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BBC Merlin: Episode 4

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Lesson learned from working retail: Do not leave your shopping to the last minute, pls. Seriously, guys. This may work for lesser assignments and some midterms, but shopping with a bunch of frenzied people covered in snow, also looking for the same gifts you are?

Not fun. Especially for the clerks.

If I never see another red and green decoration again, it would be too soon.

Okay, complaint over. Weather continuing its usual run of asshat behaviour (meaning lots of snow, then rain, then freeze, then a tiny bit of snow to cover up the ice so we can slip on foot or in cars) so phone people continue being unable to come fix our internet or phone. Yay for public libraries.

As usual, short synopsis above the cut, squeecap of capslocky flail after the link below. (Far, faaaaaar below.)

Merlin Episode 4: The Poisoned Chalice in 10 seconds!

Remember last episode when Nimueh got all annoyed at Merlin for interfering in her plans? Well, this woman likes her poison, because she’s at it again, only with Merlin this time, not the entire city. (Makeup team: Thank GOD.)

Her plan’s still really complicated, though. I mean, the actress is kind of one-dimensional, but her plotting skillz make me all warm and fuzzy. (In a strictly plotwhore way! Am not evil. Yet.) So Nimueh pretends to be a maid in Bayard of Mercia’s staff so she can switch one of Bayard’s original ceremonial goblets for a poisoned one.

Bayard’s the ambassador, if you will, from Mercia to Camelot, and he’s there to sign a peace treaty, which is where the goblets come in. They’re gifts. Imagine how Uther will react when he finds out that the good-will messenger tried to poison his only son and heir? Imagine how the other country will feel when Uther acts on his anger at the poisoning?

It’s such an intricate plot, in fact, that Nimueh was able to make an exact copy of the goblet, take it to her Cave of Evil, poison it with something that doesn’t react with the delicate silver of the goblet, and then hike it back as a maid in Bayard’s entourage. That is mad planning, y’all.

Anyhoodle, back at Camelot: Pretending to be all innocent, Nimueh warns Merlin at the last minute that Arthur’s goblet is poisoned. Merlin, being a hero, then bursts into the hall and tells everyone else, prompting some outrage from Bayard and brow-raising from Uther. He is told to test the goblet by drinking it, and what do you know? It’s poisoned. Merlin topples to the floor and proceeds to suffer a slow death.

Arthur throws a fit du shit about his father forcing poison onto his precious, irreplaceable manservant and rushes off on a quest for the morteus plant, buried deep somewhere in the Forest of Balor [insert eyeroll about the names here]. Apparently the poison can only be cured by using a leaf from the same plant. Uther forbids Arthur to go, but when have you known heroic types to listen to authority?

In the forest, Nimueh again pulls out her innocent baby girl act and totally fools Arthur into trusting her, which is good for her plan to kill him, but it sort of fails because we’re on episode four and the first season is 13 episodes long. So. After she traps Arthur on a narrow ledge on top of a huge chasm with giant spiders chasing after him, the feverish and unconscious Merlin sends a giant shining ball of light to help the prince along. (You don’t have to say it, I know.)

Arthur gets the flower and makes it back safely to Camelot. There hasn’t been enough drama, however, and Uther throws Arthur into the dungeon for disobedience and crushes the flower that his son worked so hard to get. (I feel the need to say that I kind of dig this hardcore Giles Uther.) Luckily for Merlin, Gwen manages to get the flower from Arthur in the dungeons.

So Merlin is cured and people are happy (well obviously with the exception of Nimueh). We are treated to the sight of Arthur barely restraining himself from glomping Merlin.

End episode

Warnings: Excessive use of capslock, way too many screencaps to be healthy, and my being an insane fangirl.

Episode Four: The Poisoned Chalice
– In Which Sevenses Thinks If They Get Any Gayer It’s Going to Turn Into QAF

NIMUEH: This time, Merlin, you shall not escape me and my poisoning ways!
LAIR OF EVIL: Uh, we could use a few light bulbs here.
NIMUEH: And why is that?
LAIR OF EVIL: So, uh, so we can see your radiantly blue and insane eyes in their full glory?
NIMUEH: WHEN I HAVE KILLED MERLIN, THIS SHALL COME TO PASS. MWAHAHAHA!
LAIR OF EVIL: That’s… good?

BAYARD: Yo.
UTHER: Yo.
TUMBLEWEED: [rolls by]
EVERYONE ELSE: [pose]
ME: [falling off my chair]

While Team Blue and Team Red are busy eyeing each other and stinking up the entire room with testosterone, Nimueh marks her target.

NIMUEH: Oops! [somehow trips on thin air
MERLIN: Oh, let me help –
NIMUEH: [looks up winsomely]
MERLIN: – let me help you.
NIMUEH: Aww, thanks.

ME: Not thinking with his brain anymore, is he?

ARTHUR: Help me dress. And wash this jacket.
MERLIN: Do I look like your wife?
ARTHUR: If I say yes, will you do it?
MERLIN: … Anyway, why do you need me to dress you again?
ARTHUR: You’re a manservant. Part of the job.
MERLIN: All nobles share the inability to put their pants on one leg at a time? Oy. Stop the inbreeding already.
ME: It is also technically your job to bathe him, but we never see those scenes. Woe.

ARTHUR: But anyway, you are coming to the feast, and make sure my cup is always full of wine.
MERLIN: Uh, yay?
ARTHUR: Oh, and here’s your outfit for the night.
MERLIN: Please tell me I don’t have to wear that.
ARTHUR: It’s official livery. Deal.

EVERYONE ELSE: [dressed normally].
GWEN: Nice hat.
MERLIN: Oh, shut up, you.

THE HAT. THE HAT THE HAT THE HAT. DO YOU SEE THAT HAT? I THINK I LOVE ARTHUR. THOUGH OBVIOUSLY MERLIN DOES NOT AGREE, AHAHAHA. (Also, you may recognize the hat from my site avatar. :D)

While Bayard makes his big speech of peace and Arthur just itches for a drink of wine to support him through another boring talkfest, Nimueh drags Merlin outside the hall and babbles at him.

NIMUEH: COME WITH ME.
MERLIN: … Oooookay.
GAIUS: [facepalm]
GWEN: 😦
NIMUEH: OMG OMG OMG.
MERLIN: Calm down.
NIMUEH: NO YOU DUN UNDERSTAND.
MERLIN: Breathe in… exhale… repeat.
NIMUEH: BAYARD, OMG, I’LL BE KILLLLLLLED.
MERLIN: Dude, what did Bayard do?
NIMUEH: I saw the goblet and it just hit me and this is just a ploy to stall for time so that you’ll have no choice but to very publicly drink poison bla bla bla –
MERLIN: Keep going.

NIMUEH: – bla bla bla. In conclusion, Arthur’s goblet is poisoned.
MERLIN: OHNOEZ.

MERLIN: ARTHUR YOUR GOBLET IS POISONED DON’T DRINK IIIIIIIIT!
ALL: WTF?
ARTHUR: WHY ARE YOU SO STUPID MERLIN.
MERLIN: IT REALLY IS POISONED!!
BAYARD: Outrage!
ARTHUR: Look, I’m sure Merlin the IDIOT has just been at the slow gin again. Everything is just fine.

UTHER: No, tell me about this poison theory of yours, it’s most interesting.
MERLIN: Poison!!
ARTHUR: SHUT UP, MY GOD.
BAYARD: Obviously this servant is lying and high as a kite.

UTHER: Hmm. Well, the best solution is obviously to have the servant drink it.
ARTHUR: WHAT DADDY NO.
ME: Surprisingly cold-blooded and astute of Uther. Points for practicality. Minus points for not caring about the plebes.
MERLIN: OKAY. FINE!

ARTHUR: LOOK, IT’S NOT THAT BIG A DEAL, I’LL DRINK THE DAMNED THING.
MERLIN: No, no, me!
ARTHUR: WHAT. IS. WRONG. WITH. YOU.
MERLIN: If I’m right, I die, if I’m wrong, Bayard gets to kill me. Sounds like a good plan.
ARTHUR: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
COURT: Arthur, stop sleeping with the help. You’re embarrassing us.

And, um, these two shots made the inner fangirl squeal. *snuggles the boys*

SEE, MERLIN, SHE IS EVIL.

EVIL.

ARTHUR: OMG MY PRINCESS!!!
GAIUS: Oh for heaven’s sake be quiet and help me get Merlin to his room, will you?
GWEN: I am worried too!
FANGIRLS: Whatever.

GAIUS: So the book says that Merlin was poisoned by the Morteus flower, which only grows in a mysterious cavern deep in the Forest of Balor, and gee, that Bayard fellow likes his life complicated, because there’s a huge cockatrice guarding the place.
ARTHUR: Arthur no understand. Poison bad. Merlin need cure.
GWEN: That’s right, Arthur. Work upwards from the short sentences.
GAIUS: Well, it also says that the poison of the flower petal can only be cured by a mixture made from the leaf of the same plant!
ARTHUR: Arthur go get cure for his princess?
GAIUS: But there’s all sorts of danger from bad lurking things, and you might get killed, your highness.
ARTHUR: Arthur go get cure for his princess.
GWEN: Hopeless.

UTHER: You do remember that you are my ONLY SON AND HEIR, right?
ARTHUR: Yes, but-
UTHER: You do know that Merlin is ONLY A SERVANT, right?
ARTHUR: Yes, but-
UTHER: Therefore, Arthur > Merlin.
(ME: I beg to differ.)
UTHER: You are not allowed to go into almost certainly fatal danger.
ARTHUR: BUT HE SAVED MY LIIIIIIIIIIIFE!!
UTHER: Do I look like I care?
ARTHUR: But that’s because you suck.

MORGANA: You done being a coward yet?
ARTHUR: Do you ever get tired of this?
MORGANA: Not when you’re being an idiot, no.
AUDIENCE: You tell him, Morgana!
ARTHUR: You think I should go.*
MORGANA: Doesn’t matter what I think.*
ARTHUR: You’re impossible, I hope you know.
MORGANA: Why, thank you.

Gwen and Gaius fret.

Meanwhile, Uther and Morgana have a conversation. It’s interesting to note that Uther treats Morgana much like an equal (an annoying one, but an equal nonetheless) while he totally does not listen to Arthur, who, as heir and crown prince, should maybe have some input on how to run the kingdom. And I was totally getting ‘married’ vibes from this scene.

UTHER: HOW DARE HE DISOBEY ME?!
MORGANA: If he’s old enough to lead the troops, he’s old enough to make his own decisions.
UTHER: BUT I AM HIS FATHER!
MORGANA: Doesn’t mean he has to agree with you all the time.
UTHER: WHY ARE YOU SO DAMN SMUG?
MORGANA: Because I’m smarter than you.
AUDIENCE: Unfortunately, that does seem to be true.
MORGANA: He’ll come back. Meanwhile, I have to finish writing out Merlin and Arthur’s wedding vows. Shoo.
UTHER: GRR.

Guess who else also knows that the only cure for Merlin’s condition lies in the Forest of Balor?

Fortunately for Arthur, the destiny bond of sparkly fate he shares with Merlin allows the more magical side of the coin (i.e. Merlin) to see what’s going on, even without a birdbath. Look, I don’t know how Merlin’s doing this while fighting off fatal poison and running a high fever, he just is, okay? Apparently the urge to protect Arthur is greater than self-preservation in this guy. (He seems to be in good company, though, as he shares this trait with good parents and devoted lovers. *cough*)

Aaaaaaaaand, what do you know, the guardian cockatrice. (If you don’t know what a cockatrice is, just think giant flesh-eating dinosaur.)

Arthur gets all ready to kill it and stuff, armed with only his sword. I would shake my head, but I’ve also been reading Greek heroic myth for the better half of a semester, and I think I know how this ends.

Also, the wrist-flip of sexiness. I NEVER KNEW A THIN STRIP OF EXPOSED WRIST COULD BE THAT SEXY, OKAY??

ARTHUR’S SWORD: Swish, swoosh, duck, flip, overhand toss.
COCKATRICE: Am dead of awesome.

I swear the action sequence in this episode consisted of Arthur swinging his sword around. Ratio of swinging to slashing – 2:1. Even when he fights, this guy has to be an attention whore.

Nimueh is kind of shocked, I don’t know why, it’s not like he doesn’t have a reputation as Camelot’s Golden Fighting Machine or anything. So she has to move to stage 2 of her Plan of Evil Overladyship over Camelot, which is to lead Arthur into the cave and dispose of him there.

And Arthur, bless his chivalrous little heart, naively trusts this girl he meets in the middle of a DANGEROUS FOREST, who just happens to know EXACTLY WHAT HE’S LOOKING FOR and is beautiful to boot. Traits of evil sorceress: check, check and check. (Someone should write a handbook.)

The Cave of Balor, it is ominous.

NIMUEH: Follow me!
ARTHUR: What luck!
MERLIN: ARTHUR YOU IDIOT NO. [Gets his wizard groove on]
GWEN: What’s he muttering?
GAIUS: Not spells! Nope. Just gibberish from his fevered brain.

We’ve been over this before. She is a pastiche of comely evil who pushes people off narrow overhangs in caves.

ARTHUR: WTF??
NIMUEH: MUAHAHAHAHA!!
ARTHUR: NO SERIOUSLY, WHAT IS YOUR DEAL?
NIMUEH: I guess you will never find out because there is an army of ANGRY GIANT SPIDERS coming for you!

And then she just leaves him hanging on a ledge. She could have stabbed him, burned him, tossed him into the yawning crevasse, but no. Nimueh obeys the rules of evil overladyship and gloats at her opponent instead of properly finishing the job. I suppose I should be grateful, as Merlin without Arthur would have been too boring for words, but all I can say is, “READ THE HANDBOOK.”

Even while victimized, Merlin can still save the day! (Sort of.)

Their mystical bond, it awakens!!

I am completely serious. Arthur gets stuck on a narrow ledge in a dangerous cave and Merlin sends him a giant ball of light. “It’s too dark,” indeed.

ARTHUR: SHINY! MUST GET FLOWER FOR MERLIN!!
MERLIN: NO YOU IDIOT MOVE AWAY FROM THE CARNIVOROUS SPIDERS!
ARTHUR: FLOWERRRRRR~
SPIDERS: OH HAI.
ARTHUR: YES! I HAVE THE FLOWER!
SPIDERS: We can has food?
ARTHUR: UH, NO.

MERLIN: FASTER, ARTHUR, GO FASTER.*

(I SWEAR TO GOD THIS IS WHAT HE SAYS IN THE SHOW. Those of you who don’t get this, be glad of your still-intact purity. Those of you who do… *hugs* Welcome to the club.)

Arthur’s triumphant return to Camelot is cut short when his father’s people come and take him away. (Don’t be deceived at this plot illustration, these pics are here purely for the ‘Yum, Arthur’ reaction I had.)

Uther is certainly getting lots of use out of his Dungeon Cell of Strict Discipline.

ARTHUR: Look, I’m sorry for being a disobedient heroic son, okay? I had to. Merlin saved my life.
UTHER: Arthur, you have to learn to not sleep with the help.
ARTHUR: What?
UTHER: Don’t think you can fool me. A time will come when you have to sacrifice one life for your kingdom.

ARTHUR: Whatever you want, dad. Just give this flower to Merlin.
UTHER: No.
FLOWER: OUCH-HEY-OI-THAT-HURTS!

ARTHUR: I AM JACK’S SPEECHLESS RAGE.

ME: Aww, Arthur loves his princess.

In the moment of utmost despair, dearest Gwen comes with a platter of food for Arthur, and they arrange a neat bit of subterfuge, involving dropping the flower in the bread, and Arthur pretending to be a picky eater.

The guards, being your average denser-than-a-plank-of-wood-but-good-at-following-orders kind, don’t notice anything. Much.

Gaius makes the antidote with its requisite touch of magic, and Gwen feeds it to Merlin, however… he seems to have stopped breathing.

GWEN: T.T
GAIUS: 😦

But don’t worry! It’s only episode four, we can’t have the titular character dying. 😀

MERLIN: OMG YOU TWO, INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING IS INAPPROPRIATE!
GAIUS: [Eyebrow]
GWEN: [Squeal of joy]

AUDIENCE: WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?!
ME: Now that’s what I call inappropriate touching.
GWEN: [dances away on clouds of joy]
MERLIN: Bu-but that was my first kiss! I was saving it for Arthur!!
GAIUS: … TMI, my boy.

GAIUS: Oh, btw, the poison had magic in it. Possibly Bayard was just an innocent bystander in all this.
UTHER: …
GAIUS: You should probably release Bayard before Mercia’s army gets here, yeah?
UTHER: …
ME: UTHER IS SO WHIPPED.

UTHER: Hey, I know I was an ass about this, but I am proud of you for doing what you thought was right.
ARTHUR: Daddy, I love you too!

ARTHUR: I’m glad you’re okay, wifey.
MERLIN: I’m glad you’re home.

THEIR LOVE IS SO EPIC.

But Nimueh Is Still Seriously Angry.

End episode.

Commentary/Rambling:

– All those who now think Arthur and Merlin are totally doing it, raise your hands. 4, 10 and 13 are all outrageous like that, which is not to say that the others are not, but still. At this point they are fairly throwing it in your face. ARTHUR WANTS MERLIN FOR HIS PRINCESS!!!

– On that note, I thought, you know, since there weren’t any Draconian Annoucements of Arthur and Merlin’s Fated-To-Be-Togetherness, that this episode would be relatively … non-gay subtext-ful? Oh, how wrong I was. 😀

– My short synopsis before the squeecap just got a lot longer, didn’t it? *facepalm* Oh well. You knew it was coming, right? Also, 92 caps. I scare myself sometimes.

Sevenses

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  1. Ronan
    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    “Sloe gin” is a type of berry liqueur. I guess “slow gin” could also be a pun… but, really, any gin is slow gin if you have enough of it 😉

    Nice recap, btw =) on a side-note, why was Nimueh wearing a towel around her head? I haven’t seen any of the other servants doing so… was she later getting into the shower before the feast? I guess the people in charge just felt the need to bring out her eyes… (Dear BBC, WE GET IT. SHE HAS BLUE CONTACTS. MOVE ON.)

  2. Georgia
    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 3:22 am

    All the lovely people on the livejournal community merlinxarthur are now being subjected to my mediocre icons thanks to your lovely screen shots. And some of those captions had me laughing so hard I nearly choked on my retainers! ^^

    Bow to The Hat! xD

    Georgia.

  3. sevenses
    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Ronan: Thanks! As for the other question, I am afraid I don’t work for the Beeb.

    Georgia: Thank you for the comment! I would like to remind you that if you do use these screencaps as icon bases, to please credit me as the source. (And do you mind if I take a look at them, I am quite curious!)

  4. Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Re: the head towel:

    I had assumed that for some reason they wanted her to look like the Girl with Pearl Earring (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_with_a_Pearl_Earring). I’m not sure why they would do this, but the resemblence is striking. And she did look fabulous that way.

  5. Yasmine
    Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I just started watching Merlin on youtube and then I stumbled across your recaps… I lvoe them! Thanks so much for doing them!
    When watching the episodes (about to watch E05) I was like: Yeah, Arthur loves Merlin to bits. xD I love gay-sub … Anyhow, Morgana being a second version of Keira was just what I thought. Also, the actor who plays Merlin reminds me very much of Nicholas Hoult (Skins) if you know him.
    Well, Merlin is teh awesomeness.
    By the way, I don’t know how you feel about GOSSIP GIRL but I bet you’d do wonderful recaps *hinthint*

  6. Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for another awesome recap! My two year old is sitting here looking at books while I’m reading and keeps asking “Pretty funny?” when I laugh. She likes Merlin too, especially the dragon.

  7. Chloe
    Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Hey, I am a new fan of Merlin. Gosh, prince Arthur (Bradley James) is so fiiiiiiiiiine! So, I just stumbled across your recaps and HAHAHA it’s HILARIOUS! LOVED it! Please continue!

  8. Anonymous
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 10:40 am

    this iis stupid it dnt make sence and it ain’ the real words

    • Arlin
      Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7:46 am

      Seriously, thats the point!
      If ur worried about the gayness… well, ur just a sad homophobe.

  9. cutierabbit
    Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 3:13 am

    yeah, your subs are hilarious!! hahaha

  10. Jess
    Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 6:29 am

    I’m LOVING your recaps here.

    And YES: the subtext here is like whoa. 🙂

    “MERLIN: FASTER, ARTHUR, GO FASTER.*

    (I SWEAR TO GOD THIS IS WHAT HE SAYS IN THE SHOW. Those of you who don’t get this, be glad of your still-intact purity. Those of you who do… *hugs* Welcome to the club.)”

    ROFLMAO. I swear, I was watching that, going, “WTF?! He did NOT just say that…” I’m sure even the very naive or not fangirly would be thinking the same thing. 🙂

    MOAR PLZ! I wanna see what you have to say about when Lancelot rocks up. 🙂

  11. Amanda
    Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Best episode Ive seen so far. I live in the US so we only have up to episode 5. (Internet is so lovely) Im up to ep.7
    Merlin and Arthur should just hurry up and get married already. Or more fanservice. I swear that “Faster, Arthur” part made my head explode with happiness. X3
    ~P1fl

  12. Friday, July 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I think I can never get enough recaps from this episode.^^ The gay “sub”text is just so particular obvious in this episode it’s kinda hilarious. That’s why I love this episode so much!!! =D

    Arthur and his little wifey are just meant to be together (the Slash Dragon says so^^), noone can deny it, not even the writers of the show. (“Faster, Arthur, go faster!”) *LMAO*

    Brilliant recap and so much fun!!! =D

  13. Eoselene
    Monday, July 13, 2009 at 2:12 am

    I throughly enjoy the hilarious recaps u make, especially with the slash commentary. The fangirl inside me can’t help but squeal with joy after reading half this.

    can’t wait for more of your recaps.

    –Eoselene

  14. taburer
    Monday, July 13, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Hahahahahaha! Loved your recaps, esp. this one! Hilarious!!! 😀
    Just to add on to what Yasmeen said, What do you feel about Gossip Girl? ;DD

    Your recaps make the show so much more interesting! I kind of like read your recaps first then watch the show. Then while I’m watching it, I laugh to myself as I realise that you’re such a genius! Arthur + Merlin = Absolute Gayness!! Ahahaha! 😀 Love it. 🙂

    Thanks! 😀

  15. Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “Faster, Arthur. Go Faster.” OMG LOLZ

    Me, being a Merlin/Arthur fangirly, just had tons of thoughts just stream into my head… Innuendo, big time. XD Go Arthur’s little princess! I need to watch that episode again to see if that’s what Merlin really said lmao!

  16. amyy
    Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

    i love marlin and i love merlin and arther

    • Anonymous
      Friday, January 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      Iam from China,and i love merlin

  17. sevde
    Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I love arhtur I love arthur

  18. ANY
    Monday, January 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    SENİ ÇOK SEVİYORUM ARTHUR 🙂

  19. Eleanoora
    Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    That was just great., you said everything that needed to be said. EVERYBODY knows that Arthur and Merlin belong together, please!

  20. merve
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 6:04 am

    çk byendim

  21. ashly
    Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    l love you arthur l love youuuuuu very love seni herşeyden çok seviyorumm my love

  22. AslıM
    Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    l love you arthur

  23. Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    wow theese series are just breathtaking!!!!!!! so handsome staring boys and what an interesting story… i hope it will take very long to finish ..i love it

  24. Vivian Pryde
    Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Well, you’ve basically ruined all drama within the show. Whenever I watch this your quotes keep coming back and I start laughing even when it’s completely serious.
    You’re going to have a field day with next episode when Lancelot shows up
    I was never a Merlin/Arthur shipper at all until now that I’ve read all this and could actually see it for myself. Now I’m just going along with it because it’s so darn funny.
    Love your recaps, please keep writing them.

    P.S. There is a handbook. Evil Overlord list at tvtropes.
    Although you probably already know, I’ve seen you use tropes before, like woobie and villain/monster of the week

    • Vivian Pryde
      Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

      O_O I missed your link to another Handbook. My bad.

  25. Anonymous
    Friday, May 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    molto bello e inovativo i personagi hano un modo realista e nello steso tempo fantastico nell comunicare e comportarsi e per agungiere piu bello il film li fano i momenti comici fra merlin e arthur ciao molti auguri

  26. Anonymous
    Friday, September 24, 2010 at 11:13 am

    LOL! Merthur sooooo obvious here! I’m actually not a Merthur fan, but it is soo funny readin this stuff :D:D:D:D

  27. Arlin
    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I absolutely LOVE this! You are amazingly talented with these subs. You made me laugh so hard. I’m already a shipper 🙂
    Check out my trailer on utube.
    Arthur/Merlin Timeless Trailer
    This is the second (the 1st was so bad I deleted it) vid I ever made.
    Third – and epic – trailer is coming, but i have to redo it because wmm is crappy 😦
    One day I’ll eventually finish the actual vid… one day.
    Merthur (aka Arlin) just has SOOO much chemistry. From the very first ep “There’s something about you merlin” to the latest teasing in The Eye of the Pheonix (in my country, Aus, s3 hasnt started yet, let alone where im on exchange – i LOVE youtube :D)
    Again, thankyou. I agree with all your comments. And does that handbook really exist or not? lol
    I really want to read more of your stuff 🙂

  28. LikeMerlin
    Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

    This is sooo nice !!!I love this do you know??!!

  29. LikeMerlin
    Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10:16 am

    But they are not gay …. Just like brothers!

    • slendersail
      Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Umm no, when people’s self-preservation is completely forgotten in their need to protect the other person, it’s either parent/child or devoted mates. Merlin means “servant of the Goddess”, and Kings were always supposed to be married to such a servant of the Goddess – she was their counterpart, the other side to the coin, day and night, the balance. But the Goddess was served by a wide range of people, including transgender and gay guys. The math is… overpowering. Hee! 😀

  30. Anonymous
    Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

    you should make animated videos to go with your version of merlin. it would be hilarious

  31. Anonymous
    Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 8:42 am

    and put them on youtube

  32. Emily
    Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    You are awesome. I’ve only just started watching Merlin and Googled Merlin’s “go faster” thing to see what other people had to say about it. This is so funny! I ended up totally spamming my friends with quotes from this – seven tweets in twenty minutes, all about this.

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