Then we suffered through three seasons and something very bizarre and deeply disturbing happened.
akatokuro: merlin's characterization is pretty blegh so far.
musouka_manga: I love how we're supposed to root for Merlin because he stupidly continues to bait Arthur.
musouka_manga: THEN THE OLD DUDE COMES IN.
musouka_manga: THEN HE WAKES UP AND TRIES TO PUNCH ARTHUR IN THE FACE.
musouka_manga: RINSE AND REPEAT.
akatokuro: OH GOD, IS THIS A RYUKISHI SHOW?
akatokuro: ARE WE STUCK IN A TIMELOOP?
musouka_manga: Shut up.
musouka_manga: SHUT UP.
akatokuro: why is he such a bad character
akatokuro: seriously i'm boggling at what an awful character he is
akatokuro: I LIKE ARTHUR.
musouka_manga: HE IS BASICALLY WHY I'M STILL WATCHING.
akatokuro: ARTHUR AND UTHER SHOW PRZ.
musouka_manga: NO, DO NOT WANT TO SEE MERLIN MOPING.
musouka_manga: GO BACK TO UTHER AND ARTHUR.
musouka_manga: Arthur and his dad are the best characters.
musouka_manga: Morgana is a good character.
musouka_manga: Gwen is a decent character.
musouka_manga: Merlin is shit tier.
akatokuro: Right now from Arthur's POV it's Edgeworth and Gumshoe and from Merlin's POV Merlin is a terrible character.
musouka_manga: OH GOD
musouka_manga: YOU'RE RIGHT
musouka_manga: utherrrrr ;_;
musouka_manga: AND THEN GWEN SACRIFICES HERSELF FOR GAIUS
musouka_manga: AND UTHER SACRIFICES HIMSELF FOR GWEN
akatokuro: AND THEN YAKETY SAX STARTS PLAYING.
akatokuro: i'm impressed at how retarded that was
musouka_manga: That was a very special level of retardation.
akatokuro: different episode, same shit
musouka_manga: This show is a lot gayer now that they figured out what audience it appeals to.
akatokuro: I don't mind Gwen/Arthur at this point
akatokuro: but they're pretty vanilla.
musouka_manga: i sort of wonder if these two eps have just been flukes
musouka_manga: and we'll be back to normal derp merlin
akatokuro: why is he so stupid
akatokuro: wouldn't that raise more suspicion on the arrested people
akatokuro: merlin you suck.
musouka_manga: This show has gotten better
musouka_manga: but oddly, that's almost made it less watchable.
musouka_manga: Like, it's become just mediocre
musouka_manga: instead of entertainingly bad.
musouka_manga: if you even give this show an ounce of critical thought it sort of shrivels and dies.
akatokuro: this dragon
akatokuro: i always picture him filing/painting his nails when merlin comes in
akatokuro: I'M SURE WE WILL ALL FORGET THIS EVER HAPPENED NEXT EPISODE.
musouka_manga: I'D MAKE THAT BET!
musouka_manga: That was, uh, torturous.
akatokuro: WELL, WE WERE LAMENTING THE EPISODES NOT BEING BAD ENOUGH.
musouka_manga: I GUESS THEY HEARD OUR COMPLAINTS.
musouka_manga: The Gwen and Merlin Investigation Squad isn't a bad show.
musouka_manga: Those two eps were quite good, by Merlin standards!
musouka_manga: That last scene between Uther and Arthur was really good.
akatokuro: I actually felt for Merlin at the end there!
akatokuro: FOR LIKE ONCE
akatokuro: The heart of this show really needs to be Arthur.
musouka_manga: Episodes like this are almost more frustrating than the troll-ish eps?
musouka_manga: Because it's like, WOW, YOU CAN BE FUCKING COMPELLING!
musouka_manga: SO WHY AREN'T YOU LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME?
akatokuro: merlin is off to do something retarded
akatokuro: in other news
akatokuro: water is wet
akatokuro: I FEEL MORE CHARITABLE TO HIS CHARACTER SINCE LAST EPISODE THOUGH.
akatokuro: LET'S SEE HOW LONG THAT LASTS.
akatokuro: arthur/gwen is better than arthur/merlin.
akatokuro: so uh
akatokuro: this is her breaking point?
akatokuro: ....i think the other potential ones were better
musouka_manga: STUBBLE MCBEARD MADE ME TURN AGAINST MY FAMILY!!!
musouka_manga: Seriously, is this like a different show or something?
musouka_manga: This is probably the best ep this series has had so far.
akatokuro: hahaha goddamn merlin
musouka_manga: That shit was caaaaash
akatokuro: merlin is kinda awesome this ep
akatokuro: not gonna lie
musouka_manga: Seriously, wtf was that?
musouka_manga: GOOD EP IN MY MERLIN?
akatokuro: WHEN MERLIN DECIDES TO MURDER HIS FRIENDS, THE SHOW TURNS GOOD!
akatokuro: I don't think Merlin is in love with him, sorry fandom.
akatokuro: I LIKE ARTHUR AS HIS DAUGHTER, LOL.
musouka_manga: YES, ARTHUR IS HIS TSUNDERE DAUGHTER.
musouka_manga: I APPROVE.
musouka_manga: I'll tell you, as cute as Gwen and Arthur can be
musouka_manga: this series would be stronger without romance at all.
musouka_manga: But it is funny
musouka_manga: After that one ep where Merlin is a stone cold killer
musouka_manga: I really do like him a lot more now.
akatokuro: Merlin... is actually in a pretty emotionally complex and distraught situation!
akatokuro: I can't believe this show made me say that!
musouka_manga: I can't believe we're actually meta-ing over it.
akatokuro: HOW DID THIS HAPPEN
akatokuro: oh right merlin tried to murder someone...
akatokuro: STILL SO WEIRD LIKING MERLIN...
musouka_manga: i know right
akatokuro: Maybe it's just because I've decided I like the character now
akatokuro: But Merlin seemed pretty competent in this ep.
akatokuro: it was kinda weird.
akatokuro: hi gwaine.
musouka_manga: helo gwaine
akatokuro: It's fun watching Merlin have a partner when he does shit. Whether it's Gwen or Gwaine.
musouka_manga: Basically, Merlin is making his own decisions now.
musouka_manga: and that's why he's a much better character.
musouka_manga: AND YOU ARE THE DARKNESS TO ARTHUR'S LIGHT
musouka_manga: SO HER DARKNESS IS VERY DARK INDEED.
musouka_manga: MORGAUSE IS THE DARKNESS TO MORGANA'S DARKNESS.
musouka_manga: OR SOMETHING.
akatokuro: OH GREAT.
akatokuro: HE MURDERED HER AGAIN.
akatokuro: WELL, NOTHING YOU HAVEN'T DONE BEFORE, MERLIN.
musouka_manga: i like it when merlin kills morgana
akatokuro: Merlin's at the point where he knows how to take it.
akatokuro: LIKE A GOOD MOM WHO KNOWS HER SON'S HABITS.
akatokuro: Basically, it feels like
akatokuro: Merlin is more secure in his own position of power over Arthur.
akatokuro: So he doesn't have to really worry about what Arthur does or says to him.
akatokuro: Merlin comedy is pretty hit or miss.
akatokuro: And by hit I mean Uther and Arthur's faces.
musouka_manga: the best part of s1 was arthur's faces
akatokuro: MERLIN, MURDERING WOMEN LEFT AND RIGHT.
musouka_manga: now it is just sort of hilarious when he does that.
akatokuro: MERLIN RATCHES UP THREE KILLS TODAY!
akatokuro: morgana seriously
akatokuro: cracks my shit up
akatokuro: i can't even get mad
musouka_manga: I KNOW.
musouka_manga: These plots, I swear.
musouka_manga: WE WILL INVITE AN EEEEEVIL JUGGLER TO CAMELOT
musouka_manga: AND THEN WHILE HE IS JUGGLING BALLS HE WILL POISON ONE OF THEM
musouka_manga: AND LOB IT INTO A CUP
musouka_manga: THAT ARTHUR MIGHT DRINK OUT OFFF
akatokuro: does this make cenred meowth
musouka_manga: i believe so
akatokuro: The power dynamic in Merlin and Gaius's relationship has changed a lot.
musouka_manga: In a good way.
musouka_manga: merlin's faaaace
akatokuro: bitch i've poisoned girls prettier and more teary-eyed than you
musouka_manga: i love it when he gets his "gotta kill bitches" face?
musouka_manga: Gwen is so hnnng.
musouka_manga: oh my god
musouka_manga: this ep is going to kill me with hnnng
musouka_manga: Morgana has descended to the level of mean girl.
akatokuro: oh man
akatokuro: ilu merlin
musouka_manga: i fucking love you merlin
akatokuro: merlin is fucking great
musouka_manga: why am i growing sort of attached to this series dammit
akatokuro: strap in for season four lol
akatokuro: MORGANA'S ANTICS ARE GOLD.
akatokuro: I'M SO GLAD THE SHOW IN GENERAL HAS IMPROVED TO BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT
akatokuro: BUT WE STILL HAVE AT LEAST A FEW FUCKING HILARIOUSLY TERRIBLE ASPECTS.
musouka_manga: When did Merlin become one of my favorites.
akatokuro: Merlin and Arthur so good in this ep.
akatokuro: They don't need to be in a relationship, man.
musouka_manga: I knowwwwwwwwww
musouka_manga: They are perfect with the relationships they have!
akatokuro: gwaine is pretty pointless again huh
musouka_manga: as always gwaine is not needed
musouka_manga: but not unwelcome
akatokuro: THAT HORRIBLE, ASHAMED FEELING
akatokuro: WHEN YOU REALIZE
akatokuro: YOU LIKE THIS SHOW.
akatokuro: FEELS BAD, MAN. ;_;
In conclusion, to make a show watchable, turn the wide-eyed boy protagonist into a cold-blooded killer?