Saturday, October 04, 2008
Sher and I'd not be startin' from here
I finally worked out what was really bugging me about Merlin. Morgana le Fay is painted as Arthur's love interest, while Guinevere is presented as Merlin's. Morgana, though, is meant to end up a sorceress and antagonist, while Guinevere's station as lady-in-waiting to Morgana is scarcely fitting for the future Queen Consort of Arthur. Merlin, in love with Guinevere, would hardly forgive Arthur for stealing her from him, and yet needs to end up as Arthur's trusted mentor and friend—and in any case, is meant to be decades older than the once and future king—and Arthur should have been made king at fifteen, not still prancing around, mooning over his father's ward-of-court. Unless they've got something so convoluted it would make Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy seem positively linear, the writers can't make the situation as it is connect with the situation as it must be.