Merlin club is a weekly feature in which Jessica Jarman, Bronwyn Green, and myself gather at 8pm EST to watch an episode of the amazing BBC series Merlin, starring Colin Morgan and literally nobody else I care about except Colin Morgan.
Okay, I lie. A lot of other really cool people are in it, too.
Anyway, we watch the show, we tweet to the hashtag #MerlinClub, and on Fridays we share our thoughts about the episode we watched earlier in the week.
So, here’s a quick rundown of episode three: Some chick who stole the ballerina’s wig from the end of Center Stage puts a poké ball in Camelot’s water supply. The thing that hatches out of it poisons the water supply and kills people kind of the way the girl in The Ring does. It’s super effective; everyone gets sick, including Gwen’s father. Merlin, unable to watch the girl he’s crushing on hard suffer, uses magic to save him. This in turn leads to Gwen being accused of witchcraft and sentenced to burn at the stake. That last part happens pretty much because Morgana and Arthur try to intervene. Anyway, Arthur kills the pokèmon and Gaius shows the poké ball to Uther, who totally freaks out because he knows who the sorceress is and they apparently have some history. The important thing is that with Gwen cleared of wrong doing, she’s free to go without getting burnt up.
If I had written this episode, I would have changed: Nothing, really. It might have been nice to see Gwen learning of Arthur fighting the monster. I think it would have set up the realism of their love story a little bit more, for down the road. But this was overall a solid episode that really establishes the formula of the show.
The thing I loved most about this episode: We really see how kind Merlin is in this one, and we also see a kind streak in Arthur, which by episode three, we really needed. Also, Anthony Head smiles in this one. I mean, Uther is still a dick, don’t get me wrong. But the man still has a truly excellent smile.
The thing I hated most about this episode: Morgana is barely in this episode, either.
Something I never noticed before: Exactly how much the egg thing really does look like a poké ball.
Favorite Costume: Arthur wins this week, for his sassy brown trench coat:
Here is proof of some random headcanon I created: I maintain that the twist that’s coming in season three was retcon and not planned ahead, in regards to Morgana and Uther. I’m trying to be very vague here, so as to not spoiler anything. But I’m just going to say, their argument in the throne room, though.
What object would Bronwyn steal from this episode? The goblets Merlin and Gaius drink from at the end of the episode. I couldn’t get a good shot of them, but trust me. They are spectacular, and she really would jam them into her huge purse and run away with them.
What Merthur moment did Jess have the naughtiest thoughts about? Arthur chiding Merlin for having a messy room. That could lead to some amazeballs spanking fic, why don’t you get on that pronto, Jess? WHY ARE YOU DEPRIVING US?
That’s it for this week. Join us on Monday as we watch S01E04, “The Poisoned Chalice” at 8pm EST on the hashtag #MerlinClub.