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Merlin Edit Project

So...I've been re-editing Merlin. Don't ask me why....I'm mainly just trying to distill the episodes down to their essentials, so that when I decide to do a rewatch I won't have to sit through filler - even the filler within none-filler episodes. Of course, what constitutes filler all depends on what storyline I'm following. Like the good Merthur shipper that I am, I'm choosing the Merlin+Arthur friendship. Most episodes I've only cut from 45 minutes to 30-35 minutes - so, obviously I'm being very generous. Though, I've only done the first 5 episodes and there is way more Merlin+Arthur time in those.

I just did my initial edit of 1x05  - the Lancelot episode...and I noticed a couple of funny gay things.

1. Merlin and Gwen chatting about who is more dreamy, Arthur or Lancelot....and yes, I know the conversation was supposed to be about Gwen's love for both of them, but all I could notice was that Merlin was way too into the conversation for a straight dude. :P

2. Both Gwen and Arthur accidentally tell Lancelot "I need you" before correcting it to "Camelot needs you." - Guys, this is why threesomes solve everything. Just saying. (I'm actually a Merthur/Gwen shipper, when I'm now a Gwethuralot shipper....hahaha, is that a thing? Arthanceniver?)

Anyway, not really sure how much of this episode I should be including. It's not really about Arthur and Merlin at all. So, I'm thinking I might leave it out altogether.

....I really do apologize for to those who don't care at all about Merlin. I promise to stop going on about it eventually. I just like the show - and actually, rewatching it now, these first episodes aren't as bad as I thought they were when I first saw them. Maybe it's because I'm more used to the style of the show, or more invested in the characters.

Though, on the other hand: all the Arthur/Morgana teases in these first few episodes REALLY squick me out now.


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Apr. 9th, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
I've just finished the very first episode of Merlin, and I must say the pacing can be frenetic at times. And the whole Merlin just starts working with Gaius is hilarious to me, because I keep expecting some of the guards to stop him and demanded to know who he was, since he's the new face and all.

Also, the castle/palace is a very easy place to gain access isn't it? LOL

I don't see the gay subtext, but I'm going to give the show a few more episodes; maybe I can see it then! :p

Though, on the other hand: all the Arthur/Morgana teases in these first few episodes REALLY squick me out now.

Me too, because I'm spoiled about their relationship. I guess I can only stomach an incestual relationship between brothers LOL
Apr. 9th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
The Castle is extremely easy to access and extremely easy to escape from...the actors actually make fun of it on the commentary. They also make fun of how many times Arthur gets conveniently knocked unconscious. :P
Apr. 9th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
I just started rewatching too, though I remember so little of the details and that it probably counts more as watching, especially as I didn't see very far to begin with. I have a fanfic-writing friend that doesn't share fandoms with me, so we're watching together and writing something new for both of us. :D

Merlin was way into that conversation, lol. That stood out to me too.
Apr. 9th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, Merlin was so into that conversation that he's actually the one that starts it! :P

That sounds like a fun project with your fanfic writing friend! :) I think Merlin is actually a really good show for writing about, because there are noticeable deficiencies in the emotional-plotting of the show. So, basically, you don't mind the "missing scene" genre of writing, you could have a field-day...or do what I do, and stick in your "missing scenes" into plotty fics.

Anyway, I hope it works out!
Apr. 12th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouraging words! I got up the courage to post my first Merlin fic. I'm such a completist - it's nerve-wracking to post without knowing every single detail of canon. Hopefully it will find a place anyway. :D
Apr. 12th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
It was lovely!

And yeah, I hear you about writing when you don't know the canon. You did a great job. :)
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