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1. You know, it's pretty much a dreadful idea to keep a dragon chained in your basement. It's really only asking for trouble.

2. I have no idea if this is accurate or not, but apparently sword fighting in ye olden tymes pretty much just involved bashing away and hoping you got lucky with the pointy end.

3. Druids like forests. They're like leafy, druid crack. But for some reason they also like giant scorpions. I feel the combination is not entirely ideal, especially for guests.

4. The miniature crossbow - sold only at Medieval Assassins R'Us - is an excellent, if perhaps not all that useful invention. There's only so small arrows can get before they're just tiny, annoying toothpicks.

5. People were a lot cleaner in post-Roman England that they were in the later, less post-Roman years. I approve of this as I do not really want to watch grubby people for hours at a time.

6. I am sorry, but the very idea of a 'dragon lord' only fills me with hilarity. I give the show points for playing that one with a straight face, but still: hilarity.

7. Also: how many times has Arthur been knocked out in this show? I like to feel Gwen and Merlin are the brains behind this outfit, but at this point I am beginning to wonder precisely what Arthur's head is made of.

Date: 2010-01-22 08:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lage-nom-ai.livejournal.com
Heee. I think that you actually did just try to bash someone's armor in--apparently, the kind of ungainly, slo-mo fighting in Branaugh's Henry V is one of the most accurate depictions of armored combat.

I have a hard time with Gaius's Prince Valiant wig.

Date: 2010-01-23 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I have a hard time Gaius a lot of the time. He seems to spend all of his energy either trying to make Merlin wash things that patently don't need washing or shrieking at him for using magic. And then in the last 5 minutes he and his wig become all fatherly. Very disturbing.

Date: 2010-01-22 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
Yep, I agree on armor thing with lage_nom_ai - We went to a Royal Armories day once (with jostling, falconry and armor-fighting recreated) and everything looked JUST LIKE IN MERLIN. I wonder if Royal Armory guys did cone kind of consultancy for Merlin.

Nonetheless Merlin is very awkward in many ways! My daughter loves it so I get to watch it in great detail.

Date: 2010-01-23 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I wonder why, given that they abandon any semblance of historical accuracy in most things, they keep accuracy here? Though I do sort of enjoy watching them flail around with their swords.

Date: 2010-01-22 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kirpunz.livejournal.com
broadsword = giant metal club

I have watched the 1st episode of this, I think I need to continue :)

Date: 2010-01-23 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I suspect most men in tournaments died of heart attacks or heat stroke instead of actual sword wounds.

(Merlin has a certain charm. It sneaks up on you, bad CGI and all.)

Date: 2010-01-22 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I only watch because I'm waiting for Morgana to go dark side and kill them all. At least that's my idea of a happy ending.

Date: 2010-01-23 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Sadly, I find Morgana not all that interesting except for the evil bit. She's all nightmares and nice frocks.


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