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Wednesday Randomness: Shuffle, Shuffle, Shuffle

Happy Wednesday!

This week Bron, Leigh, and I are writing about music. We are putting our ipods/mp3 players on shuffle and sharing the first 10 songs that pop up. I was quite happy with this (easy!) topic since this week is CRAZY busy.

So here we go…*shuffle* (Song – Artist – Album)

1. On the Rise – Neil Patrick Harris & Felicia Day – Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Soundtrack Um, nothing much to say here, but I love Dr. Horrible? And Felicia Day. And freaking NPH. The songs on this album are often belted out around chez Jarman. Not just by me.

2. White Blank Page – Mumford & Sons- Sigh No More Oh, Mumford & Sons. I adore them, I adore this album. This is one of my go to albums for pretty much anything…when I’m writing, when I’m cleaning, when I’m just lazing about.

3. Fucking Perfect – P!nk – Greatest Hits…So Far This song… I won’t lie; I like P!nk’s music. But this song… The video makes me cry. Every time. (It could be triggering some ppl. Specifically, it had images of self-harm, so don’t play if this is an issue for you. Just wanted to say that upfront). This song is also on my playlist for a project I just started working on. Fits my heroine and her journey perfectly, I think. So it’s getting a lot of play time.


4. Towers Fall Into the Sea – Clocks & Clouds – Life Beyond Reason Another go to album/artists for me. The cellist used to be my kids’ orchestra teacher. Clocks & Clouds is amazing. Wonderful writing music. 



5. We R Who We R – Ke$ha – Cannibal Well apparently, if the artist has a symbol in their name they are on my list. Do not judge me people. This is a great song to work out to. And for funsies, enjoy this video…the song signed. It’s fabulous. 😀

 
6. The Mustard – Cast – Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More with Feeling Soundtrack So this isn’t even really a full song, but yes, I have the Buffy musical soundtrack. And I like it. Not sorry. 😛
 
7. We Shall Never Surrender – Clocks & Clouds – Life Beyond Reason Huh, another Clocks & Clouds. Love this one too. 😀 
8. Deee-Lite – Groove is in the Heart – The Very Best of Deee-Lite Oh man, I can feel the judgement already. Go ahead, I can take it. 
 
9. The Lighthouse’s Tale – Nickel Creek – Nickel Creek One of my favorite songs. Love Nickel Creek and love Chris Thile on the mandolin…
 
10. Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s – All That We Needed Not much to say about this one. Like the song. LOL 🙂 
 
And that’s it. First 10 songs on shuffle. Check out which songs Bron and Leigh came up with! 

Hugs
~J

MERLIN CLUB: A Remedy to Cure All Ills

MERLIN CLUB: A REMEDY TO CURE ALL ILLS
Or the One When Jess Apologizes for Completely Overusing GIFs but She Just Can’t Help Herself
 
RECAP – The episode opens with a man enchanting a beetle and putting it in a flower. Then, we see Gwen bringing a bunch of same kind of flowers into Morgana’s chambers. They had been left for the king’s ward anonymously. That night, the man is standing in the courtyard, starting creepily up at Morgan’s window. Half of his face is quite scarred.
I always feel like somebody’s watching meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee….
While Morgana sleeps, the beetle crawls out of the flower and into her ear. This is when I started feeling the itchies, and this continued most of the episode. A couple days later, Morgana is very ill. Gaius has diagnosed an inflammation of the brain but cannot find the cause and doesn’t know how to cure this. Merlin offers to try magic, but Gaius reminds him of what happened the last time he used magic to cure someone (Gwen’s father…and Gwen nearly being executed).
 
The mysterious man arrives at the castle and introduces himself to Arthur. His name is Edwin Muirden and claims to be a physician who has a “remedy to cure all ills.”
This gif is saved as “Edwin” in my files.
Arthur turns him away and Edwin tells him he’ll be at the inn if Arthur changes his mind.
Morgana worsens and Arthur tells his father about Edwin. Uther has Edwin summoned to the castle. Gaius seems to recognized Edwin but when he asks, Edwin denies having met Gaius before. Edwin asks to be left alone to examine Morgana. And everyone leaves. WTF?? Yes, let’s leave a woman on her death bed with a man who has just walked in off the street. Smart. Before he can do anything, Gwen comes in. Edwin gets pissy and orders her to get some water. As soon as she is gone, Edwin uses a spell to remove the beetle.
 
Edwin then tells Uther that Morgana suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, not inflammation of the brain. He doesn’t come out and call Gaius incompetent but it’s definitely the gist of what he says. Gaius asks Edwin again if they’d ever met. 
 
Then, suspicious, Gaius goes to Geoffrey of the Fake Eyebrows…I mean Geoffrey of Monmouth to see records from the Great Purge (when Uther banned magic). But Geoffrey is hesitant to open the records – afraid because the king would not be happy with it.
 
Merlin is in Edwin’s room, looking at his equipment…
…and thank GAWD that is NOT a metaphor!
when he finds the box with the beetles, which are not moving. When he reads the inscription on the box… 
Because no harm EVER came from reading an inscription on a box… Oh wait, The Mummy sucked the life from like three men (in the original and the sequel! I apologize for randomness of this but when Merlin started reading the inscription it’s the first thing I thought of) Quit reading boxes, people!!
…the beetles come to life. Edwin catches him and seems impressed with his magic. He tells Merlin not to be afraid to use magic for good and offers to help Merlin learn…be his mentor.
 
Geoffrey comes to Gaius’ chambers with records from the Great Purge – apparently his friendship with Gaius is stronger than his fear of the king. Meanwhile at dinner with Uther, Edwin fills Uthers head with doubts about whether Gaius is competent. 
Later in the evening, Gaius confronts Edwin. He has learned who the man is. His parents were friends of Gaius and were executed for practices dark magic. This is also how Edwin was scarred – he ran into the fire as his parents burned. Edwin places some of the blame for their deaths on Gaius, as the older man was a sorcerer but chose to stop using magic and turning his back on his friends. He threatens Gaius, saying if Gaius goes to Uther or anyone about him, he will turn Merlin in for using magic.
 
Edwin now doesn’t just hint about Gaius, he comes right out and tells Uther that the physician is failing at his job in his old age.
Gaius goes to see the Great Dragon. It’s a basic smack down between them. And honestly, I think, the dragon totally wins. Saying Merlin and Arthur will unite Albion but cannot do so until Uther’s time has passed. Gaius is unwilling to sacrifice Uther for Merlin so the dragon tells him to turn a blind eye, “that is after all, your talent.” Ouch.
 
Gaius is called before the king and is dismissed as court physician. 
The fact that he thanks Gaius for his years of service and offers him a generous allowance is the only thing stopping me from using the full on Martin Freeman gif. He just gets the Ryan Stiles…for trusting a stranger;s word – who had been in Camelot a matter of DAYS – over his friend and faithful subject who had been there for YEARS.
 
Gaius decides to leave Camelot. He tells Merlin that he is like a son to him and that he has a great destiny. Gwen sees Gaius leaving. She tells him she doesn’t trust Edwin, but Gaius says there is nothing he can do.
 
The next day, Edwin wastes no time. He gives Uther something for an old battle wound that acts up and the potion paralyzes the king. He then inserts one of the beetles into Uther’s ear telling the king it will eat his brain and kill him within hours.
seriously I kept feelings things crawl on me this whole freaking episode!
Gaius returns to the castle, unwilling to let Edwin kill Uther. He tries to use magic against Edwin but fails – I think he got the pronunciation wrong. Edwin then makes this ring of fire flare up around Gaius.
Merlin, having been told by Arthur that something is wrong with Uther, bursts in. Edwin tries to convince Merlin that they could rule together using magic. Merlin doesn’t fall for that and Edwin magically sends an ax from the wall flying towards Merlin. Merlin, wordlessly, stops it and sends it back at Edwin. Apparently, Edwin’s remedy couldn’t cure an ax to the face and Edwin is dead.
Gaius and Merlin rush to the king. Merlin is hesitant to save Uther with magic but Gaius convinces him it needs to be done. Merlin magically extracts the beetle and Uther is all better. Later, believing it was Gaius who saved his life, Uther gives Gaius his job back and makes him a free man. Then, tells Gaius privately that Gaius is the only man he can trust in the fight against magic.
 
If I’d written this episode, I would have changed…I wouldn’t have had Merlin be so trusting with Edwin so quickly. It’s like, ooooh he has magic, so I should trust him. I think he should have been more wary. Especially since it’s a guy who shows up, miraculously cures Morgana – and no one yells SORCERY? Are you kidding me? – and is worming his way into the king’s good graces. Suspicious as hell, imo. I don’t see Merlin being THAT trusting. I think he should have been more cautious. 
 
The thing I loved about this episode – I actually really liked the moment between Gaius and Merlin when Gaius is packing to leave. When he tells Merlin he is like a son to him. It was a heartwarming moment.
 
The thing I hated about this episode – How little Merlin – Arthur interaction there was in this episode. It gives me a sad, people. 
 
Something I never noticed about this episode before – This was a hard one. I have to go with Uther’s leather pants as he’s recovering. I didn’t notice that until Jen pointed it out. But, c’mon, we all throw on a pair of leathers when we are recovering from a near death experiences, don’t we? 
 
Favorite costume – Morgana’s night clothes. 
 

Here is proof of some random head canon I’ve created – I have nothing in this episode. 🙁 

What would Bronwyn steal from Camelot in this episode? Morgana’s snake necklace
 
What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode?
Good way – That our guy is getting even more screen time.
Bad way – That everyone just left an unconscious Morgana alone with some stranger. 
 
Until the next episode – The Gates of Avalon – which we’ll be watching Monday, 3/3, at 8pm EST. We’ll be on Twitter with the hashtag #MerlinClub
 

Wednesday Randomness: My Sad Purse Post *pout*

Happy Wednesday, everyone. So this week, Bronwyn, Leigh and I are sharing what’s in our purse or bag. So I grab my purse, thinking this isn’t going to be the most entertaining post. Let’s face it, the contents of my purse are much more amusing when I’m on a trip or something. Or when I had little kids there were always interesting things finding their way into my purse. 

So I sit down and start pulling stuff out… And seriously, this is what I find: 

As boring as I feared my purse-sharing would be, dear friends, this isn’t what I expected to find. 
 
Where is my lip balm, my gum, my small notebook, my hand sanitizer? Where????? I will tell you… I have 4 teenagers (well 3, one is a preteen, but CLOSE ENOUGH) who are THIEVES!!!!
 
So this is what I’m left with. My wallet, pens, and TWO FREAKING PENNIES! Thank you, children, for leaving me two cents. 
 
My keys are normally in my purse, but hubby was using my car so… Although, when he got back and popped the keys back in my purse, he added a little something extra: 

 

And, of course, I would have my phone in there as well, but was using it to take the pics. So I swiped my son’s phone, so I could show you the gorgeous phone cover I now have thanks to Bron! She’s the best.
Isn’t it pretty???
So that’s it for me and my purse. LOL I’m positive Bron’s post and Leigh’s post will be far more fun. LOL 
 
Hugs
~J
 
 

MERLIN CLUB: Lancelot

MERLIN CLUB: LANCELOT 
Or The One That Confims Jess’ Collarbone Kink
 
RECAP – Merlin is off picking mushrooms in the forest (and is NOT wearing his neckerchief!) and is attacked by a griffin. The beast is about to get him, but a handsome young man comes to the rescue, swinging a sword. The sword breaks and doesn’t harm the griffin. Merlin and the man run away and the griffin, after chasing a bit, flies away. The stranger, who was hurt during the fight, introduces himself as Lancelot.
Only the good looking are allowed near Camelot, clearly. ROWR
Later, Uther and Arthur search the forest for the creature who has killed people from a nearby billage. Uther orders Arthur to prepare Camelot’s knights as it seems the griffon is headed their way.
 
Lancelot is all better and tells Merlin his lifelong dream of being a knight of Camelot. Merlin says he’ll put in a good word with Arthur, but then he learns that only those of noble can become knights. Lancelot is quite disappointed by this as his dream is crushed. (Awwww).
 
Merlin, undeterred by pesky rules, especially those he deems unfair, uses magic to forge a seal of nobility for Lancelot. The other man is reluctant to use it, but Merlin convinces him this is the only way he can prove his worth. He takes Lancelot to Gwen to fit him for chainmail. While she’s measuring him, there are many heated looks and It’s obvious they are into each other.

Gaius, of course, gets on Merlin’s case for creating the seal for Lancelot, but Merlin is steadfast in the defense of his actions – the rules are unfair and he has to repay the man who saved his life.

The griffin moves closer to Camelot and Uther tells Arthur to ready the knights. As a result, lancelot’s test of knighthood is moved forward. He has to last one minute in a fight with Arthur. After a bit, Lancelot fakes defeat and attacks Arthur when the prince moves to to remove his ribbon thingies.
Lancelot is knighted, but Uther is suspicious and orders Geoffrey of Monmouth (the court genealogist and the dude who looks like he’s from the Guess Who game…) to examine the seal.
Does your person know the genealogies of every noble house?
During the evening’s celebration (is it in celebration of Lancelot becoming a knight..not really sure?), Merlin asks Gwen who she would choose to fall in love with.
Gwen says she will never have to make the decision. Meanwhile, the men in question are talking about women. Arthur asks Lancelot if he finds
Morgana beautiful (though not by name). Lancelot, talking about Gwen, says yes.
The next morning, guards come into Gaius’ chambers and arrest Lancelot. Geoffrey has ruled the seal a forgery , and Uther is appalled. He seriously has a real hard on for the whole “First Code of Camelot”, that only a nobleman can be a knight thing. Lancelot is thrown in the dungeons. Arthur argues that Lancelot has proven himself, but Uther says he has betrayed their trust and not worthy.
 
Gaius, having done the research he is famous for, has discovered the creature is a griffin. Arth and the knights battle it and it destroys Arthur’s weapons but retreats when Arthur uses a torch. Gaius tells the king that it is a creature of magic and can only be defeated by magic. Uther says oh no, they can lure it and kill it that evening. Because why listen to Gauis, right? Uther obviously knows best.
Hey, Uther…
Gaius tells Merlin he has to use magic or Arthur will be killed. Merlin works on learning the hard to pronounce spell.
 
Arthur releases Lancelot – saying he wishes he could make Lancelot a knight because he fights like one. Instead though he orders him to leave Camelot before the king finds out. Lancelot goes to Gwen and asks for armor and weapons so he can help fight the griffin anyway. She begs him not to go. Merlin learns of Lancelot’s plans and follows quickly.
 
The knights are in a clearing and are slaughtered by the griffin. (Thanks, Uther) Arthur is wounded and down for the count (DRINK!) when Lancelot goes after the beast. Merlin uses the spell and Lancelot’s spear begins to glow and he is able to kill the griffin.
Merlin runs away before Arthur comes to so when the prince wakes he believes it was Lancelot alone who killed the creature.
 
Uther is majorly pissed off that Arthur released Lancelot. Seriously, Uther? You sent your knights to their deaths because you wouldn’t listen and you can’t thank the man who saved your son from the same fate?
Hey, Uther…
Arthur argues that Lancelot saved him and fought with honor. That he should be a knight of Camelot. But Uther refuses. In the hall, waiting to hear his fate, Lancelot tells Merlin he knows that it was Merlin who made it possible to defeat the griffin – repeating the spell. He promises to keep it secret. Then he goes to the king and prince and says he cannot stay. He’s come between father and son and he can’t stand that. He has decided to leave Camelot. Gwen watches him from Morgana’s chambers, lovesick and wistful. Merlin hopes to see Lancelot return someday. 
 
If I’d written this episode, I would have changed… This was the hardest one for me. I can’t think of anything I’d change really. The things I didn’t like (Uther–see below) I wouldn’t necessarily change. I guess if I had to pick something it was that Lancelot was just too freaking perfect. The worst thing he did was lie about his lineage, and that was after Merlin convinced him. And I know it’s only one episode, so I don’t know that they could have done more with him, but at this point he’s a pretty one-dimensional character. A very pleasing-to-look-at one, but one-dimensional. I’d like to see more depth, and I guess we’ll have to wait and see if we get that later in the series…
 

The thing I loved about this episode – I’ll admit I’m a sucker for Arthur fighting. Bradley James, you do it so well and look so pretty while you’re doing it. Add Santiago Cabrera (Lancelot) to the equation? HEAVEN…. 

The thing I hated about this episode – It drives me nuts when Uther doesn’t listen. Yeah, I know it’s not going to change and it’ll keep driving me nuts. But he’s all magic this and magic that, but then when Gaius says, this is magic, he’s all naaaaaaaah. Let me send my knights and son out there because I refuse to listen and admit someone knows more than me. He pisses me off so much that right now, the Ryan Sti
les flipping him off isn’t even enough. So courtesy of my awesome kid…. Hey Uther….

That’s right, Uther, I Martin Freeman’d your ass.

Something I never noticed about this episode before – So when Lancelot presents his fake seal to Arthur, Arthur hits him and knocks him down and says he has slow reflexes, that if it were battle he’d be dead, and to come back when he’s ready. When Lancelot tells him he is ready, Arthur considers then sends him to clean out the stables. The reaction from Merlin and Gwen who are watching this whole time: 

Now, at first, I was like, look how happy they are for their friend. (And the pic doesn’t do justice to just how joyful Merlin looks) THEN when watching this time, I realized…he’s just beyond thrilled that someone else has to muck out the stables!!!! 
 
Favorite costume – Merlin spent a good portion of this episode sans neckerchief. You will not hear me complaining. Hello, collarbones. 
*nuzzle nuzzle SLURP SLURP*
Here is proof of some random head canon I’ve created – It’s no secret that I’m firmly in the Merthur camp. They are made for each other. HOWEVER, if they were to ever consider adding a third to spice things up… Lancelot is one of the oh, three people I would approve of in that situation. (Because clearly they would need my approval. *snort*)

What would Bronwyn steal from Camelot in this episode?
The mirror in Morgana’s chambers. It’s behind Morgana when she she’s talking to Gwen as Gwen gazes out at the leaving Lancelot. The pic isn’t from this episode (because heaven forbid that I can actually find what I’m looking for!) but it’s the same mirror. 
What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? 
I’m going to go with Arthur drooling over and making googly eyes at Morgana at the celebration. 
 
RANDOM THOUGHTS –
I got nothing here. But I’ll leave this here for all you Lancelot lovers. Just look at that smile… (And I’m not indifferent, by any means, I just lurve another.)
 
Until the next episode – A Remedy to Cure All Ills – which we’ll be watching Monday, 2/24, at 8pm EST. We’ll be on Twitter with the hashtag #MerlinClub
 

Wednesday Randomness: Take Me Away!

For Wednesday Bloggin’ this week, Bronwyn, Leigh and I are listing five place we’d like to visit. Now, I’m keeping things pretty general with this one, because if I listed every specific thing I’d like to visit and see before I die… Well, I don’t think anyone would read a blogpost that long!

So here goes nothing…

Ireland

This is the big one; the destination on the top of my wish list.My entire life I’ve wanted to visit Ireland. I don’t know why, but I’ve always felt a pull. I hope one day to go. I could spend hours exploring, take hundreds of pictures, drink many pints of beer. It’d be heaven. 🙂 Just look at the gorgeousness…

 

 

 

Grand Canyon

I’d have thought by now, the Grand Canyon would have been crossed off my bucket list, but no such luck. I really hope this one happens soon. It is just beautiful, isn’t it? I just want to soak it all in.

 

 

Italy

Always wanted to visit Italy, and Rome in particular. The architecture fascinates me. And the food…and THE WINE. Oh, I think I could spend a lot of time in this country and be just fine. 🙂

 

 

I think a trip to a vineyard is a must, don’t you?

Alaska

I’ve had family live in Alaska and have always wanted to visit. To see the mountains and vastness of it all. Growing up in Upper Michigan, I’ve had the joy of seeing Northern Lights but I can only imagine how spectacular they’d be in Alaska. Maybe one day…

 

 

England

Soon, I’ll be able to cross this one off my list! 🙂 I’ll be taking a trip in the fall to England and I cannot wait. (Seriously, I’m so excited I could almost pee my pants!) I have so many things I want to see, and I know I won’t be able to see them all. So I’m still working on my absolute must see list. One thing I know that is on there? The Globe Theatre – Yeah, I’m a dork. I totally know that and am fine with it.
The Globe

 

And that’s it fr
om me this week. 🙂 Be sure to check out Bron’s post and Leigh’s post.

What about you? Where have you always wanted to go?

Hugs
~J

MERLIN CLUB: The Poisoned Chalice

MERLIN CLUB: THE POISONED CHALICE

Or The One Where Jess Feels Guilty For Finding a Dying Merlin Moaning Arthur’s Name Insanely Hot (But Not Really Because, Come On, Guys, He Was Sweaty, In Bed, And Moaning Arthur’s Name!!)

RECAP – This episode opens with Nimueh incanting a spell with a flower in her pool of water. She puts the now clear petal into a silver chalice and menacingly says, “Merlin” as only she does. 

King Bayard of Mercia has come to sign a peace treat with Camelot. Nimueh is there, posing as a servant, Cara, and totally rocking a turban (covering up her crimped hair which makes Bron cringe every time she sees it.) She flirts with Merlin a bit when they bump into each other in the halls then she switches a goblet in Bayard’s chambers with her poisoned one. A bit of banter between our boys…and Arthur shows Merlin the “ceremonial clothes” Merlin is to wear at the banquet. Merlin is less than thrilled .

Though Arthur is quite amused. 

Later, when Bayard presents two goblets to Uther and Arthur, Nimueh pulls Merlin to the side and says she saw Bayard poisoning Arthur’s. Merlin rushes back in and prevents Arthur from drinking from the cup. There is much arguing – Bayard is offended, Uther is just a dick, Arthur is trying to get Merlin out of trouble while calling him an idiot. It all ends with Uther ordering Merlin to drink from the cup. If it’s poisoned, he wants the pleasure of killing Bayard himself, and if it’s not, Bayard is free to do what he wants with Merlin. Arthur is particularly displeased with this arrangement (because he luuuuuurves Merlin) but Merlin bravely drinks. For a moment, it looks like all is well, but then Merlin begins to cough and grab his throat. He quickly collapses. 

Just look at Arthur’s face when he realizes Merlin is, indeed, poisoned. 

It’s no surprise that he is the first to Merlin’s side. 

Arthur carries Merlin to Gaius’ chambers, with Gwen following with the poisoned chalice. Gaius discovers the poisonous flower petal stuck inside the cup and explains to Arthur it is the Mortaeus flower, and the only antidote comes from leaves from the same plant which is found in caves beyond the Forest of Balor. To go after the antidote would be a perilous journey. Arthur asks what would happen to Merlin without the antidote. Gaius says he only has days and would die a very painful death. Arthur decides he will go get it. Uther (surprise, surprise) forbids it, saying Arthur’s life is more important that Merlin’s. Even though I can see Uther’s view, to a point – Arthur is his sole heir and needs to be kept safe – it’s scenes like this that show what a douchecanoe Uther is. 

Arthur: I can’t stand by and watch him die!

Uther: Then don’t t look.

Hey Uther
Hey Uther….

Morgana goes to Arthur and says that Camelot would rather have a king who would save a servant than one who simply did what his father told him to. 

Just a side note, how freaking gorgeous is Katie McGrath? 

 

So Arthur heads off to get the leaves needed for the antidote. Meanwhile, Merlin is getting worse and it looks like the poison will kill him sooner than originally thought. After a bit of research, Gaius realizes that magic has been used to make the poison more potent and Nimueh is the one who is powerful enough to do such a thing. 

In the forest, Arthur comes across Nimueh. She is disguised as a maiden who has run away from an abusive master. She does some very convincing (*eyeroll*) fake crying, and suddenly, there is a cockarice (a bad ass looking thing) attacking. Nimueh smirks (this is the default expression of anyone evil in the land of Camelot, folks) as Arthur fights the beast. Don’t worry, he slays it. 

After he kills it, Nimueh tells him she knows where the flower can be found and offers to lead him there. While in the cave, she casts another spell and the ledge Arthur is on collapses. She leaves him clinging to the edge of the cave, telling him it isn’t his destiny to die at her hand. (Though I find fault with this logic….wouldn’t this technically be dying at her hand? Sure, she didn’t blast him with magic or anything but she is causing his death directly.)

Back in Camelot, an unconsious Merlin begins to mutter about Arthur and says magical words. Gauis quickly tells Gwen that it’s just nonsense and sends her to go get some water to help keep the fever down. A magical orb of light appears in Merlin’s palm and an identical one appears in the cave to lead Arthur to safety.


But then these giant spider things start in on Arthur. And I’ll be honest, people, at this point, I’d be all “Sorry, Merlin, so done with this.” I’d probably be plummeting to the bottom of the cavern in sheer horror. 

 

Arthur manages to pick leaves from the flower and climbs out of the cave, following Merlin’s light. When he returns to Camelot, though, he isn’t able to get them to Gaius. He is arrested and thrown in the dungeon for disobeying Uther. Arthur begs his father to take the flower to Gaius, that he’ll take whatever punishment Uther doles out, just save Merlin. The king, however, sees this as a teaching moment and crushes the flower and drops it outside the cells, saying Arthur can get a new servant when he’s released

Hey, Uther…

Arthur yells after him then tries to reach the flower through the bars of his cell. 

Gwen pretends to be sent to bring food to Arthur in the dungeon. Arthur manages to give her the flower. She gets it to Gaius, who uses magic, though it’s forbidden, to create the antidote. He quickly gives it to Merlin. Merlin stops breathing, and Gwen and Gaius assume he’s dead and embrace in their grief. Merlin awakes and says “That’s disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself. You’re old enough to be her grandfather.” (I love sassy Merlin. LOL) Gwen, overcome with relief, kisses him.

As they watch the Mercian’s leave, Uther tells Arthur he did the right thing (too little too late, IMO) and it is so freaking obvious that Uther is hiding something from Arthur. Something big. 

Hey, Uther…

Arthur goes to Gaius and Merlin’s chambers to make sure Merlin is all right. 

In this moment, I’m certain Merlin is debating whether to lean over and tongue Arthur’s ring. I’m even more certain the only reason he didn’t is because Gaius was right there. (total cock block that he is).

*ahem* Anyway, after Arthur leaves, Merlin asks why Nimueh would go through all the trouble of framing Bayard instead of just letting Arthur drink the poison and die. Gaius says Nimueh would have known Merlin would be forced to drink it. Merlin was the target, not Arthur. Gauis says, “It seems that someone else knows you’re destined for great things.”  

If I’d written this episode, I would have changed… I know I mentioned it in last week’s post, but I wouldn’t have so much between Merlin and Gwen. I don’t like it. They REALLY played up somethign happening between them. Mostly on Gwen’s side. Like when he’s checking out Nimueh at the feast, Gwen is pissed. Even going so far as to walk away and go stand by Gaius. Then the kiss she lays on him when she realizes he’s recovered was not a platonic kiss. 

There are many reasons I don’t like the pairing and to discuss most of them would be major spoiler-y, so I’m just going to leave it at I don’t like the romantic stuff between them. The close friendship…love it and would want to see that continue. I don’t see the point of muddying it with romance. 

The thing I loved and/or hated about this episode—I love how much people are willing to do to save Merlin, even though he is “only a servant.” Arthur defies Uther and goes for the antidote, Gwen puts herself at risk to go down to dungeons to get the flower (and nearly gets caught), and Gaius uses magic (presumably for the first time since the ban on magic was started) to create the antidote. All three of them took great risks to save Merlin.  

Something I never noticed about this episode before—I never noticed Gwen changed dresses during the episode. Yes, another Gwen dress thing. But, to be fair I’m on the look out for it now. She is wearing something new – a yellow gown for the banquet with their Mercian guests.

But you’ll notice later in the episode, she changed back into her “everyday” dress. (See kissing pic above) So perhaps the yellow one is for special occasions? 
Favorite costume—Morgana wins again. Adore this gown

Here is proof of some random head canon I’ve created—Arthur and Merlin have an amazing  connection that goes beyond friendship (or romance, if you think that way, and you know I doooooo!) They are really two halves and the whole magical orb thing shows this. They are who knows how far away from each other and Merlin is freaking unconscious, dying, and still doing everything he can to save Arthur. He somehow knows exactly what is happening with Arthur. They are so connected…because they were made for each other. 

What would Bronwyn steal from Camelot in this episode—It’s not an object this week or a decoration. Bron will take one dungeon, please, Arthur included.

 

I know for a fact, Bron has had all manner of dirty thoughts about this scene. I hope against all hope that she writes a fanfic based on this. I NEED it. I think we all need it….badly. Get on it, Bron!

What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? This was a hard one this week. So two small things when Gaius tells Uther it was Nimueh who poisoned the goblet – One, Uther really doesn’t believe it at first. Which is just stupid. She brought on the Afanc last episode so why is he so shocked that she would strike again? And two, he also says something along the lines “That witch’s face is not easily forgotten”. Well, she WAS wearing a turban, Uther.

 
Perhaps it has powers, like Clark Kent’s glasses, that make the wearer unrecognizable? I mean, perhaps she has changed her appearance through magic, but there’s no indication of that. Every time we’ve seen her, it’s with this face, so….who knows? Whatever, I like the idea of a magical turban, in any case. 🙂


RANDOM THOUGHTS—

The Merlin Club Drinking Game is up! The list will grow as we work though the series, trust me, but I’ll make sure to let you know! 😉 Also if you think something should be added, let me know in the comments.

And I will leave you with a delicious sight…

“Faster, Arthur, move faster…”
Me…EVERY TIME.

Bron’s Merlin Club: The Poisoned Chalice Post

Jen’s Merlin Club: The Poisoned Chalice Post

Until the next episode—Lancelot—which we will be watching Monday, 2/17, at 8pm EST. We’ll be on Twitter with the hashtag #MerlinClub

MERLIN CLUB: The Drinking Game

THE DRINKING GAME

Play along, but please play responsibly, folks. 🙂 We don’t want anyone going to the ER for Merlin Club!

Take a drink every time…

…destiny is mentioned

…Uther executes or threatens to execute someone.

…whenever SORCERY is blamed for something.
…whenever the warning bells go off

…Gaius’ eyebrow lifts.

…Merlin uses magic to save Arthur.

…Morgana has a nightmare.

…Arthur throws something at Merlin.

…Arthur calls Merlin an idiot.

…Merlin goes to the dragon for advice/help.
…Arthur gets knocked out.
…the current villain smirks (unnoticed by anyone, of course)

…Merlin and Arthur engage in EYESEX

Wednesday Randomness: I Wanna Do That!!

Happy Wednesday!!! As you know, Bronwyn Green and I have been tandem blogging on Wednesdays. This week, I want to say welcome to Leigh Jones, who is going to join us on our Wednesday bloggin’ party. 🙂

This week we decided to blog on three things we’d like to learn how to do. Number one on my list, at the moment is….

Basic Home Repairs 

I have no desire to take care of everything in the house, but to be able to deal with those those things that come up every so often. Or in my case, every single stinking time my husband goes out of town. He’s currently out of the country, and I ended up with water all of the laundry room floor. The washer is losing water, and I cannot for the life of me figure out where it’s coming from. And, lets’ be honest, even if I did, I’d be clueless as to how to fix it. So I’d like to know how to deal with the basic household repairs–leaky faucets and the like–and not have to call the hubby or my dad to get over-the-phone instructions to fix something. (And major props to them for being awesome and patient with me when I do call on them for something!)

Learn to Knit Something OTHER Than a Rectangle!

I can knit a few basic things–a scarf, a blanket, a shawl (as long as it’s rectangular, mind you!), but I would love to be able to knit something more complex, and let’s face it, much more awesome. I see pics and patterns for things to knit and yearn to be able to do it. Something like this…

 

Learn to Cook Healthy but GOOD Food

I actually really enjoy cooking, and I’m not too shabby at it. However, I’m trying to be healthier and lose some weight. I’m not so good at the cooking light thing. Most of the things I’m good at cooking require lots of butter, cream, sugar…and pretty much anything else that I (and my family!) should only eat in moderation. Now, I’ve attempted some healthier cooking and I didn’t completely fail (though there were some failures in there, let me tell you!), but I don’t want to just eat the basic baked/grilled chicken or fish, grilled or sauteed veggies, salads up the wazoo… I’d love to learn to cook a variety of healthy, delicious food. Because, seriously, it needs to taste GOOD. And the healthier I eat, the more wine I can indulge with later, right? 😉

And that’s it from me. I’m sure I could come up with more things I’d like to learn, but honestly, I tried to come up with three things I had a CHANCE of learning in the near future. Realistic goals and all that.

What are some things you’d like to learn to do?

Make sure you go and check out Bron’s Post and Leigh’s Post and see what THEY want to learn how to do. 🙂

Hugs,

~J

MERLIN CLUB: The Mark of Nimueh

MERLIN CLUB: THE MARK OF NIMUEH
Or The Freaking Dragon Ships It, So There!

RECAP – The episode begins with a sorceress, Nimueh, making a creature out of clay and places it in an egg thingy. She then brings the creature inside to life with a spell. 

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The she sends it to the river that supplies Cameot’s water. Seriously, it was like being in the drive-thru at the bank—whoosh, away it goes. Once in Camelot, the egg surfaces in the city’s underground water supply (reservoir? Not sure what it’s called…  Added: Have been informed it’s a cistern. See, Merlin is freaking educational!)

Gaius and Merlin check out a dead man, who has died from unknown causes. 

He looks pretty gruesome so they cover him up and whisk him away to Gaius’s chambers. On the way, they see Gwen, who is taking flowers to Morgana and she gives Merlin one. Once they in Gaius’s chambers, Arthur comes in for Merlin and tells Gaius to go to the king. 

Turns out one of the royal court’s servants has died in the same mysterious way as the man Merlin and Gaius had been examining. Uther demands to know what the cause is. Gaius insists he needs more time (for the scientific process, folks. It’s aaaaaall about the science with Gauis…except when it’s not. :-/) but, after some pressure from our totally unbiased and completely non-prejudiced king, Gaius admits that it’s mostly likely sorcery. Uther orders Arthur to search every house in town and Merlin is to work with Gaius until they get some solid answers. 

Convo between Merlin and Gaius—Merlin can’t get why anyone would want to use magic for harm. The older man explains that, while magic is neither good nor evil, it is like any other power which can corrupt. They get to work but are interrupted by Arthur and some guards who search the physician’s quarters, including Merlin’s room. Merlin panics because of his book of magic—he is not being very careful with it. And then he uses magic to hide the book, which was out in plain sight. (Oh, Merlin…)

Arthur, finding nothing, leaves. Merlin gets upset that Gaius won’t allow him to use magic to help the victims. Gaius is convinced they only need to find the source of the plague before they do anything, and assures Merlin his time to be a great sorcerer is coming.

When Arthur fails to find any evidence of magic, Uther orders him to widen the search to surrounding areas, set a curfew, and isolate the part of town where most of the dead had lived. Merlin and Gauis have figured out that the sickness is not spread through physical contact since a courtier who’d died wouldn’t have been around the other victims. They deduce that the only similarity in all the sick is the water they drank came from the same source.

Gwen’s father, Tom, contracts the disease, and she is devastated when Gaius tells her there is no cure. That night, Merlin uses his magic despite Gaius warnings to sneak  to Gwen’s home and cure Tom by putting a poultice under his pillow and incanting a spell. 

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Gaius informs the king that Camelot’s water supply is contaminated. When Merlin sees Gwen, he tries to act surprised that her father is well again but Gwen suspects something and questions him, but then laughs when he jokes that he’s psychic. Arthur sees Tom in town and questions him about his recovery. Since Gwen was the only person Tom says was with him, Arthur is forced to act. He searched their home and finds the poultice. He arrests Gwen and brings her to the king. Uther demands she lifts the curse. But, of course, she can’t. Uther, who assumes she is lying, sentences her to death.

Arthur and Morgana argue for her—Morgana saying there is no way Gwen used magic, and Arthur saying, even is she did, it was to save her father and clearly without evil intent. Arthur states that the punishment should fit the crime. He means, of course, that Gwen shouldn’t be executed but Uther twists it around and claims that Gwen played with fire so she shall die by fire.

Merlin visits Gwen in the dungeon and promises that he won’t let her die. He bursts into the king’s council and confesses to sorcery…. *gasps and clutches heart*

   
Arthur convinces Uther Merlin confessed because he’s in love with Gwen. At which point, Uther laughs (because he’s just that kind of guy *eyeroll*) and dismisses Merlin without punishment. 

Merlin and Gauis go to take water samples and discover the Afanc. Pretty, yeah?Might_afanc

Gaius says only a powerful sorcerer could create such a thing. Merlin goes to see The Great Dragon. The dragon tells him to use the elements available. Then he says that Merlin and Arthur are like two sides of the same coin, and their paths lie together. 

With people still dying, Uther moves Gwen’s execution forward. With Gaius’s help, Merlin figures out that since the Afanc is created of two of the four basic elements—water and earth—using the other two—air and fire—may destroy it. Morgana rushes in to let them know that Gwen is to be executed that evening and helps convince Arthur to go with them below and face the Afanc . After a bit, Arthur corners it and, with a bit of wind conjured by Merlin, kills the creature with his torch. 

 Nimueh watches this, scrying in her pool.

Later, Gaius beings Uther the remains of the egg that bore the Afanc—it bears the mark of Nimueh

Uther is quite upset and asks “Will I never be rid of her?” Gwen is released from prison and Morgana tells Merlin his secret is safe with her. At first he thinks she means his magic and is happy to have someone to confide it, but he realizes she believes he’s in love with Gwen, saying Gwen is a “lucky woman.”

In her cave, Nimueh vows that Merlin will pay for his interference.

If I’d written this episode, I would have changed… Honestly I can’t think of anything to change. I’ve been wracking my brain for quite a while and came back to this one. I’m at a loss here. But, never fear, I’ll make up for this in later episodes. Trust me.

The thing I loved and/or hated about this episode—Loved Arthur’s quick defense of Merlin when Merlin confesses. Also, that he defended Gwen—even if she did use magic, he could understand why.

Didn’t really hate anything, but I don’t like the hinted romance between Gwen and Merlin. Not the assumptions made by Arthur and Morgan, but the flirting between Gwen and Merlin etc. It’s subtle but it’s there. Makes you wonder if, since the creators of the show made prince and sorcerer contemporaries, are they going to make them romantic rivals as well?  I don’t like it. And not just because I think the boys should hook up, I swear.

Something I never noticed about this episode before—It’s not that I didn’t NOTICE the conversation when I watched before, but when Gaius and Merlin are talking about what the victims have in common, holy moly, Gaius is like Gawd, Merlin, you’re so stupid. (“sometimes I wonder if your magical talents were given to the right person.” Ouch, Gauis!) LOL It came up in our twitter convo while watching and it surprised me because I hadn’t thought about it before.

Favorite costume—It goes to Morgana this week. No surprise, really. Her costumes are fantastic. I love the dress AND the cape. 

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Here is proof of some random head canon I’ve created—OMG, guys, guys, GUUUUUUYS!!! The dragon totally ships Merthur. C’mon, two sides of the same coin, your paths lie together…that’s soul mate talk…that  is NOT platonic. You cannot
convince me it is. 😉

What would Bronwyn steal from Camelot in this episode—The screen in Morgana’s rooms. 

What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? Two things. The big one? That Merlin knew the town was being searched yet just left the poultice behind. Would it have been that difficult to remove or destroy the evidence? Think, Merlin, THINK!

The second? When Merlin confesses and Arthur successfully convinces everyone he’s lying because he’s in love with Gwen, Uther freaking laughs and says something like “Perhaps she’s enchanted you.” Nice, Uther. He’s chuckling it up and all, “Your love’s going to burn tonight; sucks to be you.” Urgh.

RANDOM THOUGHTS—The Great Gwen Wardrobe Watch Continues. She is still in the same gown. Although, it looks like that may change next week from what I saw of the previews…stay tuned.

Also, I’ll be posting a list of the things that could be used as a drinking game in this series. Will post that next week. Though some of the items…if you play, you may end up in the ER!

Bron’s Merlin Club: TheMark of Nimueh Post

Jen’s Merlin Club: TheMark of Nimueh Post

Until the next episode—The Poisoned Chalice—which we will be watching Monday, 2/10, at 8pm EST. We’ll be on Twitter with the hashtag #MerlinClub

Wednesday Randomness: Apps I Love and/or Can’t Live Without

This week, for our tandem post, Bronwyn and I decided to blog about the apps we love and/or can’t live without. Check out Bron’s post here.

I don’t have anything amazing as far as apps go, really. But there are some that I use ALL THE TIME.

Email

Gmail

Don’t need to say much more than that, yeah? Always have to have email!

Social Media
Yet more ways to be constantly connected. 🙂 These are the best for when I’m waiting for kids to finish an activity or something. Especially when I don’t know how long it will be and I don’t want to start reading a book just to have to stop when the kid(s) climb in the car.
Tumblr – Ah, the place I can fangurl it up with my people. 🙂
Twitter & Facebook – You never know when you need to tweet/post something. LOL And I can scroll through my feed/wall any time I want.
Pinterest – This is my favorite for small periods of time. Just scrolling through pretty pics….yay.
 
Heath & Fitness

 

 
In my attempt to be healthier and get in shape, I use several apps.
 
My Fitness Pal – Love, love, love this app. It’s what I use to track my food intake. The best part is I can just scan barcodes to input my food. Honestly, anything that makes it easier is a keeper for me.
Pink Pad – This is a girl app. Won’t go into too much detail. LOL Let’s just say, I am horrible at keeping track of the time of the month. This apps helps me know exactly what is happening so I don’t get caught unawares – which totally sucks.
Runtastic PRO – I will say upfront, I DO NOT RUN. That’s just crazy talk. The hubby and the kids run (seriously, hubby did a marathon – INSANE); I do not. BUT I do walk. And it will track my distance and time.
BodyMedia FIT– I have a BodyMedia armband that tracks calories burned, hours slept, steps taken etc. It’s linked to my My Fitness Pal account so my calorie intake goal for the day is adjusted automatically for me. I can look at the app and know how far I’m off of my targets for the day. I use this one A LOT.
Entertainment
These are for fun, of course. Looking up videos on YouTube (the majority of which may or may not be fan made Merthur videos 😉 ), reading books on Nook and Kindle. I prefer to read on my iPad, but I have all the apps I talked about on both my phone and tablet so it all works out. 🙂
Games
I am NOT good at explaining games, so I won’t even attempt to do so here. But I’ll let you know the few games I play regularly and don’t bore the crap out of me. LOL My phone used to be FULL of games but then the kids got their own smartphones and no longer use mine. 😀
Temple Run…just fun.
Hand & Foot – A card game. I enjoy it.
Words with Friends.

And that’s it, really.

Any apps you can’t live without? Or just love?

Hugs,
~Jess