Red (Merlin vid)
|Date:||15 December 2008|
|Music:||Red by Elbow|
|URL:||Red (vid post on LJ)|
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Summary: "You burn too bright."Author's notes:
The vid was posted on youtube by errantheel on December 28, 2008, but was it was removed soon after. millylicious created a banner and a wallpaper for Red and deathisyourart wrote a long and detailed scene by scene and line by line analysis of the vid, illustrated with screencaps.
- I like to vid stories whose endings we already know. The "tragedy starting to happen" concept in particular echoes the shivers I got when I saw the episode title "The Beginning of the End". King Arthur is a hero story, but it's also one with a sad ending, and I tend to dwell on endings and have a hard time enjoying the heroic journey if I know it's all going to end badly. When I think about him mortally wounded and taken to Avalon, I can't imagine him recovering and frolicking around ever after; I think of him sinking slowly into the water. How lucky, then, that the show actually gave us that shot.
- So we've all considered how not!faithful the show is to the Arthurian legend and then moved on to enjoy the crack. But one thing I do like about this show is how it continues to try to tie it back to the legend. Never mind the liberties taken - at the end of the day we still got Guinevere and Lancelot and Mordred and Excalibur all coming into this story at some point or another. And since I like my legends in context, that was the route I took with this vid.
Recs and Reviews
fiercynn says about it: "the Arthurian legend is, after all, a tragedy, and the characters of Merlin are already headed down that path. An absolutely beautiful vid, from song choice to the contrasting and parallel clips and everything."
lorannah recommends it as: "Possibly the most ultimately epic Merlin vid, stunning and the first time I watched it, I felt like somebody had grabbed my heart and squeezed."
- obsessive24. new vid - "Red" - Merlin - Arthur/Merlin, 15 December 2008. (Accessed 07 May 2010)
- deathisyourart. You're A Tragedy Starting To Happen, 25 January 2009. (Accessed 07 May 2010); WebCite.
- fiercynn. vid recs!, 28 April 2009. (Accessed 07 May 2010)
- lorannah. "These are a few of my favourite vids...", 16 May 2009. (Accessed 07 May 2010)
- giandujakiss. Monsters from the Vids - Recommendations, 15 December 2008. (Accessed 07 May 2010)