Sunday, May 15, 2011

Let's Hear it for the Nerdy Guys!

Merlin and Rory

Lately I've found that it's the nerdy guys in TV shows/movies that have been stealing my heart. And most recently, it has been these two: Merlin (pictured on top; played by Colin Morgan in the BBC TV series "Merlin") and Rory Williams (played by Arthur Darvill in the BBC TV series "Doctor Who"). Here's my reasoning for loving these two so much: they are endearing in that they stay extremely loyal to those they love while still maintaining a dorky cuteness about them. I'll do a brief profile of each just so you get a picture of the quality traits each one possesses.


 I think we're all somewhat familiar with the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table, and of course Merlin the wizard plays a central role in guiding Arthur. In the latest BBC series of "Merlin", he is a young boy and not the typical wizard with a long beard and pointy hat that we're all used to seeing. He is a peer with Arthur and plays a servant to him; all the while Arthur is unaware Merlin has any form of magic. Merlin has to hide his secret because in the kingdom of Camelot, any form of magic is outlawed. Throughout the series, Merlin has to protect Arthur, and in the process makes some mistakes along the way and learns from them. He looks to Gaius, court physician to the King's household, for counsel as he tries to control his magic and figure out his purpose for it. It's cute to see the father/son relationship that develops between these two, but I especially love how Merlin, in the end, always responds well to Gaius's counsel. 

At first, Merlin appears to be just a scrawny, dorky guy whose ears stick out farther than they should. But it doesn't take long to see the sweet character traits he possesses. In nearly every situation, Merlin is always humble. He really can't reveal his magic to anyone, but he still willingly gives credit to others when the praise obviously belongs to himself in certain situations.   

Also, Merlin is such a sweetheart when it comes to his mother! He has such a great love and respect for her-I wish there were more episodes in the show that included her because their relationship is so sweet.

In one particular episode, Merlin finds a love interest in a girl running away from a bounty hunter. He gives her aid and tries to protect her from this man. Freya (the girl) has issues of her own, but even after Merlin finds out the true nature of her problem, he still shows compassion. What I found really sweet about this episode was that Merlin shared such an innocent love with this girl, even though it was brief. He respects Freya and is such a gentleman with her-as I said before, there's such an innocence to his puppy love.

Overall Merlin shows undying love and faithfulness toward his friends. Of course he makes a few mistakes along the way and doesn't always make the right choices, but he will always be one of  my favorite "nerdy" TV show characters to watch.

Here's a fan-made video based on Merlin's relationship with Freya. It does contain spoilers, but it's such a beautiful vid (set to the music of Gladiator) and I really wanted to put it on here.

Rory Williams is somewhat of a newbie to "Doctor Who". During Season 5 he appeared during a few episodes, and most fans were not crazy about him. If any of you are Doctor Who fans, you'll remember Mickey, Rose's boyfriend, from the earlier seasons. Many people felt he would be just like Mickey-kind of useless. However, Rory, a trained nurse, turns out to be the exact opposite. Amy Pond, the Doctor's companion, is engaged to Rory, and somewhat neglects him when she goes off with the Doctor on his journeys. At first, Rory appears to be clueless and super dorky, making fans of the show instantly start making comparisons between Mickey and him. 
*SPOILERS HERE* Rory comes along for a few trips until they get separated, and he gets stuck in an alternate life as a Roman soldier. For those of you not familiar with "Doctor Who", it is a sci-fi show about a time traveler-and it gets way more complicated than that so I'll let you figure out for yourselves if you like it, that is, if you ever watch the show. =) To make a long story short, Amy gets reunited with him, but Rory isn't fully human because his body has been transferred (told you it's complicated!). To fit the plot in this particular story, Amy ends up getting placed inside a huge box (she's in a coma state), and Rory has to protect her for a very long time. Not like a week or a month, more like 2000 years! Since the show is all about time travel it makes sense in the end. Rory, who at this point is not in human form and is pretty much immortal, guards that box with all that's in him because he wants no hard to come to Amy. And he did it for 2000 years! After this, the Doctor refers to Rory as "The Boy Who Waited". So sweet.

In the end, it all works out- Rory becomes human again, and Amy and he do get married. Sometimes I wonder how he puts up with Amy-she can be quite a wild thing but he still loves her no matter what. What I'm loving about the sixth season (which is airing right now) is that their relationship is deepening. Rory is somewhat insecure with himself because he knows how infatuated Amy is with the Doctor, but her love for Rory is becoming stronger as the show progresses. They really are an adorable couple, and I love how they're the first married couple the Doctor has as his partners. I still read posts from some people who still don't care for Rory, but fortunately the majority are changing their minds about him. I liked him from the start, so I am very happy to find how great a character he's turned out to be. Yay for geeks!! =)

I think this fan-video sums up Rory and Amy's relationship pretty well. =) Watch it if you have the chance-it's only a minute.

I love them. =)


  1. Oh, Sara, so enjoyable. Of course I enjoyed reading about Merlin. Isn't he such a sweetheart? He's almost as dear to my heart as my favorite couple :) This coming week the rewatch on is the Freya episode so you've really whet my appetite, though I cried more at the end of that one than any other episode.

    And Rory is a cutie! I know I'll like him if I ever see him and I like it that there is actually a married couple on the show. There's not enough of that if you ask me.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sara, you may have convinced me to start watching Dr. Who! Yes, I must admit that I have a soft spot for the nerdy types, and it seems that they are often the most loyal and enduring. I also love it when characters use their mental capacity more than their "brawn" to solve difficulties :-)
    BTW, this is Bev, not Edie. He was signed into Google, and I'm too lazy to sign him out.:-D

  3. Thanks for the comment Mrs. Randall! I know, the episode with Freya is so sad and it makes me cry every time too. Merlin is such a sweetie. =)

    Totally agree Bev! Haha, and at first I thought it was Edie when I saw the name-that would have been a surprise to find out he reads a blog like this! hehe. =) Give Doctor Who a try-it seems a little weird at first but it gets very addicting!