To people who followed me for one specific fandom, I am so so sorry
This speech still pisses me off. Arthur did so little in his kingship to combat tyranny, greed and spite. He spent all of S5 chasing after Morgana to exact revenge. Why did you ruin my king, Julian Murphy????
I’ll refute your arguments in two ways. The first will be a better explanation of why this speech doesn’t work using some of your examples and the then I’ll response directly to your counter argument and explain why your examples doesn’t bolster your claim.
First, the speech doesn’t work because it doesn’t make any sense. The use of the word tyranny in the context of the speech suggests that neither the writer nor Arthur understands the definition of tyranny. Arthur is the king and Morgana is not, therefore Arthur is the only one who can be the tyrant because he makes the rules. Greed? What greed? I didn’t see anything about greed all through S5? Again, Arthur’s the king, so the lion share of the kingdom’s worth ends up at his table, so again greed??? I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. Spite. Okay, yeah, Morgana was being spiteful you could argue, but so what? You fight a war against spite??? That seems trivial. So the speech is poorly written just as it’s written because it doesn’t make any bloody sense.
Now for the second part. Your examples, if nothing else, suggest that Arthur is selfish and a hypocrite. Arthur as king can use and justify his use of magic for his own benefit, while outlawing it in his kingdom and a) depriving others of its benefits and b) causing others to die by forbidding it.
tyrant I know that one time he happened upon an old woman who almost burned on the pyre and he saved her, but what about the others that weren’t lucky enough to die in the path of one of his hunting trips?
As for your Morgana arguments. My criticism of the speech was related to Arthur and his actions, not Morgana. Morgana fought for what she believed in and in the end I understood her character and her motivations better than Arthur. Arthur, to this day, I don’t know what he believed in. This Arthur welcomed devious people into his castle so he could learn the secret to defeating Morgana which nearly got him killed as a result of it. This Arthur used Mithian’s circumstances so he could fight Morgana. Gwen even questions it. (Personally, I didn’t disagree with this tactic because I thought it was rather smart, but there’s no need to romanticize an opportunistic motive and call it valiant.) This Arthur made the right decision to take Kara’s life, but couldn’t convince his faithful knight Mordred why he had to make that choice. This Arthur seemed weak and unworthy of a great legend and reincarnation.
This Arthur was poorly written and this speech encapsulated why. It’s a product of lazy writing. A good rule of writing is: Show Not Tell. Merlin and it’s characters suffered because the writers did more telling than showing, instead relying on the audience’s willingness to believe. It didn’t work for me because I was still waiting to be convinced that this Arthur was that great king. I suppose if you already believed that he was a good king then you didn’t need much convincing.
When people call Gwen useless and a damsel in distress then say ‘if only Merlin had saved Morgana from going evil’ ‘they could’ve had it all!!!!’
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Not that this matters at all to this fandom
The Merlin S5 commentaries where Alice talks about this being their sliding doors moment is the only thing I still think about because it’s true. For some Merlin will the height of their career and for others it will be the stepping stone.
“May God crown you with a crown of glory”
*requested by anon
Alex on the red carpet at the NTAs.
I literally sign on for two seconds and the Merlin fandom’s being gross again.
I would give you the crown for a fool
And now you’ve lost, there’s nothing left to defend
You came so close to the King and all of his men
Where’s Elyan though.
Why is Merlin here and not Elyan.
Who is a knight.
Thus one of those men.
because i only made it 6 squares, and anyways, merlin will always be more of “the king’s men” then elyan when it pertains to arthur, because merlin was so much closer to arthur.
So somehow, all the other knights are also more of the king’s men as well then? Everyone was more one of Arthur’s men than Elyan.
This is some caucasian bullshit, is what it is.
Yeah, I giant WTF came out of my mouth too when I saw this. Whitewashing bullshit.
I swear, “I only had __ squares!” seems to be the most popular excuse on tumblr for excluding characters of color.
anyways, merlin will always be more of “the king’s men” then elyan
Seriously? That’s ridiculous! Terrible excuse. Next to: i only made 6 squares. Make more gosh darn-it! Arthur made a round table for a reason and wouldn’t abide you leaving him out.
This is how tumblr and it’s rigid coding system perpetrates racism. Dammit TUMBLR!!! WHY CAN’T WE ALL BE FRIENDS AND NOT SUBJECT TO YOUR SIX BOXES!!!?
inspired by Sir Mordred’s set King and all his men, linked here originalSir Mordred couldn’t figure out how to add Sir Elyan to his six photo gifset so I thought I’d give it a try. I’m not a graphics person I mostly write but I did my best.I didn’t make the Sir Elyan gif either it was found on tumblr PM me for credit so I can edit. :) Please do not reblog without comments.
This has the perfect amount of snark. Thank you for that.