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20 May 2010 @ 01:34 am
Chemistry of a Car Crash: An Uther/Morgana Fanmix [EP]  
I guess this is a week for finishing up and posting long-time fanmix ideas....here is another one I've been mulling over for several months, and which I finally made for a challenge on (what else) merlin_land!

Medium: TV
Fandom: Merlin
Subject: Uther/Morgana
Title: Chemistry of a Car Crash
Warnings: Spoilers through season 2.
Notes: An angsty mix depicting the passion and destruction of Uther and Morgana's relationship on Merlin, as seen in a shipper light. 

This fanmix more or less illustrates Uther’s feelings towards Morgana (in my shipper head canon, though also in canon to some extent as well), and their explosive, tragic relationship. I tried to keep it somewhat chronological, in that I feel the first song is more towards the beginning of their relationship, while “Samson” is more about the end, about when they are enemies after Morgana leaves Camelot. I also include explanations for why I chose each song.

1) Bittersweet by Apocalyptica

She is the one that I adore
creed of my silent suffocation

Break this bittersweet spell on me
lost in the arms of destiny

I won’t give up
I’m possessed by her

I'm bearing her cross
She's turned into my curse

I want you
I’m only wanting you
And I need you
I’m only needing you

I think this song’s plaintive, yearning tone fits Uther’s (perhaps unrequited) romantic love perfectly. He does care a lot for her and have a certain level of obsession for her (emphasized all too well in season 2 in 2x03 and 2x12), and I think “bittersweet” very much sums up their relationship.

2) Resistance by Muse

It could be wrong, could be wrong, but it should have been right
It could be wrong, could be wrong, to let our hearts ignite
It could be wrong, could be wrong, are we digging a hole?

It could be wrong, could be wrong, this is out of control
It could be wrong, could be wrong, it can never last
It could be wrong, could be wrong, must erase it fast
It could be wrong, could be wrong, but it should have been right
It could be wrong could be....

Love is our resistance

Uther and Morgana’s love seems very wrong, given she’s so much younger, and his ward, the daughter of his former best friend. But it feels like it should be right...Again, “resistance” is another good word to sum up their relationship. They resist each other (platonically or otherwise), and convention….

3) You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi

Shot through the heart and you're to blame
Darlin' you give love a bad name

An angel's smile is what you sell
You promise me heaven then put me through hell
Chains of love got a hold on me
When passion's a prison you can't break free

Oh! You're a loaded gun, yeah
Oh! There's nowhere to run
No one can save me
The damage is done

In Uther’s eyes, I think Morgana’s betrayals are like shots to the heart, and she does put him through hell sometimes, giving love a ‘bad name’. In short, a song about the destructive, love/hate aspects of their relationship.

4) Bad Romance by Lady Gaga

I want your drama
The touch of your hand
I want you leather studded kiss in the scene
You know that I want you
And you know that I need you
I want a bad, your bad romance

I want your loving
And I want your revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
I want your loving
All your love is revenge
You and me could write a bad romance

You know that I want you
And you know that I need you
I want a bad, your bad romance

Caught in a bad romance

This is the only song of the fanmix that I saw as being from Morgana’s perspective more than Uther’s (who’s the one who wears leather after all? ;)), though it applies to his POV as well. Given the angsty, explosive, love/hate nature of their relationship, they are writing a ‘bad romance.’ And I’d say that Morgana’s feelings towards Uther at the moment are a mixture of love and revenge….I think that deep down though she still needs him and his love, in spite of the hate she makes herself feel for him.

5) Chemistry of a Car Crash by Shiny Toy Guns

You're waking up
A part of me I've never known
And I've never felt
So invincible
What took you so far away?

Just take away the words I say
Cause I know
That you don't feel the same
Just go and say
What's in your head
And I won't try to stop you

And I've never felt
So alien
Don't tear us apart again

What is the use of it
We're OK, it's nothing
It's all chemistry of a car crash

Uther and Morgana do have the ‘chemistry of a car crash’—explosive, destructive, impossible to look away from. And the rest of the song fits well too, since Morgana does wake up a different part of Uther than we usually see (a more vulnerable and softer, kinder side, a side that is touchy-feely and hugs), and since I’m sure Uther is wondering what took her so far away from him in 2x12, why she tore their relationship apart (from his POV). And she does usually say ‘what’s in her head’ to him, she’s one of the only ones who can get away with speaking her mind to him with impunity most of the time. And sadly, Morgana does not seem to feel quite the same way about him that he does about her…

6) Samson by Regina Spektor

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hair was long when we first met

And history books forgot about us and the bible didn't mention us
And the bible didn't mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first

Morgana really is Uther’s ‘sweetest downfall,’ and vice versa. She is one of his greatest weaknesses, one his enemies have exploited several times on the show, knowing how desperately he cares for her, and how much she clouds his judgment. When it comes to Morgana, Uther does not think rationally, even when she betrays him in 2x11, he still cannot bring himself to punish or kill her. Thus I think she may very well be the death of him—he loved her first, before they became enemies, and he can’t stop loving her. However, he is also Morgana’s downfall, in that she turns to the dark side because she fears he would no longer love her if he knew she had magic. The history books/Bible lines also fit because legend doesn’t usually focus much on the U/Mor relationship…

Download Link: Six Songs + Cover Art
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Current Music: "Chemistry of a Car Crash" by Shiny Toy Guns
A Little Soldier, A Little Insect.: UtherMorgananarrativeliving on May 20th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Holy crap. I.... this is so awesome! The songs fit great! As soon as I'm back on my own computer, I am so downloading this.
sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on May 20th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) Glad you like it...
capricornucopia: The Sword in the...Lakecapricornucopia on May 21st, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Taking this. Thanks so much! :)
sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on May 24th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Thank you, glad you like it! :)
what a catch.rocketgirl2 on May 26th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Yay! I've never really been a hardcore Uther/Morgana shipper, but I do find their relationship very interesting. Plus, I love Regina Spektor, so...
thanks! ♥
sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on May 26th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) And yeah, I enjoy their relationship in any light, romantic, platonic, it's still interesting to me!

erised_wings: Father and Sonerised_wings on June 8th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Snagging. Thank you!
sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on June 9th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
You're welcome, glad you liked! :)
wojierdwojierd on June 9th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing. <3 Downloading.
sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on June 9th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
Catsariza on June 9th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
so great! *downloading*