Sunday, June 17, 2007
Hell hath no fury...
Like Sir Guy scorned, or at least that's what I'm expecting in Season Two after watching the final episodes of Robin Hood.
Oh, baby, man's gonna be smoldering! I can't wait!
My other thoughts about the series:
I confess I was kinda concerned about Robin Hood. I'd never heard of Jonas Armstrong and thought he was too young. I liked what I read about the backstory they were giving Robin, though, and have to say, I was really pleasantly surprised by both the actor and the depth of character the writers have given Robin. He's a bit of a lad, but there's a really serious side, too. Well cast and well done!
All the "merry men" are excellent. I'm even buying the Saracen woman pretending to be a boy, and believe me, that is a tough sell for me. I've never written a romance where the heroine spends a long time pretending to be a boy. Yes, I know there have been women who passed as men -- in the Civil War, for instance -- but I still have a problem believing that any romance hero worth his salt would be fooled, or that any romance heroine with half a brain would believe she could pull it off for any length of time. A day, maybe. Possibly two. But more than that? You've lost me.
Gordon Kennedy, who plays Little John, gets special mention for his hilarious comments on the DVD. If I could spend a day on the set, besides hanging out with Richard Armitage just to hear his voice (because I wouldn't want to freak him out by staring at his intense eyes), I'd love to spend a few hours with Mr. Kennedy, former gym teacher. Oh, to have been in that class! The irony is, Little John is a very quiet fellow.
Speaking of Richard Armitage, it only took to the last episode, but we finally got a kiss. Bit of a disappointing kiss, as in too short, but I can understand why there wasn't a long, passionate kiss, what with aiming for a family audience, especially if it wasn't crystal clear that Marian was willing.
Marian's good (actress and character), and Marian's father (dead in the "real" Robin Hood stories) makes an interesting addition.
I was worried we'd get the cartwheels-instead-of-just-running action, and we did, but by the time that happened, I was sold on the show, so I just rolled my eyes and grinned. Same with some of the costumes.
But there are some things that are more difficult for me to overlook.
As already mentioned in previous posts, I really do not like the sheriff's character and what they're doing with him. According to the commentary, he's supposed to be ambitious and Machiavellian. Maybe, if Machiavelli wrote THE CLOWN PRINCE instead of THE PRINCE. Because really, the way the sheriff is presented, attired in sandals and very modern pajamas much of the time, practically frothing out the mouth, is just too over the top for me. I can appreciate they want something quite different from the brooding Sir Guy, but I still think the sheriff is completely unrealistic. So if the rejected and publicly humiliated Sir Guy decides there's no point trying to be redeemed and goes really evil and kills the sheriff? That'd work for me.
Also, in this age of the DVD when you can watch episodes close together, you can be left wondering whatever happened to a particular plot point presented in one episode, only to disappear entirely from the show, as if the characters got amnesia from all the blows to the head.
For instance, in one episode, both Will and Alan express an interest in Djaq. However, in the final episodes, they decide to leave the rest of the band and head elsewhere with nary a mention of Djaq. Similarly, Much has a thing with a young woman named Eve when he's made lord of Bonchurch, yet later, when he thinks about returning there, he never even mentions her name. I didn't think Much got that much action that he'd forget Eve.
These points aside, the pluses outweigh the minuses, and we really enjoyed the series. I only wish I didn't have to wait for the DVDs!
Tomorrow: What The Editor Saw -- Revisions, Part 1
(This picture is courtesy of the Armitage Army website. There was a shout-out to them on the DVD. Cool!)