Episode 51: Review 2×05: Beauty and the Beast Part 1

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In today’s episode, MissSnowfox and Momo talk about the first part of the series two mid-season two-parter, “Beauty and the Beast.” There’s discussion about historical accuracy (as per usual), delight over Anthony Head’s acting choices (as per usual), Arthur wardrobe appreciation (as per usual), and a lot of laughter (as per usual)!

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  • First aired 24 Oct 2009
  • 2 female character (with lines)
    • 1 main cast (Morgana)
    • 1 supporting cast (Troll!Catrina)
  • 5 male characters (with lines)
    • 4 main cast (Arthur, Merlin, Gaius, Uther)
    • 1 supporting cast (Jonas)
  • Enemy/Monster of the week: Troll!Catrina, Jonas


Elirwen’s comment on Episode 39
Episodes 2×05 & 2×06 on the Merlin Wiki


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News music by Mansardian on freesound.org
Interview/Talkback quote music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod on freesoung.org
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2 thoughts on “Episode 51: Review 2×05: Beauty and the Beast Part 1

  1. You don’t have to comment if you don’t want to.
    I looked up Thursday which you were asking about in the episode. 7 days a week is from AD321 when Constantine codified it. “Thursday” comes from Old English “Þūnresdæg.” according to livescience.com. So it’s pretty close to what it sounds like now. Old English covers the 5th-11th centuries.
    Also, I have no idea what time period they were aiming for in the show. It certainly wasn’t in the 600s, more like the 1100s with the armor and courtly love issues. But I could be wrong. I’ve been wrong before.

    LOL on Uther. I do love writing Uther because he’s really quite complex.

    I loved the fart jokes. It was such a silly thing that it made me laugh. Okay, so I’m a child. LOL.

    The “body like a tree trunk” I didn’t take to mean that she was ugly, just that she had skin looking like bark – which she does. But I can see that it could be fat-shaming.

    Hand-fasting. They still do it. I attended one a few years back.

  2. I have been summoned! Whooooosh!

    Okay, so it’s a bit of a misconception that the cost of VFX has come down and that’s it’s a one-or-the-other situation. Certain elements HAVE come down in cost, like it’s cheaper to hire an FX artist and a compositor to do a CG explosion, than it is to have a full shoot crew, with a stunt crew and pyrotechnitians .

    But a full CG character has always been expensive. A full body prosthetics suit is like, half the cost of a full CGI character. Even in 2009.

    The ideal situation is BOTH practical and CG working together. Like Mad Max Fury Road, where stunts were done practically, but enhanced with CGI, or Shazam or Thor’s suits and costumes getting CG seam removals and capes added.

    Hope that answers your question!

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