Saturday, 10 November 2007

Robin Hood. Series 2. Episode 6. "For England!"

The Story opens as the Sheriff of Nottingham is throwing his mute scribe from the battlements of his Castle. It's a simple way to ensure secrecy! The scribe had just prepared a document upon which the Black Knights will be required to pledge their allegiance to Prince John, and against King Richard.
Deep in Sherwood Forest Robin Hood and his gang come across Allan A Dale as he searches for the purse of blood money he dropped there. They taunt him and, although Djaq seems to want to give him a second chance, Robin declares Allan might as well be dead as far as they are concerned. As they are talking, a small number of Black Knights pass by and Robin decides to follow them into Nottingham to investigate. (Both his gang and myself are left wondering what he needs them for in the first place if he's always telling them to stay behind?)
In Nottingham Castle Guy of Gisborne presents Marian with a new dress and invites her to be his partner at the celebrations where the document supporting Prince John will be signed. As he leaves, Robin enters by the window and he and Marian resolve to find out exactly what the document is all about. This they do, and Marian is startled to read the Duke of Winchester's name listed upon it. He was an old friend of her father, Edward, and she cannot believe he would betray the King. So Robin goes to intercept Winchester and make an ally of him. When he does so, Winchester appears to take Robin's side.
Robin Hood then returns to his camp to enlist the outlaws' help. But Will Scarlet is one step ahead of him, and has been using his skills to produce a range of musical instrument which conceal deadly weapons. ("Q" would have been most impressed, as would 007 himself!) Dressed as minstrels the "Merry Men" (and woman) gain access to the Castle under the pretence of playing later at the banquet where the Black Knights are to assemble.
When Winchester arrives at the Castle he asks to see Edward, and tells him of his encounter with Robin Hood. Much to Edward's alarm, he also tells him he is in fact going to sign the document and take Marian for his own; this being in revenge for the fact Edward married the woman Winchester once loved (Marian's mother). And that's not all. Winchester also insists to the Sheriff that, unless he gets Marian and the county of Sussex, he will not sign his pledge.
Gisborne is beside himself with rage at the prospect of Winchester gaining Marian, but the Sheriff gives way to the demand. However, Sussex is not a prize he is best pleased to lose and, when Winchester leaves the room, he insists that Gisborne arrange a hanging just to cheer him up! And who should enter the room at that ill timed moment? Allan A Dale, now working for Guy! Guy speaks on Allan's behalf, but as far the Sheriff is concerned he is of no further use, and Allan renews his acquaintance with the dungeons. (He must know his way around there by now!)
The tension then rises dramatically. In another part of the dungeons Robin Hood learns from Edward that Winchester will betray him and pledge support to Prince John after all, whilst up in Marian's room an uninvited Guy tells her all about Winchester's designs on her and that she must run away and escape! This is a great scene, presenting us at long last with a very different side to Gisborne as he kisses her cheek and leaves her to prepare. And it gets better! Outside the room Guy is stopped by the Sheriff who is well aware of what's been happening. Rather than fly into a rage, or indeed have an armed escort at the ready, the Sheriff uses only the power of his personality and authority to "seduce" Guy back into line with his promise of the great power which he stands to inherit. As Guy loses all sense of pride and gives in, the Sheriff even seems to brush a tear from his cheek, putting him firmly back in his place. (A remarkable touch this, and just the kind of tiny ad-lib one suspects Keith Allen has placed there in the moment). Marian is then stopped from leaving. Her wrists are chained as Guy and his men escort her to the Duke of Winchester.
After learning that Winchester has betrayed him Robin Hood knows there is only one plan of action open to him. He must kill the Black Knights so that England might live, even though he knows it will cost his life, and he writes a note to Marian expressing his love and his regret. Disguised as one of them Robin attends their meeting, leaping on the table after Winchester signs his name. Before they can summon the guards, or even defend themselves, Robin Hood displays his skills with the knife; his blades fly through the air and sink deep into the hearts of everyone present, including Guy and the Sheriff!
But wait… can they still be alive? And laughing? Robin hadn't reckoned on Winchester telling the Sheriff of his likely presence in the Castle, and they have had time to pad their clothing. Now the show's true climax can take place as the Sheriff pits Robin Hood against Allan A Dale, high above a vat of boiling oil in the Castle courtyard! The insults between these former friends fly thick and fast as they are forced to fight to the death, with Marian (still chained) looking on and the minstrel band of outlaws awaiting a safe moment to just try and intercede….

Comment: Another fantastic episode. Great to see Guy risking his own life for Marian, as well as his very own special way of rescuing her in the end. We were told this series was going to get darker, and it has. When Robin threw those blades there were no "trick shots" intended, just a clean kill! As with Allan. When Robin was distracted, Allan took full advantage of the moment and wanted him in that oil! Also, how scary is Keith Allen? Less panto more psycho!
Good bits of humour too. We even got a musician joke when the guard looked rather incredulously at John, and Much said "He's the drummer". Other fun bits for me were Much chatting up the "groupie", and Will only making John the bells after he'd made everyone else a deadly musical weapon.

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Blogger robin hood said...

Robin Hood BBC series 2

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

10 November 2007 at 23:51:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great episode, although i prefered the one last week. I hope allen redeems hiself at some point, he's still one of my favourite characters even if he is on the sheriffs side. We are seeing a lot more of Will in this series, he's not just there to chop some wood and bash in someones face with an axe.


11 November 2007 at 09:48:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've recently noticed that Robin alwyas seems to declaring his love for marian etc, but when they are together you wouldn't know they had feelings for each other, why doesnt he seduce her more etc
and what is the story with guy of gisborne does marian really like him or what? it was nice to see a caring side of him in this episode but i preferred it when he was much meaner. can anyone answer my questions?

11 November 2007 at 10:33:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Anon

Regarding Robin and Marian; I think you do have to admit that Robin makes his little advances, such as taking the "hairgrip" this week. And they have been kissing much more this series.

As for "seduction", well the show does go put at c. 1900 hours in the UK. that's 2 hours before the "watershed" as we call it, and before small children are in bed (according to the BBC). So it's never going to get too steamy.

Also, take into account they are not yet married. Although she isn't referred to as "Maid" Marian, that is what she would be, and stay, until the wedding night.

Also, they are both "soldiers" in the field of battle. I think they've both made it clear to each other that, until King Richard returns, their own marriage plans are on hold.

Regarding Gisborne, I think Marian finds him attractive physically, mostly because of her age and inexperience. When she entered his room and he was trying on his armour, there was little doubt she liked what she saw. Natural reactions from a young "Maid". I also think the charitable, caring side of Marian (more evident in her Night Watchman missions), would want to enlighten Guy about human feelings and relationships if she could. Marian does not want to be Guy's lover or girlfriend, but simply as one human reaching out to another, she would help him out of his "darkness" where only the lust for power truly motivates him.

What we haven't really seen is what turned Guy into this "monster" in the past.

The bit this week with the Sheriff was very interesting. For a moment I wondered if Guy was under some "brainwashing" kind of influence. We know he was an assasin in thne past, and tried to kill Richard. I wonder if he was mentally "trained" or "programmed" during those years.

11 November 2007 at 10:57:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great episode, and for my shipper squeeness I loved the bit when they were waiting in Marian's room and Much and Djaq were arguing about the letter, so Much turned to Will for support who looked at Djaq and then passed the buck to John. (Maybe it was just me who noticed, ahhh, shipperness)

Though of course it still seems Djaq is the only one left rooting for Allan to return and redeem, when the other outlaws all shouted abuse at him in the beginning, she shook her head in that sad and 'disappointed way' - and then when they saw him ride past the others mocked him while Djaq still seemed surprised. 'what is he doing?'

I'd like to think Allan will redeem, because Djaq seems a good judge of character and I'd like her to be right but after that oil fight and the way Allan seemed not to care much about knocking Robin off, I'd be losing my faith in him if I were her.

As for Marian and Gisbourne, I love it when he's evil towards her, but I suppose he still has feelings, which are still hurting from the end of season 1 - he can't deny them but atleast the Sheriff is there to stop him being all mushy. As Gisbourne said, he has no-one. Awww.

Don't want to wait until saturday now, next episode looks good.

11 November 2007 at 11:00:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and just a quick comment, got to love Will's deadly instruments - the scene with the guard was hilarious, Harry Lloyd, master of the funny faces. (there was more shipperness in there when Djaq complimented him on the weapons but to be fair, I see shipperness when they're in the same scene together so some bits have to be left alone ^_-)

11 November 2007 at 11:02:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

True about them turning once again to John for that final word. We've seen this in the past. And then it was funny when Much can't read anyway!

11 November 2007 at 11:12:00 GMT  
Anonymous Lau said...

Oh i forgot much couldnt read! I wondered why he didn't read it himself.
Wow, Gisbourne showed a completely differnent side to him. It was so sweet when he shouted "no, no, not marian" or something aong those lines.
Oh and at the end, when Marian was riding away on Gisbournes horse and Robin looked so jelous.
Need Will and Djaq to get together, i look forward to trying to spot little moments between them. hehe.
Fantastic episode! Loved it.
Do you think they'll do a 3rd series. I really really hope so, its so good.
keep up the good work on the site.
Lau x

11 November 2007 at 14:05:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

I hope they'll do a 3rd series. It's certainly good enough, and seems to have been a hit in both America and Australia. (I get a lot of readers from there.)

11 November 2007 at 15:04:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in a way i can understand Allen's anger towards Robin and the gang, they didn't give him a second chance(which is understandable) but they also tormented him in the forest and announced he was "dead to them". Then again Allen is one of my favourites.

I hope he ends up back in the gang or at least on good terms with the gang by the end of the series.


11 November 2007 at 15:26:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do understand why Allan would be upset with them but then I suppose for Robin and the lads loyalty is above all the highest priority, loyalty to each other, to England and to the King so I guess I can also see their point of view - especially now it seems like he's settling into his new role as Gisbourne's 'boy'

Oh Will and Djaq will get together, or have a moment, soon I hope or I'll go insane. I was watching the next week previews and trying to capture each screen flash and even the tiniest things make me go all shipperish (because it was fast I couldn't tell 100% but it looked like as the gang were watching something in the darkness, Djaq was kind of holding onto Will's arm...who knows if its true)

I'm pretty sure I heard that Lucy Griffiths has signed on for a third season, though it could be a rumour, but it looks good as it's certainly got a good fanbase.

11 November 2007 at 17:00:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

I'm sorry guys but I think they're being far too kind to Allan! His brother was hung by the Sheriff, Will's father was stabbed in the back by Gisborne, and he expects to be forgiven?

No way. Robin should have shot him to protect both Marian's secret identity and the location of the hideout.

11 November 2007 at 17:34:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry LLoyd is well fit

11 November 2007 at 17:37:00 GMT  
Anonymous Mkali said...

Ahh, very true. Yeah, you do tend to forget the things that the Sheriff and Gisbourne have done collectively to Robin and the lot of them but all in all, hmmm, killing Allan doesn't seem all that drastic anymore, though I can see why their might be a reluctancy to kill him as they've known him a while

But I guess time will tell as to what his fate is, Robin did say the next time he laid eyes on him, he'd be dead - but then the next time they meet it's insults rather than arrows

Oh and anon, yes he certainly is ^_^, why can't there be any men like that over here? I need to sign myself up to something, posting this much as anon is confusing at times, I forget what I said ^_^

11 November 2007 at 19:59:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please don't kill off allan, i agree with djaq, he should be able to redeem himself. i also love the fact that they put eyeliner on him now that he's 'one of the baddies' :D liked this episode, it's great to see the outlaws and how they interact with each other, more of this please!

have a nice day,
anna x

12 November 2007 at 12:34:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

surely the fact that allan didn't let on about marian's secret identity or the location of the outlaws' camp shows that he is redeemable?

12 November 2007 at 12:37:00 GMT  
Anonymous Mkali said...

Lol at the eye-liner anna ^_^

Hmm, true but for how long will he hold out now that he knows there is no way Robin will take him back into the fold? I'd like to think he'd keep those little secrets to himself for his past relations sake but then I'm not much of an optimist. Though he did seem upset by Roger of Stoke's death so hopefully he'll keep those secrets for Marian and the outlaw's sake (or at least Djaq's sake, I have a feeling he's lost most of his care for Robin)

12 November 2007 at 15:58:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

I agree Allan might be redeemable, but I still say he's far too high risk.

At present his loyalty has still not been fully tested. I reckon if he'd been put on the gallows alone he would have immediately spilled he beans about Marian to save himself.

He's just waiting 'til the price is right for such information. Allan's a gambler, weighing up the odds.

12 November 2007 at 16:19:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Allen was giving up his career as guy's spy before robin banished him, weather or not it was because he wanted to protect himself, or he felt guilty because he thought Will had been kicked out i don't know but now that robin has denied him a second chance i think Allan is holding a grudge against him.

Anyway, if i was Allen i would get out of it while i still could, once he, as the sheriff would say "outlives his purpose" he might well be killed, it almost happened once.


12 November 2007 at 16:38:00 GMT  
Blogger Emily said...

Well the Sheriff isn't exactly known for being true to his word.
Actually, I'm surprised that Gisbourne hasn't tried to get such information out of Allan already.
The fact that he was one of Robin's men should have him being forced to spill secrets - one would think.
I suppose that's a plot point that I would imagine would come up soon though - there is an awful lot going on at the moment.
A few funny moments: Gisbourne telling Marian that she is the hardest one woman in all of England and Marian's comment to Robin when he steals Marian's hairpin to pick the lock "What girls hairpin and when."
I like all the very subtle Djaq and Will looks - am glad it is subtle instead of having an abrupt thing (if they do a Djaq and Will romance).
Another question : do you think Much has forgotten Eve? Was that a one time deal with a token girl?
Though I understand the complexities of this plot, I am looking for the turning point when we can see the Night Watchman again.
I admit this is the first time that I've really felt so badly for Gisbourne! I never thought I'd see the day.

13 November 2007 at 01:36:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Emily,

You raise a lot of good points. Yes indeed, why hasn't the Sheriff tortured Allan to obtain more infomation about Robin Hood's hideout?

I like the hairgrip comment to. Also, just before Marian piuts the little dagger in her hair, she pauses.... Is she remembering the pain such a small curved blade cause her? Or am I now starting to imagine things?

With regard to Eve, I think there's a LOT of good characters passing through the show that I would like to see again. I loved Matilde (every Robin Hood story should have a witch!), I thought Winchester was impressive (too late to worry 'bout him though), and the Sheriff's sister could have been a very interesting story line indeed. A shame some of these people don't stay a little longer.

Lastly, I agree it's been too long since we saw the Night Watchman.

13 November 2007 at 10:16:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...


With her own home burnt down, and being under house arrest in the Castle, where is Marian keeping her Night Watchman costume?

13 November 2007 at 10:17:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes where is she keeping her costume when anytime the sheriff and Guy can search her room,unless she found a little nook or secret doorway.

How come it's Robin whose always declaring his love to Marian this series? It would be interesting to see how Marian would react if Robin attention is distracted by somebody else ..let's say very alluring lady.


13 November 2007 at 13:09:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gisbourne is obvously still deeply in love with Marian, i wouldn't trust someone if i burned down their house.

As for Djaq and Will, we all hope it'll happen and i excpect there will be moments at least. We still don't know about Djaq's feeling for either Will or Allan but she does seem to notice Allan more, although he is now out of the gang and we are seeing a LOT more of Will this series, so who knows where it could go!


13 November 2007 at 16:53:00 GMT  
Anonymous mkali said...

I can't wait for some more Will and Djaq moments, though I do love how they haven't just rushed into the romance as it seems quite against both the characters.

I've noticed a few more little Will/Djaq scenes (too many to say, I'll stick with the most recent episode), pointed out by some very observant and rewinding friends, when Robin rushes into the kitchens to gather the gang and warn Marian, Will and Djaq are sitting in the background and he's teaching her (and watching intently, with puppydog eyes) how to play her flute/sword thing. (Apparently as well, when he first showed off his collection of musical weapons, his expression went from quite pleased to extremely pleased once Djaq showed her joy at them. Maybe over analysing but I can live with it.)

It is mostly Will-sided, and Djaq does still seem hung up on Allan's betrayal, I think maybe she sees his choice as a little more complicated than the lads and whether its just because their close friends or something else, time will tell. But then moments like in 204 and 205 make me think it'll happen between her and Will.

Oh and I'm really not obsessed, it seems that way but I'm really not ^_^ (maybe a little?)

13 November 2007 at 17:26:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't notice some of those moments, i'll take a look on youtube!

I think Djaq also still belives Allen is a good person. I hope she's right!


14 November 2007 at 16:57:00 GMT  
Anonymous mkali said...

I would love it if she were right, obviously any redepmtion he's going to get will be with Djaq's help - with any luck she'll make Robin see sense

Ahhh, well it's not all me but on the various forums I'm at there's a group effort to spot various pairing moments :) most will probably be in music vids on youtube but when I remember the forums I can give you the link and there's most likely some caps up there

14 November 2007 at 17:49:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make Robin see sense?? yeah right!!!! Allan does not deserve it!! I loved it when John knocked him out after saving him and yelled "traitor!!".
I think i am the only one who loves the Robin and marian "ship" more tham the Djac and Will one. I must say i like it being the man confessing his love to the woman, instead of it always being the woman swooning over the man. Its nice to see a change in the romance department.
One last thing, Guy is way way way to easily maniplated/brainwashed/gulible. All of them i think.


15 November 2007 at 06:49:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Laura,

I think the thing with Djaq and Allan is simply that we all know now that Robin and Marian love each other, and kisses are not too unusual.

So we're all looking now for a similar bit of intrigue with Djaq. I have to say though, although we've had "little glances", I haven't seen any evidence it's anything more than friendship....

And Guy gullible? Where Marian is concerned I totally agree. Where the Sheriff is concerned, maybe.

The truth is that the Sheriff is RIGHT. Marian IS deceiving Guy. She IS leading him astray. So he simply did what wass necessary to get Guy back in line: Remind him of the wealth and power Guy so craves. I think his desires for Marian are not love. I think it's a power trip.

15 November 2007 at 11:29:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Laura,

You're not alone believe me..there are lot of us Robin and Marian "shipper". I just thought a little jealousy from Marian is not

Can't wait for the next episode..


15 November 2007 at 14:27:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's true, Allen has well and truley betrayed them, i think he ran to sir guy for help cause he was angry robin hadn't given him a second chance, but maybe there are reasons thatt haven't yet come up???

About the whole shipper thing, well everyone knows robin and marian are together, we want a new couple. Although we are all very happy that robin and marian are together at last.

It seems guy feels he has to try and decide between marian and power, so he's trying to keep both.
Marian can manipulate him and now the sheriff has realized and is trying to do the same thing (using different methods, thank heavens!)


15 November 2007 at 16:57:00 GMT  
Anonymous mkali said...

On a slightly different note but relating to your last point Gabby, has anyone seen one of the outtakes for RH on youtube? It's BBC official, so they either have an account or it's off the dvds but I saw it this morning and you're last bit there just reminded me so much of it

Hope link posting is alright, if not, my apologies

15 November 2007 at 19:16:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe, funny. I watched that youtube thing.


16 November 2007 at 16:46:00 GMT  

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