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Amy ([personal profile] such_heights) wrote2010-12-04 11:26 pm

Merlin 3x13

godDAMMIT, show, you aren't allowed to hit my buttons like that when I'm trying to break up with you! Jeez.

So, okay, I had a bunch of the usual frustrations with this, BUT. I felt like this was some kind of tantalising glimpse into the show I want, in some ways. It was a show about Arthur learning to be a better man than his father! It was a show about the beginnings of a legend, and a show about these characters becoming themselves, and, well, yes. The entire scene with the round table was as hammy as anything and I LOVED it, I honestly did.

The Arthur/Merlin and Arthur/Gwen throughout was lovely, as was the Merlin/Lancelot (I continue to adore Merlin whenever he's with his hot knight boyfriends, bless). I also enjoyed the more equal Morgana/Morgause relationship here.

I also could deal with the Gwen/Morgana antagonism better here. I mean, it still totally breaks my heart but the fact they were playing each other at least puts them on an equal footing (of a kind) that's a little easier to watch.

I felt Freya was horribly underused! It would have been nice to see more of her than her face in some water and a hand in a lake. But still, awesome fic potential there, hurray.

And then, Morgana. The trouble is, here it was so easy to see the presence of flaws that have always been there with her - driven by individual emotional connections rather than a general concern for life, the ability to forget the suffering of others when it doesn't concern her (her line about forgetting about Tom was just awful). That stuff has been there before. But it hurts to see her twisted into the worst imaginable person she could be rather than setting her up as an antagonist we can actually sympathise with to some extent. I would have loved to have seen her making moves to re-establish magic in Camelot, for instance. But no, she's murdering people instead. D:

Also, I'm glad the show explicitly acknowledged that Morgause probably isn't dead rather than me having to fanwank it entirely.

GWEN. eeeeeeeeee!!! The bravest of them all, if you ask me. And blacksmithing scene FOR THE WIN FOREVER oh my goodness that made me happy. And we got a little backstory for her mother, whee! Oh, my future Queen, she's still the best.

So. If - if - next season continues on the tentative trajectory they set up here, I could still be fannish about new canon. Possibly. Because here is a chance to have more people with difference perspectives - Lancelot, Gwaine, Elyan - as regular characters, which would be refreshing. There's a really big chance for Arthur to start to move away from his father, with Merlin and Gwen's explicitly acknowledged help. There's a chance for Morgana to get away from all of this for a while and just chill the fuck out, frankly.

I'd really enjoy the show. But, I'm not going to hold my breath.

In the meantime, oh thank god, sweet, sweet hiatus. *opens up some WIPs*
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[personal profile] copracat 2010-12-05 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
Ah, Amy, it's like two shows, isn't it?

The entire scene with the round table was as hammy as anything and I LOVED it, I honestly did.

It was utterly hamtastic. Gwen's 'You know the answer' and Merlin's sheer and beautiful confidence, teasing Arthur at such a solemn moment. How about Arthur not being able to control his expression when he acknowledged Merlin's inspiration? His voice was grudging - 'almost... wise' - but his face was all you are the wind beneath my wings.\0/ <3 <3

Gwen was purest awesome, with her escape planning and her blacksmithing and everything. Love, love, love Arthur's attitude of get used it, peeps, she's ma queen.

(her line about forgetting about Tom was just awful)

Oh, this was the bit that broke my heart the most. Gwen so matter of factly, telling in words what we read her face over the years, every time she looked at Uther Uther killed my father. I wonder why Morgana acts as if she has forgotten this or why she actually has forgotten it? Morgana tried to save Tom, she argued to get him a trial and then she tried to help him escape. She plotted to kill Uther over it, FFS.

But no, she's murdering people instead. D:

I guess this, like forgetting Tom, is to underline how very, very evil she is. After all, if she reinstated magic, only killed people if politically necessary and wasn't overwhelmingly callous, how could we textually understand she's more evil than Uther or Merlin or Gaius? TWO SHOWS!
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[personal profile] gorgeousnerd 2010-12-05 01:52 am (UTC)(link)
I really, really enjoyed this episode. But remembering that interview made me mad at myself for enjoying it. It really hit home how much Morgana and Gwen's characters have suffered because of the views the showrunner has toward women - I really, really wanted Gwen to pick up a sword and save them, for instance.

Last week, I was cautiously optimistic about next season. This week, I almost want it to be as bad as I fear so I can stop watching it. Sigh.
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[personal profile] miarrow 2010-12-05 03:15 am (UTC)(link)
The problem with this show is that they set up it up in such a way that there's only room for bad v good, except a lot of the good people do bad things and a lot of the bad people do good things so this season had a lot of overcompensating on terms of making magic REALLY REALLY EVIL even though Merlin's magic! Instead of the grey areas we used to see.

LIKE WHATEVER DUDE.

I couldn't stand that bit with Leon and the Knights talking about how they serve only their king and Camelot and the brave music playing and how it seemed like they were SO BRAVE AND PERFECT when in fact they were serving a King who murders innocent people on a regular basis (which we got a little bit of Morgana discussing with Uther but barely anything, could have cut out some of that boring roundtable speech for more Uther/Morgana, in my opinion, kind of a letdown).

(her line about forgetting about Tom was just awful)

I just sort of scoffed loudly and rolled my eyes, because there's no way Morgana would ever forget that seeing as how involved she was in that situation and almost killed Uther (the first time) for it. I guess we're supposed to believe that she was playing Gwen because she suspected her, but WHATEVER. The only Morgana line I believed was when she was all butthurt and sulky and was like, "Go run back to your beloved boyfriend, SULK", because THAT sounded like Morgana.

It's not like there wasn't places to build up a villain that would be up against Camelot or there wasn't room for nuance and layers, but whatever. WHATEVER.

I may watch next season too, even though I really don't want to, because the freaking buttons got pressed for me too. GOD DAMN STUPID FANTASTIC LANCELOT AND ELYAN AND GWEN. AND MERLIN'S FACE.

[identity profile] mara-202.livejournal.com 2010-12-05 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
The entire scene with the round table was as hammy as anything and I LOVED it
Me too! It was just so awesome to see all the knights you know from the legend coming together. (And Arthur knighting them FTW.)

Loved the M/A and A/G scenes. And how awesome was Gwen in that blacksmithing scene? (Please keep on being this awesome, Gwen!)

Not too happy about how the writers handled Morgana's storyline, though... I just keep thinking that if Merlin had told her about his magic (and HADN'T POISONED HER), none of this might have happened. It's no wonder she turned to Morgause. Also, it's not as if Merlin has never used his magic to hurt/kill people. But killing people to protect Arthur obviously doesn't count. ¬¬

But it hurts to see her twisted into the worst imaginable person she could be rather than setting her up as an antagonist we can actually sympathise with to some extent. I would have loved to have seen her making moves to re-establish magic in Camelot, for instance. But no, she's murdering people instead.
THIS.