MERLIN “The Coming Of Arthur Part 2” Review

MERLIN The Coming Of Arthur, Part 2

MERLIN “The Coming Of Arthur Part 2” Season 3 Episode 13 – Morgana is evil, and everyone knows it. She is executing civilians to entice the knights’ allegience and taunting Uther, who is locked up in prison and she’s plotting Gwen’s death-until Morgause stops her and has her use Gwen to find Arthur.

The beginning and end of this episode were pretty awesome, but the middle was somewhat wanting.

When Merlin accidentally breaks the vial which the Fisher King gave him, Freya appears to tell him to go to the lake Avalon in order to save Albion. Merlin uses the dragon as a taxi service. Bad CGI aside, Merlin conveniently finds a random boat in a random bush and heads on down the river, as you do. Of course the finding of Excalibur was brilliant, but to have anyone who was killed by Excalibuer disintegrate into ashes is something that probably looked better on paper than on screen.

It’s a pity that the writers have decided to make Morgana so purely evil, without any redemptive qualities whatsoever. It’s probably the biggest problem I have with the show. Morgause is already pure evil. I think it would be more interesting if Morgana were trying to do good in believing she would make a better ruler than Uther (let’s face it, the thought isn’t so farfetched) and perhaps bitter that she was cast aside as Uther’s heir, even as Uther’s child, in favor of Arthur. To have Morgause constantly pushing her towards the dark side would be a much more interesting dynamic than “let’s conquer the world and make everyone obey us by any means necessary.” “Yes sister, let’s.”

The ending was great though watching a cup, and I don’t care if it is the Cup of Life, spill is totally anticlimactic. With Morgause dead (but in a way that we know she’ll resurface), Morgana got to do a great bit of screaming, which was quite emotional, in a weird sort of way.

Arthur and his knights are now pitted against Morgana for season 4. Season three was quite good, and had some of the greatest moments of Merlin (Fisher King) set against some truly dreadful ones (the Changeling). Hopefully next year the writers will find a balance between the wonderful drama and the forced kiddie humor which totally flattens the quality of the show. Hopefully Morgana will not become a one-note villain, and they’ll give her some redemptive qualities.

It’ll be a whole year until we see another one of Morgana’s Evil Glare.

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