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Tonight's TV - I am getting seriously displeased.
Merlin contained the hilarious sight of a Giant Naked Mole Rat attacking people. Mole Rats are, of course, African animals and the only hive mammals... A solitary Mole Rat is not an option. It also contained the alarming sight of someone in plate armour climbing a castle wall.

Then there is Strictly Come Dancing seen for the first time this season, and possibly the last time this season. Who designed those 'orrible costumes????

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I am a great fan of naked molerats. Anything which builds a society around digging new passages underground appeals to any caver. And one that big would be serious useful.

I would like to adopt it. I promise to feed it and give it regular exercise. Can I keep it? *makes puppy dog eyes*

Apart from that, the show was as barking mad as ever.

I only watched it as since the digital retune, all our ITV channels have gone AWOL.

I love Naked Mole Rats too. They are incredibly interesting - unlike Merlin.

I suspect I would prefer to spend my time with a Giant Man-Eating Nekkid Molerat rather than watching Merlin. Lancelot was the only one who looked much over the age of consent. But then again I'm old and grumpy.

I've never seen Merlin, but Weregeek tells me as much as I want to know.

Indeed it does!

Last week Arthur was complaining that Merlin hadn't given him flowers. Say no more....

Completely agreeing with you about the climbing the wall in the plate armour. I sincerely doubt anyone except a highly trained/practiced free-climber (or whatever they're called) would have managed with it, even without having to lug all that weight of armour up there too!

Re. the creature, though. It might have been based on a mole rat (that much was obvious!), but it wasn't actually a mole rat - it was a Wilderin (possibly spelt wrong!). Therefore I do think the creators are allowed to take some dramatic licence with it. Plus, I have learned to take my Merlin with a hefty dose of barking mad! *g*

Well, it looked exactly like a Naked Mole Rat, so whatever they called it, it was a Naked Mole Rat - and totally infoffensive.

What I'm still amazed at is that Lancelot is prettier than Guinevere!

He's still the prettiest! [Obligatory Cassandra Clare reference.]

The idea of a giant naked mole rat on Strictly suddenly seems to have potential...

I really don't know about the climbing walls in plate armour. I've been assured several times, sometimes from them what ought to know, that it's nowhere near as encumbering as it's often thought to be. If someone tried it in an RPG I certainly wouldn't disallow it.

You can't free climb - which is what Arthur and Merlin were doing - castle walls at any time. The whole idea of a castle wall is to keep people outside and they were therefore... smooth.

Arthur was actually only wearing half plate, with chain mail, and you can certainly move fast on the ground if you are well enough trained. (I've seen fighting at the Royal Armouries to prove it.) However, going vertically up a sheer face puts huge strain on the arms (what's more, they aren't the same muscles you use to swing a sword) with the result that Arthur's arm strength would have given out fairly quickly raising his own body weight, without adding that of armour!

There is one case of a castle being taken by climbing even more extreme than that. Gaillard fell when someone climbed chalk cliffs several hundred feet high, then climbed the wall, and up the midden shute to open the gates from the inside. That that was the castle Richard said was untakeable.

I very much doubt it. The operation depended on stealth and climbing ability. Armour would not have been an adjunct to either. Climbing in armour is plain silly.

No, no ,no!
It wasn't a naked Mole rat, African or any other variety.
It was a Rodent of Unusual Size. Though they are more usually found in Fire swamps ...
And yes, Lancelot is pretty. :D

As mentioned above...

"Still the prettiest!"

was it a true Naked Mole Rat, or another kind of Mole Rat (which aren't eusocial) ?

the trick to climbing a castle wall, is to not fall off. this does not stop being a concern when in armor. ;)

Well, it was definitely an 'airless mole rat, which made it nekkid, in common uncapitalized terms...

and I'm sorry; it's just that I've even seen Nat Geo confuse the two groups once.

Of course, the fact that it was twice the size of a human with a taste for flesh, being kept as an execution device by the VILLAIN does make it a different species anyway... in fact, Heterocephalus badcgius.

(Explanation: the writers/effects designers had seen pictures and thought the naked mole rat looked both mean - it's those digging teeth - and nasty - and that no-one would notice the steal.)

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