no way she doubts what she is now, I won't believe it if they say she doesn't know. Particularly in her warning to Merlin: I think they reached a silent understanding. SQUEE! Next season is going to blow my mind, I can feel it.

Oh my lord I cannot express how much glee I have that Merlin and the Dragon are now enemies. That. was. bloody. fantastic. I'm in the midst of writing a meta and mention that Merlin is so often hoodwinked by the Dragon (and Gaius, sometimes) that I feel bad for him. No longer! He finally, finally sees what the Dragon has been after all along. If only Merlin could have traded the Dragon's life for Arthur's, my life would be complete. As it is, I think that particular breaking will act as a catalyst and we're probably in for a much more solemn Merlin.

Gwen! Oh, she's so sweet and faithful, I love her to bits. Arthur is such a jackass (in that cute, boyish way, ya know?) and I love how they're progressing the relationship between those two: slow as it is. I think it works for them. I just hope that with the next season, Gwen will get an episode to herself to develop her character a bit more.

Arthur didn't do much LOL so I won't say much more than I really liked his scene with Merlin. I like that Arthur is so frank with Merlin: he admits to his uncertainty about knowing his servant. But I believe he also understands that something changed, quite dramatically, in that conversation between them.

Nimueh nooooooooooo. She was a fantastic antagonist! I can't believe they wiped her this season. Not to mention o_O this wiki article says that the Lady of the Lake is also known as Nimueh. They need the Lady of the Lake later to give Arthur the sword and a bunch of other stuff don't they? Heh. I guess, like all else, they'll do something different.

Her battle with Merlin was pretty awesome. I adore Merlin's line about not serving a magic to dark and selfish. YOU GO, MERLIN! ♥ It really will be up to the four of them to maintain the goodness within themselves, and I think Merlin will have the hardest time of it. Actually, no, legend puts Morgana in the weakest position but yeah.

ETA: I meant to mention, I think it's great they bookend the season with Merlin & Gaius interactions. It's how they started it and it's how it should be finished. And I totally admit to crying when Merlin was telling Gaius all the things he'd learned from him. T_T! He's got such a good heart. *flails* I love all these characters so much! /ETA

I think the word "epic" can apply to this episode. Considering how much it could have just been all about Merlin, I think they did a pretty good job at giving each character significant moments on screen, even if the scenes were short. Out of 10, I'd definitely give it a 50.
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writeangel1writeangel1 on December 14th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
babe, i cant read your post because I haven't seen the episode yet.(I will stop in once I've seen it)

RL has kicked my butt this week -I haven't had time to do ANYTHING but I will send you my remarks on your fic tomorrow and hopefully watch the finale sometime tonight. (so sorry for the delay.) :(
kePPy: Merlin: Arthur/Gwen the burden of a kingkepp0xy on December 14th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
You'll love the eppy, I'm sure.

Don't worry about it! I totally understand that RL can unexpectedly take a turn and suddenly the internet gets no more time. I just hope everything's all right on your end! There's no rush, really, so if you need to take a few more days, go right ahead. Seeing the finale is definitely more important because it is awesome. =D! And thanks for letting me know :]
victoria: [merlin] merlin + arthur; stalematetimeblind on December 14th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)

HAHAHAH Questing beast = TURTLE BEAST. \O/
kePPy: Merlin: Arthur is a legendkepp0xy on December 14th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
♥_♥ I'm so glad they did everything they did in this episode. It was so great and I love it so much. NEW FAVOURITE MAYBE. OR MAYBE JUST TIED WITH MOMENT OF TRUTH COZ THAT ONE IS EPIC TOO. *FLAILS*

LOLOLOL i don't see the turtle. Actually, come to think of it, maybe a little XP!
skyebanshee on December 16th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
*echoes your epic*

and OMG I had to keep drinking water during that scene with Merlin and Gaius and the "You taught me to always do the right thing" BECAUSE I WAS CRYING AND HAD NO KLEENEX TO WIPE MY TEARS!!!

In conclusion... \o/
kePPy: Merlin: M&G shared secret pridekepp0xy on December 16th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
YESSSSSS THEY ARE SO SWEET. I love it. They all just bring out the best in each other and it's so lovely to see unfold on screen.

skyebanshee on December 18th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Dude! Loves this show, muchly. ♥
Vel'ithya Tevrielvelithya on December 16th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
The Lady of the Lake is also known as Viviane or uh, dammit, something else as well. She has about three names, anyway, so just because they killed Nimueh doesn't mean that the Lady of the Lake is toast. I mean, Merlin threw the sword into the lake where Sophie and her dad were trying to open the gates of Avalon (I'm pretty sure, anyway, it sure looked like it) so I suspect the Lady of the Lake will either be a)Merlin going swimming for the sword or b)something Avalon-ish :)

kePPy: Merlin: the king & the magiciankepp0xy on December 16th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
so I suspect the Lady of the Lake will either be a)Merlin going swimming for the sword or b)something Avalon-ish :)

HAHA! It's so funny that you said Merlin swimming for the sword. When Excalibur first aired, I was having a cracked out conversation with [Unknown LJ tag] about how now they'll have to have some crazy Camelot Olympics or something to retrieve it. (I'd forgotten about the Lady of the Lake and was all upset because it was not in a stone x.x)

Anyways, yeah I agree that he was throwing it into the same Lake that has the Gates of Avalon. Which I thought was very nice subtle foreshadowing. Until they killed Nimueh X.X! It'll be interesting to see what they do, whether they'll somehow bring her back or if there's another Lady of the Lake or, heaven help me or I'll die of laughter, Merlin really does swim to get it hahahaha. This show makes me so happy, because they have a billion avenues they could take and they're (so far) weaving the story together so well, IMO *___*

Finale I KNOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW. Eight months til more X_X!!!