Episode 42: Review 2×02 The Once and Future Queen

cover art in which Merlin wears a headset with microphone and holds up a finger to his lips as if to tell you to be quiet

In today’s episode, MissSnowfox and Momo continue with Series 2 of Merlin, going into the second episode: “The Once and Future Queen.” The episode is about two and a half hours long, and features Rox and momo complaining about lazy and bad writing with regard to canon ships and other nonsense.

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  • First aired 26 Sep 2009
  • 1 female character (with lines)
    • 1 main cast (Gwen)
    • (Morgana shows up but has no lines whatsoever)
  • 11 male characters (with lines)
    • 5 main cast (Arthur, Merlin, Gaius, Uther, Leon)
    • 6 supporting cast (Myror, Odin, “Sir William”, 3 extras without a name)
  • Enemy/Monster of the Week: Myror, Odin
  • Arthur eliminates 1 person with Merlin’s help: Myror

Resources & Mentioned Fanworks

Elirwen’s comment on Episode 24
Eirene’s comment on Episode 17
Aspen’s comment on Episode 19
Eirene’s comment on Episode 23
Elirwen’s comment on Episode 22

“The Once and Future Queen” on the Merlin Wiki
Drastically Redefining Protocol by Rageprufrock, Podfic by RevolutionaryJo | Podfic by Lunchee


Merlisten theme music composed by side_steppings
News music by Mansardian on freesound.org
Interview/Talkback quote music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod on freesoung.org
Manip for the cover by brolinskeep, Cover by momo

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One thought on “Episode 42: Review 2×02 The Once and Future Queen

  1. You don’t have to comment on this. I just wanted you to know.
    To kill the king https://www.farfarawaysite.com/merlin/season1/1012/241.jpg – This one is a hall, La salle des ducs but one of the larger halls (they did a display of costumes there at one time).
    This is the one I was talking about (also to Kill the king). https://www.farfarawaysite.com/merlin/season1/1012/71.jpg
    However, I was wrong as I thought it was this room but it isn’t https://66.media.tumblr.com/03568c639e712a8679f7668c008a9b04/tumblr_podkxzhkmd1u02xxq_1280.jpg

    Sorry about the mixup. Without the actual photos in my hand, it’s hard to tell sometimes where things are.

    You can comment or not on this.
    As for the episode, I have so many good and bad feelings about it. The Gwen/Arthur relationship was way too rushed and I could feel the show people pushing it so much. I did like Arthur’s realization that people were pulling their punches but I didn’t like that Merlin’s part in molding Arthur’s character was taken over by Gwen here. I do love the smart, sweet Gwen. I just wish they’d treated her character better. Gwen and Angel deserved more.

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