Merlin - m/a: how do I express my feelin
I Blame the Dutch mpoetess
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And now for your quarterly random post to show I'm still alive...
Which is, sadly, all Merlin bitching, so it will be of interest to about five people on my friendslist, I suspect.

Dear Johnny Capps,

Iconic superheroes whose best friends and loved ones never learn their secret identities: You're doing it wrong.

Sigh.

marguerite_26

2010-06-10 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

*counts self in those five people*

*nods to this post*

mpoetess

2010-06-10 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

I am crossing my fingers that some of that was a bit of bullshitting to distract the fans, since Arthur finding out about Merlin's magic is going to be one of the milestone moments of the series no matter when it happens, so no, he's not actually going to spill hints about when it'll happen in a press conference with bloggers. At no point did he say it won't happen. He just blathered on about his (really disconnected with the viewership) POV on what's the heart of the show, then answered someone else's question of "So it's possible it might never happen? with "It's possible."

Edited at 2010-06-10 03:13 pm (UTC)

marguerite_26

2010-06-10 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes. There really was no other way for him to answer those questions. A wink and nudge would have been totally lame and more spoilery than any of us really want (we secretly all want to have that moment of shock, don't we?).

So if he wanted to keep it from being completely, hopelessly obvious that the reveal happening this season, he had to say that. Of course, if there is no reveal this season, he had to say that too! LOL.

btw - thx for the transcript! ♥


airawyn

2010-06-10 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow, you can really tell when people haven't read comic books.

mpoetess

2010-06-10 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Or only read The Collected Golden Age Superman, or something similar. The Clark Kent Glasses thing was new (if still dumb) in the fifties, and iconic in the 70's. In the 2010's, it's only iconic in the context of self-aware parody.

airawyn

2010-06-10 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

They definitely haven't read Identity Crisis. Although I can't honestly fault them for that.

The trouble is that if you try to keep a hero's identity secret from his closest friends, you have to keep stretching plausible deniability until it snaps. Or you have an absurdly large number of head injuries and memory spells, to the point where you have to wonder how that friend has a brain left.

It's possible they've watched a lot of Smallville, though.

mpoetess

2010-06-10 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

They have indeed watched a lot of Smallville, and bring that up constantly. Which is fine and all, except for the fact that half of Smallville's viewership has deserted it by now because of the poor writing and increasingly implausible plot twists. (And even on SV, Clark's secret isn't entirely secret, and it's known to characters who would make good analogues for Arthur, i.e. Chloe and Lana.)

airawyn

2010-06-10 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hopefully it's what you said above and they're bluffing to cover up when it will really happen.

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mpoetess

2010-06-10 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Also, keeping secret identities from one's closest friends repeatedly ends up putting them in more danger than if they hadn't known.

*is still bitter over the death of Tracy Vetter in Forever Knight, which would never have happened if she'd known Nick was a vampire*

kajivar

2010-06-10 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Amen, sistah.

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mickanick

2010-06-12 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm worried about the darker tone, But Still Bringing the Funny! point Johnny Capps was trying to make.

Maybe Arthur's complete inability to suss out Merlin's very obvious magic use and their happy "disfunctional" relationship will be all the laughs we'll need.

Sigh.

Still, all will be forgiven if they can work the Crystal Cave in there. :-)

Also, I want Johnny to back away slowly from the Smallville worship. It's starting to scare me that that's the best modern reference point he can come up with.

mpoetess

2010-06-12 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Apparently SV was pretty much what inspired them to create the series in the first place. Which, you know, okay, cool, the concept of Before They Were Famous is fine, but does he have to steal the bad plotting, too?