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For SBLC, they talk about the Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead and in Movie Time, Maria reviews Beautiful Creatures… which she liked… a lot.
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Summary: When Merlin decides to take a young Druid boy under his wing, he is forced to leave Camelot on a dangerous mission, trusting that no one will notice his absence since the citadel is distracted by the visit of the fearsome Sarrum of Amata. However, Merlin soon begins to suspect that there might be more to Daegal than meets the eye and realizes with horror that he might have made a terrible mistake for a man as ruthless as the Sarrum shouldn’t ever be trusted. Will Merlin be able to set things right before it’s too late?
My Recap: Merlin once again goes off to help someone in need and this time he attempts to assist a druid girl who lives on a far away place. Gaius tells him that, as usual, to not go and of course Merlin does not take heed to the advice to his wise mentor. As to be expected, the brother of the sickly girl is one of Morgana’s minion. So, Merlin gets stuck in some gloppy mess and the boy eventually, out of guilt, saves Merlin.
Back at the castle, Gwen is keeping up the facade of being a loving and dutiful wife to King Arthur. But, when a Sarrum of Amata pops up, we learn that 1. he wants to make an alliance with Arthur and 2. he is the guy responsible for keeping Morgana under lock and key for several years.
Gwen tried to disrupt the negotiations between her husband and Sarrum so she could ensure Arthur’s demise, and he’s a willing participant.
The episode ends with Camelot still in Morgana’s sight. Sarrum and Daegal are dead as dead can be and the only person in the way of Morgana’s goal is Merlin.
The big questions is… when will everyone catch on to Gwen. We saw her lie to Gaius about Merlin’s whereabouts? C’mon?
So, we’re down to the last five episodes. Are you counting down?
Next time: Merlin is certain that acting quickly is of the essence to free Gwen from Morgana’s twisted control before it gets irremediably out of hand.However, it won’t be an easy task even for someone as powerful as Merlin since only the most powerful magic can save the Queen.With her grip on Camelot becoming tighter with every passing day, Morgana won’t give up her puppet without a fight.
Hi gang, because Valentine’s Day fell on a Thursday the romantic festivities ran through Saturday. So, today was the only day I could play catch-up. So, from great to not so great… here are some recaps for the shows you love to watch.
The Walking Dead – Daryl is back and in the nick of time as he saves Rick from being chomped on by a group of walkers that were unleashed by the Governor, who went after the Prison to avenge the loss of his daughter and for basically destroying Woodbury’s morale and their feeling of invincibility. Yes, Rick was still in his own personal hell as memories of Laurie haunted him, but that bit of insanity crumbled as danger comes a knocking on their door. Merle now knows where he stands with Daryl after Daryl saves a Spanish speaking family from some walkers and Merle attempts to steal from them. Daryl takes his weapon and urges his brother to step away. This moment makes Daryl realize that he needs to be with his family and that is not Merle. Yet, Merle cannot function alone, so he follows Daryl back to the prison.
Also, Glenn and Maggie hit a rough patch as Glenn tries to 1. Be the leader of the group and 2. Deal with the internal struggle of thinking that Maggie was raped. Of course we all know she was not and when he is told this, she kicks him to the curb and rightly so because Glenn is willing to go down in a blaze of glory as long as he offs the Governor.
We did suffer a death and that was Axel and we will miss his Colonel Sanders ‘stache.
The Vampire Diaries – It was a bit shaky for a little while with its emphasis on The Stefan being Upset, Damon not knowing about Elena’s feelings for him and Elena living in the moment. But, with the whole attempt at getting the “cure.” Everything was amped up to the Nth level. We learned the truth about Professor Shane’s desire for the cure and it all stems from the loss of his wife and son. We men one of the five and they are not joke in their insistence to rid the word of Silas. We learned that Bonnie was being manipulated the whole time and that there really is only one dose of the cure and everyone wants it…. even Katherine, who popped up in last night’s episode. That was a shocker.
But the biggest shocker was when Katherine and Silas killed Jeremy.
You heard me right. To tell you the truth… this was a long time coming. Will we see him again, no clue.
We also lost one other major character and that was Tyler. Klaus gave him a head start, for Caroline’s sake, but told Jeremy that he would kill him if he ever found him. This head start gave Caroline and Tyler enough time to say goodbye to one another and I actually cried for these two.
Once Upon a Time – Not only did we meet the adult Baelfire, but we also met Henry’s dad and guess what? They are one in the same and it is Emma’s Neal. Yes, I know we all knew this fact already, but I just had to state it so I could move forward with the review.
Of course, it is not pretty when everyone realizes the truth. Emma feels anger over the fact that she feel like she was a chess piece, Henry is upset that Emma lied to him about his father, Bael is pissed that he never knew he had a son and that his father his found him and Rumpy is upset because he knows that Henry, via a foretelling from a Seer, will be his undoing. Yep! And you know how he will stop Henry from doing that? Well, he said he would kill him.
What this all means for this little family, I have no bloody clue, but it should be exciting. Also, that human once again someone using magic and this time it was Regina, who was getting a clue from Belle about the whereabouts of the dagger. He refuses to leave Storybrooke because he wants to see more and he has sent a video of Regina using magic to his wife. Next time:
Merlin – Darkness steals into the very heart of Camelot as Morgana and her puppet queen hatch a sinister plan to murder the king. But when stable hand Tyr Seward becomes caught in the crossfire, he threatens to ruin everything. Even though Tyr is sentenced to death, Merlin suspects that things are amiss. As it stands to reason, Merlin saves Arthur and his own ass as he foils Gwen and Morgana’s attempt to take Camelot.
The best part of this latter part to the final season, so far, is Angel Coulby’s Gwen turning dark. You can clearly see that she is having a blast being Morgana’s puppet. In this episode, she stabs Tyr to death in his cell and she and Morgana’s plot succeeds and they frame Merlin for the crime. In order to escape, Merlin changes into his old man wizard visage and uses a spell to bring Arthur back. Of course, Arthur never suspects his wife of any underhanded dealings, so she gets off scott-free and we’re glad about that.
Beauty and the Beast – Vincent is really having an issue with Cat accepting his proclamations of love and we can see why. Here is a guy that keeps running to his ex to 1. Find a life where he can be what he wants to be and 2. Save her. He never listens to Cat’s advice to lay low because Muirfield is lurking in the bushes 24/7. So, when he sends her flowers and chocolates, she just gives them to her partner, Tess. Even as he once again attempts to save Alex, his ex, it is Cat to the rescue; because Alex was working under the impression that if she brought him in to the company that made him into a monster, than they could fix him. Is she really that naïve?
Last Bite is back with news on the new shows that will be popping up on your TV in the 2013-2014 TV season (i.e. Dracula, Gothica, The Originals, The Selection, The Witches of East End and more…) and the latest news on upcoming movies (Star Wars, Blood Sisters and Divergent).
For SBLC, Maria reviews Warm Bodies the book and Kelly gives us a major hint on who Sookie may pick at the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series.
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Summary: Following Gwen’s disappearance from Camelot without a word, Merlin is certain that there can only be one person behind her kidnapping: Morgana.
Arthur is determined to rescue his Queen; however, it’ll be all but an easy task since she is locked in the Dark Tower, a place that haunts the dreams of men.
King Arthur and his Knights embark themselves on a quest without equal: battling their way through a landscape filled with hidden dangers, deadly obstacles and magical beings.
As they reach their destination, Merlin’s sense of dread reaches its limit. What twisted plan has Morgana in mind? And more importantly, what is the final test that awaits them in the tower?
My Recap: Morgana uses her evil magic to ambush Gwen, her brother and the rest of the knights. When Arthur catches wind of the kidnapping, he and Merlin go off to save the queen of Camelot. Morgana has holed up Gwen in “The Dark Tower.” A tower that houses everything that goes bump in the night. As a result of her imprisonment, Gwen kind of loses it. This allows Morgana to get under her skin and than turn her to the dark side.
Two of the knights suffer from nightmares which lead Arthur to the captives and Merlin led them out with his magical ability.
This episode had a shocking death and that was of Gwen’s brother, Elyan.
Overall, I really liked this episode because it pushed the ladies to the forefront. Gwen did something we rarely see and that is spending a bit of time on her familial ties, which led to their kidnapping. She and her brother were in their father’s tomb and they spoke at length. Then we see her slowly descend into madness and finally succumbing to Morgana’s need to use her to take out Arthur.
Morgana was less of a victim in this episode and when she is left on her own, you clearly see the hatred dripping from her pores. It is possibly Katie McGrath’s best acting on the show.
I also liked the moment where Arthur and Merlin shook hands, we spend too much time on how Arthur belittles Merlin and not enough time on how much Arthur has come to rely on his one constant companion.
What I did not like was see Elyan die, was it necessary that he die? Not sure. But, this episode should be considered his Emmy tape for Merlin. Find acting on his part.
I have to say that this is the best episode, so far, of season five.
Next time: Dark times threaten to find their way into the very heart of Camelot as Morgana and Queen Guinevere, still a puppet under the sorceress’ grip, conceive a perverse plan to murder the King. However, when stable hand Tyr Seward becomes an unwilling player in their scheme, he might ruin their plans. Will a suspicious Merlin be able to discover the truth before it’s too late?
Synopsis: Three soothsayers cast a dark curse upon the King of Camelot in the black depths of an ancient pool. Contrary to Merlin’s advice Arthur is stubborn and refuses to take the words of the Disir seriously.
My recap: Merlin is still having issues with the vision he had of Mordred slaying Arthur, but nothing works in his favor in his attempt to get rid of Mordred. But, he gets an opportunity when Mordred is severely wounded by some priestesses when he saves Arthur yet again… just biding his time until he can kill him.
Arthur turns to Merlin for help, but he acts as if he can do nothing for Mordred and tells Arthur that he has to take Mordred back to Gaius. But, Arthur is desperate and goes to the Disir who offer to help if he makes a stops the war on magic. Arthur turns to Merlin who mistakenly advises that he should continue to combat magic in hopes of Mordred dying from the wound.
Merlin has sealed Arthur’s fate and he knows it when he sees Mordred happy and healthy on the steps of Camelot.
At this point, why did this season go on for 13 episodes? They should have just made a two hour TV movie that would conclude such a wonderful series. It is like prolonging the inevitable.
Next week: Following Gwen’s disappearance from Camelot without a word, Merlin is certain that there can only be one person behind her kidnapping: Morgana. Arthur is determined to rescue his Queen; however, it’ll be all but an easy task since she is locked in the Dark Tower, a place that haunts the dreams of men. King Arthur and his Knights embark themselves on a quest without equal: battling their way through a landscape filled with hidden dangers, deadly obstacles and magical beings. As they reach their destination, Merlin’s sense of dread reaches its limit. What twisted plan has Morgana in mind? And more importantly, what is the final test that awaits them in the tower?
Network blurb: Morgana, together with King Odin, uses Princess Mithian as the perfect bait to lure Arthur to his death. She manages to come up with a deception so effective that everyone in Camelot, Merlin included, is taken in.
Will the young warlock be able to see through the trickery before it’s too late? Or will Morgana finally satisfy her thirst for revenge?
My Recap: Morgana is up to her old tricks again. This time she has decided to kidnap someone that we’ve met before, King Rodor, and with Princess Mithian’s (Rodor’s daughter) forced help and with the help of King Odin, she concocts another devious plot to overthrow Arthur and take Camelot.
This plan involved Morgana in disguise as an elderly woman that is accompanying Arthur’s ex-fiancé, Princess Mithian. At first, no one sees the ruse for what it is, but then Merlin sees the truth… but it is too late and Arthur goes off to rescue Rodor and thus falling into Morgana’s plot, which is basically handing over Arthur to King Odin and ultimately to his death. So, we see the final skirmish with Odin. Great sequence and this, coupled with the discussion that Arthur had with the ghost of his father before he banished him back to the afterlife, makes me feel like this show is truly wrapping up.
There were a couple of interesting moments and that involved with Gwen and Arthur having an issue and Gaius saving Merlin. But, this season is kind of lagging. I would have loved to see more of Mordred, especially with Morgana’s and Merlin’s issues with him. I know that the series ended, but I would love to see Mordred deal with all the trap doors that he has to avoid in order to get closer and closer to Arthur.
Promo of “The Disir”:
Synopsis: Three soothsayers cast a dark curse upon the King of Camelot in the black depths of an ancient pool.
Contrary to Merlin’s advice Arthur is stubborn and refuses to take the words of the Disir seriously and, as a result, Camelot is to pay the price of their fury. With the kingdom in peril, will Arthur be ready to make the greatest sacrifice to appease them?
Faced with the King’s hesitation, Merlin has just one chance to save him from his destiny, a decision that comes at the highest price.
Network blurb: King Arthur finds himself torn between head and heart when a stranger gives him the power to summon the dead.
Unable to turn down such a tempting offer he seizes the opportunity to speak to the person that he misses the most: his father.
However, the spirit world is dark and dangerous and such a decision will come to a terrible price. Defying all odds, it’ll come to Merlin to put right Arthur’s mistake before everything they have fought for and built together is forever destroyed.
My Recap: Arthur is given a unique horn by a sorceress on her death bed. This horn enables the user to summon the dead. After the anniversary of the death of Uther Pendragon, Arthur summons the ability to see his father. But his decision comes at a terrible price and now everyone in Camelot is under fire by the ghost of Arthur’s father. This poltergeist resulted after Arthur made a huge mistake after seeing his father. A mistake even Merlin may not be able to fix.
We see Arthur start to question his ability as King and the decisions he has made since his father’s death after his father chastises him for marrying a servant girl and having commoners as knights. Yet, Arthur steps up to the plate and banishes his father, just as Uther learns that Merlin is a sorcerer. This infuriates Uther and just as he is about to off Merlin, Arthur shows up and as stated earlier… he banishes him.
This episode was pretty good because it harkened back to earlier episodes, where we see Arthur and Merlin playfully joke with one another and see Merlin and Arthur deal with an issue that threatens all those that they care about. However, seeing Mordred just makes the viewer remember that not all is right in Camelot.
I have to admit that I miss the insanity of Morgana, but I think she will have her sights set on Mordred as well as Arthur and that should be interesting.
Next episode: S5:Ep.4 – Another’s Sorrow
Morgana, together with Nemeth and King Odin, uses Princess Mithian as the perfect bait to lure Arthur to his death. She manages to come up with a deception so effective that everyone in Camelot, Merlin included, is taken in.
Will the young warlock be able to see through the trickery before it’s too late? Or will Morgana finally satisfy her thirst for revenge?
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