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Merlin episode 4: His Father's Son

 I enjoyed this episode a lot. Arthur had to make hard decisions with slimy Agravaine insinuating that Arthur wasn't as strong as his father. Arthur remaining in his tent while his knights and Merlin joke around a fire shows Arthur's feelings of isolation and his heavy sense of responsibility. It's sad that this makes him put Merlin at a distance, although Arthur admits at the end that he should have listened to Merlin. I couldn't guess what would happen in this episode beyond the spoilers so it was exciting. I liked Queen Annis, especially when she comes to an agreement with Arthur despite her personal feelings. She acts as a responsible ruler should act. I liked her taking the measure of Morgana and telling her she's like Uther.  

I was a bit disappointed with Morgana and Merlin's rather feeble magic. Also, where does Morgana get the idea that the throne of Camelot is rightfully hers? She's illegitimate. Even if that didn't matter in Camelot (as in Wales) she would have to be older than Arthur. Would an illegitimate woman have a right to a throne before a legitimate son? I doubt it.

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karen9
Oct. 30th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
Some parts really had me on tenterhooks, and I certainly didn't expect Arthur to decide on a single man combat over a major war, as the trailer would have led us to believe. I'm glad though that he did choose that path, and for the reasons he gave.

This came as a complete and welcome surprise to me.

I loved Queen Annis and think it would be great if she made another appearance as an ally of Arthur later down the track.

I agree. I think she is an intelligent and strong woman.

Bradley gave another outstanding performance.

Yes, he gave a moving and convincing performance.

My major question, though, is why is Arthur still going out on quests etc, and placing himself such obvious danger

He should leave these things up to his knights, but I suppose he wouldn't be Arthur if he didn't lead by example.

And speaking of heirs, would it come down to Morgana or Agravainne?
If one assumes the throne would first go to a male heir as is usual then it would be Agravaine.But he's helping Morgana, so what is his real agenda?

mickey2x5
Nov. 22nd, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
“Agravaine.But he's helping Morgana, so what is his real agenda?”

That's the 64,000 dollar question. I hope we find out at some point and aren't left wondering.

“He should leave these things up to his knights”

I agree, and I suppose in 4.08 he did do this, but then ended up going to find THEM, which I guess kinda defeated the purpose of sending them out on their own in the first place...

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