Merlin – Season 2 premiere features Bradley James’ abs and guest star Mackenzie Crook (Originally for Clique Clack Television, co-written with Ruby T.)

Merlin’s second season has come to Syfy at last. My fellow Clacker Julia Hass and I have both watched Season 2 in its entirety and are stoked about having this new opportunity to discuss Colin Morgan’s blue eyes and  Bradley James’s abs. We’ll be posting our dialogues about the episodes each week — and, of course, inviting you to join the conversation by leaving a comment.

So without further ado, let’s have at “The Curse of Cornelius Sigan,” the Season 2 premiere.

Julia: Mackenzie Crook is a guest star Americans will recognize! Maybe! If they’ve watched Pirates of the Caribbean as many times as I have.

Ruby: I think everyone will immediately recognize his face, even if they don’t recognize his name. In addition to the Pirates of the Caribbean series, he was in the original, British version of The Office. He played Gareth Keenan — their Dwight Schrute. So I guess he’s a pretty recognizable star to bring on for the premiere. I know I was excited to see him. His face and voice have so much character — I love the rascally quality he brought to Cedric and was impressed at how he managed to also portray the sorcerer Sigan.

So what did you think of the whole cursed-treasure, sorcerer-possession story?

Julia: As adorable as this show is, and as well-done as a lot of the special effects are, I think what makes it so endearing is that mixed in with all that is the utter seriousness with which they treat a glowing blue heart that looks like it fell off someone’s My Little Pony.

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