IN ALL HONESTY:
People who complain about Merlin’s lack of development are ridiculous. Ultimately, the show was developed for children and that is why the writing is shallow and repetitive. It is true that in the later seasons it turned into a family show but when it started, it was obviously meant for kids and so of course, no matter how much us older fans want it to include deeper themes like actual conflict and sex, we will never get it. While we are taken into consideration, it was not written for our enjoyment.
I have kid relatives who enjoy watching Merlin Saturday every Saturday and not whine about its plot. For them, it’s all about the adventure and *gasp* Arthur almost finding out about Merlin’s magic. They don’t worry about whether Morgana keeps on smirking or how many times Gaius raises his eyebrow. They don’t notice Percy’s lack of sleeves, Gwaine’s glorious mancape or even the Merthur romance. No. What they worry about is will Merlin be able to save Arthur and will good triumph? Anything else, they really couldn’t care less about.
That said, I think the writers did an amazing job these 5 seasons. After all, no matter how many older fans complain, the kids still love it and parents approve of it as a show for their children to watch. It still has high ratings and chances are, it’s going to go out with a bang so… GOOD JOB!
As an older fan, I am livid. GODDAMNIT! THEY HAD BETTER GIVE ME MAGIC REVEAL OR ELSE!!! /shakes fist.
But seriously, I started Merlin 2009 and the first two seasons were fabulous. By season 3, I was all “meh” because WTF, it’s the same story season after season except it just gets gayer and gayer. By 2nd half of the third season, I was convinced that MERTHUR will get married and have lots and lots of blond-haired, blue-eyed, dimpled babies. And by the 4th season, i’ve read enough porn to actually picture how their cocks would look like erect. And now, now i’m just sad that when it ends, I won’t have enough fics to read.
That’s mostly the only concern I have regarding the series’s end.
Shallow plot and repetitive story lines aside, it’s a good show. I didn’t stay for the plot, I stayed for the characters and their interactions— and let’s be honest, the 5 years were totally worth it.
I don’t know how the writers planned its closure, but personally I don’t want an end— I want a beginning.
Do not tolerate, from yourself or others, jokes that make fun of anyone for anything that is harmful or out of their control. Ever. Period. Full stop. Not racist jokes, not sexist jokes, not homophobic or transphobic jokes, not jokes that make fun of people who have physical or mental disabilities or illnesses. Practice this now, and practice it deliberately. You should have a sense of humour, but this is NOT a sense of humour. Don’t do it. Ever. It’s never okay.
… Merlin is seriously one of those shows where I never notice the actual plot because my mind is so wrapped around Merthur that whatever it is that’s actually going on, to me, is just lost in translation.
Take for example the ending:
Merlin Reality: Merlin being freed from the cell (after being accused of poisoning Arthur.)
My Reality: His ass must be so sore from all that pounding last night….
I don’t get it. I’m clearly beyond delusional now.
THIS EPISODE IS BEYOND RIDICULOUS! IF ARTHUR GETS ANY BLONDER, CAMELOT WILL FALL AND GAUIS WILL END UP AS KING!
GWEN, BB, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU’RE AWESOME EVIL BUT MUST YOU BE AS FAIL AS MORGANA?
WHY IS MORDRED RARELY EVER AROUND, ANYMORE?
MERLIN CHECKING OUT GWEN’S CLOTHES IS JUST HILARIOUS.
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW ARTHUR IS THE PROPHESIED ONCE AND FUTURE KING? ALL HE EVER DOES IS FAINT AND GET POISONED.
YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. OF COURSE MERLIN IS THE ONE WHO POISONED THE KING. I MEAN, IT’S NOT LIKE HE HAD 10 YEARS OF WORKING FOR ARTHUR AND NO OTHER CHANCES TO POISON HIM OR SOMETHING. TOTALLY LEGIT.
OOOOOH. I SEE MERLIN KNOWS HOW TO CLIMB ARTHUR’S WINDOWS. EXPERIENCED, MUCH?
AND I SEE HOW MERLIN GENTLY PLACES HIS HAND ON ARTHUR’S HEART, TSK.
DON’T CRY, MERLIN-BB. IF ARTHUR DIES, YOU CAN STILL HAVE SEXY TIMES WITH GWAINE OR/AND MORDRED.
BUT ARTHUR WON’T DIE. BECAUSE ARTHUR IS YOUR TRUE LOVE. YOUR DESTINY. THE HALF THAT MAKES YOU WHOLE. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN. YOUR FELLOW SODOMITE.
SO AFTER CLIMBING ARTHUR’S WINDOWS, HE WAKES UP IN A CELL WITH HIS ASS WRIGGLING IN THE AIR, OBVIOUSLY ASKING FOR SOMETHING.
AND ONCE AGAIN, ARTHUR DISPLAYS HIS COMPLETE BLONDNESS.
Well, now what. Gwen is the new Morgana.