It’s been a while since I’ve talked about this fandom. I have to admit that sometimes I don’t think BBC One’s Merlin is very good, but it was certainly captivating, and I couldn’t stop watching it. Unfortunately, the show decided to engage in queerbaiting, which did nothing to lessen all the other issues I had with it—and there were many issues. Even without the baiting, I knew there would be slash fanfiction everywhere, but I had already been turned off to the Arthur/Merlin pairing by that point. I don’t find anything wrong with the pairing, and I would have loved to see something like that in the show, but the baiting is what did this couple in for me. Of course, being a glutton for punishment, I waded through dozens of fics to not only find one without slash, but one that was very well-written and true to the characters. Major fic spoilers after the jump.
This is a show I got into the other day, and I was surprised at how popular it is. It’s so popular that there are currently rumors of a trilogy of movies for it in the works.
This was one of those shows that I had never really been interested in until my friends made me watch it. Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure show based heavily on Arthurian legends. It first premiered in 2008, and like all beginning shows, the first season was rather episodic. It also clearly didn’t have the same budget as the following seasons. Each season is thirteen episodes long, and I remember when the second one came out, the dragon was much more detailed and the show started featuring side characters more often. Don’t ask me why, but I was particularly excited about the latter. That was the season Sir Leon was introduced, and I didn’t know his name, so ihazstew and I just kept calling him Mr. Cameo.
The fifth picks up three years after the fourth. The time jump doesn’t surprise me too much. Apparently a full year passed in the story between seasons two and three.
The show is pretty good, and the dynamic bromance between Arthur and Merlin always makes the episodes more enjoyable. The cast is, unfortunately, at current, mostly male. This is something I can forgive it for. The original legends were also mostly male, which doesn’t surprise me, and most of the characters are knights. Regardless, the female characters that do appear, namely Gwen and Morgana, are pretty well developed.
Check it out.