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06 September 2010 @ 12:17 pm
Merlin at the BFI  
Along with the rest of world (well, our corner of it :) I was at the Merlin BFI preview with lots of other fans yesterday, and I'm not going to post pics because, due to the light levels I reckon, I haven't any non-blurry ones. Apart from ones of Colin's arse on the stairs, but that seems remarkably shallow even for me, so I don't think I shall post them!

As I'm sure many have already said, the two eps were brilliant - much better than last year. They had a very Lord of the Rings feel in places, even to the swirl of a particular bit of the music, although the CGI was ropier, I have to say. But the emotional beats worked extremely well, and there was lots of lovely dramatic tension. Morgana has turned 'evil' now and it works better than her rubbish turn last year where they didn't seem to know how to write her character any more. Merlin riding the dragon was lovely, although since it was at the expense of the 'villain' Morgause walking away from Merlin in chains, rather than just knifing him then and there, I was a little disappointed. In discussion in the pub later though, I can't remember who said it now, but the idea was put forward that Morgause wanted Merlin to suffer for poisoning Morgana, rather than just killing him, and so left him for the scorpions - whose bite is a nasty way to go one assumes - and that does make sense, so that is my canon now! :)

The BFI event itself, btw, was good fun and felt upbeat and friendly. And not perfuntory, like it felt last year. They gave us the whole foyer with stalls in - there were posters, and merch, and costumes from the series, and a Make Your Own Spell table with a lovely lass from Oxford Uni, who was an anglo-saxonist and had done translations for all the spells she could think of. Oh, and I got there early, so I helped the merch stand set up because it turned out that it was Diane and her daughter Nat, who I first knew back in 1984, through Blake's 7 fandom!

There was also a signing, but I have no stories because I was a babbling mess and kept apologising - too much coffee, I suspect! I had also bought tickets for lucky_jack, crayford and thisissirius plus friends, and was desperately trying to find them! It was a bit manic really! I do remember them saying that the cast hadn't seen these episodes either though, so they were watching from the back as we cheered and sighed and awwed. Although the reaction that gave me chills was the spontaneous collective gasp everyone gave when Arthur sat in Uther's chair for the first time. Lovely.

There were also many, many fangirls - too many to namecheck everyone - but it was lovely to see you all again! *waves* Shall we do it again sometime? :)
Ronacrayford on September 6th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
still haven't paid you.

Edited at 2010-09-06 11:21 am (UTC)
Valderys: Merlin - Iz Dedvalderys on September 6th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
Oh yes - I'd forgotten! I meant to sort it out, but then I didn't see you afterwards. Not to worry - pm me your email and I'll send you my bank transfer details.
Yavanna: Colin - cheeky smileyavannauk on September 6th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
I am feeling the lack of Colin's arse photos! And after I posted a neck porn pic for you! ;-)
Valderys: Merlin - Iz Dedvalderys on September 7th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! The world can never have too many neck porn photos! I will ferret about and see what I can do tonight... :)
Kerryblaze: Merlin What Subtext?kerryblaze on September 6th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
We missed you at D*Con this year, but decided that we would've rather have been with you! ♥
Valderys: Merlin - Iz Dedvalderys on September 7th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh - I missed you guys too, I really did. I tried not to think about it too hard, because it was sad-making. I saw gwene a few weeks ago, for her wedding, and we commiserated about it, because we had both really wanted to go again...

(Although gwene has no money still, and I've used all my vacation time up going to Pierrefonds, so I suppose I only have myself to blame! :)
Kerryblaze: Merlin Yellow Eyeskerryblaze on September 7th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
It was an odd year this year. There are too many non-D*coners showing up and they seem to think it's a costume party NOT a cosplaying event. The hotels shut down on Sun night and were only letting people in who had badges or a room key for that hotel.

Apparently, the Fire Marshal was also having a fit about all of the people.

And early Monday morning there was a fire in the Hilton.

Very odd year.

But we missed you and wanted to be with you at the BFI screening instead!
Cassienyargles on September 10th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Hi hi hiiii! It's Cassie. :3 Knowing full well that you prolly won't have the faintest inkling who that is, I'm gonna add that I'm the Chinese girl at the pub after the BFI screening. XD Found you on French national television, by the way! :O *runs away and stops being so hyperactive*
Valderysvalderys on September 14th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hee. waves* And I apologise for the tv thing - they actually interviewed about five of us, but it was me they showed!