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Woe is I

As I ventured out of the charm of seasons 1 and 2 of Merlin into the murky depths of season 3, I complained about the abrupt change in Morgana's character. At least, it seemed abrupt to me. I will probably have to do a rewatch to really judge if this is true, but in the meantime, that's pretty much still how I feel.

Now, I was reassured by several flist folks, either in their reviews or in comments made in my LJ that Morgana's rather 2-dimensional villainy in season 3 gets more nuanced in season 4, but so far, I don't really see it. She still seems to me to be hiding out in the shadows, scheming her evil schemes, with perhaps a toned-down amount of "Mwah ha ha!"-ing and a few more soulful, vulnerable looks, but shades of gray that does not make, IMO.

And I guess that's what I want. Shades of gray. Something besides a "Me, me, me, it's all about me" value system from her? Moments of regret or twinges of conscience, perhaps? A step back to see the big picture wherein a magic practitioner other than herself and the luckiest of her goons-for-hire benefit from her actions in the end? I want her to be.... Well, I want her to be Faith on BtVS/AtS. Faith starts out nominally a good guy, is quickly turned into a bad guy due to her Personal Issues, and then slowly but surely, works her way out of that to become an edgy, interesting, complicated, but in the final analysis, good guy.

The valley of the shadow, yes?

And then I think: Oh, for crap's sake. I'm a Morgana Redemptionista!

Which has got to be an exercise in heartbreak in the Merlinverse, right? I mean, these poor sops had their destinies tattooed on their asses a millennia and a half ago. Morgana's the Bad Guy, she'll always be the Bad Guy, so give it up or write fan fiction.

So why is it I need her to be Good again? 'Cause she's the ButtKicking girl. Well, she and her Dearly Departed Sister. Someone like me comes to a fantasy or science fiction show and looks for the closest thing to a rough-and-tumble tomboy, and once I've found her, settles in and enjoys everything else the show has to offer.

Which I am, believe me. I am enjoying Merlin's personal journey, and Gwen's gentle courage, and the swords and castles and dragons and all that. Merlin is my favorite character, and hits all my story kink buttons. Except one.

Which is to say, the Morgana thing just...irks me.
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chicken_cem
Dec. 3rd, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
I agree, she is annoyingly one- dimensional. I get that the show is largely about Bradley James' manly
Jaw , but all the more reason to redeem it with a little feminism ( which, after last week's misogynistic crap, does not seem likely).
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 3rd, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Bradley James? He's a Ken doll, and has about as much personality. I thought the show was about Merlin. At least he has a personality.
chicken_cem
Dec. 6th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Of course it's about Merlin--sorry, it's so hard to be properly sarcastic online! I do wish they would stop having Arthur always be so dismissive of Merlin.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 6th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
I imagine they do that so when the Big Reveal happens, Arthur is suitably chastened and impressed.
chicken_cem
Dec. 6th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
You wonder how long they can delay The Big Reveal. It's kind of like seeing how long different shows wait to get characters romantically involved -- sometimes the rating suffer afterwards, so they like to keep the suspense up for way too long.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 6th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
That being said, a marked increased in respect for him (stop hitting Merlin in the head with pots and leaving him hungry for a laugh!) wouldn't be amiss. He's a useful guy to have around even if you don't know he's the Most.Powerful.Sorcerer.Ever.
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masqthephlsphr
Dec. 3rd, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, there was a conflict with ASH, because I enjoyed seeing him in a new role, but I loathed Uther. So there I was wanting Tony Head's character dead and off the show. Good job on his part... sadly.
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