John Lynch, author … read by Colin Morgan

via YouTube, published by Akira San

from the novel by John Lynch, “Falling Out of Heaven”.


Once is Not Enough …

With almost any of Colin’s characters, it is not enough to watch only one-time through and expect to acquire a good understanding.  The roles that seem to capture his attention are invariably complex and multi-layered.  He has the ability to make these characters his own.  If any of his audience are content with one viewing only, they will certainly see his character’s outer shell, the one the world can easily see, but they will miss the most intricate. subtle leanings of the inner man whose turmoil is often heartbreaking and all too real.

Remembering Merlin … S02E13

We return often to these wonderful episodes where we first encountered Colin’s emerging talent. Such promise and sensitivity to the deeper side of his gift. They will linger with us always.


The Last Dragonlord, Ep13

The Last Dragonlord    Best Performances … The Last Dragonlord

From first to last all the quality of Colin’s silent ability is very evident.  These were the ones that stood out for me:

His reaction when he apologizes to Arthur for having to fight the Dragon, and Arthur says, “Why, it’s not your fault.”  Merlin does feel responsible … and the distress shows on his face.

His reaction to Gaius’ telling him that Balinor is his real father. There is shock, dis-belief, anger, and sadness all in those few moments. I found myself recoiling for him … he seemed trying to protect himself from all the thoughts that overwhelmed him.


His reaction(s) to meeting with Balinor. First: he can’t avert his gaze, even when Balinor tells him to bring Arthur inside. He continues to take in all that he can see in these precious few moments, which are to be his first memory of this man, his father; and, therefore, he does not react immediately, until Balinor says forcefully, “fetch him!”.


His rapt interest as Balinor heals Arthur.

After, when he and Balinor are sharing the meal and Balinor says, “who are you” … it really seems to me that when Colin says, “I’m ….. Merlin”, (with that small hesitation) he has this hope in his face and voice that perhaps the name will mean something to Balinor … that perhaps Balinor and Hunith had discussed the naming of a son and Balinor might make a connection.

But the most beautiful moments of this episode, to me, were when Merlin reveals to Balinor that he is his son … and these two wonderful actors approach each other without words to acknowledge their approval, each to the other … in a silent acceptance of their relationship.


There are the wonderful interactions with Balinor about what could have been.
“We could have come with you … We’d have been … happy.”
“I see her in you … you have her kindness.” “Good night, son” “Sleep well Father …”

What follows is the heartbreaking reaction to his father’s dying moments …on his face unbearable pain at losing him after so short a time.  And later, being unable to share his grief, certainly not with Arthur … having to contain all that sorrow until he could be with Gaius, who would be the one to understand.

Balinor's loss

At the end, after his tearful ultimatum to Kilgharrah … and Kilgharrah’s response:

Merlin.Kilgharra's words

We see the humility in our young hero when he assures Arthur that he, Arthur, has been victorious in defeating the Great Dragon.  “You did it!”, he proclaims.  And, yet, the second, “You did it” said quietly and without fanfare was intended for himself, as he acknowledged receipt of his father’s gift.

This episode carries with it strong confirmation of this young actor’s skill and talent, which promises to continue to grow through the years, and which we will follow every step of the way.

Happy New Year …. & Happy Birthday, Colin Morgan !!!

Irish Blessing.3

Irish Blessings for a New Year filled with Joy as we watch Colin continue to build our memories, leaving his imprint upon our hearts.

May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.

May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health,

May the dreams you hold dearest,
Be those which come true, and
The kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.

Thanks to everyone who visits, reads, or comments on this blog.  It is wonderful to share our interest in these films, tv series, and actors who provide us with exceptional moments of joy and laughter, sorrow and tears.  This is especially true of Colin Morgan who has brought a new appreciation of the skill of acting and has elevated it.  It is now art to me in a way I never saw before.

I wish you a new year filled with special moments, good friends, music in your hearts, and smiles on your faces.

“Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Duit”