BBC (ended 2012)
|Why do we never have Morgana and Arthur scenes anymore?|
|And what happened to Gwen's crush on Merlin?|
|in the myths she's Merlins true love, lol.|
Yeah. It's rather annoying because they've totally axed any scenes between them at all. I liked Morgana/Arthur in series one with the slight romantic slant -- but even sibling banter would be great... I accept they're not going for romane anymore, but alas it seems the writers won't even stretch to a platonic relationship.
|Lol true, but it sounds so weird now! I don't see Nimueh back unless the writers run out of ideas for evil characters.|
Yeah, I don't believe she's dead though. I read an interview forever ago/heard the producers say she's not actually gone for good in terms of that universe... although that doesn't mean she'll come back.
Season 2 has been made and there have been no leaks of any great changes. As a serial, there has to be a formulaic quality to each episode. However, I am more interested in the longer term narrative arc.
Morgana and Merlin become great friends and share a telepathic ability used on many occasions for the greater good of camelot.
Damn can't believe I just read that...Oops completely spoils the last few episodes though I'm doubting Arthur will marry Gwen now he seems kind of young for that plus he isn't King yet so shouldn't he wait but if he does then so be it sounds like the last few eps will be quite good and very glad to hear there will be a 3rd series.
And if Gaius dies it will just suck there's still so much more he needs to teach Merlin
|Filming for Series 3 should be starting in a few months... Hopefully we'll find out more information on Series 3 soon.|
Ok now i've seen the whole of series 2, i've decided what i want to see in series 3! Right firstly Arthur MUST find out about Merlin very early on in the series, but he doesn't need to tell Merlin he knows! By doing this they can give Arthur time to come to terms with Merlin's magic and provide us with some funny moments! Secondly, I'd like them not to have so much as a recurring villian but instead something going on in the background of several episodes (a bit tlike they have in Doctor Who) that comes to a head in episodes 12 & 13. This could help to link all the episode together and give us more progression. Thirdly (is that word?!) a war would be good! Camelot is at war with the kingdom the Dragonlord was hiding in, so why not give us a few battles! I know they'd have to be pretty team because of the timeslot but still it would be quite good to see!
Other things that would be good: a continuation of the Arthur/Guinever love story, keeping it subtle mostly i think would be a good way forward abit tlike in epi 13. The Return of Freya with Excalibur I think that would be a god thing. Morgana must come back, maybe she and Morguase could be the bad guys! So can't wait to see series 3, shame its like 9 months away!
A war with King Odin would be cool indeed!
I miss a recurring villain too, someone like Nimueh. Season two has been a series of characters arriving to Camelot with evil ideas in mind. Someone recurrent makes the thread more realistic and dangerous. That could be tandem Morgana/Morgause. I definitely want them back. I'd like to have Morgana back at Camelot, being a latent threat in disguise and having an ally outside in Morgause.
I also want to know how come they are half sisters, why did Gaius snuggle Morgause out of Camelot and why he let Uther believe that the baby had died. And who is that powerful sorceress he confided her to, but I'm almost certain that must have been Nimueh. In 2x08 it was said that he handed the baby to the high priestess of the Old Religion but also in episode 1x09 Excalibur, it is revealed that only Uther, Gaius and Nimueh know the behind Arthur's birth. So if Morgause also knows (I bet she put the words in Ygraine's ghost mouth) then that high priestess has to be Nimueh. And if Nimueh has trained Morgause, she is gonna make a tough rival since Merlin's magic wasn't enough to beat hers in 2x12.
I would also like to see Alvarr back and developing his relationship with Morgana.
I am responding here to the thread about killing Uther, as suggested by boom moo.
I hope they don't kill Uther yet! He is priceless, his face when all the faults he did in the past slap him back in the face, and he still manages to win. And hearing another "Magic is evil, while I am king, there will not be magic in this kingdom" is also priceless to hear.
Also, I'd like to have Morgana back, as an intruder as said above. She too is priceless, if anything for her fights with Uther. Their scenes are some of the craziest in the show.
I think most of us agree that Arthur should find about Merlin's magic right at the start of the season. And sure, it will produce many funny scenes. Merlin's pretending would in a way get another dimension: not only would the audience know about it, but also Arthur. I wonder how he would react? Probably his first thought would be a complete disappointment and resolution to report him to Uther. Then by the end of the episode Merlin would again become helpful, and Arthur would reconsider it. Imagine how ridiculous would all those Merlin's explanations sound to him once he knew.
The other thing connected to this concerns this theme of friendship. Of course, Merlin is more loyal, but at the end of the day, Arthur is more sincere. Merlin keeps to himself almost everything, including completely harmless things, while Arthur confides much more. If the writers take that into consideration, who knows what kind of rift that would be able to create.
Uther can take slaps in the face without losing the composure or changing his 'magic is evil' motto indeed. That's why I wouldn't like having him killed before he realizes that magic is not evil in itself, that one doesn't choose to have it, that it can be used for the right purpose and that it is being used in front of his very nose for a while now. Arthur would have been dead numerous times not being for it, let alone never having been born. I want him to tell Arthur that he should be a better and fairer king than himself before passing.
I wouldn't like Arthur to tell Merlin he knows he's got magic rightaway. I want him to find out by himself and keep it hidden for a while. I want to see how the realization kicks Arthur, how he sees questioned all the moral pillars he's been brought by, how he realizes that his warrior skills aren't at all enough to keep peace and prosperity and most importantly, how magic can help him be the great King Camelot needs. ç
Their friendship would be indeed shaken. I guess it's only natural that Arthur feels he can't trust Merlin, but on second thought he'll realize that is not true. Merlin has tried to confess it on a couple of occasions, but then he's kept it hidden for the greater good. And the greater good being Arthur's wellbeing.
Merlin is as loyal and honest as he can be, but the circumstances make him act in a certain way. He considers Arthur a friend, but he can't open up as much as he'd want to. It is the same with Arthur, who is conditioned by his upbringing: he feels Merlin as a friend but he can never ackowledge in public or state it in private. Both are loyal, trustworthy, honest and sincere with each other, they are truly freinds, but both are seriously restrained by their particular circumstances. It is a nice struggle, and Arthur finding out about Merlin will make it even more interestin.
Now that you say it, it occurs to me how much Merlin is written like a fairy-tale. You have a cruel king, whose cruelty stems from loss of a beloved (in a way like Leontes from The Winter's Tale), and who will probably be redeemed at the end of things; there is a young arrogant prince, who is actually good-hearted, but who needs to learn humility if he is to achieve greatness; there is Cinderella-like serving maid who is neglected, but flourishes in the end; a beautiful yet flawed with malice princess who turns to evil.
And now that I have written this, I have a slight deja vu feeling that I have already written it somewhere in this forum. If it so, then sorry for the forgetfulness.
|It is indeed a fairy tale, and when it is told through such a wonderful cast, one can't but sit down and enjoy i forgot to mention that I'm afraid Mordred will be back too. I just wonder who will use him next (Morgause maybe?), he doesn't sound like a threat yet on his own.|
Yeah, the cast is magnificent. Most of them are schooled actors, but nonetheless, they are all very good actors. They are very natural, and into their roles, doing their job with complete responsibility and easiness at the same time. I haven't seen many shows where the entire cast has done such a good work.
Mordred is creepy. I used to have a neutral opinion about him, until he killed those two guards in Witch's Quickening. That was genuinely creepy, and I hated him at the moment, he seemed like those evil children from horror movies.