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15 January 2012 @ 02:44 pm
Merlin: The Darkest Hour (pt.2)  
Short thoughts: some nice acting, nice to see the characters developing, still felt choppy but definitely because of the commercials this time.

Long thoughts: spoilery and below the cut.

- First off, did you seriously just kill Lancelot? Can you even do that? Isn't that, like, against the rules of King Arthur? I am fully aware this may just be a temporary death and he'll come back at some point. You never know. And I sort of saw it coming what with neither Merlin nor Arthur being able to be killed and Santiago only having done one episode per series so far. Plus, I guess it's hard to do the love triangle thing on a show for kids, but still. I love Lancelot. He's cute and was so sweet with Merlin and his wonder at the water spirits in the drops was just beautiful.

- Merlin spewing Dragon is so badass! Seriously, when he was running through the woods just growling out parseltongue or whatever, that was awesome. One of the things I really liked about having Lancelot around is that Merlin could be badass in the open and not have to be surreptitious about it.

- Though, I would have liked to see a little more WTF? reaction from Lancelot in regards to the dragon. It went from 'I will kill it' to 'oh, Merlin's talking to it, I guess that's cool?' in a few seconds. The scene itself was awfully sweet, though. Merlin seems to have suddenly grown-up and gained confidence in himself. I liked that he wasn't asking for advice, he was just saying goodbye after he'd made up his mind.

- Colin's acting when he was about to sacrifice himself was wonderful, you could see all the fear and resolution on his face. He sort of looked like he was going to fall over all the time, though. I wasn't sure if that was a choice on Colin's part or if, as I have heard, he was sick during the filming and that's how it came across. Either way, it added a nice desperation to his scenes.

- Not much to say about Arthur and the knights, they were there for most of the episode, but didn't do much. I'm hoping this 'Gwaine acts like an idiot for comic relief' thing doesn't go on all season. He was humourous character, but at least capable last season, I don't want to see him turned into a clown. Plus poor Elyan (Elian?) and Percival did nothing all episode.

- The scene between Arthur and Merlin while the other knights slept was nice. I really do enjoy seeing Merlin get some confidence in himself.

- Guinevere standing up for herself was nice to see, too.
Current Mood: tiredtired
donutsweeper: merlin and arthurdonutsweeper on January 15th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
I love the relationship between Lancelot and Merlin- the easy friendship and acceptance and love of a sort. I could not *believe* they killed off Lancelot. It's LANCELOT!!!

Percival unfortunately don't have much to do most episodes, other than to be STRONG AND SLEEVELESS. Which is okay in my book :) I have no sense of Elyan at all. He's just not really made it to my radar- although I saw part of an interesting discussion once that since Arthur knighted him that means his entire family's status rises with him so Gwen would now, technically, be a noble.
The Writer They Call Tay: MERLIN: Merlin finds you weirdawanderingbard on January 16th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
I was sort of hoping that the Calix would be impressed with Merlin's willingness to sacrifice himself and just, like, close it up herself. But once I realized that wasn't happening, I started to think who was expendable, and unfortunately realized it was Lancelot. Even Mum, who doesn't watch the show and was sitting next to me knitting went " did they seriously just kill off Lancelot?" Lame, show!

That's interesting about Elyan and Gwen. I wonder if that makes her acceptable for marriage now. Even though I think Arthur wouldn't much care if it was acceptable or not.

Sorry about the cut-off comment. The iPad had a fit and posted without permission. Or I might have hit the wrong key. But I'm sure it's the iPad's fault...

Edited at 2012-01-16 12:57 am (UTC)
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on January 16th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
lol, definitely the ipad's fault!!!

I'm not 100% sure it's true about Gwen, but it would make sense that if her brother was a knight her standing would improve.

Evil show... killing off Lancelot