MERLIN CLUB: The Sorcerer’s Shadow


Or the One in Which Merlin Doesn’t Approve

I feel like I’ve apologized so many times the last week for short posts…and yes, I’m going to do it again today.

It is 7am and this post is to go up in an hour. O.o What happened? Life, Merlin Club darlings, my life happened. Also, I’m on my son’s computer as my computer is out of commission. I have NONE of my GIFs or pictures… Though, I’ll find some, this is all very off putting.

So I’m going to summarize this episode really quickly and only use one pic. Because it really is the episode in a nutshell.


There’s a tournament in town. SHOCKER.
A young man, Gilli, (Dudley from the HP movies) enters the tournament. And he’s using a magic ring to win.

Morgana using her manipulative wiles to get Uther to fight in the tournament…Arthur’s already competing, of course. When Arthur and Uther fight, Arthur ends up throwing the match so his father can be the big dog.

Merlin knows Gilli is using magic and tries to convince him to drop out. Magic shold be used for good, blah blah blah.

But Gilli is too into the power and, basically, popularity his wins are giving him and keeps on going until he’s to fight the king.

Merlin uses magic to save Uther as he fights Gilli. Uther wins the tournament, and all the food in Camelot is brought before him in celebration. Go starve, little children in the lower town, your king needs his nummies.

That’s about it. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something important but that’s the basic gist of the episode.

Now, to the questions…

If I had written this episode, I’d have changed… Stupid things like when Gilli uses the magic ring to heal his arm, the power scorches the wall, right, and he’s almost caught. And Uther is convinced it’s sorcerer as he looks at SCORCHED WOOD. Um, Uther, it doesn’t take magic to scorch wood. And then he mentions a strange smell, offering THAT as evidence of sorcery. WTF?? It’s just ridiculous, honestly and it couldn’t have been soooo much better.

Thing(s) I loved about this episode – Um dragonspeak. Hello. Surefire way to make this girl happy.


Merlin working Arthur’s sword….mm hmmm

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Thing(s) I hated about this episode – Definitely not enough Arthur/Merlin interaction. And stupidity mentioned above.

Something I never noticed in this episode before – Uh, how stupid Uther was about detecting sorcery. (I got nothing else, sorry.)

Proof of some head canon I’ve created – Um, nada here this week.

Favorite costume – Eh this wasn’t exactly a good costume episode, IMO. So I’ll just put this….

Because he's so pretty....and rocking the blue neckerchief this episode
Because he’s so pretty….and rocking the blue neckerchief this episode

What would Bron steal from Camelot in this episode? Gilli’s ring


What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? ASH/Uther in the tournament…all sweaty and panting.

Bron’s Merlin Club: The Sorcerer’s Shadow Post
Jen’s Merlin Club: The Sorcerer’s Shadow Post

Next week 10/20 at 8pm EST, we’ll be watching S03E12 & 13 “The Coming of Arthur”. NOTE: This is a 2-PART episode. We’ll start Part One at 8pm EST, take a short break then start Part Two at 9pm EST. We’ll be on Twitter with the hastag #MerlinClub