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Two Parters are always a problem
A_Different_Drummer from North America
21 February 2015
To be fair, Merlin is not the only episodic TV show that stumbles when
trying to do a 2-parter.
There are so many challenges. You are basically almost creating a small
full-length movie, so expectations are raised, yet you still have to
stagger the scenes to allow for commercials and you must close the
story with the appropriate arcs "up in the air" so the writers can slog
on when the next episode appears.
That last one is the killer.
The reason I am appending this review to Part I of the two parter is
that (and this has happened before, and will happen again) is that Part
I is the far superior drama.
Un-hampered by the need to string the viewer along, the production team
is free to cut loose in Part I. And indeed they did. It is clever, well
written, lavishly produced, constantly entertaining, and even contains
an odd (but fun) homage to LORD OF THE RINGS. Very enjoyable.
And the problem (if you watch the second part or 5.2) is that the
quality will fall. The pacing will drop, actions will become more
trivial, and because of the need to keep all the story "balls in the
air" the conclusion will not be as satisfying as the buildup.
So make hay while the sun shines. Enjoy this while you can.
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