I had decided to give Merlin a chance and to watch the next episodes, seeing if there is something that reminds me of the show I'd come to love. I was disappointed again. You may think it is because Uther is gone, and I admit that it is the main reason but not the only one. There have been episodes with very little of Uther in them and I loved them anyway. It was the interaction between the characters, the atmosphere and the love within the show. Don't know what other word to choose. There was this certain charme.
It's gone for some reason. I was worried that Merlin would become pretty much like The Tudors or something, and in my opinion it is on its way to become exactly like that. Where is the warmth between the characters, the interesting interaction, the part that carried us off into a special world for an hour?
Again, I don't know where to start. So Arthur acts even worse than his father within the first few minutes by killing a man, a king, in cold blood. It wasn't just killing, it was an execution which was disproportionate to the crime Carleon committed. Really, I wouldn't have done that at the age of 12, no matter who had tried to talk me into this. Arthur is somewhat between 25 and 30 and he acts against his principles in a blink of an eye. All this talking about him being ready to be king was proven wrong just by that. Whilst Uther had kept peace between Camelot and Carleon's kingdom, Arthur executes the king just so. Not even Uther would have done this. As a matter of fact, we have never seen him killing a person by his own hands, right? All the executions he demanded were to follow the laws of Camelot, wether we liked it or not, wether it was right or wrong. And despite all that Arthur has learnt and all that he is, it just took a few words from Agravaine to make him become a murderer. It might be human but it's not what complies to Arthur and certainly not what I want to see in a TV show I have loved so much. Same with Gwen. Agravaine talks to him for 2 minutes and suddenly Arthur becomes as cold as ice, giving up his one and only true love. It doesn't matter if he learnt his lesson at the end of the episode, it was all just completely out of character from the beginning.
Furhermore, all the mentions of Uther were as meaningless as anything could be. There was no grief, no sorrow, no love. Talking about Uther without any emotion was like talking about John Doe from the woods. It meant nothing, except to show at the end that Morgana is supposed to be like him although it isn't true at all. True, both were or are driven by hatred and revenge but other than Morgana, Uther knew the difference between friend and foe, even when suspecting Merlin or Gaius of sorcery (which was true with Merlin by the way) and losing track for a while. He did not want war but peace (all the time!) as long as there wasn't magic involved whereas Morgana tries to take advantage of any opportunity to fullfill her evil plans, no matter what the cost. She doesn't care about peace but only about herself. She wasn't in shock about the loss of someone like Uther was, there was no traumata she now has to deal with but only her irrational hatred. She is not like Uther, she is not like anyone, yet the audience is supposed to think that she acts like him when the differences between them are being mentioned and shown even within the one and same episode. And what about her great powers? Enchanting the sword and that was it when Merlin was capable to save Arthur even without moving his lips?
The queen got over her loss very quickly, as it seems. I understand that she was sensible enough to avoid a war that would have cost thousands of lives, but forgiving the one who killed her husband so fast? No way! If Arthur had killed him in a battle it would have been credible but killing him in cold blood... Come on. When she said that something about Arthur would give her hope for them all, she had obviously forgotten that her kingdom and Camelot were at peace while Uther was still alive. Did she hold a grudge against him? Not that we know of, yet she had hope with Arthur who killed her husband, only because he spared the life of the warrior and avoided the war, although there had been peace between both kingdoms with Uther still alive. And it wasn't Uther who invaded their land but Carleon who invaded Camelot. So what is wrong here? Is it because Uther forbid magic in Camelot, and if so, why does it concern her since they were at peace?
What I'm saying is, that you can't say in one moment that there was peace with Uther and the next moment you say that Uther was an a*** and obviously responsible for whatever when there wasn't anything that he was responsible for, except for a peace contract. And all that just to let Arthur shine in glory when actually it was him and Agravaine who jeopardised the peace by killing an unarmed man.
Seems that logic and character description is being sacrificed just to prove that Arthur is so much better when atcually he seems to be very fickle for now.
I don't like any character description anymore, not Arthur's, not Merlin's, not Gaius', not Uther's. They all have become just chameleon-like to serve the storyline, even in death in regard to Uther. The good feeling when watching Merlin is gone. It just doesn't feel right anymore.