MEH- The Last Dragon Lord fails to deliver any big reveals/gamechangers

The dragon breaks out, burns things. he is then stopped by merlin(of course) BUT... wait for it... he survives!!!!


that is the only surprising/worthwhile thing about this episode, well other than the mountains of slashy subtext between the Merlin and Arthur. face grasping, cry scolding, armor worrying, shirtlessness and late night heart-to-hearts<3


The finale of the second series was quite underwhelming though- Arthur was conveniently knocked out or otherwise distracted 3 separate times this episode, masterfully avoiding seeing Merlin's magic yet again. He also doesn't seem to find it odd that merlin is sobbing over a dead fellow he just met, when at least 10 knights die an episode and Merlin shrugs it off. THEN he is fooled into thinking he killed the unkillable dragon, after just failing at a quest to get the only person who could stop said dragon, and then believes the recently deceased dragon went poof!

Just how stupid are we expected to believe Arthur is?


Also Merlin's long lost father is revealed, to be someone we've never encountered or heard about and who lasts on for 15 min, just long enough to tell merlin "it's ok, you're a dragonlord too, I can be killed off now." Merlin also decides to use magic after his father is mortally wounded, because yeah- losing your father is worth keeping his secret from his father-BLUH. Now Merlin can suddenly speak dragon... I mean WTF? Dragon is defeated by talking to him, and gives the lame "don't kill me I'm the last one excuse" after randomly doing more damage than any other villain in the series.

Still, I <3 the Slash Dragon, and am happy he lives.


No morgana, no morgause, 2 seconds of an out-of-character gwen, no real change in the status quo (other than the dragon)... I was hoping for more.

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Dec 20, 2009 2:21PM EST

Yes. That. What you said. Exactly.

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Dec 21, 2009 12:04AM EST

it was like all of this build up to the big battle and then... nothing. merlin wins by telling the dragon to go away. which was incredibly lame.

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Dec 21, 2009 5:00PM EST

I liked it. You got some information about Merlins father and he gained a new power.
Anyways the whole build up from this season was for Morgana and the druid boy.
I do feel like the plot is thought through very well and its not just one arc after another, but one long story with many twists and turns. We will encounter the dragon again, and he will play an important role in the further story. Also Excalibur still slumbers in the lake and its still not sure (though probable...)how morgana really turns out.
Think slow pace in story is important to maintain a good overall plot.If you rush things too much it ends like it ended in heroes (ye final fight reloaded about 100 times with different conditions...), smallville (which completly lost track of the storyline for some seasons (Imo now bit better again)) or many others.
anyways just my 2 centgreets

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Dec 21, 2009 10:42PM EST

Arthur should have found about Merlin the first season... now he just seems like an incredibly unperceptive idiot.
Uther definitely should have died by now. Merlin seems to save him as much as Arthur.
Smallville(which is a terrible show lacking all the charm that this one displays) still hasn't got to clark kent being superman, after 10 seasons, I gave up after 2 or 3 seasons of going nowhere. I won't follow Merlin that long without something happening.
Season 1 of Merlin had a nice story arc with us finding out something about Uther & the antimagic past, Merlin vanquishing Nimueh, and Merlin/Arthur establishing their friendship.
Season 2 hit the reset on their friendship, got to a confrontation with Arthur and his Father over magic- hitting the reset button at the end of that episode, and gave us a few episodes of Morgana's turn to the darkside before leaving her out of the finale entirely! The dragon swoops in at the end of the season, no build up, no nothing, then Merlin tells him to fly away! The second season seemed directionless and a bit of a mess. I hope they pick it up next season.

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