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  • "The Moment of Truth" is still missing here. Nevertheless, in today's rewatching epsiode Merlin, Arthur, Gwen and Morgana prove how good they are together. The "Magnificent Four" had much more potential together than their destructive behaviour later had.

    Enjoy the good times and discuss here if you wish.

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    • The end of this episode is sad for me, when the four of them are riding back to Camelot together, because it's the last time that they're a quartet.

      In Season Two, Morgana ended up so isolated, dealing with something terrifying and feeling unable to confide in anybody except Merlin, who barely interacted with her after she returned from the Druid camp, and then everything went terribly wrong from Season Three onwards.

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    • This is definitely one of my favourite season 1 episodes!

      I loved how Arthur, Morgana and Gwen all wanted to help Merlin and how the whole village planned the attack together with the fire and everything :)

      I also liked the almost reveal! 

      I agree with ReganX, in this episode they were like 4 best friends but after the Nightmare begins Morgana became quite distant, even from Gwen.

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    • Another great episode of season one. It was interesting to see Arthur, Merlin, Gwen and Morgana working together as a real team and also as friends who all had their hearts in the right place at that point of time.

      When Hunith requested Uther's help and told him that he was a fair king, I was wondering why she thought of him that way, given that her son is a socrerer and, as turned out later, Uther persecuted her husband Balinor who was forced to live a life in fear, hiding from Uther and his wrath. On one hand it shows that people thought well of Uther when it didn't came to sorcery/magic, proving that he cared for his people and provided a place where people could lead a good life.  Others surely also appreciated Uther's ban of magic since, naturally, a lot of people were afraid of unnatural and powerful things, especially back in those times.

      However, it's also possible that Hunith just said that in order address Uther's compassion and conscience since she and her village were in a desperate situation. Nevertheless, Hunith's statement seemed to be genuine and I doubt that, at that point of time, it had already been planned that Balinor had to hide from Uther and was deprived of a normal life as a husband and father.

      Uther's descision to not send his men to Ealdor was the right decision from a strategical point of view. Risking a war with probably thousands of victims would be a much too heavy price to pay for saving a single village. Not to mention that Ealdor probably would suffer from a war with Cenred as much as every other place in both kingdoms, so saving it first and later leaving it to its doom in a war wouldn't have made sense at all. Despite the desperate plea and situation, Uther did the only right thing. But it was good to see that he despised Kanen's cowardly and dishonourable actions and actually would have loved to help Hunith.

      And Arthur going on a secret mission in order to help the village was the only solution on one hand, yet it was very dangerous since Cenred could have gotten wind of Arthur trespassing his land which also could have led to a war between Camelot and Cenred's kingdom. Moreover, Arthur went (again) behind his father's back, disregarding all the risks and following his own instinct. Nevertheless, his actions were understandable and they luckily led to a positive result.

      However, I do wonder if Uther knew about Arthur's mission and/or if he wondered where Arthur was, since Ealdor is not exactly just around the corner. Arthur being away for days at least should have made Uther wonder where his son was and unfortunately, it was never explained. Maybe he secretly knew where Arthur was, maybe Arthur told him a lie, claiming that he would go on a hunting trip or whatever.

      It was refreshing and great to see that the women fought as well as the men did when the village was ambushed.

      I felt sorry for William and Merlin when William died because he was yet another (and here the first) friend that Merlin lost. Moreover, William was one of the few people who knew about Merlin's powers and his death contributed to Merlin's isolation which increased when Lancelot died later and left Gaius and Hunith being the only ones close to him who knew who Merlin really was.

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    • Has anyone noticed that everyone who knows about Merlin's Powers eventually die? Well except a few of course.

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    • Having a name beginning with G seems to be an effective, though not foolproof, defence: Gaius, Gilli and Guinevere all survived learning about Merlin's magic.

      Maybe that's how Camelot fell. Merlin was declared court sorcerer and everybody keeled over.

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    • ReganX wrote:
      Having a name beginning with G seems to be an effective, though not foolproof, defence: Gaius, Gilli and Guinevere all survived learning about Merlin's magic.



      Too bad for Gwaine... if he had known, he might have survived.

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    • Uther's descision to not send his men to Ealdor was the right decision from a strategical point of view. Risking a war with probably thousands of victims would be a much too heavy price to pay for saving a single village. Not to mention that Ealdor probably would suffer from a war with Cenred as much as every other place in both kingdoms, so saving it first and later leaving it to its doom in a war wouldn't have made sense at all. Despite the desperate plea and situation, Uther did the only right thing. But it was good to see that he despised Kanen's cowardly and dishonourable actions and actually would have loved to help Hunith.

      I liked that. The different attitudes of father and son showed that Arthur was far from ready to be King. Had he had his way, he'd have taken soldiers to Ealdor and given Cenred cause to wage war against Camelot, which would technically have invaded Essetir. Uther made the right call about not sending soldiers.

      I wonder how he reacted when he learned that, not only had his son gone off to fight bandits in another kingdom, his daughter was gone too.

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    • sigh... this is the last time that they (Arthur, Morgana, Merlin , Gwen) were like, really friends....

      during season 3, something went HORRIBLY wrong.

      Morgana was my favorite character and I admired her because even though she was the Lady Morgana, she still persisted on going with Arthur and saving Merlin's village. Gwen too. Imagine, if Merlin helped Morgana and revealed his magic to her, I think she wouldn't turn out as the evil Wicked Witch. I mean he could have trained her or something

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    • yeah a king has to make hard decisions. I wonder if he was furious with Morgana and Arthur. If he thought that Merlin was behind this, he would probably put Merlin in the stocks for a week!

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    • Hmm yeah great episode- and I agree about all characters having reasonable reasons to have done what they did- but I don't like it how Arthur reacts about Will's "sorcery" when it's supposedly saved his life

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    • One of my favorite episodes, maybe it was too early, but they wasted a great moment for a magic reveal.

      I would love the series had more episodes where the four of them acted as friends.

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    • One of my favorite episodes especially in regards to character interaction. I would've loved to see Arthur, Merlin, Gwen and Morgana have more episodes like this. It breaks my heart thinking about what happens in later seasons.

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