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Spoilers for 5.06... 
11th-Nov-2012 12:49 pm
Loz Cola
My two comments about Merlin this week are as follows (these were going to be tweets, but then I realised the spoilerificness of them):



Why is this show so determined to fuck up even the things it gets right?

Did it occur to no one that it's HARMFUL that ALL the white guys survive everything always and the single black guy dies from a minor wound? That it's irresponsible that this then helps steer his sister into becoming a villain?

(There is a lot more I could say --- about how this episode was appallingly written anyway. Appallingly written. But this is the point that really sticks out for me.

Because one of the great things I could say about Merlin was that it cast two POCs despite people complaining erroneously that it would be inaccurate, and now they raze that great thing to the ground. DOUCHEWANKS.)

Comments 
11th-Nov-2012 11:59 am (UTC)
I was so annoyed with the whole episode. Failure of an idea that could have been interesting.

19th-Nov-2012 10:54 am (UTC)
Yep and yep.
12th-Nov-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm just going to sit here in my little corner and admit that I am thrilled to have Morgana and Gwen together on my screen again. Because I adore Morgana and Gwen.

As for the writing, Merlin is kind of my ultimate guilty pleasure show and I'm pretty consistently two drinks in when I start an episode so I'm going to do what I always do and not thing real deep about the plot. And then maybe later I can watch the one where Merlin, Arthur, Gwen and Morgana are all BFFs and save a village togther. Yes.
19th-Nov-2012 10:58 am (UTC)
I could have liked Morgana and Gwen together if it has been written with any semblance of sense.

I don't believe in guilty pleasures and I was always charmed by the ridiculous dorkiness of the show. I haven't ever expected too much from the plot. More than what we've ever been given, sure, but not award-winning cohesion and twists and turns. These last two episodes were terribly handled and wrong, wrongy, wrong. The one where they all save a village together is a prime example of this show getting stuff right (even with a couple of plotholes!) So, yes, I am frustrated. And that's without adding in the problematic ism threads that are making my eyebrow twitch.
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