Congrats to Jared and Gen for the successful birth of their baby boy! I'm looking forward to seeing what name they choose.
When I started watching Merlin, everyone who watched it told me that it got really good in the 4th series. Man, they were right. While before it was very easy for me to just watch one episode and then move on and do other things, now I find myself wanting to watch "just one more"... that being said. I've realized what the problem with Merlin is:
There's no emotional follow through. Supernatural is mostly emotion/character driven. The plot unfolds because of the characters emotional reaction to previous events. Merlin is plot driven and emotions are felt in the moment, but don't tend to linger or have any effect on the story of the characters. For this reason, Merlin is a very emotionally unsatisfying show. There's no follow through. It sets up these great moments, but then never gives us an emotional payoff for them...or at least, very rarely does. Merlin, my friends, is a tease.
I think that's why I find myself craving so many h/c fics when I finish watching it. I need the emotional payoff. In Merlin, you get the h but you don't get the c. Everyone is just miraculously better and it's never spoken of again.
ETA: I have to say that part of me is tempted to open up my editing program again and try to recut the episodes into more emotionally satisfying stories...but, man, I am not an editor, and that would take an eternity (and involve me watching the entire series over again).
Anyway, as per usual, here's my recap of the gay so far...since Merlin is the gayest show that ever gayed without actually having gays:
The lesbians have lost numbers, to the point where their cause is basically in the hands of one slightly deranged rogue leader, who has to use petty tactics to try to weaken the state in order to gain control. Merlin, unsurprisingly, is sticking to his strategy of working from within the system to achieve social reform on human rights. His promising sympathetic leader has finally been able to take office - but before effective change can occur, the leader must win over the people. He can't change things too quickly, less he be kicked out of office due to unpopularity. Meanwhile, Merlin runs the risk of being exposed as gay. Only recently, one member of the court realized that Merlin was immune to the charms of a seductive woman.
3. The Week Ahead.
I have two friends arriving tomorrow for a visit. I do not know how long they are staying. I MAY miss this week's Supernatural, though I'm really hoping that I don't. In any case, my Quick Reaction post will probably be delayed. I'll also not be on LJ much at all...so...yeah, have a good week!