The review of this episode was first posted on Ampersand Princess’ blog, which does not exist anymore. However, here is my part of the review:
I love this episode! It definitely is one of the better ones. Arthur’s put under a love spell and it takes way too long for anyone to realise. But the best part is Morgana.
If you know anything about the Arthurian Legends you know Morgana is, well, she plays a huge role. And this episode is finally giving her the screen time she deserves and put the foundation for what will be.
ARTHUR Make sure you put her in a decent room.
MERLIN The one next door’s empty.
ARTHUR The one next door’s fine. Excellent, in fact… (Merlin smiles) Shut up, Merlin.
MERLIN What? I didn’t say anything.
ARTHUR You didn’t have to. I want to make it clear that my intentions towards Sophia are completely honourable. Put her in the room on the other side of the castle. It’s warmer, more comfortable.
MERLIN Of course. She…er…is very beautiful.
ARTHUR Yes, she is.
MERLIN And if your intentions are honourable…
ARTHUR Oh, they are. Most definitely.
MERLIN Then what’s the problem with her staying next door?
Arthur’s and Merlin’s friendship has developed so much through the first half of the season, and in this episode you see it blossom.
It is beautiful how well they work
together, both the characters and the actors.
Definitely one of my favourite episodes of the first season! Love this so much ❤