...or, just tom who fancies bbc's merlin series and all that implies! i don't recall if i introduced myself already in this forum, but i thought it a good idea to do so again, since i haven't 'hung out' with fellow merlinians or whatever you call yourselves!
i live in los angeles california usa. i just watched series 1 through 5 for 6th or 7th time since the series ended.
i have a burning question: what is it about series/season 5 you object to most. some detail would be appreciated because i was disappointed with several episodes, but rather enjoyed the final 3 episodes, despite my disappointments.
Disappointment #1 the fabric and tone of relationship of merlin and mordred was out of warp, and i mainly lay the blame at merlin's persistently sour, distrustful, rude, and unsupportive treatment of mordred, who after all was doing his utmost to be a loyal and committed friend of arthur's. in this respect, i was totally with gaius' criticism of merlin's bad attitude, which became really tiresome well before the ending episodes.
disappointment #2 the way mordred's light and dark sides were mostly dimmed if not dropped altogether. he was not the same boy as in series 2 and 3, who was highly ambiguous and enigmatic and a really big question mark. the adult mordred, as played by alexander vlahos' mordred had way more potential to express this mercurial element in his character.
mainly, i felt mordred's character in the series was under-developed, and, as a consequence mordred's killing arthur and arthur's reciprocating with his own fatal stab, I felt was tepid, felt more like a comma in the drama than an exclamation point. mordred deserves better treatment from the writers and producers than a simple black and white opposition.
finally, on the general subject of mordred's mysterious character and activity in the drama, i frankly don't buy either the legends' or our 'Merlin' series' limp treatment of mordred, who must be a much bigger player in the legends and stories, with a real rather than a prop character. moreover, it's my own view that mordred and merlin and arthur must have become great friends and allies, each with his own mysteries, strengths and weakness. in particular mordred and merlin, there is soooo much that is missing. maybe it could be later redacting of the story erased very much detail of mordred's place and rank in the legends and series. it is his (mordred's) character present day and future legend writers should flesh out, because he holds keys in his persona to the unraveling how arthur's and mordred's deaths really played out. it could transform the entire story in the legends into something ourselves would chew on and discuss well into the future!