|As Esther said, it's a nice episode, but yeah, as JJuna said, somewhat too dark and hopeless. Not that I mind, but it did avert the typical upbeat ending of almost every episode of "Merlin".|
I do mind, to be honest. Unless there is something to leaven the unremitting gloom, the whole thing will just become too depressing. When I think about it, it also really annoys me that whenever TPTB were asked about the forthcoming series, they always boasted "It's a lot darker..." as if darker was synonymous with better. Not in my book, it isn't.
Since we all know Guinevere is gonna marry Arthur in the end, why not have her struggle a bit more for it, it is more interesting that way
Here here JJuna. It saddens me to no end that Gwen who has been there for everyone on this show in their hour of need, trusted in them absent of proof should be left to dangle in the wind. What is it she should be working for? Trust honor dignity? Well I think she's earned that. I honestly didn't mind the darkness and actually like Arthur's reaction...I just think it speaks volumes that the one time they decide not to redeem a characters honor it happens to be a woman.
Worse yet in my opinion is having Gwen humiliate herself by asking Arthur "where will I go" as if the shame of having all believe her unfaithful wasn't bad enough. But the cherry on top of this misogynistic cake was all the good old boys standing around commending Lancelot on his honor in committing suicide after the harlot apparently lead him astray.
Beautiful brilliant episode but once again we have the mother of a Kingdom who is morally weak and an empty vessel blown about by the whims of men. The only thing that can make this worse for me is if brave dumb Arthur decides to forgive the little lady and she falls gratefully into his big strong arms.