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Merlin Club S03E06 “The Changeling” or “If someone doesn’t marry that girl, I will.”

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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 six: Uther wants Arthur to marry a princess from another kingdom, but the girl turns out to be a fairy changeling. The sidhe want to get one of their own onto the throne of Camelot, yadda yadda, it’s all fairly straightforward. It’s kind of a monster-of-the-week episode, so obviously Elena is uncovered as a sidhe, Merlin rescues her, she and Arthur don’t marry, and we never see or hear from any of the side characters again. I think we start to pull away from these types of episodes as season three goes on, and I didn’t remember many that are constructed like this is seasons four and five.

If I had written this episode, I would have changed: The reason we know Elena is a changeling is because she burps, farts, stumbles, and doesn’t have spectacular hair. Well, if that’s what it takes, then I’m a changeling. I hate narratives that push this whole only-one-way-to-be-a-woman ideal, and this episode is disappointing in that aspect.

The thing I loved most about this episode: Everything about Elena. She’s adorable, she’s truly herself, she doesn’t pretend to not be good on horseback just to impress Arthur, she’s socially awkward:

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Who wouldn’t want to marry this girl?

The thing I hated most about this episode: When Merlin kills Princess Elena’s nurse, who is a Sidhe in disguise, what happens? No, seriously. Elena was raised by this woman–her own mother died when she was an infant–and now she’s just GONE. Elena doesn’t know the reason. She doesn’t know she was a fairy, she doesn’t know her nurse was part of an evil plot… this girl just goes back to her kingdom and never learns the fate of the only mother figure she ever had. THAT IS SO FUCKING GRIM, YOU GUYS.

Something I never noticed before:  Why does it come as such a huge surprise to Arthur that he isn’t going to be able to marry for love? It’s come up on this show before. Did he forget he’s a prince? And why haven’t I complained about this before?

Favorite Costume: The Sidhe Elder’s makeup:

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Here is proof of some random headcanon I created: Uther and Lord Godwin have a long time romance going on and they want their kids to get married so they have an excuse to see each other more often:

Godwin: “It’s a big occasion, the tinchel joining of our two families.”

Uther: “Indeed, this union would cement what has long been an unofficial alliance between our kingdoms.”

Godwin: “It will give me great pleasure. I can assure you, my heart lies with yours.”

You know what I heard?

Godwin: Since we can’t get married, look at how we’re gaming this system to be together.

Uther: We’ve always been together, this will just be a little more official.

Godwin: Good, because I’m going to bang you like a screen door in a hurricane after this party tonight.

What object would Bronwyn steal from this episode? It was really easy this week, because she wouldn’t shut up a second about this damn crib:

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She doesn’t even have a baby!

What Merthur moment did Jess have the naughtiest thoughts about? This episode was better for Arthur/Gwen shippers, but I’m sure Jess enjoyed Merlin being Arthur’s wingman.

Check out Jessica Jarman’s take on the episode here

Check out Bronwyn Green’s take on the episode here

That’s it for this week. Join us next week for S03E07, “The Castle of Fyrien” Monday,  8pm EST on the hashtag #MerlinClub.

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9 Comments

  1. noisyninja
    noisyninja

    My favorite merthur moment was when Merlin finally catches up to Arthur and Elena on their picnic and Arthur looks into Merlin’s eyes and says “never leave me alone again.”

    September 12, 2014
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  2. I WOULD HAVE ANOTHER BABY FOR THAT CRADLE.

    Which is terrible and shallow.

    Maybe I’d just get a nice doll…

    But *not* one like Samantha.

    September 12, 2014
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  3. tina
    tina

    on your blog about All About a that Bass… Imagine what a miserable life you must have if you (unconvincingly) find racism, sexism, homophobia, and fat shaming in a two minute video that’s meant to be catchy tongue-in-cheek fun. you are SUCH a victim!! wake up!

    September 12, 2014
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    • JennyTrout
      JennyTrout

      I’m sorry, are you lost? Because this post is not about that song. Your opinion is not so important that you needed to express it in a totally unrelated post, trust me.

      September 12, 2014
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    • Flo
      Flo

      Huh? Maybe we missed an episode where Merlin is bouncing around singing or something? I’m lost…

      September 12, 2014
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      • Bella
        Bella

        Is it a problem that I would watch the hell out of that?

        September 12, 2014
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  4. Yeah, it wasn’t the best Merthur episode. Though I imagine things may have ended differently in the scene where Arthur throws the pillow at Merlin. But noooo, cock-blocking Uther had to stroll in. *sigh*

    September 12, 2014
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  5. Natasja
    Natasja

    I liked the part where Gwen basically said “It would break my heart to see you marry someone else, especially because I know it will make you unhappy, but is won’t try to stop you from doing your duty, even though you’re looking for any excuse.”

    February 19, 2015
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