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27 September 2009 @ 10:31 pm
Tricky this one. On the one hand, I quite liked the tentative, sort-of burgeoning romance of Gwen with Arthur - some people have said that they thought it's moving too fast, but to be honest? It felt about right to me. In particular, I see much less reaction from Gwen, compared to what we see in Arthur. She is properly wary, and I'm glad of that, I think a servant in that position would be a fool not to be worried about such a liasion - she could be kicked out without references once it stops, after all, or worse, if she fell pregnant, for example.

OTOH I'm not sure that it's great that what we see is the great and wonderful Arthur (as he's meant to be at some point) only showing any humility, or learning any lessons from a servant, because he wants to get in her knickers! After all, Arthur immediately turns around and treats Merlin appallingly, and what? Are we meant to find it funny?

Now if Arthur could be nice to Merlin for a bit, that would make me happier, because I could at least imagine he might want to get into Merlin's knickers too :) Not to mention it would feel a bit more like the relationship they had by the end of the last series. I don't think they needed to take this big a step back from the established dynamic myself. Even little kids are not this dim. I love Merlin, I don't find it in the least bit funny to see him abused.

Not to mention, his reason to not take things further with Gwen was a poorly chosen excuse on Arthur's part - I shouldn't imagine that Uther would care that much if Arthur decided to tumble a willing servant, surely? Wasn't it almost expected?

Also, poor Adrian Lester was shamefully underused, which was a waste, but the jousting was fantastic! I had a little 'A Knight's Tale' shiver! And Colin... Merlin is more adorable by the day! His little tirade was wonderful, I wanted to wrap him up and squish him to death. And then feed him *nods firmly*

Still, it's early days yet, they have time to build up to fantastic Merlin and Arthur, and they bloody better! And in the meantime, I can speculate on questions like... You would have thought that Gwen could afford to buy a skirt, rather than wandering around the palace in just her chemise, wouldn't you? Perhaps the fancy bodice cost so much she couldn't afford the skirt as well? Or maybe that's how servant girls catch their Princes - by wandering around in their underwear? It's no wonder Arthur wants into her knickers - he can practically see them! :)
Hilaryelenopa on September 27th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
You're still looking for historical accuracy?

Arthur is being an awful prat isn't he?
Valderys: Merlin - swordyvalderys on September 28th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
Well, not so much historical accuracy - Morgana's frocks aren't historical, but they look good. I really think Gwen looks like she's in her chemise - it struck me particularly this ep, that's all!

And I really hope they stop taking the mickey out of Merlin soon...
emmzzi on September 27th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
credibility gaps:-

he just noticed merlin's clothes smell? merlin wears em all the time and he's never told merlin off for being stinky!

honestly, he's not so thick as to fall for the plates thing - he'd've swapped them. or made merlin cook dinner.

I agree, he'd've just bedded gwen.

now. Do I get the ficlet about what happens when merlin brings the matress back and they have to test if it really is more comfortable than the floor, please?

Hilaryelenopa on September 27th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Oh no!

I've been corrupted enough already!

Valderys: Merlin - swordyvalderys on September 28th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Ah, now, Merlin's smelly shirt? That made my slasher's heart go pitter-pat :) I bet it was just the scent of the rough yellow soap Merlin washes his clothes in, and I bet it smells strange to Arthur because it hasn't got the scent of Merlin's skin infusing it too, just his own, and of course that would smell weird to him because Merlin smells like home and comfort, and he'd thought the shirt would make him feel that, and it doesn't because really, it's Merlin Arthur needs, and not his shirt...

Not that I've thought about it or anything :)

The plates thing I can believe because Arthur is arrogant enough that he thought Gwen wouldn't notice - after all, why should she - he never has...

Mattress fic - hmm - I'll think about that...
Lotripper: medieval bunnymsilverstar on September 28th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Oh the dresses are so sucky :-(

It's not like they can't be even vaguely accurate, they get the padding under the chainmail right, and the way the mail skirt swings.

I'm pretty sure Arthur's rudeness to Merlin is supposed to show that he isn't really cured of his arrogance. But he's too honorable to just hook up with Gwen, he'd want her to be his girlfriend. (Also possibly too scared of Morgana)
Valderys: Merlin - swordyvalderys on September 28th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
I don't mind it being inaccurate if it looks good - Merlin isn't historical after all :) Morgana's dresses look great, but it struck me that Gwen's really didn't. I really felt it looked like she was wandering round in this drafty undershift... I don't know what the costume dept was thinking?!

I wonder now, thinking about it, whether Arthur was gracefully trying to get out it, while he thinks over these confusing feelings :)
auntiemeesh: merlinauntiemeesh on September 28th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
I was also a little disappointed in Gaius this week. When he walks in and finds Merlin face down on the half-scrubbed floor, you'd think he'd catch a clue that the poor boy is being badly overworked, rather than just being disappointed at his laziness.

And Arthur, he totally didn't get the message Gwen was sending him. I did like the way he manipulated Uther, though. That was good for a laugh. :)
Valderys: Merlin - swordyvalderys on September 28th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
I know! And considering this has been the second week in a row that Merlin has fallen asleep in the middle of a job, I think I'd be worried, rather than annoyed. It really is 'poor Merlin' so far this season, isn't it?

And yes, that bit at the beginning gave me more hope, when both Merlin and Arthur were reacting more like themselves - Uther was very easily manipulated. Hee, that was great!

And I remembered - I loved Gilbert too (the farmer guy)! From Being Human - I knew I recognised him from somewhere!