MERLIN CLUB: A Lesson in Vengeance

Or The One Jess Can’t Brain Enough To Come Up With An Alternative Title

One day, my fellow Merlin Clubbers, I will have my life together. One day. Alas, today is not that day. Not even close. With the hubs out of town, general family chaos combined with writing deadlines and editing obligations… Well, let’s just say it’s not a shock to anyone that I forgot about Merlin Club – several times just today even with multiple reminders from Bron (Thanks for that, lovely, lovely lady).

So let’s long story short this bitch, shall we? Morgana and Evil!Gwen are still a thing…multiple attempts on Arthur’s life…Arthur’s oblivious to what is in front of him…Merlin slightly less so…Merlin saves his boyfriend’s king’s life…Again. Gwen comes out smelling like roses, somehow, despite evil! so we can expect more trying to kill Arthur in future.

Question time!

If I’d written this episode, I would have changed…Okay, Gwen’s there, right? She has every opportunity to kill Arthur, but she doesn’t. I mean, it’s clear as hell that Leon and the other knights will never ever ever think she would something against Arthur so she’d totally be in the clear. But no, let’s poison him in a way that is all drawn out – giving Gaius every opportunity to find a way to save him. 

Thing(s) I loved about this episode—

Pissed!Merlin (when evil!Gwen is accusing him)

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tumblr_mixwsz7jzq1r834dko3_500DRAGOON! – How Merlin escapes the cells after being falsely accused by Gwen so he can go save his man. Also, he takes the opportunity to let the cook know exactly what he thinks of her. Brilliant.

And frankly just this…

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And sorry but that with the line “The king would like a word.” On this one I can say…well played, writers. Well played, indeed.

And finally, at the end, even though evil!Gwen is not only getting away with everything but coming out looking better than ever, this right here….

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I know that as Arthur’s manservant, Merlin stands behind Arthur at feasts and all that, ready to serve, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him standing like this when Arthur is addressing the council or whatever – actually, isn’t he usually standing with Gaius in situations like this? But here he is, just behind the king (and looking pissy and suspicious….which I love), almost in a position level with the queen. And is it coincidence that he’s standing on Arthur’s right–kinda like he sat at Arthur’s right hand at the original round table. I just like it, okay? Even if I’m reading too much into it. 🙂

Thing(s) I hated about this episode—The evil women unable to actually succeed in their plots. They are made stupid. Infuriates me. 

Something I never noticed about this episode beforeSee last item in my likes – Merlin’s positioning. 🙂 

Proof of some head canon I’ve created—It’s a mandrake thing again. Honestly this is how I make things slightly more okay in my head. I think when someone is mandraked they just lose common sense. They are just completely set on a single objective. Like, Morgana and, now, Gwen are so utterly focused on making Arthur suffer. FFS, just kill him and make your move to take over! But nope. I mean, the objective is to get Arthur out of the way and for Morgana to rule, yes? Then don’t focus on making Arthur suffer. Get shit done. But they can’t. ‘Cause mandrake. 

Favorite costume—Gwen’s ensemble in the opening scene – gloves included. Think she wore this dress last week too. But I love it. 


What would Bron steal from Camelot in this episode? The poison bottles.

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What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? The complete and utter hard on Leon clearly has for Gwen. King’s not even dead, and Leon’s all over that. Hell, everyone knows I LOVE Leon, but even, I was like DAMN. Cool your jets, Leon. 

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Bron’s Take on “The Dark Tower” | Jen’s Take on “The Dark Tower”

Next week 3/9 at 8pm EST, we’ll be watching S05E08 “The Hollow Queen”. We’ll be on Twitter with the hastag #MerlinClub

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