Merlin: Destiny and chicken

KT has her own vat of hot oil, you know.

MERLIN:  2.10 “Sweet Dreams”

Teenagers are so much trouble.  Just when you’d think a boy would make googledy eyes at any pretty young thing, the pair of ‘em up and decide to hate each other.  Does a rabble-rousing lesser king have to do everything for himself?

This week, that seems to be the case.  When five kings gather to negotiate at Camelot, the overprotective King Olaf brings his pert daughter Vivian.  Hilariously, she and Arthur hate each on the spot.

Well, sometimes a love potion is the only answer, right?  I like the way the potion was administered by dropping the liquid onto their sleeping eyes, too — it reminded me of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, especially since Trickler was played in a very Puckish sort of way.

Having done a strong dramatic episode last week, this one played to the series’ comedic strengths, and if you can’t tell, I enjoyed it immensely.  Bradley James really commits to Arthur’s lovelorn antics, and Georgia Moffett is winsome despite playing a character with very few redeming values.  Not even Morgana liked her — I’d have loved to see more of those two together.

Poor Gwen, though.  She tends to be the show’s emotional punching bag, and they really put her through the wringer this time.  Merlin probably owes her an apology for his initial mistake – and maybe for the silly lie about rats, too.  He’s gotten good at sneaking and spying, but he hasn’t mastered the glib excuse by a long shot.  It’s cute.  But if Uther is always ready to think the worst of anyone, Gwen is always quick to forgive, no matter how much she’s been hurt.

Speaking of getting hurt, this show seems to have a lot of fights “to the death” in which no one actually dies.  That’s not a complaint, really, but this one between Olaf and Arthur struck me as odd.  Think about it:  if Arthur kills Olaf, would Vivian really want to marry the man who killed her father?  (Probably so, but that would be the magic talking.)  And if Olaf kills Arthur, what does that do to her relationship with her father?  Ugh, right?  Clearly the moral of this story is that overprotective fathers shouldn’t bring their beautiful daughters to sensitive political negotiations.

But even if the fight got a little weird, I thought the episode as a whole was a strong one with lots of good moments for nearly all of the regular cast.   Good comedic fun!