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23rd-Dec-2009 05:48 pm
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With a busy couple of days I've not had time to blog this but now I'm catching up, and before we get Doctor Who back (just the two episodes for now, but not really that long until we've got another full series, Moffat/Smith's first) just time to finish reviewing this year's series of Merlin.

"The Last Dragonlord" was a decent if not amazing finale, in which the little mentions throughout the series of Merlin never knowing his father inevitably build up to him appearing. And promptly dropping dead, but that's dramatic irony for you. It's good that the tension with the Great Dragon that's been there since this time last year finally came to a head, but very annoying that the central relationship still hasn't been given the expected kick of Merlin "coming out" to Arthur. In actual fact the writers have made some big developments come about this year, especially with regards to Morgana's turn to the dark side, but she'd been so sidelined recently that last week's turn of events doesn't really affect the dynamic between the main characters. The other annoying thing about the ending is that once again Arthur has to accept a pretty ludicrous explanation of why things turned out all right in the end - oh, he did kill the dragon, but he passed out at the same time so he doesn't remember it. Right. I know I've said it before but he does, after all, have to end up becoming King Arthur for crying out loud. Sure, the basic premise of having him be a bit of a dumb jock is funny, but these times when he appears to be so stupid it's amazing he remembers to breathe, don't bode well for the greatest king of Albion.

Oh and another grumble about the ending: Sir Leon died. Which is fine, in fact I've been thinking lately that with so few regular characters who need to survive long past the current events it would be good to use Sir Leon's increased visibility as a means to kill off someone the audience would actually recognise as opposed to the dozens of nameless knights Camelot can apparently spare every week. But just having him burned up by the dragon with a load of other knights, and no acknowledgement that a recurring character has died, seems like a wested opportunity.

Well it's all been grumbling from me on this episode but actually I found it, overall, to be a lot of fun. It's just that it also showed a lot of the problems the writers have created for themselves this series, and which they'll have to sort out next year if they don't want this going the way of Robin Hood.

GAYWATCH! Sure, early on we get a reminder of the Arthur/Gwen developments as she dresses his wound (and at least this year the show hasn't been as miserly with topless Bradley moments) but clearly she's rubbish at it 'cause Merlin and his daddy need to fix it before he's properly healed. And although we don't quite get raging homoeroticism this week, there's some nice Martha bonding moments, especially as Arthur makes it clear he genuinely wants to be friends with his servant. Seeya next year, you great big closet cases!
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23rd-Dec-2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
This would of course be a great idea.
"Arthur gets naked."
"Arthur gets naked again."
"Arthur is naked once more."
Oh wait, I'm starting to see why they might not hire me.
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24th-Dec-2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Nothing against John Hurt of course but if he's leaving the regular cast maybe Richard Wilson can do the little opening speech. So long as they re-write it to include a "Sossery!"

Story-wise I don't think the dragon leaving will be a problem, most of the time he was just a deus-ex-machina who came up with the answer at the last minute anyway.
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24th-Dec-2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Fierce!Morgana coming back as a baddie should be good. I think this year's series has suffered from not having a recurring villain.
8th-Jun-2010 05:36 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to barge in, and half a year year later at that, but I genuinely guffawed because it's true: Richard Wilson never says 'Sorcery", it's always 'SAUCERY!'
8th-Jun-2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Better late than never!

Last year Richard Wilson was in the audience at a play I saw, and I had to seriously stop myself from going up and asking him if "Sossery!" has replaced "I don't believe it!" yet as the thing strangers shout at him in the street.
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