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S5 of Merlin starts tonight, and my Plan A is NOT to watch it, given that watching it requires me to jump through some hoops and I've realized I'm not in the mood for jumping through hoops for this show anymore/right now.

Plan A also includes spoiling myself silly and start watching again if the things I still care about (Queen Gwen, Merlin's relationship to Kilgarrah and other magical beings/persons, a spoilery thing)are handled decently, I'll probably start watching again at some point.

Meanwhile the cast is still very pretty. And adorable.
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Have half a dozen things that I've been meaning to write about, but since this is the quickest:

My rather brief wish-list for Merlin, series 5:

1. Gilli 2.0. Either bring back Gilli himself (because he was an interesting character, and Harry Melling is a good actor, and "Dudley Dursley, wizard" never gets old) or a new character, but a non-evil magic user who is at least a bit critical of Merlin's way of dealing with his destiny would be most welcome.

2. Give Gwen something to do as a queen. Let there be some part of the ruling of Camelot that she a) does regularly and b)does better than Arthur (and Uther) would. She doesn't have to be successful all the time, it doesn't have to be central to the plot all the time, but please let her being queen mean more than a wardrobe upgrade.

3. Find that damn bracelet. Yeah, I know it isn't important plot-wise (Arthur and Gwen are already reconciled, everyone knows Morgana is eeeevil, Gwen's reputation among the straw-people of upper and lower Camelot will only be an issue if the showrunners decide that it is and restoring Lancelot's posthumous reputation isn't much of a story, even if someone should remember that he existed) but do it for the sake of Gwen's peace of mind. Or at least mine.

4. Give Morgana a game plan that a)doesn't involve taking over Camelot and b)involves making alliances with other magic users.

5. Let Arthur make a couple of decisions that are based on actual knowledge of how things stand in the matter at hand. And let him carry out said decisions by himself a couple of times.
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This series, while technically well-made, has made it obvious to me that the stories the show-runners want to tell about those characters are not really the stories I want to see. That doesn't necessarily mean they always tell bad stories (and I'm not three years old and they are not a kindly relative trying to fit a story exactly to my liking) but...bullet points will be rather negative.

spoilers )
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Can be found here:

Brief, because I'm tired and busy )
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Actually, I didn’t hate this episode. Still, the following notes is very much written in “disgruntled shipper”-mode.

Read more... )
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Maybe it's because I have an annoying case of sinusitis and watched the episode between 2 am and 2 am (bye, daylight savings time!), but DAMN that was good.
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Spoilers for episode )

Something completely different:
Abigail Nussbaum on Northanger Abbey, The Mysteries of Udolpho, novels and "sisterhood". I found her observations at the end interesting (though I suspect I enjoy Northanger Abbey much more than she does).

Merlin 4x01

Oct. 2nd, 2011 09:33 am
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Colin Morgan, I’ve missed your acting. And your ears. But mostly your acting.

spoilers for the episode )
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Spoilers, naturally )

(Previously posted on my tumblr, also home of various arthuriana-related sillyness, pro-Gwen rants and hot pictures of Bradley James' teeth.)
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I haven't watched A Game of Thrones (but will probably do so when I can access it in a way that doesn't require any effort on my behalf), but since two of the three things I liked about the book was a)Dany and b)that not very good thing that happens to Dany towards the end, I loved this meta;
Only Death May Pay For Life: Mirri Maz Duur as Subaltern Hero by eleusis-walks
(Spoilers for the end of AGoT, some minor spoilers for the later books, I think.)

Untitled, non-rated, S1-3 and beyond Merlin-fic In which Gwen falls in love a lot and then does something about it by aramis-chan.
This is kind of a mix of "medieval sexy-times with Gwen and everyone's happy and (almost) everything works out in the end, yay!" and thoughtful exploration of what she might actually feel about her various (potential) love-interests.


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