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

Newsance... I call it... *update 28/1

First of all my condoleances to the victims of this atrocity in Belgium which has everybody here obviously shocked. I'm sure most have read or heard already, if not, just read on. The media, released and still is releasing many conflicting reports on it (even worse in international media) on the one hand I wonder how this is even possible with such a sensitive case, on the other hand, big news and emotions running wild, I don't know. The international media acted even dumber, can you blame translation errors for the most erroneous reports? I don't know. Notably the sensationalist English papers who threw sensitivity entirely out the window on more than one occasion.
To clarify let's sum up the latest version, which is still largely unconfirmed & might change:
The entire country is shook up by a horrible triple murder that took place yesterday morning. A 20 year old guy, Kim De Gelder (anagram: Ledger), media tagline: "a loner"..., face not painted white, eyes not blackened but just very pale and tired eyes (reports of this may have changed again! latest I heard: he didn't have make up on... but had it in its backpack, eh?! ;p), with ginger hair... killed 2 babies under 1 year old and a nursery attendent and wounded tens of other babies and toddlers, most of which are out of intensive care today. His motives still aren't clear, he is still not cooperating.
He got in through security of the Fairytales crèche in Dendermonde with the excuse that he wanted to ask something. He stormed up the stairs, went straight to the baby ward where he swung his knife around, cutting mostly in the head and throat areas... then went to the toddlers and did the same.
He threw away his knife near the scene and escaped by bicycle. Police mobilized even with helicopters and captured him a few kilometers further in Lebbeke (quite a feat if you know Belgian law enforcement's track record). According to an eye witness of the arrest: "They pulled him off his bike, there was a short struggle/no resistance and police pulled down his pants so he couldn't run away. They pulled up his shirt and he was wearing a bulletproof vest. In his bag a change of clothes, fake gun, another knife and an axe were visible." Two more knives were found at the scene of the crime.
During questioning, he was not cooperative the entire first day as well as today. He gave up at least 5 different names, repeated over and over again he did not know his real name. He was also laughing, constantly. He is still not cooperating. He had a job in a departement store, in the warehouse. Former collegues say he was a quiet guy, or was laughing, or was talking about his preference for strange movies. He quit his job two weeks ago.
His identity has been confirmed but not released. It's been said initially that the individual has no known psychiatric history (weird I said at first, and indeed, latest update: He was in depressions in high school and his folks tried to have him committed 2 years ago at age 18 cause he never spoke the psychologists and psychiatrists at the time didn't think it necessary, he was on ANTIDEPRESSIVES, wouldn't ya know it.) and did not have a crime record. He was also sober during the atrocity.
He had a note with him, with 3 (latest report: 2) other addresses which illustrated some preparation was done (along with the bulletproof vest). One was confirmed to be the Sunshine crèche. He had also written on the note that he planned to kill 75 people. His house has been searched and his computer confiscated.
The rescue workers were in tears, some of their own children at the scene, and had to switch to automatic pilot to even be able to help the many victims.
One eye witness who saw him flee on his bike was irritably smiling when talking on camera, I know some people smile when nervous but still, very wrong. He said "the eyes were blackened and dirty ginger hair."
Another witness who lived behind the crèche, but from quite a distance thought he saw the kids playing tag with the killer... and saw him ride his bike away in pure calmness.
30.000 people on facebook clicked their mouse to express their sympathy... On newspaper sites, the emotional reactions went in all directions, I stopped reading after five of them, not like I was expecting anything sensible there...
When I saw the image of "Lady Justice" in the background on a huge screen on flemish channel VTM, the thought came up - that along with other crimes for instance in Norway yesterday where a policeman shot his former girlfriend (who was according to initial reports a student teacher) and her new lover dead and then killed himself... on the parking lot of a school - the balance had to be tipped from all the hope of the last days...
There are some obvious MK hints, though also counter arguments and I'm not a fan of confirmation bias. Lots of Ledger resonance with the name being an anagram, and the media hyping the Joker connections, the supposed did he or did he not wear white makeup (and why does the police now report there was some in his backpack but not on his face?!). etc. Many questions remain and I'll believe nothing until more is clear and yet after that, remember labels here are possible labels. Links: The Copycat Effect, Through the Looking Glass, Pseudoccult media and Elluminati.

In other newsance, Obama supports warrantless wiretapping. Boo. Finally back to normalcy...
Israel has admitted the use of white phosphorus during the Palestinian massacre, after denying despite photographic and video evidence. Nearly 1,300 Palestinians, the majority being civilians, died and nearly 500 were injured during the three-week offensive. Israel says that 13 of their soldiers were also killed. 13, 1300, do the math. There were protests today against the BBC because they won't air a commercial to financially support the victims in Gaza.