Monday, April 23, 2007

It's Not An Obsession...

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.

21 comments:

Fab said...

I know, it is hard to kick the habit, cause that show is addictive ... You can stop at any time? I admire your strength!

jedimerc said...

Every time I was going to watch this something that I already was going to watch came on (my secret addiction: Futureweapons on Discovery :)

SQT said...

I was pleasantly surprised by Robin Hood too. I read the books by Parke Godwin years ago and really liked them as well.

I think the casting is really well done too. I remember when the Kevin Costner version came out and I thought it was awful. I'm glad there's a better version available to watch now.

squirrel said...

I have seen this show on the guide and thought it would probably be something I would be interested in but I have not yet watched it. This review has made me decide to TiVo it and give it a try!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

It always seemed they were very 21st century in how they spoke.

Crunchy Carpets said...

It is Robin done Xena style...but not bad.

I like the one that Jason Connery did..Robin of Sherwood.

SQT said...

CC

That's exactly what I thought when I first watched it. I haven't seen as much over-the-top stuff as Xena (though I have a few still to watch on the Tivo) but they style is very similar.

oddmix said...

Well, they do speak 21st century English, although they keep the idioms to a minimum. Then again, 12th century English (or Saxon, depending on the version) would be a might hard to understand.

As far as "Xena style" goes I would disagree. There is much more depth of character than I ever saw in Xena. The costumes are at least remotely period. Gravity usually functions as designed, and there is little or no divine intervention. So far there have been no really Cheesy special effects. And there is a real ongoing believable plot line other than frustrated love interest between the hero(ine) and sidekick.

Oh, and none of those cool Greek fur-lined boots, either.

mist1 said...

I haven't seen the show, but I feel compelled to comment anyway.

When the movie Robin Hood was in the theater, my friend Rachel and I decided that since we were pretty familiar with the plot, that we would tell our parents that we were going to the movie and went to a party instead.

At the party, one of the guys told us that the movie was really cool because Robin Hood was evil and actually stole from the poor to get richer. When our parents asked how the movie was, that's the story we told them.

A week later, when Rachel's parents saw the movie and called my parents, we were grounded.

Alex said...

D/L'ing the first two episodes now.

I'll let you know if you're allowed to continue liking it in a few hours.

Alex said...

BTW, anyone remember Crossbow? That was William Tell, but far superior to any non-Sean Connery Robin Hood.

Hey there, Skippy said...

You'll be pleased to know, then, Odd Mix, that the BBC have recomissioned the new Robin Hood for a 2nd season. It was initially commissioned after the success of the new Doctor Who series in the "quality family-oriented drama" category of Tv shows. It didn't get a great reception in the media, though, and hasn't really entered the public consciousness that much. Everyone seems kind of "meh" about it - your post is by far the most passionate thing I've read about the series since it started!

I kind of like it; the actors are good looking and the plots are good fun. It's not nearly as spooky as the 80s ITV series "Robin of Sherwood" which had a really awesome theme by Clannad (Enya's old band, fact fans) and used to scare the bejesus out of me when I was little. It's also not as much fun as the early 90's BBCkids TV show, "Maid Marian and her Merry Men" which based itself on the brilliant premise that Robin was a total wimp and Marian was the tomboy leader of the whole gang.

avery said...

I didn't even know this show existed. Our TV's cable card is acting up and we don't get the TV Guide anymore. The only shows I'm aware of are the ones I was watching when the thing started messing up (and apparently it's too much of a hassle for me to check listings via traditional methods).

One of my first ideas for a novel a long time ago was for a twist on the Robin Hood story, I loved the lore so much.

I'll have to check out this show.

Kate S said...

I hadn't heard of it either, but now I want to see it.

Though in one small defense of the Kevin Costner version (which *was* awful) - I have to say that Alan Rickman was delicious as the Sheriff. Of course, I think he's delicious in anything (or in nothing)... hold on a minute... Ok, I'm back. Yeah, he was great as Sheriff George.

walt said...

I like this series and have been watching it weekly. My only complaint is that his non-violence stance tends to be unrealistic and sometimes gets in the way of the story instead of being an interesting element of it. If you haven't seen it (and most people haven,t) the earlier BBC series 'Robin of Sherwood' was even better than this one.

Alex said...

Wow!

This is the most shallow, ahistorical Robin Hood I've ever seen!

That said, it is kind of entertaining, if one turns one's brain down to MED-LOW.

Where's Stew? He'd love empty tripe like this. Mikey likes everything!

SQT said...

Oh no, that's not nearly subtle enough Alex. Stewart just scoffs at overt efforts to antagonize him.

Alex said...

Now, now.

All one has to do to get Stew riled up is to imply that Anne Coulter is a smart and sexy lady. It's impossible for him to resist. It's like he turns into Liberal Jew Hulk or something.

RAAAAAAGE! Republicans bad! Smash Republicans! Rawr!


Oops. That last bit was more Arnold Schwarzenegger than Hulk, but you get the point.

(Eet's naht ah tumah!)

Morgen said...

Really? I'll have to watch for this one on DVD

Alex said...

No, no. Liberal Jew Hulk is not a real movie. I made it up.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

I enjoy the series, but I'd actually prefer a more attractive Robin.
Guess I can't have everything.