Saturday, 17 November 2007

Robin Hood. Series 2. Episode 7: "Show Me the Money"

Robin Hood is trying to steal the Pact from Nottingham Castle; this being the document which proves the Sheriff of Nottingham’s acts of treason. As he is discussing the matter a traveller, John of York, passes through the forest and is caught in one of Will Scarlett’s traps. Such traps suspend the victim helpless above the ground. John of York explains he has no money, but is on his way to Nottingham to release his sweetheart Beatrice by paying her bond. He doesn’t in fact have enough money, but Robin Hood decides to give him the required amount from his loot. Robin‘s plan is to bore a small hole in the treasure chest, and follow the trail of sand which trickles out, thus leading him straight to the place the Pact is likely to be kept. Clear so far? Okay, because it does get better.
Once Robin Hood and his gang have followed the treasure into the Castle (looking completely out of character in 1940’s hats and overcoats!), they witness more evidence of Allan A Dale’s treachery. Allan has warned the Sheriff that the boxes containing the treasure are those used by Robin Hood, and the Sheriff follows his advise to have the treasure hung in the courtyard in full view of his deadly archers, where everyone can see it but no-one is likely to attempt to take it. Not only that, but John of York is told by Canon Berkley that he must find even more money to free Beatrice, and his resulting protests land him in jail.
Marian has already once overheard Allan helping the Sheriff, and held a dagger to his throat saying she will kill him if he doesn’t stop. Now she overhears the Sheriff saying he must lead Gisborne to Robin Hood’s secret hideout. At first Marian consults her father, Edward, about what to do. But as ever he is reluctant to make a stand, and tries to embrace her through the bars. Marian says “I’m ashamed of you sometimes”, and leaves. Edward discovers he has inadvertently removed the small dagger from her hair…
In order to leave the Castle, Marian persuades gullible Guy (one more time) to let her walk with him as far as the physician’s. He is on his way to the hideout; she says she needs medicine for her father. Of course, as soon as Gisborne is out of sight she dashes to the forest to warn Robin, only to find herself suspended helplessly from the trees in one of Will’s traps! Robin Hood finds this most entertaining, until a swift punch from the freed Marian brings him to order. Then, in spite of Djaq’s pleas, they resolve to stop Allan and Gisborne, - permanently! One by one the silent arrows from the trees find their mark in the chests of the soldiers. At one point it seems like it could also be the end for a dismounted Gisborne, until Allan A Dale himself sweeps him up onto the back of his own horse, and rides hell bent for Nottingham!
Robin Hood’s outlaws put on the soldier’s clothing and go in pursuit. Once inside Nottingham Castle, Robin wastes no time in locating Allan. Swords are quickly drawn, and an impressive duel begins. Eventually Robin gains the upper hand and presses his blade against the traitor’s throat. But it is Marian who suddenly appears and pleads with him not to kill Allan, saying “If you love me let him go”. Robin declares “I do love you”, and explains it is for her safety that he must kill Allan. Reluctantly, he gives way to her request. As Allan crawls away Marian hurls the dagger at him. It lodges inches from his face, and he promises never to betray her. Robin and Marian slump exhausted to the floor. “You took a long time to tell me that”, she smiles, and Robin confirms that yes he does love her. (If the viewer’s tears aren’t streaming by this stage, believe me, they soon will be…)
Later on Marian takes Edward his food. But Edward appears to be sleeping, and she decides not to disturb him. However, possibly in response to Marian’s last words to him(!), Edward has used the dagger to kill his guard and sneak into the Sheriff’s quarters to get the Pact. Once inside his plan coincides with that of Robin Hood, and they are forced to escape together into the marketplace. It seems they have been successful, until Canon Berkley (the man to whom Beatrice’s bond has to be paid), sees Robin Hood with Edward and grabs the old man, holding him at dagger point. Robin Hood doesn’t hesitate in placing a well aimed arrow in Berkley’s heart. However, as Berkley’s grip loosens, we see his dagger protruding from Edward’s chest!
A highly emotional conversation ensues between Marian’s father and her true love Robin. Edward at long last expresses his belief in Robin Hood's mission, glad of his daughter’s affection for him, and passes on a message for her via Robin: “It’s good to dream”.
When news reaches Marian she is of course inconsolable. Guy attempts to appease her, declaring his feelings for her are stronger than ever. He even returns her dagger to her, knowing the one Edward used to kill the guard is hers. But it’s not Guy she needs, and as she returns to her room Robin Hood is waiting with a simple invitation: “Come into the forest. I have a horse waiting”….
Comment: About 15 minutes into this episode I thought it was rather average, and a bit “wordy”. All that stuff about the Pact, the Bond, and John of York. But oh boy, was I proved wrong. The fight between Allan A Dale and Robin Hood was excellent (best of the series?), and the emotional roller coaster ride which carried us from the romantic declarations of love, to the final scenes with Edward, had me on the edge of my seat. Brilliant. Will Guy now finally give Marian up? Will Marian regret her last words to her father? Will Djaq now accept Robin’s advice about Allan, or will she make an attempt on her own to save him? Will Marian have to buy a new wardrobe for the forest? Will Lucy look good in green? As she says, it’s not really her colour! And why does Robin ever need a disguise to get into Nottingham Castle? He spends half his time in Marian’s room anyway! Just one criticism. Those stupid 1940’s hats and overcoats?! What the heck was that all about? Otherwise? Excellent, with top honours going to Lucy Griffiths (in particular), Jonas Armstrong, and Joe Armstrong for their excellent work. Robin Hood films rarely ever venture into such emotional territory as this!
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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

17 November 2007 at 22:53:00 GMT  
Anonymous heather said...

i actually think those hats look like they came from some old western or something,

comical explanation:
time travel between episodes.

can't wait 4 season 2

18 November 2007 at 00:38:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Will Marian have to buy a new wardrobe for the forest? "

Does this mean she goes(into the forest)?? Robin,you did a great job of keeping everyone who hasn't seen this episode yet in suspence with the summary, but you might have given it away. I'll have that answer for you once i see the episode.
:)

Laura

18 November 2007 at 05:40:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That epsiode was good but i have to say it didn't match the high quality of the previous episodes but nevermind . i was so disappointed with this episode mainly coz we didn't see much of Will and alos coz Allans revealing Robins secrets i just hope they allow back inot the gang

Does Djaq fancy Allan or something coz she always tries to stick up for him i was hoping she's fancy Will eventually

i love that fight between Robin n Allan at the end it was well good
and the Sheriff was so funny sleeping he kept snoring and grunting lol. Edwards dead now i nearly cried when he died and when Marian started crying but i'm glad Marians joining Robin now

see ya hoodies

luv amy
xxx

18 November 2007 at 13:29:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Amy,

Yes, that bit with the Sheriff's hand twitching for the keys as he slept was good. Made me nervous!

Whether Djaq fancies Allan, or just thinks of him as a good friend she really likes, we don't know. they have been close. Wasn't it Djaq who consoled Allan in Nottingham as his brother was hanging?

Allan should have done what Will did. Attack the Sheriff and Guy, regardless of consequences!

You "nearly cried"? I was totally welling up!

18 November 2007 at 13:39:00 GMT  
Anonymous Lau said...

OMG, that was a brilliant episode. Lucy Griffiths was soooo good in the scene when she finds her dad dead. I actually cried! (My dad and brother thought i was mad!) It was so heartbreaking.

Djaq does seem a bit hung up pn Allen, even Robin said "i know you liked him". I really want Djaq and Will to be together!

That fighyt scene between Robin and Allen was brilliant, they.ve deffinatly improved since last season, the fighting is much more spectacular.

Such a good episode!

18 November 2007 at 17:03:00 GMT  
Anonymous Walker said...

I think it was the best episode of the series. Every episode gets better and better.
I absoloutly loved the robin and marian scenes, and i cried at the death of Edward.
The fight scene with Allan was brilliant, and Robin being completely fuming makes it so much better, and putting the bit with marian in at the end was genius.
I have to say my favourite bit was when Robin and John of York were talking at their camp. "Just guessing." Classic, because you could just see he was talking about marian.
I'm just hoping marian in the forest won't damage the dynamic of the outlaws.

18 November 2007 at 17:18:00 GMT  
Anonymous Amy said...

Good god, what an episode! I did have a feeling that 'daddys' days were numbered although I hardly imagined his death to be so heart-wrenching, and yes, I did have tears in my eyes! As much as I like Allan-A-Dale's character, he has to go at some point or otherwise the outlaws will have a snowballs chance in hell of getting into that castle. The fight was very good with an interesting end (i.e I thought Allan-A-Dale was dead for sure, and Marian coming to his rescue?). I'm not too sure about how the gang are going to feel about Marian's arrival in the camp, so I guess we're just going to have to wait and see. Also, one more point, trust Much plus a wedding to lighten up a very sad episode.

18 November 2007 at 17:34:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Lau,

Absolutely agree. Lucy Griffiths should be walking away with TV awards. Excellent actress. And that fight scene? Outstanding!

Hi Walker,

You're right, it's soooo much beter with an angry Robin Hood. AND I like the fact they just shot the soldiers without warning! Now that's what I call an ambush!

Will Marian spoil the dynamic? Interesting point. Does Djaq share the same sleeping quarters? Will Marian? Is marriage on the cards? And is she a rich girl at heart, unable to rough the forest elements?

18 November 2007 at 17:34:00 GMT  
Anonymous amy said...

Sorry, one more thing... does anyone else think that Robin Hood is faking his death? Maybe to prehaps get into the castle?

18 November 2007 at 17:36:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

amy,

Oh, you mean about next week's trailers. Probably. let's just have a few days to recuperate after that one!

What I want to know is, what route is he taking to sneak in and out of Marian's room whenever he feels like it?

18 November 2007 at 17:47:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great episode! I really though Robin would kill Allan! My face was half buried in a pillow!

It was one of the most emotional episodes so far in this series. especially when edward died.

Like always, looking forward to the next episode!

Gabby

18 November 2007 at 20:04:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man i completely agree with Walker about Robin and John of York. The best line was "Just guessing? Lair." And then that whole scene with Robin Saying "i said you were gorgeous, I meant it" (so adorable) And then Marian answers "And i meant what i said, One day you will pay Robin of Loxley". Wow!! was i the only one who got a scandalous meaning from that response?? *fans self off* Robin and Marian had some amazing scenes together. And wow that Lucy Griffiths had a hell of an episode. The crying over her fathers body was amazing!!
I love how Robin has the easiest time getting into Marians room every episode. HA!!

Laura

18 November 2007 at 20:21:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great scene is Sir Edwards dying one. He did such a great job. *sobbing* I just watched it again. I think it was so good because it wasn't cheezy. Now i have to go get some klenex.

Laura

18 November 2007 at 20:44:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

Laura

You'll find no Kleenex anywhere near sherwood Forest. I've used them all up!

18 November 2007 at 21:04:00 GMT  
Blogger Emily said...

I sobbed so hard. Lucy did such an excellent job!
I can't believe we have to wait another week to see episode 8. This really changes things around! We've been waiting for a long time to see Marian end up in the forest.
Marian getting caught in the trap was terribly funny - so were Robin's comments, but he did deserve the punch in the gut.
I guess this episode answered my questions about the Sheriff wanting to find Robin, though that angle is definitely not spent yet.
And...interesting scene with Djaq and Robin about Allan - but really, as you said, leaving us with nothing but speculation. Djaq was upset when Robin sent Will away - (though not to the same extent because Robin wasn't trying to kill at this point).
As usual just keeping everyone guessing.
Great dying scene for Edward, we knew he had to go, and he went spectacularly. I can't wait to see Marian adjusting to life in the gang. A new era of outlawing has just begun.
Now...phew...*goes off in search of more kleenex*
oh...one more thing. Robin looked like an old West Outlaw - very very funny.

19 November 2007 at 02:29:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes he did look very westerm, but he was still smokin HOT!!! And it's not like everyone else is staying in the time frame when it comes to wardrobes.
I can finally see out of my eyes!!There not puffy any more.

Laura

19 November 2007 at 06:30:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favourite seen was DEFFINATELY the scene where marian punched robin. I must admit i didn't quite understand how that trap worked.

Also, all of these contrapitons Will makes are very clever, if not a little unrealistic. The part in episode 4(i think) at the end where he made that hllogram thing of his father was a bit OTT for me.

Gabby

19 November 2007 at 15:13:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Gabby,

I agree about Will Scarlett. WE waited all series 1 to see how the BBC would portray him. Angry, like in Robin of Sherwood, or a brightly coloured dandy, as in Errol Flynn's the Adventures of Robin Hood.

What they've done is given us an entirely NEW concept for Will. A cross between a highly skilled crafstman and an inventor. And it's a great idea!

But true about that hollogram of his dad. A bit tooo silly.

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

Although, i think we all want to see him get angry. At least he's not sitting in the corner, only there to wack someone with an axe and stare at Djaq, like in the first episode, he has loads mor lines.

Gabby

20 November 2007 at 17:04:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello -

I've never commented on your blog before. Thanks for putting it up...its great.

While I agree that Robin is sooo much more interesting when he is angry, I think that what makes him great in this episode is that he was multidimensional...angry, and comical, and loving. It makes the character so much more real!

Mica

22 November 2007 at 16:30:00 GMT  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Mica,

Welcome to THE blog, and thanks for joining in.

22 November 2007 at 17:28:00 GMT  
Blogger Emily said...

A friend and I were discussing the Will, Allan and Djaq thing the other day.
She suggested that perhaps each writer has their own opinion on what's going on with Djaq's potential love interest (whether it be Allan, Will - even Much it seems), and that they each put their oar in whatever episode they write!
I tend to agree on most levels with this assessment because instead of it being apart of the plot, keeping us guessing the little eye-brow raisers we keep getting seem to be a little mish-mashed.
(Examples of eyebrow raisers: Djaq's reaction to Allan being gone and Robin's words to her, kissing Much's cheek and following dialogue, and generally Will staring and their continous, subtle interaction, coupled with the not so obvious Will blurting out "I love her.")
Any thoughts?

23 November 2007 at 02:35:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think a small scene with just djaq and allan would sort out where the writers are going with this love triangle. i thought this episode was the best yet and really really emotional. i'm a little surprised by the direction guy is taking, he seems to be getting weaker with each episode, surely this takes away from his powerful character? i think it's great that marian is now in the forest with the outlaws, it'll be interesting to watch the dynamics of the group. i think jonas armstrong gets better as the series goes on, he's really made the character his.

have a nice day,
anna x

23 November 2007 at 10:46:00 GMT  

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