Merlin's second season premiered on SyFy over the weekend, with Merlin's ears appearing even more gloriously goofy this time around, as well many, many shots of Prince Arthur taking his shirt off and putting his shirt on and taking it off again. Also, fans will be happy to know that Merlin and Arthur's vaguely homo-ish, sweetly S&M-y, master and servant relationship continues unabated. At one point Arthur actually had Merlin get on all fours so he could use him as a step-ladder to get onto his horse, which is really hot if you're into using boys as steps and stools and pillows, sigh. Also: I wasn't aware that there was a pre-retro-'80s craze in Arthurian times, or how that would even be possible, but Prince Arthur seems to be sporting A LOT of tight Members Only leather jackets. YUM. Anyway, my favorite part was when Merlin becomes exasperated with Arthur and calls him a "clotpole." It's actually an Elizabethan term, I believe (from Shakespeare's Trolius and Cressida?), and not sixth century. It's a derogatory phrase composed of "clot" meaning fool or oaf and "pole" referring to male genitalia (THANK YOU INTERNET!). It also means "wooden head" or "block head," but I'm going with the male genitalia angle in the context of these two hot guys. Anyway, I'd like to thank the writers for including it in this episode as it's now my new favorite word. I plan it use it in every post today, and you bunch of fuckin' clotpoles will like it or ELSE!