It took about 15 minutes into this week’s Merlin
to figure out if the story was very well-timed, or very badly timed.
Turns out “A Herald of the New Age”¹ was
deliberately timed to be an Elyan story a week after his sister nearly became Queen only to get banished instead. But it’s OK, it got mentioned, he’s just hiding his feelings about the whole thing so as not to get executed. And then he gets possessed by a wet ghost and nearly gets executed anyway. D’oh! Because that’s the version of Arthur we’re getting this week; the Marthur friendship’s been pretty solid recently but this week we’re back to the Arthur who habitually threatens Merlin with execution for minor irritations. Although again, the Gwen thing kinda serves as an excuse for him being stroppy. The ending gets us a bit further along towards him not turning into his dad at least. Although if he wants to be a truly wise king maybe he could start by working out that when something weird and dangerous happens and Merlin tells him it’s magic, it’s probably magic, like it has been every week for the last four years.SOSSERY! count
Nil. Richard Wilson does get to go on a jolly to a cursed shrine though – it’s not often he’s allowed out of the castle.GAYWATCH!
Merlin pees a lot. “Ask Arthur.” Does Arthur just watch, or is it even kinkier than that?
¹OK, the new age is one of not killing Druids, but who’s the herald? The wet ghost? Elyan? Arthur? Sometimes I’m convinced Merlin
writers just throw words together until something sounds like an episode title. Which may be connected to them still not having decided if the title comes as the beginning of the episode or the end.