Merlin: Queen Of Hearts – Dork Review

Merlin: Queen Of HeartsAfter barely appearing last time, there’s a lot more Gwen in this week’s Merlin. Because, after two years of light teasing, this episode finally tackles her obvious attraction to that dashing Prince Arthur head-on.

So, can love prosper across the class divide? Will Camelot society change, or once again reset back to normal at the end? Read on…

Gwen And Arthur: Edging Ever Closer

Over the course of this year, the hinting about Gwen and Arthur’s mutual attraction has been constant. In fact, it’s probably been the second biggest storyline in the show after the Evil Morgana saga (of which more later). Some have complained in the comments that the Merlin/Arthur relationship has been rather left out as a result, and they may have a point.

Still, the male-bonding relationship can’t progress much unless Merlin reveals his secret, which clearly they aren’t yet willing to do, so I’d rather they focus on subplots they can advance. And this week, they successfully created a feeling of progress. Not the quantum leap I mentioned last week, but I didn’t feel I’d been conned. (Although it did amuse me that in an episode devoted to Arthur’s lovelife, he didn’t take his top off once.)

Also: Merlin’s time as “Druul”, or whatever his name was, had a few good lines, as well as an impressive make-up job. Even if I did spend a few minutes rolling my eyes and muttering “Can’t you just use your magic powers to escape that cell and hide?”. At least he remembered them by the very end.

Evil Morgana: Caught In The Act

As well as taking the Arthur/Gwen saga a few inches forward, there’s a whole lot of Evil Morgana this week, as she conspires to have her faithful maid disposed of. If they’re going to have her suffer from an attack of conscience in the finale, she’ll need to be doing something pretty appalling first.

However, it was gratifying when a major character recognised her involvement because they caught her smirking behind the King. She’s been doing that pretty conspicuously all year; it’s about time someone pointed it out.

So after my disappointment with The Eye Of The Phoenix and Love In The Time Of Dragons, yes, this was a much better Merlin. I noticed it was written by Howard Overman , Misfits creator, which could be one reason why; there were a lot of fun moments, including Uther’s initial reaction to Arthur and Gwen. So yes, I must check out anything he does in the future. In the meantime, check this one out on iPlayer, so you can let me know whether you enjoyed it as well.

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  1. Jenny Wilde says

    Am I allowed to say “I told you so” WRT lack of a quantum leap? 😉

    Agree about the silliness of Merlin not escaping the jail and hiding until he could regain his form but setting fire to the pyre was impressive. And wow to the make up involved in ageing him 60 years.

    • says

      Yes yes yes. Sigh. But at least something happened. Maybe the quantum leap will come in the series finale. (Although I'm expecting that to be mostly Morgana/Morgause related.)

  2. says

    I really do hope that at some point before this series dies a death, we get to see Merlin magically kicking some serious ass…We got a taste of it when the pyre went up, and I LIKED IT!

  3. Jonah says

    I'm glad Merlin (although Dragoon was a good persiflage of “wise” old Merlin) is back. This episode was entertaining but to me it's much more interesting when they interpret legend elements in a new way and mix it up with fantasy – like in The Eye of the Phoenix.
    So the Arthur/Gwen love story here was a bit tame. But yes, the episode was nice, images, light, acting and all – and hopefully the love story will not be the main focus further on. Because the future will only bring a sad marriage. I prefer adventure and myth, deep woods and enchantments, friendship and secrets and the big question whom to trust, difficult tasks and rescues, magic and banter and trust. All told – I really like to show…

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