Happy belated Christmas from Berlin.
I watched the last episode at yesterday evening, when we sat down to relax after the flights. And I have to say that it was good. It wasn't the greatest, but it was a very fastly paced episode. And they covered a lot of the legend in that one.
The people have commented about the Morgana's dragon and I think that is the dragon - as well as their own plot-twist - that the Knights of the Camelot goes to kill at some point.
| When Merlin reveals that Vortigern's tower cannot stand because its foundations rest on the den of two struggling dragons, it is immediately apparent that the dragons represent two warring leaders. |
Once the dragons are released from the ground, the white dragon kills the red one and then dies itself. Although Merlin says that the dragons represent Vortigern and those who will defeat him, the prophecy may suggest a second, more foreboding, interpretation to an audience already aware of how Camelot will fall.
Might the red dragon be Arthur, the white Mordred, and the castle the kingdom which shall be destroyed in their struggle?
What did bug me with the Excalibur
is that in some of the legend that I've listened or read, the first Excalibur gets broken and when the Lady of the Lake gives it back, Merlin gives him the legendary sword sheet that makes Arthur almost invulnerable to the wounds.
I don't know if that's real or my interpretation, but as I see this series progressing I'd have thought Merlin giving that sheet to Arthur at this point because we haven't even seen the Lady of the Lake.
Is she going appear at some point in the next season, I don't know.
Or is she the fairy queen that we saw at some point in the first season?
Really don't know as that sort of clue might have escaped some people's attention on the over the years that Merlin has progressed as the series. Personally, I would dread to use that long bridge in my own stories.
The action that we saw was mostly cheesy, and I wish that the BBC would have invested a little bit money to make the Sword if the Stone as a mid-season movie for a longer series, where the writers have 22 episodes to fill in the story as it should have happened.
What I also wish is that the writers also would use these episodes as an introduction to the Season of death
. In other words, similar kind of mood change that JMS did with the Babylon 5 seasons. As Arthur is as much of a main character as Merlin is from this point on.
So really, they shouldn't be calling Merlin as only "Merlin" as Arthur senses that Merlin is a bit more than he says he is. And you can clearly see it if you relax your mind to accept the story as it's presented. And like Merlin, he cannot show that. He cannot say that Merlin is a mage, that he believes he is, as it would compromise his position as a King to his subjects.
Don't you agree?