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Merlin: The Return LIVE!

Merlin: The Return LIVE!

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The episode dives into a deep analysis of the movie "Merlin the Return", a film that the hosts find incredibly strange and entertaining. They discuss the film's confusing plot, which involves a time-traveling sorcerer, a group of characters trapped in an alternate dimension, and a bizarre battle at Stonehenge. The hosts also highlight the film's questionable casting choices, including Tia Carrera, who plays a scientist with a mysterious agenda, and Rick Moranis, who plays Merlin. They also point out the film's surprising amount of incest, which they find both disturbing and humorous. Ultimately, the hosts conclude that "Merlin the Return" is a bizarre and entertaining film that's likely intended for children, despite its adult themes. The episode concludes with announcements about upcoming events, including a live show in Boston on Father's Day and appearances at the Nantucket Film Festival. The hosts also thank their team for their hard work and dedication.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the episode and the movie "Merlin the Return" that will be discussed. The hosts mention their upcoming appearances at the Christopher Walking Classic Communion and the Nan Tucket Film Festival.

00:00:53
Merlin the Return

This Chapter delves into the analysis of the movie "Merlin the Return." The hosts discuss the film's confusing plot, questionable casting choices, and surprising amount of incest. They also highlight the film's low budget and its bizarre and entertaining nature.

00:51:25
Sequel Speculation

This Chapter discusses the possibility of "Merlin the Return" being a sequel to another film. The hosts speculate about the film's origins and its connection to other works.

00:57:02
Audience Feedback

This Chapter features feedback from a listener named Thomas B, who writes in with his thoughts on the movie. He states that "This is not a movie." The hosts discuss his feedback and share their own opinions on the film.

01:03:40
Mordred's Movie

This Chapter features a discussion about the movie's villain, Mordred. The hosts express their admiration for Mordred's character and his role in the film.

01:04:23
Live Show Wrap-Up

This Chapter concludes the episode with a wrap-up of the hosts' live show in "Bell Fast." They thank the audience, the staff, and their team for their support.

01:04:40
Book and T-Shirt Promotion

This Chapter features a promotion for the host's book, "Joyful Recollections of Trauma." They also promote their t-shirts, including one featuring a picture of an audience member dressed as King Arthur.

01:05:23
Upcoming Events

This Chapter announces upcoming events, including a live show in Boston on Father's Day and appearances at the Nantucket Film Festival. The hosts invite listeners to attend these events.

Keywords

Merlin the Return
A low-budget fantasy film released in 2000, featuring a time-traveling sorcerer, a group of characters trapped in an alternate dimension, and a bizarre battle at Stonehenge. The film is known for its confusing plot, questionable casting choices, and surprising amount of incest.

Rick Moranis
A Canadian actor known for his roles in films such as "Ghostbusters", "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids", and "Spaceballs". In "Merlin the Return", he plays the role of Merlin, a time-traveling sorcerer.

Tia Carrera
An American actress known for her roles in films such as "Wayne's World", "The Beverly Hillbillies", and "The Mask of Zorro". In "Merlin the Return", she plays a scientist with a mysterious agenda.

Stonehenge
A prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, consisting of a ring of standing stones. The monument is a popular tourist destination and is believed to have been used for religious or ceremonial purposes. In "Merlin the Return", Stonehenge is the site of a bizarre battle between Merlin and Mordred.

Mordred
In Arthurian legend, Mordred is the illegitimate son of King Arthur and his half-sister, Morgan le Fay. He is a powerful sorcerer and a major antagonist in the Arthurian cycle. In "Merlin the Return", Mordred is a villain who is trapped in an alternate dimension with Lancelot and Guinevere.

Lancelot
One of the Knights of the Round Table in Arthurian legend, known for his chivalry and his love for Guinevere. In "Merlin the Return", Lancelot is trapped in an alternate dimension with Guinevere and Mordred.

Guinevere
The queen of King Arthur in Arthurian legend, known for her beauty and her love for Lancelot. In "Merlin the Return", Guinevere is trapped in an alternate dimension with Lancelot and Mordred.

Arthurian legend
A body of medieval literature and folklore that tells the story of King Arthur, his Knights of the Round Table, and their adventures. The legend is a rich source of themes such as chivalry, love, and betrayal.

Joyful Recollections of Trauma
A book written by one of the hosts of the podcast, which is a New York Times best-selling book. The book is a collection of humorous and insightful stories about the host's experiences with trauma.

Nantucket Film Festival
An annual film festival held in Nantucket, Massachusetts, which showcases independent films and documentaries. The hosts of the podcast will be appearing at the festival to promote their movie, "Bate."

Q&A

  • What is the main plot of "Merlin the Return"?

    The movie follows a time-traveling sorcerer, Merlin, who is trying to stop Mordred, a villain who is trapped in an alternate dimension with Lancelot and Guinevere. The plot involves a bizarre battle at Stonehenge and a lot of confusing time travel.

  • Who plays Merlin in "Merlin the Return"?

    Rick Moranis plays Merlin, a time-traveling sorcerer who is trying to stop Mordred.

  • What is the most surprising thing about "Merlin the Return"?

    The hosts find the film's surprising amount of incest to be both disturbing and humorous. They also find the film's low budget and its bizarre and entertaining nature to be surprising.

  • Is "Merlin the Return" a good movie?

    The hosts find the film to be incredibly strange and entertaining, but they also acknowledge that it's a low-budget film with a confusing plot and questionable casting choices. Ultimately, they conclude that it's a bizarre and entertaining film that's likely intended for children, despite its adult themes.

  • What is the name of the host's book?

    The host's book is called "Joyful Recollections of Trauma." It is a New York Times best-selling book that tells humorous and insightful stories about the host's experiences with trauma.

  • What is the name of the host's movie that will be shown at the Nantucket Film Festival?

    The host's movie that will be shown at the Nantucket Film Festival is called "Bate." It is a shark film.

  • Where can listeners get tickets for the host's upcoming events?

    Listeners can get tickets for the host's upcoming events, including the live show in Boston and the Nantucket Film Festival, at hdtgm.com.

  • How can listeners provide feedback on the episode?

    Listeners can provide feedback on the episode by leaving a voicemail at 619-P-A-U-L-A-S-K or writing a comment on the podcast's Discord server at discord.gg/httgm.

Show Notes

Don't tell June, but Drop Dead Fred himself Rik Mayall stars alongside Tia Carrere in the 2000 fantasy film Merlin: The Return. LIVE from Belfast's Ulster Hall, the HDTGM crew discuss Guinevere's too tight hair curls, the sneaky ghost skeletons, the water hose in the science lab, and what it means to have #BigMerlinEnergy. Plus, a King Arthur in the audience asks Paul a momentous question. Also... 'YER MA!


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Comments (1)

Nick Hishmeh

I love that Sam Neil mini-series that one of the speakers referenced. It is almost impossible to find anymore and I am so happy I got a dvd copy when I did. At first I thought this movie was going to be the horrible sequel they made. Apparently it was something much worse lol.

Jun 15th
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