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Merlin Club S04E06 “A Servant Of Two Masters”

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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 seven: Morgana captures Merlin and uses a creepy snake thing to turn him into a killing machine intent on murdering Arthur. Wacky mishaps ensue, and Morgana gets her ass thrown into a tree.

If I had written this episode, I would have changed: NOTHING. Not a damn thing. This episode is so perfect, they should rename it JENNY TROUT (I kid, I kid. Kinda). Maybe I would have changed how Gwen witnessed things happening, just because I feel like after this episode, she had to have known that Merlin was a sorcerer.

The thing I loved most about this episode: The scene where Merlin straight up tells Leon that he’s going to kill Arthur, and Leon is all, “ha ha, classic Merlin.”

The thing I hated most about this episode: How bitchy Merlin was to everyone once he was being controlled by the hand snake. It seems like that would be a drawback in terms of how the spell works, because everyone would notice. Most of them did, except for Leon, whom I hate.

The other thing that bugs me is that there was this potential for a witch fight that would have been amazing, but instead they just used their magic to get into a shoving match. I wish that overall we would get to see more magic in action, rather than just “Fwah! I throw you!”

Something I never noticed before: I’ve watched this one so many times, it’s impossible for me to notice something new.

Favorite Costume: I’m torn between thinking I already chose this one in a different episode, and thinking we’ve never seen it before. But since I used every available opportunity to nominate Uther wearing armor for this one, I’m going to go ahead and just re-use it. the belt is key.


Here is proof of some random headcanon I created: I am going to have to write some Morgana/Merlin BDSM fic now, wherein Morgana is Merlin’s Domme.

What object would Bronwyn steal from this episode? This is another one where I’m not sure if I used it before, but I think she would take this screen:



And use it to section off a little corner around her desk, because she has to have her back to a wall to write.

What Merthur moment did Jess have the naughtiest thoughts about? Not necessarily naughty thoughts, but I’m sure she absolutely loves the part where Merlin is trying to kill Arthur with the crossbow, and later with the bath water.

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 S04E08, “The Secret Sharer” Monday,  8pm EST on the hashtag #MerlinClub.



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  1. *immediately searches internet for a fancy screen for desk*

    December 5, 2014
  2. I do love those scenes. Seriously one of my fave episodes.

    And YES, YES, YES…we finally get to a magical showdown between Morgana and Merlin and they throw each other around and Merlin uses a whirlwind–which we’ve seen before in The Moment of Truth (in Ealdor with Will takes the credit for it while dying) so it was a HUGE HUGE let down, IMO.

    December 5, 2014
  3. justjyve

    I’m kinda giddy because I JUST saw this very episode today and that scene with Merlin and Leon was just classic. I also love how sassy old!Merlin was with Leon, Gwaine and them. I loved that they didn’t have Merlin be all ~super sinister~ in wanting to kill Arthur, though. It was just like, “Lovely day today. So lovely I think I’ll go kill Arthur. Ah, yes! So many choices, what to do, what to do…” Perfect.

    December 6, 2014
  4. Jon

    I think I struggle to think of many good magic fights in film or TV. They do seem to mostly come down to telekinesis.

    December 6, 2014
  5. Paige

    Hey, I know it’s a little odd to ask this, but I was recently watching some old clips when I came across the scene where Merlin was injured, and then later the one where Morgana was cleaning his wound, do you happen to know what Merlin’s injury was? Morgana cleaning his wound implies there would have been blood and/or possibility of an infection, but I don’t remember seeing any blood. Any ideas?

    December 29, 2016

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