What am I going to do with you?
Slashiness! Helpful signs for the highly literate populace and equal rights for different races and dresses Morgana and Nimue could wear to any modern party of their choice, all in the 300s in England! Femmeslashiness! Gwen BRINGS MORGANA FLOWERS! There is evidently PUBLIC EDUCATION since Merlin can use homework as an excuse for poking about in scrolls! Everyone is clean with shiny teeth! LANCELOT, who must be fangirled - even characters in the show cannot resist, even if male! (Did I mention the slashiness? Honestly, I think this show may trump Glee
for that and Glee
involves two canonically gay guys FROLICKING and SINGING TO EACH OTHER.) (Lancelot KISSES PEOPLE'S HANDS. I... have a thing for that.)
And oh my goodness, Gwen,
please bring me flowers too!
Everything about Gwen, especially when the sun is behind her. She isn't as movie-star glamor-gorgeous as Morgana, but she's real and non-icey and when she smiles the ENTIRE SCREEN lights up. She GLOWS.
(I...may have a little bit of a crush.)
EDIT: This post
has the following to say about Gwen and this reaction to her:Hey, guys! The internet told me that Angel Coulby isn’t pretty given how she is not “traditionally beautiful” (but they totes like that she is “average”/”normal” looking and not “perfect” like Katie McGrath). And, you know, obviously the internet is just doing a really bad job at coding “NOT WHITE” so I could not call my reaction surprise, exactly.
So I feel I should clarify two things.
One, okay, she isn't traditionally beautiful (or, as I put it, movie-star glamor-gorgeous) the way NuSeries! Nyota Uhura is. Because I don't, actually, mean "not white," I mean "not all narrow high cheekbones and arched eyebrows and pointed chin".
Second, I don't think she's even remotely normal-looking. Because "not traditionally beautiful" doesn't mean "not mind-bogglingly lovely and heartstopping."
If I were talking to Morgana, I would feel awkward and uncomfortable because she is intimidating.
Were I to talk to Gwen, I would trip over my own words five times worse than she does and yet be practically floating because I would be absolutely smitten.
(Okay, so more than a little bit of a crush. Anyway, I hope we are now clear on where I stand.)
I am 4.25 episodes in and I am capslocking this much. It's just so SILLY and almost takes itself seriously but not quite and I am just REVELLING in the RIDICULOUSNESS. It is sort of like Monty Python only with plot and no moose. (I mean, and lots of other differences. But in the way that a) they are King Arthur adaptations and b) you just have to lean back and bathe in the silliness.
(And yes, despite being this lack-of-farness* in I have read all of fahye
's fic for it, and oh my gosh better than the show.
It has the charm of the characters, first of all. And the thing is, I like the show half for the characters and half for the *snerksnerk oh you are not serious but you are CHARMINGLY SILLY.* Fahye's fic is freaking gorgeously written.
Therefore, I actually enjoy it on a semi-serious level (I mean, a lot of the fic is funny, and then there is the James Bond AU. But I enjoy the fic for the story and the characters and the antics of the characters, whereas I enjoy the show for the characters and the antics and the ridiculousness.
This post probably makes no sense, does it. Anyway, back to watching. (And, I mean. 4.25 episodes in, all opinions subject to change.)
*12: 38. If I were coherent, I would be doing Work.