Episode 15: Review 1×06 A Remedy to Cure All Ills

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 talk about the sixth episode of BBC’s Merlin, “A Remedy to Cure All Ills.”

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News:

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Merlin Kink Meme
Merlin Writers and Artists Telephone Game
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Resources/Mentioned Fanworks:

Archaeologist_D’s comment on Episode 09: Gwen
Drastically Redefining Protocol by Rageprufrock, podfic by revolutionaryjo or podfic by lunchee
The Student Prince by FayJay, podfic by FayJay
lunchee’s Merlin podfic
Two Weeks Notice by Ras Elased, Podfic by Jenna Corinth
Lord Drake’s Bequest by Pennyplainknits, Podfic by Pennyplainknits
The Knights Have a Thousand Eyes by stakeaclaim, Podfic by beccaleelee
8x12x8 by skellerbvvt, Podfic by handsomeviolets
Merlin Finders on LJ
reallifesucksass on why they prefer canon
The Merlin Discord Server
That fanart of young Uther, Gaius and Geoffrey (and momo got the two mixed up. Gaius is the one who looks like Lucius Malfoy and Geoffrey is the Sirius Black incarnation)
In Spite of Everything, the Stars by Polomonkey

Statistics:

  • First aired 25 Oct 2008
  • 2 female characters (with lines)
    • 2 main cast (Gwen, Morgana)
  • 6 male characters (with lines)
    • 4 main cast (Arthur, Merlin, Gaius, Uther)
    • 2 supporting cast (Edwin, Geoffrey of Monmouth)
  • Enemy/Monster of the Week: Edwin, Elanthia beetles
  • Merlin kills 1 person: Edwin

8 thoughts on “Episode 15: Review 1×06 A Remedy to Cure All Ills

  1. FYI, in researching Gaius’s robes (which were fabulous, btw), physicians often wore long robes in that ‘time period’ so I could see why Edwin would wear one. Even the younger physicians wore them.

    Other than that, I always forget about this episode, too. There is lots of meat there but it’s not put together in a way that is exciting and makes sense.

  2. My main thing with this episode is this is the first of Merlin’s real kills. Like, with Mary it was with a chandelier and not a freaking axe through the face. I wish Merlin had a bit more of a reaction to killing someone in such a gruesome way like…. yikes.

  3. I would like to react to the claim that canon AUs tend to not have happy endings. I don’t know what kind of canon AUs you’re reading, but most of those that I read do have a merthur happy ending. 😀 And there’s a lot of those that have fluff (well, mostly fluff and angst). But maybe you’re talking strictly canon? Because when I talk about canon AUs, I mean canon era as a whole, including canon divergent stuff.

  4. As for Edwin in modern AU fics, he’s pictured very differently to canon in those. If he’s meant to be creepy ex then yes, he’s still creepy and awful, but he can also be written as a character not corrupted by the purge and then it’s up to author whether they’ll make him turn bad or let him be neutral or good.

    (And then Momo pretty much said the same thing at the end of the episode… 😀 )

    Gaius/Geoffrey (or Google/Wikipedia) is definitely canon. 😀

    Arthur not knowing where Edwin resides didn’t feel all that weird. Arthur is the crown prince. He doesn’t really have to care about lodgings of the royal guests. He has staff for that. 🙂

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