Episode 45: Review 2×03 The Nightmare Begins

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 third episode: “The Nightmare Begins.” The episode is roughly two hours and fifteen minutes long. It features Rox and momo deeply analysing how everyone makes such bad decisions in this episode.

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Long Podfic Exchange
Merlin Canon Fest
Merlisten looking for guests


  • First aired 03 Oct 2009
  • 3 female character (with lines)
    • 2 main cast (Gwen, Morgana)
    • 1 supporting cast (Forridel)
  • 7 male characters (with lines)
    • 5 main cast (Arthur, Merlin, Gaius, Uther, Leon)
    • 2 supporting cast (Mordred, Aglain)
  • Enemy/Monster of the week: Morgana’s fear, Merlin being punished for making the right choice, Merlin also not making the right choice
  • No one in the main cast kills anyone, but Aglain dies



  • giant scorpions in the forest of Ascetir
  • “Serket” is the ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility, nature, animals, medicine, magic, and healing venomous stings and bites
  • Deification of Scorpions

Resources & Mentioned Fanworks

Elirwen’s comment on Episode 28
Eirene’s comment on Episode 30
Episode 2×03 on the Merlin Wiki

Merlins-earmuffs on tumblr
“The Nightmare Begins” on the Merlin Wiki
Intended by new_kate, 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 45: Review 2×03 The Nightmare Begins

  1. IMO, Gaius was using Merlin’s room for a storage area before Merlin came. Plus I always thought that Gaius wanted to kind of block Merlin’s comings and goings and he probably figured he could always be woken up by Merlin and his clumsiness as he tries to sneak past Gaius. Unfortunately, Gaius sleeps like a log.

    Merlin’s smile sliding off his face near the end of the episode just tears my heart! It’s so sad.

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