Episode 60: Review 2×10: Sweet Dreams

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In today’s episode, MissSnowfox and Xan are joined by Anne to talk about the tenth episode of season two: Sweet Dreams. Join us for roughly three hours of Alex suddenly noticing costumes, all of us being sick and tired of plotholes, and Rox just unabashedly loving Alined and Trickler.

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  • First aired 28 Nov 2009
  • 3 female characters (with lines)
    • 2 main cast (Gwen, Morgana)
    • 1 minor cast (Vivian)
  • 7 male characters (with lines)
    • 4 main cast (Arthur, Merlin, Gaius, Uther)
    • 3 supporting cast (Olaf, Alined, Trickler)
  • Enemy/Monster of the week: Alined, Trickler
  • No one dies except for Vivian’s agency and dignity


Archaeologist_D’s comment on Episode 57
Episode 2×10 on the Merlin Fandom Wiki

Anne on twitter
Anne’s MyCast for the Gaius & Uther prequel

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Mentioned Fanworks

Destiny & Chicken podcast
And like the cycle of the year, we begin again by katherynfromphilly
The Student Prince by FayJay | Podfic by FayJay

dragonlcrd on YouTube

Love’s First Kiss by MissSnowFox

Where to find the hosts

xancredible on AO3 | tumblr | Podfic | Fanwork resources
misssnowfox on AO3 | tumblr | YouTube | Cosplay

3 thoughts on “Episode 60: Review 2×10: Sweet Dreams

  1. Thank you for another very enjoyable podcast. ‘Sweet Dreams’ is one of my favourite episodes, due to the perfectly delivered comedy from all main players.

    I wanted to tie a couple of comments to two of your discussion points:

    1) Concerning how to look at Alined and Trickler, I actually to some extent see them as a deliberate in-show dark mirror parody of Arthur and Merlin’s own relationship… because unpleasant as that thought is, there are similarities!

    2) Concerning Gwen’s statement to Arthur at the end, that she herself has caused ‘her fair share of hurt’, to me these words seem to be the referback to Lancelot that you said you were missing in your podcast discussion. I’ve understood that to be her acknowledgement that Arthur was hurt by seeing her choosing Lancelot in the ‘Lancelot and Guinevere’ episode, and that she apparently blames herself. and apologizes. Which means she now thinks she should have chosen differently back then and that Arthur had a right to be hurt. This annoys me because it seems to detract from Gwen’s agency as a free woman and limits her to being the destined future queen.

    Sorry that this comment comes late, and I’m looking forward to new podcasts!

  2. No need for talk-back.
    This is one of my favorite episodes of all of Merlin. It just made me laugh all the way through.
    I had to laugh about Xan’s thought that Uther had dreamed the whole thing. I LOVE that idea. Someone should write that.

  3. Yes, I am gonna revive this thread, because it’s a great podcast.

    The idea that Gwen would serve guests (and not just Morgana) is at least consistent with the show, since Merlin serves guests as well (Off the top of my head in the Gwaine episode)

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