Saturday, 6 October 2007

Robin Hood. Series 2, episode 1: Sister Hood

The story opens on a rather gruesome scene in the vast expanses of Sherwood Forest, and what appears to be a badly injured Robin Hood laying amongst the leaves. However, the rather rich looking travellers that stop to investigate soon discover they have been ambushed by Robin and his outlaws. A fight ensues in which these travellers reveal themselves to be trained knights, skilled in the martial arts. Their leader, a woman, shows more concern for what she alludes to as her “babies” in a large chest, than the money they are carrying. The outlaws escape to the sanctity of their new, camouflaged hideout. Once there they discover the Sheriff’s insignia amongst the loot, and realise the woman must be a very important person indeed to carry this.
Robin then goes to visit Marian, and asks her to join his gang and live in the forest. Fans don’t have to wait long before they kiss, and the continuity here from the last series is very encouraging. However, you guessed it, no sooner do they kiss than an argument ensues. Marian will not abandon her father, nor her home. And what better time for Guy of Gisborne to turn up?
Gisborne is acting under the Sheriff’s orders to take her and her father to Nottingham Castle. This he does, but not until he has forced Marian to beg him not to burn the Manor down. She begs, and he burns it down anyway!
Back in Nottingham Robin is able to identify the black hooded knights who are visiting the Sheriff. Whilst he is watching them an argument breaks out between Alan and Much. In keeping with sentiments Alan has expressed in the past, he wants to keep some of the outlaw’s loot for himself. He leaves Robin and Much to go gambling in the Tavern, but is soon arrested and tortured by Gisborne.
Before leaving Nottingham Robin talks to a woman, Rose, tied to a post and apparently taking a punishment on behalf of her children’s stealing. Robin promises to help, but the Sheriff appears with the children and orders that their hands be publicly chopped off anyway. Only the marksmanship of Robin Hood can save them as the executioner’s blade takes aim above their tiny shackled arms. But this time it was Robin’s turn to be duped, and Rose turns out to be no other than the rich lady he had ambushed in the forest. Not only that, but she is the Sheriff’s sister. Robin is arrested and taken away.
The scene then changes to inside the Castle as the Sheriff addresses his assembly of the Brotherhood of the Black Knights. Their long term plan is to take over England whenever (and whichever) King eventually returns. As he speaks Robin is revealed to be hanging from his ankles above a trap door. The trap door conceals the “babies” from the ambush; a pit full of snakes. Whilst he is tied in this position Gisborne tries to get him to reveal the identity of the Night Watchman. Right on cue, the Night Watchman herself has slipped into costume and causes enough of a diversion for Robin to escape, but not before the Sheriff’s sister falls into the pit. With a touch of irony, Robin and the Sheriff have to combine forces to pull her out, but not before she is bitten. Robin threatens to kill the Sheriff (yawn, heard that one before), but before the poison can reach her heart she reveals that Prince John has made the Sheriff a prince, and that if he was murdered Nottingham would be burnt to the ground.
Back in the dungeon Allan is striking a deal with the devil Gisborne. In exchange for advance information about Robin Hood’s plans, Guy is willing to pay him money. This would not be information about his whereabouts, simply his intended targets for robbery. Allan appears to agree, and returns to camp with a sizeable bag of coins secreted under his cloak. For one brief second, Djaq looks suspicious as only Djaq can…
Comment: Good episode. Very good continuity in the repeated kissing scenes between Robin and Marian, and in Allan’s dissatisfaction at his situation. He would never have agreed to sell Robin’s life (especially to the Sheriff who hung his brother), but to the cunning Gisborne? I think yes.
The Night Watchman’s new costume may not be to everyone’s liking, even though “his“ higher profile in the series surely will be. The new costume is very “Lincoln Green”, and if the Sheriff and Guy can’t see that’s a rather shapely woman underneath there, especially when the Sheriff is pinning her arms back, then they really should get out more. But I loved the bit where Gisborne held up that little Saracen blade to remind “him” of their last encounter. Wonderful!
And what about Djaq? Suddenly she’s become a complete girlie! Hope that doesn’t spoil her character. I’m sure she’s still capable of administering to the outlaw’s wounds, as she famously did with a dying Marian, but I can’t help thinking she might now want to get changed first.
So. LOTS of really good stuff boiling under here: The Black Knights; Allan’s treachery (which can only end in serious tears); plenty of romance; and above it all the Sheriff and Guy in obvious competition as to who can be the most evil!
More pictures during the week, Hoodies!

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Blogger robin hood said...

Robin Hood, series 2, episode 1

6 October 2007 at 23:18:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This episode sounds REALLLLLLLY good. now i can't wait til it airs here in the U.S. I can't wait til march.shame about the sheriff's sister


6 October 2007 at 23:47:00 BST  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi anon,

It certainly is REALLLLLY good. I don't know who is the most evil: Guy making Marian beg for her house, or the Sheriff wanting to cut children's arms off!

You'll see in the picture how the Sheriff (Keith Allen) now appears to have a false tooth after Richard Armitage knocked the real one out by accident in the last series.

7 October 2007 at 00:47:00 BST  
Blogger Clement of the Glen said...

It’s good to have the series back. What a cool hideaway, it reminds me of Batman. I still cringe when I see some of the costumes, but I thoroughly enjoy the pantomime like Sheriff and Gisborne.

“Come on! Chop! Chop!” As he’s about to have the hand’s cut off the children. Keith Allen’s so over the top!

I have a question for any of the Hoodies out their that may have bought the box set of the first series. Does it have any extras?


7 October 2007 at 16:30:00 BST  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Clement,

Cool hideaway - agreed! Nice idea this. Not seen anything quite like it in previous incarnations.

I think Lucy's costumes have toned down a little (?). Less Top Shop / retro, and more Oxfam / "authentic"...

However, like you, it's the Sheriff and Guy who kept me entertained.

Can't help with your question I'm afraid. I looked on Amazon, but didn't see any mention of extra features.

7 October 2007 at 16:39:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanqqqqq thanq so much ... love the pictures and im waiting to see more !!

7 October 2007 at 18:34:00 BST  
Anonymous Sam said...

Oh my goodness. I loved it!
It's been such a wait, hasn't it?

And Robin - as always, thoroughly enjoyed the review. Wonderful. :)

Looking forward to what's to come...

7 October 2007 at 22:34:00 BST  
Blogger Emily said...

Excellent first show of the series. I had a lot of fun with it. A lot of the episode was stuff from the first trailers (same with Episode 2).
Interesting, how Robin Hood keeps asking Marian to "join his gang." which almost sounds like a proposal of marriage sometimes (lol).
Anyways - aside from joking about marriage proposals - I am wondering - yes hoping - that this is setting up potentially that at some point in this series (whether that is middle or last episode) Marian joins the gang in the woods and gets to be the Night Watchman every day.
It took the outlaws an awful long time to show up - but then the first scene where it shows a scope of Sherwood - it probably would take a fair bit of time to get to Nottingham. I loved the beginning shot.

8 October 2007 at 01:05:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would anybody happen to have a link to where i can watch it that isn't torrent? I'm in America and I think i might just die if i have to wait that long!

8 October 2007 at 03:26:00 BST  
Blogger Emily said...

There isn't - as far as I'm aware. I'm sorry - I would hate to wait that long too - being Canadian. I wish we could just have it on tv like everyone in Britian. *sighs* Would be a lot more simple!

8 October 2007 at 04:49:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

holllllyyy freakin crap!!!! Im so excited for it to air in the US, or any other place in the world. AHHHH i love the series so much!!!! i screamed when i saw it started already, *takes deep breath*. The blog was so good, and the pictures as usual are amazing. omg i cant wait!!!


8 October 2007 at 05:52:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Clement, the dvd series does have extras, but its more behind the scenes on the fighting and the characters than deleted scenes.
I have a question, in one of the trailers Marian is kissing some fruitcake, who is he? and its just a ploy right? to fool the sheriff and let robin into the castle, right?? i hope so.


8 October 2007 at 06:15:00 BST  
Blogger Clement of the Glen said...

Sigh!! I wish that 'fuitcake' was me!

Thanks Laura. I must get that box set!!

I hope some of the fans of the new series might become intersted in, what is a totaly amazing legend. It has excited and touched the lives of generations of people, just like us, for well over six hundred years.

8 October 2007 at 09:49:00 BST  
Blogger Emily said...

I think Marian is trying to sneak out of the castle so that she can introduce Count Fruitcake to Robin - that's a scene in one of the trailers as well. The kiss seems to be a distraction - right in the middle of the courtyard in front of everyone?

9 October 2007 at 18:02:00 BST  
Blogger robin hood said...

Wow, "Countfruitcake" is getting a real bad rep around here and the poor guy hasn't even made it onto the screen yet.
(I liked him as the doorman in BBC's Hotel Babylon).

9 October 2007 at 18:14:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi clement of glen
the box series of robin hood does have extras. it has a character profile of robin, marian, the sheriff, gisbourne and roy as well as footage of the hood academy where the actors learned sword/axe fighting archey and horse riding. it's really good and worth watching
It was a great episode wasn't it can't wait til next staturday i love harry lloyd he's well fit and he find love in episode 4 i can't wait for that
luv ya all loads
luv amy xxx

9 October 2007 at 20:32:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that 'fruitcake' i think is a gambler that brings a casino to Nottingham and i think he fancies Marian. luv amy

9 October 2007 at 20:36:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont want him to fancy marian!! that really sucks, he better not be competition to Robin. Has anyone seen the Lucy Griffiths interview on you tube?? In one part i think they edited it wrong to make it seem like she is talking about Guy but i think she was really talking about robin. (i cant tell, my friend and i already had this argument) any way... Robin and Marian forever!!!!


9 October 2007 at 21:45:00 BST  
Blogger Emily said...

Don't worry.
I'm certain this is kiss with Count Fruitcake is only to cause a diversion so she can take him out to the forest to meet Robin. In te trailer she does bring him out to say hello to the outlaws. Marian and Robin are iconic - I wouldn't worry about them falling out of love.
And in that interview she spoke both about Robin and about Gisbourne. Which part are you referring to? If its the part where "she needs him to make her own ends" she's talking about Gisbourne...but not in a romantic way.
For those of you who don't want to download torrents (who are in Canada and America) someone has uploaded the first episode in pieces on You Tube:

9 October 2007 at 22:49:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah that was the part i was referring to. I dont understand how she needs Gisbourne to make her own ends, and it also says that he(whom ever she is referring to) falls for her more. And that was the reason i thought it was about Robin.
Good News on the Fruitcake then!! And about someone uploading it onto youtube. Thank you whoever you are!! Sweet
and thank you Emily for the link


9 October 2007 at 23:13:00 BST  
Blogger Emily said...

No problem :)
Well, I think perhaps she needs Gisbourne for her own ends in the sense - that she's spying for Robin. By being around him, he does unwittingly supply Marian with important details that she then relays to Robin.
Gisbourne, remember, has feelings for her - and did all the way through last season.
Gisbourne does have feelings for Marian - but that doesn't mean she has feelings for him - or at least ones that are close to the love she feels for Robin.
So, that is kind of what she means - that Gisbourne is going to fall harder for Marian - but it sounds pretty one-sided :)

11 October 2007 at 00:58:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm I suppose your right, but it also seemed like she inferred that the Guy-likeing-Marian thing was over, ever since she ran out on there wedding last season. It mentions it somewhere at the begining of the interview, she says "the Marian-Guy relationship comes to a head at the end of last season, when she punched him".
If there will be any falling it will definetly be one sided, its sad i dont even think Gisbourne had a chance of getting Marian even if Robin didnt return. Tragic.


11 October 2007 at 05:07:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know this is a bit late and refers to a earlier topic but i bought the seperate robin hood DVD'd and the first one has profiles of Roy, Robin and Marion and Hood Acadamy. the second disc has a profile of the sherrit i think and i think the last one has a profile of guy but the last two might be the wrong way round. the box set contains i think exactly the same.
does anyone thinK its really sad for robin that she said she would go to the forest with him when king richard returned
thats exactly what she told Guy.
how can the sherrif and guy not know that the night watchman is a women.
anyway, back to the ict coursework

12 October 2007 at 10:17:00 BST  
Anonymous Lucky said...

Just to let you know that Jonas was supposed to be presenting at the TV BAFTAS but he was caught up in main line rail delays and was unable to get there in time.

27 April 2008 at 14:59:00 BST  

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