|The delightfully evil Sarrum|
The Sarrum, played by the wonderfully named John Shrapnel (whom I swore had been in Merlin before), was this episode's highlight. Characters like him have certainly been on the show before, but Shakespearan actor Shrapnel manages to imbue him with a delightful sense of cunning and sheer malificence. He enjoys his work; he almost seems excited when he describes the extent of Morgana's torture. He's someone that we have reason to hate, and for once we can see, to some extent, why Gwen is doing what she's doing.
|Merlin rushes in and saves the day as usual.|
But still, this episode was enjoyable at a base level. There wasn't really anything special going on, and we were still left with that annoying status quo at the end, but it was an ok way to waste an hour and it looks as if next week will see the end of this terrible, terrible Traitor!Gwen subplot. For now, though, we'll have to make do with an episode that was fun despite its formulaic structure, and hope for even better next week.