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The Best and Worst of "MERLIN"

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    ACDiNosey

    [221]Mar 14, 2011
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    I'm a big fan of the siege battle in TUP2. Nighttime and fighting on all fronts seems to do it for me. Not keen on silly fights with brigands where branches collapse or swords attract metal... These could always be better done.
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    boom-moo

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    The battlement fight agains the dragon and the one with Sir Leon commanding the knights in the square against the dragon again (both in 2x13) are really cool ones as well.
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    illegalferret

    [223]Mar 14, 2011
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    Does the joust count as a fight? Because the joust scenes in 2x02 are brilliant!

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    ACDiNosey

    [224]Mar 14, 2011
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    Yep jousts and tournaments count
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    LizzyGlue

    [225]Mar 14, 2011
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    Lancelot vs Arthur, the fight where he qualifies as a knight.

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    boom-moo

    [226]Mar 15, 2011
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    LizzyGlue wrote:

    Lancelot vs Arthur, the fight where he qualifies as a knight.

    The one with the broom sticks is also visually really cool.
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    dpebbleson

    [227]Mar 15, 2011
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    The best fight, hmm, well, that one in 'The Sins of the Father' which reminded me of the confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader in 'The Return of the Jedi'.

    I also liked the moment when Uther charged into battle, I just like the twisted look and the lunacy in his eyes.

    Bad fights... Well, as AC said, those when a branch falls, or when Merlin heats up someone's blade so he drops a sword.
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    fantasymommy

    [228]Mar 15, 2011
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    The battle in Sins of the Father between Morgause and Arthur is epic in it's own right...while it is true she kicked him to gain the advantage, it was absolutely awesome to see her lay Arthur out and pin him. I personally gloried in seeing Arthur beaten by 'a girl':-)


    Some could challenge that Arthur gave her a second chance, this is true, but she was ultimately the winner. I very well done fight scene in it's execution and variances.

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    WitchyWeasel88

    [229]Mar 19, 2011
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    I agree with a lot of you in that the Arthur/Uther fight in Sins of the Father is my overall favourite. I also loved the scenes where Camelot was under attack by the dragon in 2x13.


    The worst for me are, as you say the general attack in woods then branch falls on head fights, just because there's nothing special about them and also Arthur vs. the cockatrice and to a slightly lesser extent the griffin in s1 because they were too unconvincing.


    Which leads me on to the topic for this week. . .


    Most impressive/least impressive use of special effects and CGI.

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    boom-moo

    [230]Mar 19, 2011
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    The Afanc makes me cringe every time, it's too cheap cheesy.

    I like the CGI of the dragon attacking Arthur and his knights and later just the knights in 2x13.
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    pcdsa

    [231]Mar 20, 2011
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    I love the dragon (all scenes) but I wasn't impressed by the griffin.
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    ACDiNosey

    [232]Mar 20, 2011
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    I agree the dragon's always rather good, and, although I didn't like the episode, so was the goblin, I thought. I'm no big fan of the Manticore, and the ever-changing wyverns were a bit stilted too.
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    dpebbleson

    [233]Mar 20, 2011
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    I like the Dragon, the Manticore, the wyverns (I didn't notice the changes, but hey, I rarely do...), and yes, the goblin was well done too.

    The bads: afanc, griffin. Also the exploding men in 'The Coming of Arthur, part 2'. Way too simple for my taste, and cheap as well. Better if they all fell to the ground or something.
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    ACDiNosey

    [234]Mar 20, 2011
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    I don't know if it classifies as cgi but Merlin riding the dragon always looks wrong to me... It just looks too much like a bucking bronco...
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    boom-moo

    [235]Mar 20, 2011
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    ACDiNosey wrote:
    It just looks too much like a bucking bronco...
    ...which is what it really was

    I don't like it because the whole 'wohoo arm raising' is a lot like Titanic.
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    dpebbleson

    [236]Mar 20, 2011
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    I liked riding the dragon, it reminded me of the scene in 'The Neverending Story'
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    boom-moo

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    dpebbleson wrote:
    I liked riding the dragon, it reminded me of the scene in 'The Neverending Story'
    Aww, I love that one! Sadly Titanic is the ones that pops to mind and I dunno, I get like 2nd hand embarrassment for some reason.
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    dpebbleson

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    boom-moo wrote:
    dpebbleson wrote:
    I liked riding the dragon, it reminded me of the scene in 'The Neverending Story'
    Aww, I love that one! Sadly Titanic is the ones that pops to mind and I dunno, I get like 2nd hand embarrassment for some reason.


    Yeah, there's the similarity to 'Titanic' as well


    But this scene is just marvelous! It reminds me of my childhood!

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    boom-moo

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    dpebbleson wrote:

    But this scene is just marvelous! It reminds me of my childhood!

    Indeed! Bastian Baltasar Bux, the green/red printing of the book, everything was so magical!

    It really doesn't take huge CGI for a scene to be memorable. I think Merlin does pretty well in a tight budget.
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    dpebbleson

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    boom-moo wrote:
    dpebbleson wrote:

    But this scene is just marvelous! It reminds me of my childhood!

    Indeed! Bastian Baltasar Bux, the green/red printing of the book, everything was so magical!

    It really doesn't take huge CGI for a scene to be memorable. I think Merlin does pretty well in a tight budget.


    I agree, there's magic beyond cgi, and it's in imagination, in the heart and soul parts of it. And yes, 'Merlin' does really well in a tight budget, e.g., with the Dragon.
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