MERLIN CLUB: The Eye of the Phoenix

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MERLIN CLUB: THE EYE OF THE PHOENIX
Or One of the Ones During Which Jess Has Dirty, Dirty Thoughts

Hello, Merlin Clubbers. The next couple weeks’ posts are going to be short ones. I’m so sorry. I’m not going to do a full recap, but will answer my questions like a good girl. Why? Because time is not my friend. At all. I’m trying to get this week’s and next week’s posts done because I’m leaving on vacation in 3 days. To England!

I’m so excited but stressed packing and planning and trying to get everything done. So I’m alternating between this…

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and this…

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😀

So onward to Merlin Club, yeah?

The basic gist of this episode is Arthur is off on a mystical solitary quest to prove his worthiness to sit upon the throne of Camelot some day. He’s chosen to go into the Perilous Lands to retrieve the golden trident of the Fisher King – who was a sorcerer (please contain your gasps of shock, eh). But then Morgana gives him a bracelet “for luck”. But it’s enchanted and stuff to slowly drain the life from him during his journey. Merlin figures this out and goes after him to help – enlisting the help of Gwaine (!!) along the way.

They’re given nifty nicknames from Grettir…

Untitledwho guards a bridge they must cross.

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In the end, all is well. Merlin saves Arthur using some Dragonlord skills on wyverns (cousins of the dragons apparently), helps the Fisher King who gives him water from the lake of Avalon, saying it will help him in his time of need which is coming soon, and Arthur gets the trident. All are happy.

Oh except Morgana, who is quite put out when Arthur comes strolling back into Camelot. Oops.

If I’d written this episode, I would have changed…I agree with Jen in that the quest actually being about Merlin rather than Arthur was BS. I’d have found some way to make it about both of them. Arthur being superfluous in the grand scheme of things was unacceptable, IMO

Thing(s) I loved about this episode—I loved that Gwen is on to Morgana. That she sees things and investigates. She’s hella smart.

GWAINE! And the general Merlin-Gwaine dynamic. When Gwaine says Merlin’s his only friend…Le sigh. And they would have TOTALLY kissed at that campfire if not for stupid cock-blocking “pheasants”. (Or what I assume to be wyvern making noise in the night.)

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Merlin + Dragonspeak =

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I mean…come on…

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Can you blame me? *fans self*

Thing(s) I hated about this episode—That Arthur never questioned what was happening to him. He didn’t even have to connect it to the bracelet or anything, but to suddenly feel like he’s dying and having trouble even standing? Why didn’t he question WTF was happening to him?

Something I never noticed about this episode before—So Morgause uses an aging spell to speak to Morgana in the lower town. She’s clearly using a different spell than Merlin does when he uses an aging spell later on in the series. One, she says the enchantment won’t last long. Merlin’s did. Either it’s a different spell or he’s just that much more powerful? But I’m leaning towards different spell because the thing I didn’t notice before – when we see her hands, they’re not aged. Merlin’s spell? Everything is aged, man. And when Gwen catches a glimpse of her in the mirror, she sees Morgause as she is now-relatively young-but Merlin’s aging spell, he looks at himself in the mirror and sees his aged self. A little thing, yeah, but I didn’t notice that before. I had just assumed she used the same aging spell Merlin later uses and then I noticed these things.

Proof of some head canon I’ve created—I’m convinced that Merlin and Gwaine had a thing. The chemistry between them…very evident in this episode. Though I’m also convinced Merlin could have pretty much wanted to get it on with anyone and it would happen. 😀

Favorite costume—Arthur when he does his vision thing to figure out what quest he should do.

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What would Bron steal from Camelot in this episode? I think she’d love some water from the Lake of Avalon. 🙂

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What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? That Gwaine had to explain what wyvrens are to Merlin who is a Dragonlord. (Though I will still argue that he didn’t know because of his dad dying and all before imparting Dragonlord-ish wisdom.)

Bron’s Merlin Club: The Changeling Post
Jen’s Merlin Club: The Changeling Post

Next week 9/29 at 8pm EST, we’ll be watching S03E08 Love in the Time of Dragons. We’ll be on Twitter with the hastag #MerlinClub