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03 January 2009 @ 10:09 pm
So. Merlin.  
Although this was on television here, I didn't bother to watch it, and had to go to the awful trouble of downloading the damn thing when I fell victim to my flist's wiles. Now, I have a vague idea of Arthurian legend, but with no idea why. I've never read or watched anything to the point - that I can recall, at least. So some aspects seem vaguely familiar, while others are just obviously made up.

The cloaks annoy me enormously, while at the same time I want one A LOT. They're so swishy and perfectly draped! I feel my life would be complete if I had a purple velvet cloak like Morgana's.



But what annoyed me MOST OF ALL was that no one discovered Merlin's secret! Surely the point of having a magical secret is that someone finds out? Pah on that.

I did like the part where Arthur asks Gwen to pick between Lancelot and Arthur, and she said she couldn't possibly and would never need to. It's those lines that make this show fun. It took me ages to figure out who Mordred was - literally as Arthur asked him his name, it sunk in. On the other hand, I'd watched that (veeeery slow) ep over several days, so I wasn't following the storyline too closely.

Morgana's voice annoys me immensely. It'll annoy me even more if I discover her accent is genuine, because WHY is Morgana randomly Irish?

I liked the Arthur/Gwen more than any other potential pairing - yes, even Arthur/Merlin. There's something about the way Arthur says 'Guinevere.'

The slashdragon's motives were finally revealed in the end - to wit, the resoration of magic and his own kind. It annoyed me that he was conveniently psychic. I much prefer the idea that he was working over Merlin to his own ends.

STFU ABOUT DESTINY ALREADY, GAH.

Can anyone tell me the significance of Mordred calling Merlin 'Emrys'?

It would be nice if, occasionally, someone in this show would die.



Oh lord, last day of freedom tomorrow. I'm off to the psych ward next - not as a patient, although it's been a close call...
 
 
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Taelorromasquerade on January 3rd, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
I, for one, have no idea what show you're talking about, but I feel the need to point out that everyone should have a swishy purple cloak.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands: Hush Sound: haystacksscoradh on January 3rd, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Merlin? It's about, um, Merlin: the Early Years or; Smallville for Wizards. And I agree! I wonder where one purchases cloaks?
Taelorromasquerade on January 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
I'm sure the internet has to be good for that sort of thing, don't you suppose? Oh, the wonders of eBay! I wonder if there's anything you can't find there.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: owlsscoradh on January 5th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
I don't know! Is it SWISHY ENOUGH?
Taelorromasquerade on January 5th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
And therein lies the true question here: can one ever find a cape that truly has enough swish?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands: PATD: Spencer + awesomescoradh on January 6th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Probably not, no.
Priscillammariep2 on January 3rd, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly Emrys means Prince of Darkness which was one of Arthur's names/nick names or whatever. I read in a book once that that was Merlin's name somewhere or whatever. Because he was born from evil or an evil plot or something.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: kissing legsscoradh on January 5th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Ooh, now I want to know more about his evil plot birth!
karorumetallium: iwantpronkarorumetallium on January 3rd, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
MWAHAHA YOU FELL ON MERLIN.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Marie Antoinettescoradh on January 5th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
I THINK IT FELL ON ME?
Sereniaserenia on January 3rd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Emrys was his title, I believe. If you're interested in reading up on the legend, Stephen Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle was my favourite, and I've read a lot of different versions of the same story!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: maskscoradh on January 5th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I was hoping for a book rec, thank you. ♥
Sereniaserenia on January 5th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
:) That one's a series. 'Taliesin' is the first, then 'Merlin', then 'Arthur', 'Pendragon' and 'Grail'.
There's info about it here, including a list of some of the historical inaccuracies, which I always like to know!
and that was the beginning of fairiesnyx_nox on January 3rd, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
It just sucks a person in, no matter how hard you fight! I didn't fight it particularly hard though, it is gloriously ridiculous xD

Myrddin Emrys is one of the names he is referred to by in legend, if that makes sense, so that's where it came from. It (Emrys) means immortal in Welsh, presumably because of the eternal sleep thing *hasn't checked up on her Arthurian mythology in a while*

Oh and Morgana is totally Irish, which bugs me immensely during most of her scenes, because dude, she's from Dublin!? At least they made Colin hide his accent so that it wasn't just WTF every time he spoke.

I just rambled all over you, sorry. *wipes you down*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: orange fairyscoradh on January 5th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
YOUR ICON HIS FACE REALLY IS NOM WHAT.

I thought they both went to the eternal sleep, though? Which is why the Excalibur ep confused me - WHERE WAS THE LADY OF THE LAKE, HUH?

Colin is Irish too? I knew there was something off about his accent. It's not half so pronounced as Morgana's, though. I'm pretty sure they could just about be Welsh, but Irish? No. We have our own legends, kthanx.

No worries! Information is gut.
and that was the beginning of fairiesnyx_nox on January 6th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
OH I KNOW YES.

Um *thinks* Arthur goes to Avalon, which is like their after-life - they reference it a little in The Gates Of Avalon - but Merlin gets sealed in a tree (or some versions it's a cave), before Arthur dies from what I remember, by the Lady Of the Lake and sleeps forever, or until some point in the future that is just gone from my memory.

Nimueh is kinda the Beeb's version of the Lady of the Lake, so I'm not sure where they're going with that. Plus there are oodles of Excalibur origin legends, so they had scope with that one, not quite so much as they took but, give 'em an inch and all :P

He's from Armagh! It's so adorable when he talks for real, you're too stunned to even listen. And seriously if he can cover a freakin' brogue, she could make some effort with the accent. Maybe she's secretly Queen Maebh or something O.o
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue haired boy w/ phonescoradh on January 6th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Until he's needed again! Actually, now I remember the basis of my knowledge of Arthurian legend - Jack White's books. His Excalibur-forged-from-skystone is a pretty cool one.

They blew up Nimueh in the end. UM, WHAT.

Oh, the North somewhere. Er. If she really was Queen Maebh, that would be way too complicated. Even for this show! Although apparently she's given birth without realising it -?
and that was the beginning of fairiesnyx_nox on January 6th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, whoo that's it! The fic has twisted my brain so that all that comes to mind is stuff like "until Arthur is reincarnated" and the like.

I know yes. Maybe they're gonna rain her into the lake. I wouldn't put it past them actually O.o

Maybe her 'dad' was an important Irish someone.. Although that still wouldn't make any sense. Yes at what, age ten? Astounding. Grandpa Uther clearly wasn't too pleased about the whole thing.
ravurian: mea culparavurian on January 4th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
I loved that they were randomly in a 15th century French chateau, as well. I did say it was random and illogical and inconsistent and stupid, and it bears no resemblance to classic Arthurian legend at all (other than the names), and Mordred is supposed to be Arthur's son by Morgana (his half sister), so that kind of went by the by, but it's charming too, right? Right? Erm. OMG I may have just contributed to dragging you into this while under the influence of temporary resurgent teenageness. Crikey.

Emrys is, btw, a title, meaning Wise One or some such. I believe it was a title given to the chief druid or bard in the Welsh tradition, but it may actually come from the same root as 'emeritus'...
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: bandsscoradh on January 5th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
YES I KNEW I WASN'T IMAGINING THAT MORGANA WAS ARTHUR'S SISTER. Oooh, Uther's being doing the dirty! Heehee! The honourable daddy wasn't.

Never fear, I was determined to watch it simply to keep up with the fic potential. Alas, I don't really like Arthur/Merlin much yet. Give me time...

It's a bloody cool name, either way.
fat girl rules the worldfatgirlrules on January 4th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I am totally addicted to Merlin, which, let me tell you, is a pain in the ass considering that I'm in the US and the BBC doesn't want to let me watch it. I don't care that it is completely inaccurate or that the characters act completely out of their station, my love knows no reason. Although I don't agree on the Gwen/Arthur thing, mainly because Gwen is too weak a character for me to like much. Uther kills her father and she's like, 'Oh well'.

Still, I love it completely.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: converse prettyscoradh on January 5th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was not exactly taken with Gwen's reaction either. I wanted her to fall on her father's, um, cart o' death and burst out the sobbing. But I must say his death scene was quite impressive, in a finally someone dies! kind of way.

Love is not my primary emotion ... yet.
wayoffbasewayoffbase on January 4th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
Lol Merlin. It gets everyone in the end.

And Emrys is the Welsh translation of Ambrosius, and in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae (which is the first mention of Merlin), Merlin's full name is Merlin Ambrosius. So says Wikipedia, anyway.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Christmasscoradh on January 5th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
See, I COULD have wiki'd it, but I much prefer being told. :D

God, that just reminds me of Ambrosia creamed rice...
wayoffbasewayoffbase on January 6th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Lol. Sounds like laziness to me =P

Ahahahaha. That is even funnier, because the brand of creamed rice I see most often is in a purple can, and it looks like a cat food can. I will now forever assossciate Merlin with cat food.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: pre-raphelitescoradh on January 6th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
(Because it is, lol.)

I'm pretty sure creamed rice started life as a cat food, yuk.
wayoffbasewayoffbase on January 7th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Haha. Fair enough. I'm all for laziness.

Ugh. Yeah, I can see that happening, actually.
Merit: Merlinmeritjubet on January 4th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
I have admit that I also fell for the Merlin. The pretty was too strong. Plus there are great fics out there *is weak*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: hipposcoradh on January 5th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
WHERE ARE THEY LINK PLZ? :D
Merit: Merlin Morgannameritjubet on January 6th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
Well. There are a lot of Merlin fics. These are my very favourites. This is very lovely as well. This is already a fandom classic. Happy hunting! ^__^
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Austen with a bookscoradh on January 6th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Much obliged, m'dear!
&helena;uminohikari on January 4th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
I always thought Emrys was Merlin's birth name, but from the other commentors, apparently not! It's one of his names
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Pretty facescoradh on January 5th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Merlin Emrys has a nice ring to it...
Starongiestarongie on January 6th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Er? Merlin? That TV Show?

(it's completely different from the real well known legends, it was more like the directors picked occupations and names out of a hat and were like, 'hey, this sounds pretty cool, and subtext would get all the fangirls all fussy, and we'd have our fanbase set! hee!' )
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: black catscoradh on January 6th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
we'd have our fanbase set! hee

They got that part right! ARTHUR'S FOOT OMG.