One day, when I grow up, I’m going to be a master of organization and time-management. Today is NOT that day, lovelies. IT. IS. NOT. THAT. DAY. *head between knees and trying to breathe* I’m currently writing this post with my sweetheart of a neice climbing all over me, because I’m not going to have time to do it tonight with other obligations on the plate, sucking my time. Sucking it all away.
RECAP – The basic gist of this episode is Morgana has teamed up with Odin – don’t know if you remember or not but apparently Arthur killed his son, and Odin then sent those carnival/circus dudes to kill Uther on Arthur’s birthday… So yeah, bad blood, there. Morgana wants Camelot, and Odin gets to have Arthur for whatever he wants. The pair go to Nemeth and capture Rodor and his daughter Mithian. Knowing their strong alliance to Arthur and Camelot, Mithian is sent to lure Arthur into a trap. Morgana tags along under an aging spell to make sure the princess does as she’s told. Arthur, of course, agrees to help Mithian retreive her supposedly injured father. Long story short, there’s a confrontation, some fighting, Merlin using magic to save his king and in the end, with urging from Merlin, Odin and Arthur actually come to a truce, wanting peace for their kingdoms. Mithian and her father are safe. Arthur forgives Mithian, saying he would have done the same if it’d been his father. And all is well once again.
If I’d written this episode, I would have changed…Seems odd that we’ve not seen or heard mention of Odin in so long. He apparently has such a hatred for Arthur, you’d think something would have happened between Uther’s death and now.
I’m going to rant a bit about Morgana. She seems completely superfluous to this storyline. Odin could have taken Nemeth (Rodor and Mithian’s kingdom) without her help – I’m assuming it’s his army that took over, because no mention of Morgana’s magic being necessary. He could have sent Mithian with a guard posing as one of hers to keep her under control. He could have accomplished all of this – avenged his son’s death and taken Camelot as his own – without Morgana at all. But nope, we don’t hear any thing about Odin until he’s a convenient plot device to clumsily further Morgana’s storyline.
Also, Morgana has to be one of the worst villains ever. Seriously. She has had opportunity after opportunity to eliminate Arthur quickly and without much fuss, but she has to go for the big, elaborate plans that don’t ever work out. And she is a joke. She tells Mithian if the princess betrays her again, she’s going to bury her father alive, but when Mithian finds a way to warn Merlin, Morgana does nothing besides knock Merlin out. She doesn’t follow through on her threat to Mithian at all. Doesn’t even attempt to. *sigh*
So I guess I’d change everything about Morgana. that’s what I’d change in this episode and every episode since she went dark side.
Thing(s) I loved about this episode—When the final confrontation happens between Odin and Arthur, I love how Merlin talks to him. Calmly advising his king. And Arthur listens. Love this…
And Merlin’s expression at the end… *sigh* So proud of
And this bit made me smile.
And for good measure…Merlin with that damned mortar and pestal. His forearms and hands haunt me. (Yes, Bron, this is another of Jess’ strangely specific fetishes.)
Thing(s) I hated about this episode—See what I said above in what I’d change.
And then there’s the whole Old!Morgana bit. That no one recognized her is stupid. Also we’ve had two other characters use an aging spell – Merlin and Morgause. And nothing is consistent about the spell used.
With Morgause – she was older but her reflection was not. That showed her true form and Gwen was able to see it.
With Morgana – it is taking A LOT of energy and effort to hold the spell. And it seems that while her appearance is physically altered, she really isn’t. I say that because Gauis talks about how her body has such vigor and she is like a much younger person.
Now, with Merlin – He was able to see himself aged in a mirror. He looks and bemoans that this is how he is going to look when he’s old. He has no trouble holding the spell. In fact, it was harder work to lift it and be young again. And, it honestly aged him. He was unable to move quickly, was out of breath when walking quickly.
So I guess they were all different spells? Or at the very least the sisters’ spell was different than Merlin’s. Becasue the fact that Merlin is supposedly more powerful doesn’t clear up all the inconsistencies. Perhaps the sisters’ was more of a glamour–changed how they appeared, while Merlin’s actually aged him? I don’t know.
And along those lines…how the ever loving hell did neither Gauis nor Merlin suspect the aging spell? The clues were all lining up and duh, it never enters their minds…when Merlin himself had used the same trick several times? Urgh.
Something I never noticed about this episode before—When Mithian is brought into the castle, Gauis is all yelling that they need to keep her warm and for Merlin to get blankets. Dude, why don’t you try puttin her UNDER the blankets on the bed you had her put on? A little thing but just made me shake my head.
Proof of some head canon I’ve created—I’ve got nothing this week.
Favorite costume—Mithian’s dress in the beginning of the episode.
What would Bron steal from Camelot in this episode? The key to Mithian’s room.
What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? I think that Gaius and Merlin are complete idiots and don’t connect the dots with Old!Morgana.
And maybe that I said Arthur should have married Mithian. 😉
Next week 2/16 at 8pm EST, we’ll be watching S05E5 “The Disir”. We’ll be on Twitter with the hastag #MerlinClub