Recap: Merlin S 01 E 05 Lancelot
Merlin is collecting mushrooms out in the forest when he’s startled by a loud screeching noise. A griffin bursts out of the trees and hurtles toward Merlin. Though he makes a run for it, he trips over and is just about to be torn to shreds when a dark-haired youth steps in front of him. He swings a sword at the creature, but it shatters on impact, buying the two of them enough time to take cover under a fallen log.Once the griffin takes to the air and just before he passes out from the wound he sustained in the fight, Merlin’s rescuer manages to introduce himself: “Lancelot.”Back at the castle Gaius assures Merlin that Lancelot’s wounds are superficial and that he’ll be back to normal in no time. Meanwhile, Arthur and Uther survey the damage done to an outlying village and ascertain that the winged monster has a taste for human flesh.Having recovered from his wounds, Lancelot stares out at Camelot from the castle windows and shares his ambition with Merlin: to become a knight of Camelot. Eager to repay his debt to Lancelot for saving his life, Merlin promises to talk to Arthur on his behalf.Arthur is clearly having difficulty recruiting new knights, as the latest contender to knighthood is taken down by Arthur in two swift blows. On hearing Merlin speak of Lancelot he agrees to meet with him, but reminds Merlin that anyone wishing to become a knight of Camelot must be of noble blood.Merlin rushes back to Lancelot with the good news…and asks if there’s any chance that Lancelot is a nobleman. He’s not, and Gaius is quick to point out the First Code of Camelot is that only those with noble blood can serve. Merlin rightly thinks that this is weirdly counter-productive to the wellbeing and on-going safety of Camelot, and after hearing Lancelot’s Tragic Back Story (parents killed in a raid, trained every day since then, vowed to fight against tyranny) he promises to give him the chance he deserves.Merlin sneaks into the library (where we get our first look at Geoffrey of Monmouth) and uses magic to forge a seal of nobility for Lancelot, identifying him as the fifth son of Lord Eldred of Northumbria. Lancelot argues against such deception, but Merlin coaxes him into it.
- Merlin: We're not breaking the rules. We're bending them, that's all. You get your foot in the door. But after that you will be judged on your merit alone. And if you succeed - if they make you a knight - it'll be because you earned it, noble or not. I can't change the way things are done around here, but you can...if you let me help you.
- Lancelot: Thi...*ahem* This is very kind of you, er...Gwen: Gwen.Lancelot: Gwen.Gwen: Short for Guinevere.Lancelot: Ah. Then thank you, Guinevere.Gwen: Don't thank me. Thank Merlin. Merlin would do anything for anyone, wouldn't you, Merlin? I think it's great that Merlin's got you this chance. We need men like you.Lancelot: You do?Gwen: Well, not me personally, but you know...Camelot. Camelot needs knights. Not just Arthur and his kind, but ordinary people like you and me.Lancelot: Well, I'm not a knight yet, My Lady.Gwen: And I'm not a lady.
- Lancelot: Do you submit, Sire?Guards restrain Lancelot. Arthur gets up, apparently angry, and grabs his sword.Arthur: On your knees.
- Merlin: You know what? I think our Sir Lancelot might have eyes for you, Gwen.Gwen: Don't be silly.Merlin: What? So what if he did? Would that really be so bad?Gwen: He's not really my type.Merlin: Oh, well, there's a surprise. Sometimes, Guinevere, I wonder if you'd know what your type was if he was standing right next to you.Gwen: You're probably right.Merlin: So, come on. Just for the sake of argument. If you had to, Arthur or Lancelot?Gwen: But I don't have to and I never will.Merlin: Oh, you are no fun, Gwen.
- Merlin: I don't know what to say to you, Lancelot.Lancelot: You're not to blame.Merlin: Yes, I am. I pushed you. I made you lie.Lancelot: The choice was mine. My punishment is mine to bear, and mine to bear alone.Merlin: I wish there was something I could do.Lancelot: There is. You can stop blaming yourself.
- Arthur: I should've known. How could I have been so stupid?! You don't sound like a knight, you don't even look like a knight!Lancelot: I'm sorry.Arthur: I'm sorry, too. Because, Lancelot, you fight like a knight. And I need...Camelot needs...Lancelot: The creature?Arthur: We could not kill it. I've never faced its like.Lancelot: I faced it myself, Sire. Some days past. I struck if full square. I wondered how it endured.Arthur: There are those that believe this creature, this...griffin, is a creature of magic, that only magic can destroy it.Lancelot: Do you believe this?Arthur: It doesn't matter what I believe. The use of magic is not permitted. The knights must prevail with steel and sinew alone.
- Arthur: I confess it, Sire. I released him and I'll take the consequences. But surely Lancelot's actions change things!Uther: His actions change nothing. He broke the code!Arthur: He laid down his life for me! He served with honour.Uther: I see you feel strongly about this, Arthur. Under the circumstances? A pardon, perhaps.Arthur: No, not good enough, Father. You must restore Lancelot to his rightful place, as a knight of Camelot.Uther: Never. The law is the law. The Code bends for no man.Arthur: Then the code is wrong!
- Lancelot: I lied to you both and now there is conflict between you. I cannot bear that burden, as you should not bear mine. I must start again, far from here. Then maybe one day fate shall grant me another chance to prove myself a worthy knight of Camelot.Arthur: But...Lancelot, you've...already proved that to us.Lancelot: But I must prove it to myself. Your Highness.
- Gaius: Lancelot needed you and you needed Lancelot. Your destinies were entwined.Merlin: Will he ever return?Gaius: That I cannot say.Merlin: Till next time then, Sir Lancelot.
- Accidental Innuendo: Yeah. There's quite a few in this episode.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Arthur calls himself "the ultimate killing machine" and seems quite proud of it.
- Attack of the Killer Whatever: It's a giant bird-lion that eats people!
- Characterization Marches On: In these early episodes, Uther's hatred of magic manifests in his reluctance to acknowledge that any threat posed at Camelot is magical. Later in the show, he is portrayed as more fanatical and will blame magic for any problem that comes along, even if there's a more rational explanation.
- Character Title
- Feathered Fiend: The griffin.
- Flat Character: Unlike the other Monsters Of The Week who all have some degree of motivation, the gryphon is really just a wild animal.
- Hybrid Monster: The gryphon.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The gryphon, by Lancelot.
- Jousting Lance: The gryphon is killed with this.
- Mr. Fanservice: Lancelot.
- Hideous Hangover Cure: That Gaius gives Merlin and Lancelot.
- Honor Before Reason: Well, there's nothing unreasonable about not taking the credit for the griffin's defeat, but self-imposed exile is pushing it a little. By his second appearance, it's clear that Lancelot lives for this trope.
- Ho Yay: During the banquet, Merlin invites Gwen to play a round of Who Would You Rather… Arthur or Lancelot? Since Lancelot is currently sleeping in his bedroom, it seems to be something that's been playing on his mind.
- I Kiss Your Hand: Lancelot to Guinevere.
- I Owe You My Life: Why Merlin tries so hard to help Lancelot become a knight.
- Just Friends: Merlin and Gwen.
- Love at First Sight: Lancelot is immediately smitten with Gwen.
- Love Triangle: Averted...for now.
- Meet Cute: Gwen fits Lancelot for a suit of armour.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: The opinicus version.
- Rearing Horse: Before Lancelot kills the gryphon.
- Roar Before Beating: The gryphon.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Arthur selects new recruits and trains the knights of Camelot.
- Screw The Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Merlin's decision to forge Lancelot's credentials in order to bypass the First Code of Camelot.
- Special Effects Failure: At times, it's not the most convincing rendering of a CGI gryphon.
- Training Montage: Arthur instructing the young knights on their footwork.