16 October 2011 @ 10:46 am
Merlin eps 1 to 3 my thoughts and ramblings  
Ok is anyone watching the new season? and if so

Come and SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE with me ( for [livejournal.com profile] maharet83 who demanded more words :)

Ep 1 - I loved loved loved Merlin in this but was a bit disappointed that they shoved the Merlin and Arthur relationship way back, nothing to do with slashiness but they have spent 4 years together, fought, bled and almost died together but when Merlin collapsed Arthur looked more annoyed than worried. The ending however, omg, the talk, the admittance that no matter how much he jokes Merlin is brave and loyal and you just saw Merlins actions bloody coming!!!! My son was not a happy chappy at this point, but great cliffhanger. Major downside is their insistence in turning Morgana into a poor imitation of Cruella De Ville. She cared about all these people once is there nothing left of the Morgana that we once knew, just this shallow vapid woman with no soul and the ambition to get the crown, even her actions with killing the one person we know she still loved there was no breakdown nothing, way to downplay and destroy a female character with massive potential guys

Ep 2 - LANCELOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he owned my soul in this ep and I saw what was coming a mile off but still. Damn this is why I love Merlin and the whole Arthurian legend. yes the slashiness is fun and even in Lancelot's actions and his behaviour with merlin a slash motive could most definitely be analysed but DAMN it is the loyalty and the bravery and the insistence in fighting and sacrificing for something better. It is is every fairy tale we tell our children in the hope they see something better, this is why I love this. At the heart of his actions I don't believe Lancelot sacrificed himself because he loved Merlin Gwen I believe he saw what the dragon saw in Merlin, a true hero, a person who will think nothing of sacrificing himself for the greater good and he aspired to be like that and in the end proved he was the bravest and most worthy of them all like the dragon said :) I am still holding out hope that he is coming back cos they need him, Camelot needs him (and of course Gwen will need him when A realises his true love for Merlin. :P) again have to register my complete disgust for their treatment of the only two female characters, Morgana is still a 1d evil witch with no character development whatsoever, and Gwen has turned into a wet nurse, even the scene where she argued the villages case didn't do it for me. Gwen is BETTER than this Morgana is WAY better than this, BBC you have two freaking AMAZING female actresses on your payroll and you need to get your act together. I am still watching because it is Merlin and I love the legend and I love the characters and at times you guys nail it but just registering a big I AM NOT HAPPY

Ep 3 - Ok after the epic level of the first two I was expecting something ok, but back to light-heartedness because that is what Merlin does, it gives us a couple of episodes that stir your blood and rip your heart out and then jumps back to jokes and laughter and just meh but omg guys you floored me with this one!!! Uther is DEAD, seriously!!! I knew it would come one day, but today and like this, hell no I was so expecting something else, I was waiting for the last minute reprieve!!! but this ep, it just delivered the punches one after another.

Uther standing in the way of Arthur, being a father for the first time in a long long time.

Arthur - god if Merlin wasn't here he would have owned me in this episode. His heartbreak and absolute determination to save Uther, his embracing magic, his fear and ultimately his anger and grief, it is the most real Arthur has seemed to me in a long long long time

Merlin - OMG merlin you own my soul, his determination to save Uther to get magic back in Camelot, a look underneath the surface to see behind the smiles and realise just how much keeping this secret is costing him!!! OLD MERLIN!!!! is ♥ his grotchety temper and smiles and wickedness, and climbing on Arthur's back and playing giddy up and then the total heartbreak and confusion in his eyes when it didn't work!!! Merlin is now in a far worse position than ever before, all of a sudden it is not Uther a man he barely respects or acknowledges at war with everything Merlin stahnds for, it is Arthur, someone he loves, someone he trusts, respects and someone Merlin NEEDS in his life, now this is not from a slash viewpoint all slashing aside their is a bond between them, Merlin loves Arthur, would die for Arthur, would KILL for Arthur and now Arthur and not Uther is the enemy, it will be interesting to see this play out now.

Morgana - for a moment, just a brief one as she lay on that bed, sad and almost broken it was like having the old Morgana back but it slipped back :( but it has risen my hope.

The development of the A/M friendship, Merlin sitting all night outside that room just so Arthur wouldn't be alone, that moment of honesty between them as they acknowledged the depth that their friendship and the end omg the END!!!! seriously this is why I don't believe in the A/G relationship, it is not because I don't love Angel she is gorgeous and if we had Season 1's Gwen I would ship it like MAD but seriously the tearful smile and pretty long live the king and then Merlin's FIERCENESS !!! like I mentioned earlier these weren't empty words said at a coronation this was MErlin pledging his devotion, his magic, his life and his death at the hands of this man and making sure that the king stays alive, now and always PERFECT ending

Long Live the KING!!!!

Now over to you guys, thoughts so far?
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[identity profile] nachekana.livejournal.com on October 16th, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
Well, my comment might be very short because I AGREE WITH YOU ON EVERY ASPECT (nah, just kidding, even agreeing with you won't stop me to take that occasion to speak about Merlin).

What you said about Morgana and Gwen is why I wrote earlier "THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD (well, in most parts)". Because what they've done with the girls is just absolutely terrible. I seriously laughed, even if it was a bitter laugh in the third episode, when ALL Gwen said was "I did it for you" and "Oh, Arthur". Seriously? SERIOUSLY?? This is what she is reduced to, now? I actually enjoyed the scene in the second episode where she stands up to the Evil!Uncle because it brought me hope but I shouldn't have rejoiced so early.

As for Morgana.... Well, there's not much to say, right? I think the writers expect us to have completely forgotten about the previous seasons. Like you, when we saw her lying after Uther's death, she looked sad and conflicted and it felt nice. And then she started speaking and it went back to shit. The only positive point in her being this completely caricatural villain is that black suits her magnificently. But I wish she was less gorgeous and better written!

So yes, that's what I don't like at all about Merlin. I don't see Morgana ever going back to a not "black and white" character but I still have hope that Gwen might get more interesting, or at least, would go back to her old self, instead of bathing and feeding people looking sorrowful and pretty and boring.

Now that this is out of the way, all I can say is that EVERY OTHER CHARACTER IS A JOY TO WATCH. Lancelot owned my heart in the second episode too, and that's considering the fact that, even if I had no problem with him before, he was never one of my favorites.

Merlin is simply the greatest character in this show (well, it's HIS show after all! ;P). I think it has a lot to do with Colin's acting, he can look so childlike and silly one second and so sad and broken the next, he just has my vote every time! He had me giggling so hard when he was the old magician (he is so gleeful in talking badly to Arthur!) and broke my heart in that last scene when he waits for Arthur to leave the room.

Arthur is great too, and Bradley did an amazing job in the scene where Uther was hurt (his little lost face!! His cracking voice!! His too big teeth!!). I also thought that Uther would be saved one more time but now we're going to see Arthur as the King, and I can't wait to see how the "broken Prince" plan from Morgana will go. I expect a lot of vulnerable Arthur in the future!

Can you feel my love for this show? At the same time, I'm mad about the female characters but the rest is SO GOOD.
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[identity profile] mrstotten.livejournal.com on October 16th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
For me THIS is what made it for me

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To everyone else it was something they said, yes they meant it, yes they love Arthur but everyone was repeating the same words, Merlin just stood there and then shouted out his oath with EVERYTHING IN HIM

But yes, seriously not just fir the sake of being female what they are doing to the girls is beyond bad, I MISS MY GIRLS
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[identity profile] nachekana.livejournal.com on October 16th, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
I found Merlin so intense when he said it that it kind of scared me! lol But yes, his absolute conviction and belief that Arthur is going to be a great king is just perfect.

(also, on a completely shallow and unrelated note : every time I see Arthur's knights together, I have the giggles because I SHIP ALL OF THEM TOGETHER. It doesn't matter who it is, as long as they're sitting next to each other, I ship it.)
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[identity profile] entropy-maximum.livejournal.com on October 16th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I am loving the darker elements they've been showing in the show so far. Of course I love the banter and the joking, the bits that make you laugh, but I'm an angst girl at heart and the darker elements just pull me in!

LANCELOT! NO! I loved that Merlin had someone who knew about his magic, someone he could confide in and really be himself around. I too was annoyed at the first ep when Arthur didn't seem to care that Merlin fainted or whatev, but I did enjoy the Lancelot running to him. :P

Watching the latest ep I was struck by how much Morgana reminded me of Bellatrix from the Harry Potter movies. I mean, if they ever did anything about the marauders era, she could totally play young Bellatrix. She's beautiful and they're trying to make her look evil, paler skin, darker hair and black dresses. They're kind of overdoing it on the MORGANA IS EVIL!!!!!11!1!!!1 plot.

Old!Merlin makes me laugh so much, the way he was bossing Arthur around, paying him out, and the piggy back ride!! Hahaha, he's so adorable. I figured that Uther would die this season, it seemed inevitable after the end of last season but man, what a way to go. Poor Merlin. All he was trying to do was to get Arthur to see that magic can be used for good and now it's all backfired. He's going to have a hard time convincing Arthur it can be used for good now.

And can I just add, Percival UNF! The way he wears sleeveless chainmail, god damn! That man!
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[identity profile] cowboyangel.livejournal.com on October 16th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Merlin!! These first three episodes have been incredible. Laughter and oh the tears!

Before I gush about our dear boys, I'll agree with you about the girls. Morgana's desire for revenge against Uther is understandable but they never addressed WHY she would also turn on Arthur & Gwen who she adored. I guess we're just left to assume that the thought of power and her use of magic for evil turned her to "the dark side" completely. As for Gwen, I think if she only had scenes helping Gaius or standing up to protect the people of Camelot it would be better. But it's her interactions with Arthur and Lancelot that leave me going, "you're better than this"!

Now to the boys. I'll start with how I ADORE all the knights and how they each had their moment to shine in the first two episodes. I hope that will continue and that Gwaine will be more than comic relief.

Merlin! He's so determined to save Arthur and Camelot no matter what it costs him. His heart is broken because he couldn't save Arthur the pain of losing his dad and now Arthur hates magic. And if Arthur truly begins a campaign against magic it will devastate him. Colin is amazing!

Arthur! He just wants to do the right thing for his people, and now he's KING!! I love how he can be truly open with Merlin and even admit his fears. And he called Merlin brave and a loyal friend! And oh that Bradley James has made me cry these past weeks!

Edited 2011-10-16 12:50 pm (UTC)
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[identity profile] liz-mo.livejournal.com on October 16th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
To everything.
Long live the king.
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