Monday, April 23, 2007
I can stop any time I want to. Really! I can! I just don't want to right now. I am NOT addicted to the new Robin Hood series on BBCA. It 's just that it is probably the best Robin Hood I've ever seen or read. Only Sherwood by Parke Godwin. even comes close. True there are some apparent inconsistencies with historical reality. Even more with the traditional Robin Hood. However, many of these are explained as the series progresses. The plot of each episode builds nicely upon the last without leaving you with the sense that you are missing some very important pieces of the story if you miss a week (and reruns are plentiful if you do). The characters are well developed - the Sheriff of Nottingham is absolutely delightful in his own especially wicked way. The dialog is snappy and and the acting is well done. The emotions are palpable. And the characters are definitely more that is apparent at first. There are emotional undercurrents and backstories aplenty. One of the many fun aspects of this version is that Robin has adopted many of the things he admired from his Saracen enemies in the Holy Land. His bow is recurved and his preferred blade is a scimitar (although the choreographer seems to forget from time to time that a scimitar is a single edged blade. All of this combines to build a delightful new rendition of a beloved legend. One fit to cleanse our palate of Kevin Costner and maybe even Errol Flynn. And I could seriously stop watching any time I wanted to. If I wanted to. Which I don't. Shut up.
Posted by The Odd Mix at 4/23/2007