Episode 52: Review 2×06: Beauty and the Beast Part 2

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 second part of the series two mid-season two-parter, “Beauty and the Beast.” There’s appreciation of Arthur’s characterisation, and no appreciation for the way this show makes fun of victims of sexual assault.

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  • First aired 31 Oct 2009
  • 3 female characters (with lines)
    • 2 main cast (Morgana, Gwen)
    • 1 supporting cast (Troll!Catrina)
  • 6 male characters (with lines)
    • 5 main cast (Arthur, Merlin, Gaius, Uther, Leon)
    • 1 supporting cast (Jonas)
  • Enemy/Monster of the week: Troll!Catrina, Jonas
  • Arthur kills Troll!Catrina & Jonas


Ruby’s comment on Episode 49
Episodes 2×05 & 2×06 on the Merlin Fandom Wiki

Sexual Assault of Men Played for Laughs, a video essay by Pop Culture Detective
Indulgence, by allofuswithwings, Podfic by MissSnowFox
A Chance To Let Go by PlaneJane, Podfic by EosRose [the one with the hug that never was]


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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2 thoughts on “Episode 52: Review 2×06: Beauty and the Beast Part 2

  1. First I can understand why you might not include the news but I’ve found out things when you talked about it that I didn’t know before so maybe just include the stuff that’s very recent or coming up.

    I loved this episode with the comedy. It was pretty hilarious. Plus I love Arthur telling Merlin to escape and how Arthur looks so devastated about it.

    Merlin shoving the armor behind the furniture was classic. Always makes me laugh. I bet Colin had great fun with it. However, we have seen Merlin doing chores before, washing the floor, folding clothes and putting it in the armoire, that scene with Sigan in the stall where he falls asleep in the dung which means he was dealing with the horses, bringing him food. Doesn’t mean he’s good at it, though.

    As for Arthur withdrawing from the hug, I think he was going for a half-hug (arm around the shoulder) but not just not the full body one that Merlin wanted. I bet Merlin misses hugs. Hunith seems to be the type of person that would give hugs all the time. Poor Merlin, he needed a hug! And then he didn’t get one until he wasn’t even in his right mind in Servant of 2 masters. Poor Merlin. 🙁

    Writing coffee is really hard. I always try to figure out where things go and where there are hands and mouths and stuff but it’s something that I try to avoid if I can.

  2. Maybe I missed it, but did you talk through the scene where Gaius and Leon confront Uther about the troll? That is my absolute favorite scene, especially when Leon says the troll has fangs and Uther is like “What?!” and Gaius kind of laughs sheepishly, as if he’s scared to offend Uther but then goes like “I wouldn’t really say they were fangs. More like TUSKS”

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