Saturday, January 24, 2009

Merlin: The Dragon's Call

The Great Dragon: (first voice-over) No young man, no matter how great, can know his destiny. He cannot glimpse his part in the great story that is about to unfold. Like everyone, he must live and learn. And so it shall be for the young warlock (?!) arriving at the gates of Camelot. A boy that will in time father a legend. His name... Merlin.

general tagline: In a land of Myth and a time of Magick the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young boy, his name, Merlin.

A flawed but decent fantasy show, I'll do a synchromystic write-up of a new and much better fantasy show in the near future. Merlin is a commoner boy, with natural born Magickal powers, that gets sent to Camelot to work with a Scientist/Secret Magician named Gaia, I mean Gaius. For his own safety by his mother as the villagers were beginning to suspect him a little. Though kinda ambiguous, as magick is forbidden throughout the land by order of the king, at least Gaius can protect and guide him.

Merlin: Hello? Gaius? (He spots Gaius standing and clears his throat. Gaius is startled and falls.)
Gaius: Whoa! (Merlin uses magic to move a bed. Gaius falls on the bed. He stands up and looks at Merlin.)
Gaius: What did you just do?
Merlin: Ehm
Gaius: Tell me.
Merlin: I ... I ... I have no idea what just happened.
Gaius: If anyone has seen that ...
Merlin: Oh no, that was .. that was nothing to do with me, that was.
Gaius: I know what it was. I just want to know where you learned how to do it.
Merlin: No I..
Gaius: So how is it that you know magic.
Merlin: I don't. Blablabla... I was born this way.

When he first arrives in Camelot - btw is Came-a-lot code for the twisted orgies that supposedly go down at castles or what? ;p I'm sorry - in the first episode: the Dragon's Call, the tone is set immediately:

King Uther: Let this serve as a lesson to all. This man, Thomas James Collins, is adjudged guilty of conspiring to use enchantments and magic and- pursuiant to the laws of Camelot- I, Uther Pendragon, have decreed that such practices are banned on penalty of death. I pride myself as a fair and just king, but for the crime of sorcery there is but one sentence I can pass. (Uther raises his hand and Thomas is executed) When I came to this land, this kingdom was mired in chaos but, with the people's help, magic was driven from the realm. So I declare a festival to celebrate twenty years since the Great Dragon was captured and Camelot freed from the evil of sorcery. Let the celebrations begin!
Loud scream from the crowd
Mary Collins: There is only one evil in this land but it is not magic. It is you! With your hatred and your ignorance! You took my son... But I promise you, before these celebrations are over, you will share my tears. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and a son for a son!
Before they can seize her at the King's orders, she vanishes into lots of air.

Merlin receives a calling early by a Dragon trapped in the catacombs of Camelot (symbolizing the latent Kundalini power, "trapped" and dormant at the base of the spine), who tells him about his destiny.

The Great Dragon: How small you are, for such a great destiny.
Merlin: Why? What do you mean? What destiny?
The Great Dragon: Your gift, Merlin, was given to you for a reason.
Merlin: So there is a reason!
The Great Dragon: Arthur is the once and future king who will unite the land of Albion...
Merlin: Right?
The Great Dragon: But he faces many threats from friend and foe alike.
Merlin: I don't see what this has to do with me.
The Great Dragon: Everything! Without you, Arthur will never succeed. Without you, there will be no Albion!
Merlin: No! No, you've got this wrong!
The Great Dragon: There is no right or wrong. Only what is and what isn't.
Merlin: But I'm serious! If anyone wants to go and kill him, they can go ahead. In fact, I'll give them a hand.

Merlin said this jokingly cause upon arrival he quickly got into a fight with Arthur, the prince to be king, who is a ROYAL PRICK. (Interesting expression). Though Merlin gets into some trouble, he saves Arthur's life from the vengeful mother, who probably, kinda, had every right to but hey, Arthur the future King needed protecting, and King Uther (played by Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Giles - Anthony Head, whose character is even more of a royal pain in the ass, again interesting expression, than his son) rewards him by naming Merlin Arthur's... servant. Ah the royals and their twisted values.

Uther: You saved my boy's life. A debt must be repaid.
Merlin: Um... well...
Uther: Don't be so modest. You shall be rewarded.
Merlin: No, honestly, you don't have to, Your Highness.
Uther: No, absolutely. This merits something quite special.
Merlin: Well...
Uther: You shall be awarded a position in the Royal Household. You shall be Prince Arthur's manservant!

Yay :p Let's play with some etymology:
Merlin: Sea (of consciousness). Arthur: Bear, Ra Thor. Uther Pendragon: Pendragon means Dragon's head. Morgana: Fata Morgana. Gaius: Gaia, (secret) magician and doctor, scientist:
"Magicians and scientists are, on the face of it, poles apart. Certainly, a group of people who often dress strangely, live in a world of their own, speak a specialized language and frequently make statements that appear to be in flagrant breach of common sense have nothing in common with a group of people who often dress strangely, speak a specialized language, live in ... er ..."
Terry Pratchett

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