Everyone in the Merlin fandom please do something: follow me, message me, reblog this; whatever, just let me know you are still out there. I would like to follow more Merlin people. COME ON DRAGONLORDS and DOLLOPHEADS!
“Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! It is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.“
My friend told me that Merlin isn't a good show and listed all these reasons why. At the time, I was so frustrated I didn't know how to respond, but if I could go back, this is what I would say to him.
But don’t you see? What made merlin so special isn’t the quality of the writing. Its not the FX, which quite frankly was horrible, or the actors, which were brilliant. It wasn’t even the story it was telling. What made merlin so wonderful was the sheer effort, the effort of the fans who loved it, the effort of the show to put something forth that will make you smile, that it pulled all the stops until it finally had you smiling and giggling and it could give you goosebumps with delight and appreciation, and that it could make you so angry, so frustrated. So sad. This is what made Merlin so beautiful. This is the strength of Capps and Murphy. But with that strength, a horrible truth comes to meet it that both the writers understood. In order to see how beautiful it is, to appreciate the love and warmth that made up the majority of Merlin, we had to understand tragedy with it. We had to lose, we had to be kept wanting and wanting and waiting for the best outcome and be disappointed. We had to fall to know how far we were from the ground.
Merlin’s secret, Merlin’s battles with himself and what he couldn’t control. Situations going from bad to worse, that was not the beauty of Merlin. How Merlin tried to do his best every single time even when the effort was fruitless–How he had to hide himself, the lengths he would go, the fear, the rage, the defeat, that IS why Merlin is so beautiful. That’s the secret.
Its not the show itself, it’s the effort and love put into the show by everyone involved. By the writers, by the actors, and even, by the fans.
Merlin will be in my heart, always, because of the goosebumps, and the depression, and the love I felt while watching it. That’s what made Merlin so very special, to me, and to all of us.