I've been postponing watching the new season of Merlin. I've been afraid. There are universes that I love so much that I can hardly bear to watch or read other people mess with them. The chance that they'll fuck it up terrifies me. (This is true even of the original creators of universes--I loved The Demon's Lexicon so much I put off reading the sequel for months, just in case it didn't live up to my dreams. (It did. Read Brennan's books, for they are excellent!) The invective my friends and I have thrown at Chris Carter, Joss Whedon, and Kripke would stun a sailor.) I love Arthurian myth so, so much, and the writers of Merlin can be ham-handed and thoughtless as often as not. So it took me a while to steel myself.
( Spoilers for the Tears of Uther Pendragon )