Sunday, 21 October 2007

Robin Hood. Series 2, episode 3: "Child Hood".

The story starts with some young boys playing in the forest pretending to be Robin Hood’s men. Obviously his legend has spread. They come across Guy of Gisborne and his archers testing the strength of some new armour on a live subject. Well, alive for the present… The children are seen and have to run. Whilst Robin Hood saves their leader, Daniel, the others are taken captive by Gisborne who decides to save them for his mines rather than slay them.
Robin takes the boy Daniel back to camp where Much is cooking and having to endure many jokes about what is apparently meant to be chicken. Djaq teases them all about their lack of any vegetable content to their diet. The boy recognises the men, reacting as any Hoodie might, but denting the pride of John, whom he thought would have been a real giant, and Much, who he thinks of as "the servant". This is a really nice scene. Very in keeping with the original "merry men" concept which has endured over the centuries.
Back in Loxley Village the Sheriff is inspecting the process by which this new armour is made. (Djaq of course will later recognise it as Damascus Steel!) He orders 5,000 suits of armour to be made for his proposed "indestructible army". He also discovers the children Gisborne captured, and wonders why they haven’t been slaughtered, thinking Gisborne is showing too much compassion.
Robin Hood and his outlaws have learned of the armour from Daniel, and go to Loxley Manor to steal the black diamonds which are a part of its secret formula. But as he is taking the box he is interrupted by Guy and a well screened fight ensues; the first of two between these characters in this episode! Outside a further fight breaks out between the Sheriff’s soldiers and the outlaws who are trying to rescue the boys and, although Robin and his men escape with the diamonds, Daniel is captured. To save the boy’s life Robin will have to agree to a trade.
Robin Hood goes to Nottingham Castle and tells Marian of both the boy’s plight and the armour for which the black diamonds are intended. She says she will rescue the boy, but the outlaws also devise a plan of their own just in case she fails. Their plan is to put pitch in the diamond box so, when the Sheriff takes it back, one flaming arrow can set it alight. Marian’s plan involves her obtaining a pass from the Sheriff, permitting her to leave the Castle at night, under the pretence of visiting Guy in order to make up to him for her past demeanour at the altar. The Sheriff signs her pass, not realising he has also signed a consent form for the boy to be escorted from the prison. She takes this pass to the outlaws, where the traitor Alan A Dale volunteers to be the one to trick the guards with it.
Marian then does indeed visit Gisborne that night, thus ensuring her story to the Sheriff won’t give her away. She enters Guy’s room as he is stripped to the waist, trying on his armour, and there is no mistaking her reaction to Guy’s rather impressive physique, not realising Robin is watching from the window! Gisborne will have another visitor that night in the Tavern when, instead of attempting to free the boy, Alan goes straight to him and discloses Robin’s plan about the booby trapped box! He is rewarded well, but not without a few good punches from Gisborne to make his alibi convincing.
The climax of the story starts with the boy at the gallows. Robin and the Sheriff do indeed exchange the diamonds for the boy, but because of Alan’s deal with Gisborne the booby trap plan fails. Suddenly Gisborne enters in all his Damascus Steel armour plated glory, looking like he could give Robocop a good kicking! But it is Robin Hood’s body which finds itself being thrown through various barn doors as his men look on, helplessly involved in a bows drawn Mexican stand off with the Sheriff’s soldiers. When Robin spies a pot of molten pitch nearby the conclusion is a fiery one, leading to an ironic twist in the tale where Marian saves Gisborne’s life!

Comment: Excellent episode! Great to see the two main characters involved in a pitched battle (no pun intended), and what about that scene between Marian and Guy? I think her reaction even surprised herself! The young boys were also outstanding in delivering their parts. (I loved the scene where John was offended at not being considered big enough and Djaq says "Men always lie about their size".) And how great is it to see Marian holding a dagger to someone’s spine and she’s not even in the Night Watchman costume?! She is certainly headed for big trouble. As indeed is Alan, who surely can only ultimately redeem himself with his very life…
More pictures in the week, Hoodies!

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Blogger robin hood said...

Robin Hood BBC series 2

Basic cast:

Robin Hood - Jonas Armstrong
Marian - Lucy Griffiths
Guy of Gisborne - Richard Armitage
Sheriff of Nottingham - Keith Allen
Little John - Gordon Kennedy
Much - Sam Troughton
Allan A Dale - Joe Armstrong
Will Scarlet - Harry Lloyd
Djaq - Anjali Jay
Edward - Michael Elwynn

21 October 2007 at 00:43:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HiRobin you're absolutely right this episode is excellent specially the scenes with the young guestars.Daniel short of asking Much to shut up,Mark on John shoulder fighting the sheriff and his men,asking Much if it's rat he's eating it so funny.I think Gisbourn has idea that Marian and Robin are somehow involved.Am i the only one thinks that Sir Edward's days are numbered?
So far Series 2 is better than Series 1 and looking forward to the coming episode but first i always read your comment/review before i watch it. Thanks keep up the good work.

24 October 2007 at 13:47:00 BST  
Blogger robin hood said...

If series 2 ends with the same type of climax we got with the "death" and the "wedding" i think I'll agree with you.

I wonder if the death of Allan might be the climax?

24 October 2007 at 17:09:00 BST  
Anonymous kate said...

Hi I am really enjoying this second season and this episode was great.

24 October 2007 at 23:05:00 BST  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Kate,

This next episode sounds good if it's true it has much more Will Scarlet in it.

I've been waiting since the whole series began to see Will live up to his reputation as an angry man.

25 October 2007 at 11:06:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also think Sir Edwards days are numbered. As awful as it may sound, i sometimes find myself wishing he would die already so not only would Marian stop using him as an excuse, but also so the sherrif and Guy don't have him as leverage against her. But i really do like him.

Laura

26 October 2007 at 08:52:00 BST  
Blogger Emily said...

Episode 7, according to the synopsis I read, all of these plot points are going to come to a head.
I really hope Allan doesn't die, he is one of my favourite outlaws...
But I do think that Edward's days are numbered. He'll have one last heroic attempt to fight for the King, and then he'll be gone by the end of series 2.
That's my prediction. I really like Edward too, but in order to advance the plot, he's got to go.

26 October 2007 at 21:15:00 BST  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Emily!

Firstly I agree that Edward will die. And soon. It's a convention with BBC drama that once a character "coughs" (somewhat pointedly), then that is the signal he / she is not long for this world. So, showing Edward being attended to on his sick bed by Marian (however briefly), is tantamount to ordering the headstone!

But I'm afraid Allan has to die also. A heroes death. He will sacrifice himself to save them all. How else can he atone for his actions?

26 October 2007 at 22:16:00 BST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Allen will get killed off, i think he'll find an important role to play, even if it's outside of the gang. I hope he doesn't die, and if he doesn't i doubt he'll be completely on the sheriffs side.

Gabby

3 November 2007 at 16:30:00 GMT  

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