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* Not surprisingly, I loved seeing Kilgarrah again and ADORABLE BABY DRAGON (but I would have preferred a female one) but apart from that this seemed like an episode made with the help of a Merlin random-scene generator. (And I do wonder if it was written as "first episode with KING Arthur" or "filler episode to be placed pretty much anywhere in the series". My money is on the latter.)

* Was mildly nostalgic about Gaius being a bit shifty, could have exchanged at least one of the Arthur/Merlin semi-nudity nudge-nudge, wink-wink scenes or one of the unintentionally unfunny knight scenes with a stock scene of Gwen arranging flowers (or Morgana plotting, for that matter).

* Speaking of Gwen, I've become increasingly frustrated with the lack of Gwen in 4x03 after reading the script. It seems to me like there could be a repeat of the (mis)handling of Morgana's arc in S2 - by cutting out all the little moments in the episodes where the character isn't central, the big moments will loose some of their impact when they come.

(As a bonus, you get the Annoying anti-Gwen segment of the fandom applying troll logic to the situation:

[Episode airs]
AAGS: ZOMG GWEN COULDN'T EVEN TRY TO COMFORT ARTHUR WHEN HE WAS DISTRESSED OVER HIS FATHER'S DEATH, WHAT A BITCH! AND HE DOESN'T CONFIDE IN HER AT ALL, OBVIOUSLY HE'S BETTER OFF WITH MERLIN! (We wouldn't hate Gwen so much if only she was written better, truefax.)

[Script with scenes where Gwen comforts Arthur and he confides in her turns up]

AAGS: WHAT A RELIEF THAT THEY CUT ALL THOSE SCENES WITH THAT NASTY, BORING BITCH GWEN IN THEM!)


* OK, so I did enjoy Merlin going all Dragonlord on villian-of-the-week's ass.

* And we have a recurring druid-guy! Not the most engaging of characters and white males are not really the demographic this show lacks, but a small yay for continuity.

Date: 2011-10-23 05:33 pm (UTC)
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen orly by visualwit)
From: [personal profile] sophinisba
Ha ha, I hadn't heard about the cut scenes but I love your impression of the AAGS.

Adorable Baby Dragon was adorable!

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