First off - Morgause. LOVE. ENDLESS LOVE. And she didn't even die! a;sldkjas;a fandom, please write SO MUCH FIC FOR HER, omg. <33333 Thank you for that one, show!
Second, Morgana. By the standards of this season, she was pretty awesome! But then, my standards are super low. However, she had Bechdel-passing conversations with both Gwen and Morgause and didn't look terrified all the time. I thought we were going to get more of her than simply a magic bracelet, but alas. Maybe that will be developed! I am full of optimism right now!
Third, Arthur. OH THE ANGST. OH THE DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS ANGST. That was all amazing! Bradley James really knocked it out of the park as well. I basically heartclutched (I do actually do this when watching TV, it's very embarrassing) for the entire second half of the episode. ARTHUR, OH BABY, OH SWEETHEART, ALL HE WANTS IS A HUG FROM HIS MUM. :((((( Also, the fight with Uther was just - a;sldkjas no words, only flail!
Third, Merlin&Arthur. OH BOYS. D: The conversation they had at Morgause's altar about magic was just HEARTBREAKING, especially as it didn't last.
Oh, stupid retconning episode ending. >:( I wish that this show was more into overarching development over and above a couple of things at a time, because after all of that emotion it feels really cheap to go back to as if none of it had happened. Could there not have been a middle way, whereby maybe Arthur doesn't believe Uther's responsible for Igraine's death but keeps his better outlook on magic? I don't know, I haven't figured out how that would work yet, but listening to him tell Merlin about how evil sorcery was at the end was both really sad and really frustrating. HE HAS TO FIND OUT BY THE END OF THE SEASON. SURELY.
But I adored 90% of this episode, so I'm counting it as a win! Also, MORGAUSE HAD BETTER NOT DO A NIMUEH AT THE END OF THE SEASON. I am just saying.
eta: Also, I would like to sincerely thank everyone involved for providing me with so much vid footage for the next Merlin vid I'm planning! \o/
-- This entry has comment(s) at Dreamwidth. Comment using your Dreamwidth account or OpenID.