- Jan 5, 2001
- Way on Down South, London Town
Seemed like a fairly pedestrian episode, but by the end there are some substantial changes with Arthur confirmed as King and then kissing Gwen.For the first time since his coronation, Arthur finds out what it's really like to be King. Arthur faces his first true test as King when he incurs the wrath of the formidable Queen Annis. With the lives of thousands hanging in the balance, Arthur must find the strength to be his own man and become the leader Camelot so desperately needs.
They played on the fact that Arthur is alone, isolated and unsupported, way too much. I don't believe that, other than to take the advice of come-lately evil uncle, his only recourse is to take the advice of a servant and of the daughter of a blacksmith. In his Council of War there were a few familiar faces, including the man in charge of the Library who crowned him (don't know the names.) His father must have had other confidants.
Not sure on the Star Trek decide by mortal combat thing. If I was the Queen of Annis I think it would be only fair to execute Arthur for executing my husband. That isn't revenge, just an eye-for-an-eye. Then they all could have gone home.
Was Merlin aware that Arthur's sword was charmed? He didn't appear to be, which makes a huge difference. It means that he wasn't just making the fight fair, but he was actively changing the outcome of it by magic and has no second thoughts about doing so. Is Arthur still using that sword, or does the charm wear off?
As for next week, while it seems increasingly unrealistic that Merlin can keep his secret from Arthur any longer, it is even less realistic that he has kept it from Morgana at all.
Spoiler:-It looks like another slapstick episode anyway with Merlin charmed to attack Arthur but frequently missing his target.