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The curse of amusing family television... 
20th-Sep-2009 11:15 am
Merlin (Arthur is a sadist)
It's really a little bit worrying that, whilst I haven't been waiting desperately for the first episode of the second series of Merlin --- when I saw it there, I had to watch it straight away. It appears this is going to be a liveblog.



Gratuitous half-naked Arthur shot for the win.

Either Merlin was close enough to Arthur's chambers to hear him --- which I didn't think was true, always assuming Gaius' home to be in an entirely different part of the castle --- or Arthur has the lungs of an opera singer. This is where I now assume that Gaius' home is still in a different part of the castle, and Arthur made Merlin lie in the hallway outside his chambers, with only a single blanket for warmth, hoping one day Merlin would be bold and ask to snuggle.

Can I say once again, that as flawed as he is, Gaius is my absolute favourite? Okay, so I grew up heavily identifying with Victor Meldrew (I've always secretly been a crotchety old man), so there's a lot of vestigial Richard Wilson love, but Gaius is just wonderful.

I don't know if it's my eyes deceiving me, but if anything, Merlin appears even thinner than he was last series. Someone give that boy an anachronistic sandwich.

"I've always enjoyed the tale of the arrogant sorcerer who came to an untimely end." = Hahaha! I do hope that was intentionally hilarious.

And all the Gwen/Morgana shippers rejoice.

The sad music, lmfao. Oh man. We should not be thinking it's sad that there's a chance Merlin may no longer be Arthur's servant --- he's meant to be Arthur's equal. From the perspective of Cedric being a no-good thief and it being unfair his plans have worked, yes. From the perspective that Merlin belongs as Arthur's One True Maid? Not so much.

And all the Gaius/Merlin shippers rejoice. (Are there? Is there a big Gaius/Merlin movement? Because that kind of scares me. And yet. This isn't the first tender scene between them. As much of a father figure Gaius is, he isn't actually Merlin's father. Part of me hates me for this revelation.)

Meanwhile, Merlin wants Arthur to see him for who he really is. N'awww. "Everything I do is for him." N'AWWWWW.

Ahh, right. An antechamber. Mmm.

Black eyes are always the sign of UNREMITTING EVIL.

And all the Arthur/Gwen shippers rejoice.

SLASHDRAGON TIME.

The magic of halitosis!

I would dearly love one bad guy who doesn't go down the 'join me!' route and just immediately starts attacking.

Arthur's such a dick. WHY do I love him so? But I do. I really do.

I often feel like episodes of Merlin have too much plot and it would be a much better show if they spread storylines over multi-episode arcs. And I'm one of those people who prefer a series as opposed to a serial. For a moment there, I actually thought the preview was for next week as opposed to the entire second series.

I enjoyed this episode far more than is healthy, I'm sure.

Comments 
20th-Sep-2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Man. This show. I managed to contain my ridiculous laughter at how stupidly gay Merlin and Arthur are for each other. (I do like the idea of them teasing the Arthur/Gwen out - I'm hoping for natural progression. *fingers crossed*)

But, dude, Sigen or Cigen or whatever the hell the old evil sorcerer was called was so totally Voldemort, I swear. It was like, seriously, Merlin writers, you can do better than this.
20th-Sep-2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Sigan. And yes, yes he was.

Merlin and Arthur --- that's not subtext, that's text. The show is always going on about how they're meant to be together and do great things together, and that Arthur truly cares for Merlin, and all Merlin does is for Arthur. I am waiting for the episode where they just say hell to it all and snog.
20th-Sep-2009 02:20 am (UTC)
This is where I now assume that Gaius' home is still in a different part of the castle, and Arthur made Merlin lie in the hallway outside his chambers, with only a single blanket for warmth, hoping one day Merlin would be bold and ask to snuggle.

This is where I join you in that assumption.
20th-Sep-2009 02:24 am (UTC)
:D \o/
20th-Sep-2009 10:12 am (UTC)
This is where I now assume that Gaius' home is still in a different part of the castle, and Arthur made Merlin lie in the hallway outside his chambers, with only a single blanket for warmth, hoping one day Merlin would be bold and ask to snuggle.

*adds to personal canon*

Is there a big Gaius/Merlin movement?

I've seen Uther/Merlin but I don't think I've seen Gaius/Merlin...


The magic of halitosis!


HEE!

I often feel like episodes of Merlin have too much plot and it would be a lot better show if they spread storylines over multi-episode arcs.

Yes I think trying to cram it all in 45 minutes sometimes overloads the plot. Even two parters would be fun.
20th-Sep-2009 10:17 am (UTC)
I've seen Uther/Merlin but I don't think I've seen Gaius/Merlin...

I don't know if that comforts me or not.

Two parters would be good! Or slightly more simplified stories. They'd be good too.

(Is this where I admit that part of me kind of wants Merlin to be possessed by Cornelius' soul the entire series? That it was a double fake-out?)
20th-Sep-2009 10:44 am (UTC)
I don't know if that comforts me or not.

Me either.

Two parters would be good! Or slightly more simplified stories. They'd be good too.

Yes they could have a nice mix.

(Is this where I admit that part of me kind of wants Merlin to be possessed by Cornelius' soul the entire series? That it was a double fake-out?)

I have to say I found it a bit sudden. Merlins eyes go black and then the next thing he's just walking toward Gaius and he smiles and hold up the trapped soul. How did he get it in the jewel? Why did his eyes turn black and then suddenly he is okay again? I have many questions about how clear that ending was.
20th-Sep-2009 10:48 am (UTC)
Yup. Either it was supreme laziness --- or they want people to be suspicious.
20th-Sep-2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Oh both. We want people to be suspicious but we're going to do it in a lazy way.
20th-Sep-2009 10:51 am (UTC)
It's probably that one.
20th-Sep-2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
In the words of my friend jemzamia, Merlin is "the gayest show on TV without actual mansex". I'm so ridiculously pleased it's back.
20th-Sep-2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Mmm. Psych could give it a run for its money in that department.
20th-Sep-2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
I was so relieved that the shipper dragon was back. ♥ And he still slashes the boys.
20th-Sep-2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't really doubt that he'd be back, since I'm fairly sure he was a massive hit.
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