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12 October 2009 @ 08:51 pm
Random Thoughts On Series 2 To Date  
Hm. I think 2x04 is one of the best put together episodes to date. The humor's back on, but better timed than it was in 2x01 or 2x03 (where it sometimes felt off-pace and a bit forced; still funny, but not as naturally integrated.) All the main characters get a moment in the spotlight and most of them get a solid, competent part. (Morgana in particular had been getting a bit ragged about the edges lately; it's nice seeing her back to being strong and competent again.) Progress is made on the love triangle without being overly cloying. And Lancelot is just love. Beautifully implemented as a character (and the actor, num!), managing to balance all the ideals of courtly love but still managing to stay a sympathetic character rather than an overbearing prat. (One prat's enough for the show, thankyouverymuch.) I still very much love their choice of making Guinevere a servant. It throws an interesting kink in the dynamic and ups the tension.

I like the random parallels they manage between first and second season for the episodes. The second episode of each season featured a tournament. I forget what the parallel is for the third -- I'd have to watch 2x03 again. And the forth episode revolves around Arthur risking his life for a servant. I suspect the next pair of episodes will break this -- though I welcome being surprised by it.

No new episode next week, and the one following, I'm told, is a two-parter.
z107mz107m on October 13th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, the following episodes sound suspiciously like filler, unlike this week's progression of the love triangle. Not that I'm adverse to seeing the king saddled with a fugly troll.

Lancelot is indeed cool. The actor has a couple of years on Arthur's and has a stronger screen presence and sense of gravitas. I thought the end of the episode was rather rushed and contrived with everyone muttering like deranged fools about relationships that cannot be. It may have helped to have a line or two about Lancelot believing that Gwen can and will be together with Arthur, despite the class difference.

A fun scenario plays out in my head in which Merlin's magic gets revealed, he's marked for execution, and Lancelot saves him with the help of Gwen, because Arthur's too busy feeling betrayed and afraid to go against his father. The three of them can then band together with Morgana to bring down the tyranny of Camelot. It saves Gwen from being an adulterous, and the writer's have been continually building up to the big reveal/betrayal of Merlin's magic, so why not just swap the two plot devices? :b