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    dpebbleson

    [1]Jul 3, 2010
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    Seeing as we have 10 weeks of hiatus ahead, discussing on all things "Merlin" related seems like a good idea to deal with the withdrawal during the hiatus.


    In this brand new thread we will be selecting the best and worst moments of "Merlin" TV Series.


    Categories can be virtually anything like "The Best Frightening Moment", "The Best Dramatic Moment", "The Best Romantic Moment", "The Worst Villain", "The Best Episode Title", "The Worst Episode"... anything as long as it pertains to the show!


    This thread runs parallel with the episode rewatch thread so the new themes to discuss on will be chosen by the re-watching thread participants as per the list and the rules stated at the beginning of every 2011 episode rewatch thread. In any case, everyone is much welcome to join the ongoing discussions.


    I will inaugurate the thread with the following category:


    "The Most Beautiful Visual Moment"


    I choose a moment from "The Lady of the Lake" which has, in my opinion, very beautiful colours, and contrasts between blue and red, fire and water, and is also closely related to the theme, atmosphere and mood of the episode.


    I'm providing a picture to illustrate it. All of you are free to post your own pictures, but are not obliged to do it.




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    Best and Worst Thread : all the categories explored so far :


    1. Most Beautiful Visual Moment, dpebbleson (Danko), post 1;


    2. Best and Worst Great Dragon's Moments, pcdsa (Trish), post 15;


    3. Best Musical Clip, boom-moo (Esther), post 20;


    4. Best Laugh out Loud Moment!, illegalferret (Sarah), post 28;


    5. Most Intense Uther moment, dpebbleson (Danko), post 38;


    6. Top Three Merlin-Arthur Moments, pcdsa (Trish), post 44;


    7. Best and Worst Outfit, boom-moo (Esther), post 59;


    8. Most Frightening/Eerie/Menacing Villain, dpebbleson (Danko), post 68;


    9. Best and Worst Monster or Magical Creature, pcdsa (Trish), post 73;


    10. Best or Worse One Line/Short Statement, illegalferret (Sarah), post 78;


    11. Best and Worst Kiss, boom-moo (Esther), post 82;


    12. Best Episode Title, dpebbleson (Danko), post 89;


    13. Best/Most Dramatic Moment, illegalferret (Sarah), post 96;


    14. Best Merlin Location, pcdsa (Trish), post 102;


    15. Favourite Main Characters in Order of Personal Preference, dpebbleson (Danko), post 112 AND Worst Three Characters, pcdsa (Trish), post 114;


    16. Best Episode / Not so Good Episode (of Third Season), dpebbleson (Danko), post 124;


    17. Best and Worst Guest Character, boom-moo (Esther), post 134;


    18. Best Tear Jerking Scene, illegalferret (Sarah), post 143;


    19. The Best Merlin-Arthur Scene of Series 3, pcdsa (Trish), post 153;


    20. The Best/Worst Use of Magic, WitchyWeasel88 (Louise), post 163;


    21. Most Epic/Least Impressive Merlin Scene, ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire), post 172;


    22. The Most/Least Clever Plot by a Villain, dpebbleson (Danko), post 179;


    23. The Best and Worst episode opening, boom-moo (Esther), post 195;


    24. The Best and Worst Trailer for the Next Episode, illegalferret (Sarah), post 207;


    25. Best and Worst Plot Twists, pcdsa (Trish), post 214;


    26. Best/Worst Fight or Battle, ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire), post 218;


    27. Most impressive/least impressive use of special effects and CGI, WitchyWeasel88 (Louise), post 229;


    28. Favourite writer on board of Merlin, dpebbleson (Danko), post 242;


    29. Best and Worst double parter episode, boom-moo (Esther), post 251;


    30. Best and Worst Knight, illegalferret (Sarah), post 259;


    31. Best and Worst Character Name, pcdsa (Trish), post 270;


    32. Best/worst serious conversation between Merlin and Arthur, ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire), post 283;


    33. Best visual moments of series 3, WitchyWeasel88 (Louise), post 290;


    34. The Best Team Work in Merlin, dpebbleson (Danko), post 311;


    35. Favourite Arthur/Gwen picture or moment, boom-moo (Esther), post 315;


    36. The best/worst piece of magic performed by Merlin, illegalferret (Sarah), post 321;


    37. Worst Decision Made, pcdsa (Trish), post 331;


    38. Best and Worst line, ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire), post 354;


    39. Best and Worst Morgana Moment, WitchyWeasel88 (Louise), post 363;


    40. Best and Worst Morgause Moment, dpebbleson (Danko), post 372;


    41. Best and Worst series (season) finale episode, boom-moo (Esther), post 377;


    42. Favourite funny scene, illegalferret (Sarah), post 384;


    43. Best Saving Merlin Scene / Occasion, psdsa (Trish), post 396;


    44. Best and Worst Smile, ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire), post 404;


    45. Best (character) moments without words', WitchyWeasel88 (Louise), post 423;


    46. Favourite Gaius moment, dpebbleson (Danko), post 430;


    47. Best and Worst goof, boom-moo (Esther), post 435;


    48. Best and Worst room, illegalferret (Sarah), post 445;


    49. Best Prop, pcdsa (Trish), post 451;


    50. Best/Worst anti-magic and pro-magic statements, ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire), post 456;


    51. Best and worst Uther moment, WitchyWeasel88 (Louise), post 461;


    52. Best and Worst magical trick used by any character in the whole 4 series, boom-moo (Esther), post 477;


    53. Worst Moral Dilemma, dpebbleson (Danko), post 490;


    54. Best/Worst Emotional Scene, ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire), post 499;


    55. The spell you'd most like to be able to do, illegalferret (Sarah), post 510;


    56. Best Merlin and Arthur scene from Series 4, pcdsa (Trish), post 513;


    57. The Best Arthur and Gwen Scene from Series 4, legend-dreamer, post 520;


    58. Best/Worst Insult, fantasyfreak77 (Oz), post 526;


    59. Most impressive / least impressive Female guest character, LizzyGlue (Carmen), post 536;


    60. Most predictable / least predictable plot twist, boom-moo (Esther), post 540;


    61. The Most Poetical Line, dpebbleson (Danko), post 545;


    62. Best/Worst Knights of the Round Table moment(s) either as a group or individually, legend-dreamer, post 549;


    63. Best or Worst Pre-opening titles scene, illegalferret (Sarah), post 554;


    64. Best/Worst Morgana-Gwen Moment, fantasyfreak77 (Oz), post 560;


    65. Best and Worst Great Dragon Kilgharrah and Merlin moment in all 4 series, LizzyGlue (Carmen), post 565;


    66. Best and Worst One to One fight, boom-moo (Esther), post 572;


    67. Best/Worst Moral Lesson by Guinevere, dpebbleson (Danko), post 579;


    68. Best/Worst Uther moment, ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire), post 589;


    69. Best or Worst Unusual Pairing, illegalferret (Sarah), post 595;


    70. Best/Worst Agravaine Moments, legend-dreamer, post 601;


    71. Best/Worst Piece of Gaius Wisdom, fantasyfreak77 (Oz), post 608;


    72. Best/Worst Character Arc, ForeverArwen94, post 612;


    73. Best and Worst outfit or costume worn in a fight or in combat, LizzyGlue (Carmen), post 616;


    74. Best and Worst love scene, boom-moo (Esther), post 619;


    75. Best/Worst Eye Candy, ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire), post 623;


    76. Best and Worst Expectations and Anxieties of the Future of "Merlin", dpebbleson (Danko), post 631;


    77. Best or Worst thing you've learnt whilst watching Merlin, illegalferret (Sarah), post 635;


    78. Best/Worst Chest, Neck or Body Porn Moment, legend-dreamer, post 643;


    79. Best/Worst Character to Mock, fantasyfreak77 (Oz), post 652;


    80. Best/Worst Family Moment, ForeverArwen94 post 657;


    81. Best/Worst Ceremonial costume or Formal dress, LizzyGlue (Carmen), post 664;


    82. Best and Worst campsite scene, boom-moo (Esther), post 669;


    83. Best and Worst Meal, dpebbleson (Danko), post 676;


    84. Best and worst decision Merlin's made, illegalferret (Sarah), post 682;


    85. Best/Worst Musical Moments/Themes, legend-dreamer, post 687;


    86. Best/Worst Facial Expression, fantasyfreak77 (Oz), post 693;


    87. Best/Worst Gwaine Moment, ForeverArwen94, post 699;


    88. Favorite / least favorite Merlin & Morgana moments, LizzyGlue (Carmen), post 703;


    89. Best and Worst recurring character, boom-moo (Esther), post 710;


    90. Best and Worst Potion, dpebbleson (Danko), post 713;


    91. Best and Worst Building, ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire), post 716;


    92. Best and Worst Morgana's Plan to bring down Arthur/Camelot, illegalferret (Sarah), post 719;


    93. Best/Worst Best/Worst Series out of all 5, legend-dreamer, post 722;


    94. Most disappointing episode, fantasyfreak77 (Oz), post 727;


    95. Favorite suspended disbelief moments, LizzyGlue (Carmen), post 735;


    96. Best and Worst Ally/Alliance, boom-moo (Esther), post 742;


    97. Best and Worst Merlin's Excuse, dpebbleson (Danko), post 745;



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    As per December 2013 the turns go as follows:


    -boom-moo (Esther)


    -dpebbleson (Danko)


    -ACDiNosey (Anne-Claire)


    -illegalferret (Sarah)


    -pcdsa (Trish)


    -legend-dreamer


    -fantasyfreak77 (Oz)


    -ForeverArwen94


    -LizzyGlue (Carmen)

    Edited on 12/29/2012 2:53am
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    boom-moo

    [2]Jul 3, 2010
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    Very hard category to start with! I have some in mind, but will have to rewatch before choosing.

    I agree your choice is a very lovely example of the great cinematography in this show
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    pcdsa

    [3]Jul 3, 2010
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    I love Arthur and Merlin sitting opposite each other in the final test from "The Labyrinth of Gedref. Very iconic with the sea in the background. Reminds me of "The Seventh Seal" with the Knight and Death playing chess.


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    boom-moo

    [4]Jul 3, 2010
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    Another lovely one! It was my desktop for a long while
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    dpebbleson

    [5]Jul 3, 2010
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    Yeah, it is indeed beautiful. And it does remind of 'The Seventh Seal'
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    illegalferret

    [6]Jul 3, 2010
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    For me one of the most visually stunning shots has to be Morgana and Uther standing on the hill in epi 1x12 cloaks blowing just after she's saved his life.

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    boom-moo

    [7]Jul 3, 2010
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    I'm gonna be my annoying self and post a lot of pictures. Sorry but I'm gonna do horrible at this game, I'm so very unable to pick just one thing.

    Alright, here are some some visual moments I find beautiful:

    -Great CGI:

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    -Simple beauty:

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    -Nice camera angles:

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    -Amazing props:

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    -Great light:

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    -Scenes that speak volumes without words:

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    -Pierrefonds in any take with or without CGI:

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    And my favourite would be a combination of all of the above: great camera angle, great props, great light, great simplicity and beautiful without words:

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    dpebbleson

    [8]Jul 3, 2010
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    Whoa, Esther, this was brilliant!!!
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    pcdsa

    [9]Jul 4, 2010
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    Yes, it is difficult to pick a favourite. I too loved Uther and Bayard's scene working towards each other, the candle vigil for Arthur in 1.13, Arthur-Guinevere's first kiss with the light streaming in from behind and your pictures from 2.12.



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    boom-moo

    [10]Jul 4, 2010
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    I love it that there's no need for CGI or special effects for a scene to be visually lovely
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    illegalferret

    [11]Jul 5, 2010
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    Looking at the pictures Esther reminded me of how visually stunning this show is. There are so many moments that just look fantastic on screen no matter how small that screen is! Just a few more i can think of off the top of my head, I love the shots of Camelot in 2x12 when everyone is just laying there asleep, and how about in 1x01 when everyone is asleep in the great hall covered in cobwebs? I'm sure given time i can come up with a few that do not involve everyone being asleep!

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    boom-moo

    [12]Jul 5, 2010
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    illegalferret wrote:
    Looking at the pictures Esther reminded me of how visually stunning this show is. There are so many moments that just look fantastic on screen no matter how small that screen is!
    Absolutely. What I did was write down those I could think of and then did the captions, but as I was looking for them I kept stumbling into awesome new oness and I was like 'no, I won't end the picspam ever' so I had to force myself to fast forward very fast. There are way many out there! And if we get season 3 in HD as it is rumoured... man, it's gotta rock
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    ericsprau

    [13]Jul 6, 2010
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    Go ahead and tack me on the list.

    My personal favorite visual moment is the magic fight between Nimueh and Merlin in 1x13, Le Morte d'Arthur. The fireballs and lightning in particular are especially well crafted.
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    boom-moo

    [14]Jul 6, 2010
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    ericsprau wrote:
    Go ahead and tack me on the list.
    Please check post #515 in 'United Fans of Merlin' thread. The list belongs to the character/ship discussion thread and this thread run parallel. If you agree with the rules, I'll add you
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    pcdsa

    [15]Jul 10, 2010
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    This week's category is "The Best and Worst Great Dragon's Moments". This can include a scene or quote.

    As Esther said before it is difficult to decide as there are too many favourites...


    After much deliberation best one is him laughing at Uther marrying a troll in 2.06 just because this was the first time we saw him laugh and how he thoroughly enjoyed hearing the news. "Was it a very public affair?", "Public enough!" Ha, ha, ha...

    Worst one toss up between two: not telling Merlin the consequences of saving Arthur in 1.13 or when he attacked Arthur in 2.13. Going for the latter after all he has done to save him.

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    boom-moo

    [16]Jul 10, 2010
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    The Best:

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    Well, not exactly the best of the dragon but this scene from 1x06 is special because it is the first and only time so far that anyone no being Merlin gets to visit the dragon and talk to him.

    The Worst:

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    I'd go with the same scene pcdsa chose but not to repeat anything, I'd go with this scene from 1x12, when an infuriated dragon exhaled his anger on Merlin. I think it was a pretty good sign that the dragon had an agenda of his own.
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    dpebbleson

    [17]Jul 10, 2010
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    OK, a very nice theme! I agree with the posts of both of you.


    The Best Dragon Scene for me is, however, when he is released, and is surging high from his dungeon!





    And the worst is maybe (just maybe) when he scorches the Camelot! But it is also very visually stunning!



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    boom-moo

    [18]Jul 10, 2010
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    dpebbleson wrote:
    The Best Dragon Scene for me is, however, when he is released, and is surging high from his dungeon!
    I love his roar. 20 years waiting for it, there's way too much in that roar.
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    pcdsa

    [19]Jul 11, 2010
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    Love your choices and the pics especially the third one of the dragon leaving the cave. FREEDOM!

    Adding pics to my choices.

    Best where he is laughing:

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    Worst (sniff) attacking Arthur who is out of shot with FIRE:

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    boom-moo

    [20]Jul 17, 2010
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    This week's category is "The Best Musical Clip". I know it's a hard one but I really love the score of this show. Hope you are all fans of it too and can contribute with choices and ideas. And if you aren't someone who pays attention to scores, I bet there's a certain scene you are fond of because of the beautiful combination of image and music, even if the same music in a different scene didn't strike you.

    Anyway, all contributions are welcome. Thank you

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