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Catching up with Merlin...

October 4th, 2009 (11:31 pm)

Just watching 2.3, The Nightmare Begins, on iPlayer now. There seems to be a suggestion that Morgana will become a Galadriel as she might have been had she taken the One Ring: Merlin says that she has a "good heart" but the Dragon says it would be better if she remained ignorant of her powers - though given the Dragon's (former?) ambitions for Merlin, one wonders what this might mean.

Red Riding Hood is not the obvious outfit to wear when travelling in a forest so as not to be noticed by your stepfather's guards, though it helps the picture's colour composition and Katie McGrath does look good in it. The composition of the scenes where Merlin escapes from Arthur's forces are very Pre-Raphaelite, too, lacking only a fine-boned russet-haired heroine.

Merlin and Arthur are thoroughly well-established as the Bodie and Doyle of our times; Arthur really did want those flowers, you know.


Posted by: wrong but wromantic (sally_maria)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
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A costume expert (often known as Elwing) was complaining at Oxonmoot about the Rangers of Ithilien in the films, and their cloaks - not the most practical of things to be stealthy in a forest in, regardless of colour.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
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Billowing cloaks and foliage are not friends...

Posted by: Susan (lil_shepherd)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)

Bodie and Doyle, being written by some of TV's best writers, were often witty, which has never been a feature of Merlin. They were also, oddly enough, more moral.

And far, far more efficient.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)

I think that the difference is in what is considered 'wit' today - and indeed in what makes you one of 'TV's best writers' today.

As for the moral question, I can believe you; too often morality and expediency are confused in today's television, though in Merlin bad moral decisions are deliberately being made to prepare for future crises.

Posted by: firin (firin)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)

I'm glad I wasn't the only one noticing that red-in-a-forest garb was not the most sensible of choices.

Interesting that she changed back into it, after initially exchanging the velvets for druid garb, so that she would show up really well once again ... when attempting to escape Arthur's guards...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)

A pity that Colin Salmon's character wasn't around very long; I'd have set him up better, absolutely made it appear that he was to be Morgana's mentor, which I think was the intention of the script, and then extracted more from his sudden death, which was underwhelming as delivered, I thought.

Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)

I watched this with x_perdita and I was surprised that Beth Cordingley only had a cough and spit role as the Camelot druidess ~ I'm wondering whether she's going to return to wreak revenge, or another scene or two of hers hit the cutting room floor.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)

Wasn't she in an episode last year, or am I misremembering? She certainly had the air of a semi-regular about her.