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Robin Hood 1.2

October 14th, 2006 (06:50 pm)

The Dominic Minghella Robin Hood is still curiously missing heart and soul, I'm afraid. The annoying thing is that it's watchable but there are frequent moments of pain. Robin's and Much's vests looked as if they had been bought from Marks & Spencer and rolled in some Hungarian mud, and damaged the mediaevalness of the Robin experience. A decision has clearly been made to give these characters a hard fight towards heroism, but none of them seem particularly attractive and if anything they remain weak. Little John and his men spent too much time declaring their self-interest, to the effect that their eventual journey to Nottingham to rescue Robin seemed implausible; the exchange between John and his son didn't ring true somehow. The series seems far more interested, and to believe in, the sheriff and Guy of Gisburne; their motives seem credible, underlined by the sheriff's casual but effective tongue-cutting sadism. (Notice that this Sheriff is called 'Vesey', not Robert de Rainault; while the latter name wasn't original to the Nickolas Grace sheriff of Robin of Sherwood it's been put aside in a clear attempt to avoid Richard Carpenter's lawyers knocking on the door.) I'm not convinced by the dynamic between the outlaws, either.

Still, Paul Cornell writes next week's, and he's been defending the series stoutly on his blog.


Posted by: zephyr (vescoiya)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)

hmm sounds painful. Pity as it is such a good story that they are mangaling it with bad portrayals

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)

The show certainly hasn't hit the ground running, but I'm hoping it will improve. If not, then we might just see the Robin of Sherwood 'Twenty Years On' project Richard Carpenter has been working on in the last few months at the behest of ITV, though this might just be spending money on a project that ringfences those parties' additions to the legend, and was never seriously intended to reach the screen.

Posted by: Disparate Housewife (wryelle)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)

Arse to hear its poo. (I'm so plocked I had to be told how to spell arse. Haducjkec (sp???) is a v. good restuarant.).

I havn't seen the first episode yet, even.

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
South Park Faral

I think it's fairly poo with some redeeming features, so you'll probably think it's fantastic with minor annoyances ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)

I find myself being sorry now that my comments have been interpreted as meaning that "it's poo". I'm hopeful that as the series develops a more successful working synthesis between what I think of as the 'modern swashbuckler' elements - swordplay and Matrix-fashion slow-motion action filming - and the 'modern drama' elements, with Marian choosing between the practicality of accommodating the demands on her of Guy of Gisborne, and her old romantic attachment to Robin; her idealism, like that of all the other characters, is being underplayed now, but this might change.

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: October 15th, 2006 09:16 am (UTC)
South Park me

The filming of the action scenes is bad - the jerky camera work just makes me feel faintly queasy, like having one's specs bouncing around on one's nose, for the bespectacled amongst Parrot Knight's readers. Whoever thought up the arrow-thoink scene location captions deserves to have an arrow thoink them in their tender bits every time they enter a room.

I don't think the show is entirely poo. I do think Jonas Armstrong is poo, however. His Robin is ill-conceived, half Princess Bride half Zoolander, but chiefly his chin is an affront to civilization.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 15th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)

Armstrong comes across as David Tennant's understudy; I don't think he is the Robin the show needs.

Posted by: Adilo Creamon (the_marquis)
Posted at: October 15th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)

I think this thread needs to be included in the Radio Times or SFx reviews.

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)

I would never suspect you of meaning anything so immoderate as "it's poo".

Unfortunately this is yet another thing I haven't watched, as I was out plotting the downfall of the government again.

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)

Oh, and want to spread factoids to some mild(er) subversives? I can pass on any factoids you may have to offer.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)

Can't think of any relevant essays immediately!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)

Well, at least you are doing something constructive. I know I spend too much time staring vegetatively into computer monitors looking at the same old things, and not enough reading books/newspapers/keeping up with television programmes other than those labelled 'germane to Doctor Who...

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)

The chance of you reading less newspapers than me is up there with aliens invading and stealing your hair to be their queen.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 14th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)

My concentration has left me, though. I have a subscription to The Economist as a present, and although there is a vast amount of information I would once have happily soaked up, I now can't seem to find the time. Likewise the paper-reading; and the book-reading, though revived, is patchy. Perhaps my new glasses will make things a bit better.

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: October 15th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)

:O nooooo I employ you to be an example of intellectual diligence.

Maybe I've stolen your brain cells. Shortly after moving to the Dream Flat I tentatively started reading again... and kept doing it. Six months now, and I'm always surrounded by books after five years or more of barely being able to read anything unless it was specifically for work or university.