CAMELOT “The Long Night” Review

CAMELOT The Long Night

CAMELOT “The Long Night” Season 1 Episode 7 – This week’s episode takes us to Castle Pendragon where Arthur and his close circle go to feast with Morgan. She claims to want to be his ally (building on a visit they had back in episode 3) and it all goes well – until Castle Pendragon is attacked by forces unknown.

Well, unknown to Arthur et al. We know that Morgan has set something up with the assistance of soldier Harwel and that simultaneously leeches the episode of any real tension it could have held and gives us a more relaxed atmosphere to explore the characters.

Because what follows is a long night (hence the title) wherein we learn a little more about our main men: Leontes is the upstanding man he is because he once killed a boy and turned to God to deal with the guilt; Gawain dislikes himself so much that, while not suicidal, he is a-ok with walking toward almost certain death; Brastias is a loud mouthed pervert who I adore; and Arthur loves Guinevere.

There’s some other relationship-building thrown in, too…vaguely. Igraine confronts Merlin about his avoiding her, he completely ignores the point, and later they talk again. It sounds uneventful, true, but these two have a chemistry that is a joy to watch and I would hope that it continues to develop over the remaining episodes, but now Igraine is locked in stocks somewhere in Castle Pendragon. Who knows, maybe it will be Merlin’s feelings for her that will eventually reveal that Morgan!Igraine is not the true Igraine.

There’s also a teeny tiny exchange between Kay and Guinevere’s cousin that seems like it may be the seed of something developing there too. That would be adorable. Hopefully he would be more enthusiastic during sex with her than with that dancer chick. Seriously, Kay, I know you were distracted almost immediately but at least try to look more into it next time.

While I really enjoyed the episode and getting to know the characters better, I wish we hadn’t been privy to the incoming attack all being a setup. The tension caused by not knowing who the attacker was would have added an edge to the episode and made everything just a little bit more exciting. (Although it would also have made the question of why everyone was so relaxed even more apparent. Was pissing off a wall in full view of possibly enemy archers such a good idea, guys?)

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