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15 November 2009 @ 02:47 pm
Melrin - 2x08  
I really don't know enough about Arthurian legend to know what the deal behind Morgause/Morgana/Arthur is. But despite that, I realise that even if I DID know, the BBC would mix it all up anyway cause Gwen was never a servant etc etc! So!

I've been trying to work out why this episode sort of left me with a bad taste in my mouth and I think I've figured out why. A lot of times in this series I've thought that an episode could have stretched into an epic two-parter, much like they do in Doctor Who and that fantastic Troll saga a few weeks back. Last week's, with Charles Dance as the Witchfinder etc, was a very to-the-point, compact episode. This week's had a LOT of potential but I felt the scenes were rushed, and the beginning half a little contrived - just... I can't put my finger on it but there was something about the first half I didn't like. Perhaps it was the direction rather than the writing, but I just couldn't settle.

Or maybe it was the fact Mum was piddling around getting tea when it started then had a rather large coughing fit in the middle so it jerked me out of the moment, I don't know.

Like everyone else I've seen Morgause and Morgana had tension. Epic tension. Which was pretty good acting but of course has now spawned 1000 slashfics overnight. I'm not sure whether the writers do this on purpose but it gave me a smile thinking about those fingers frantically tapping on keyboards about the night and day hairstyles etc.

Igraine... really nice woman. But a bit panicky and eager to condemn Uther for my tastes. Should have left us with an answer or at least a hint as to whether it was a trick by Morgause or the ACTUAL Igraine. Or a manipulation. Or something!!! Because it went against what Uther said in a previous episode.

I wanted more of Merlin's anguish. He went back into the old happy Merlin far too quickly. There was clearly a big issue with him having to turn Arthur back against magic, a chance missed and botched up completely which should have affected him more than a few watery eyes and consolations from Gaius. The realisation that he'd had a truce with Arthur in his grasp... only to have to destroy it to save Arthur from turning into a murderer. I wanted anguish, damnit! I mean, in the actual scene Colin played it SO well. I mean I couldn't have asked for better, seriously, and Bradley was filled with rage... but still. Not even that delicious tear in the eye as he smiled in answer could portray the amount of fucked-up-ness he would be feeling.

And I'm not looking forward to next week. Forced/instant romances just fill me with dread. You can't spark chemistry within minutes unless it's perfect casting (Arthur/Merlin for example) - so unless it's perfect casting I won't be happy! It's hard to force one-episode-romances on the audience. Also Merlin kissing a girl?! IT'S ARTHUR HE WANTS.

There's my fangirl quota for the day!

Also - was it just me who thought Morgause was totally ripped off Eowyn? Y/N?
Feeling: confusedconfused
seether_79: Merlin: Arthur/Merlin;me&youseether_79 on November 15th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
I agree with you completely but... lol. Ultimately this is a kids show and very popular show with kids at that, so I made my peace with the fact that it would never stay dark and with angst for too long. I think they switch back to carefree quite quickly because kids like Merlin to be bubbly and light.

I have the same feelings with Doctor Who, sometimes I wish they were both adult shows so that the dark stuff is dark and stay dark until fully resolved if you get what I mean. It sucks that for me two of the best shows on TV are actually oriented at a different audience because I think a higher rating would do Merlin the world of good.
chucklespiratemuse on November 17th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah but when you think about it it's not the little kids who run to conventions or buy the DVDs or do a lot of the fangirling, right? I'd imagine that most fans, at least the ones I know of, are something like 16-27. In fact older, because I know my friend's mother adores it and even ships Arthur and Merlin!

So I'd like a little bit of extra darkness. I was going to say realism, but hello! Camelot. lol
Lisa: gwen merlinmeridian_rose on November 16th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Epic tension. Which was pretty good acting but of course has now spawned 1000 slashfics overnight.
I don't really read femslash but I started shipping those two during that exchange!
chucklespiratemuse on November 17th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
I don't either but it was so obvous!