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Believe in Himeself
Trust your Instincts
You are the One
Robin and the Golden Arrrow
(or: There are Women in Sherwood!)
This episode seemed to be focused on women. Maybe they thought viewers
wouldn't want to see men dressed badly dressed in roadkill and furry hats
all the time. Sorry, but we don't want to see cleavage all the time either,
as any episode that focuses on women is going to highlight.
Here's a landmark for women: a female tax collector in Medevial England.
YOU'RE YANKING MY TWIG:
When Little John takes the tree trunk from Marion, it's already loose. You can see the trunk shift as he takes it from her.
PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY AND THYME:
Who cares what it's supposed to be? Nothing changes the fact that there are no LEAVES on those twigs.
IS THAT A SPEAR IN YOUR POCKET?...:
DeLouche knows just by looking at the spear that Robin Hood is there. How? To my knowledge there is only one ep where Robin uses a spear, and he had to steal that from the vikings.
GET OUTTA MY FACE!:
I'm not complaining, but why all the ultra closeup shots of Robin? Did he have some injury they were trying to keep out of the shot? Did he have stains on his shirt? Was the camera woman in love with him already?
TAKE A BOW:
This is the third episode where Robin fights with his bow. Hey, there's this new fangled invention that really helps in a sticky situation. It's called a sword.
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IS THIS OUTFIT OKAY?:
What exactly is Lady Claudia wearing? It looks like a bustier, spangled leggins, thigh high boots, and a cape. This is Medevial England, not the Justice League of America! BTW, the purple and
blue feathers in her hair will eventually end up on Robin's hat in Outlaw Express.
DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY:
When Robin rides off with Lady Claudia thrown across his horse's back, not only is it a stuntguy in the saddle, it's a stuntGUY in Lady Claudia's dress too. The hands are always a dead giveaway.
YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON:
I don't understand why Little John is wearing a hat here. It's gonna come off in the fight anyway.
Don't tell me the soldiers didn¹t know they were walking into a trap. Not with all those rather conspicuously scattered leaves in the middle of an otherwise clear roadway. (cough, cough.)
YEAH, BABY, YEAH! :
It's wall walk time! Or rather, tree walk. It's Robin's stuntguy for most of this fight, but you can't mistake the way Matthew's hair flips. The tree walk was all Matthew. WAHOO!
PAY UP, PRINCE:
Now we know why Lady Claudia only appears in the first season. She kept betting against Prince John and winning. He'd have bankrupted the entire country if he'd kept her.
How in the name of all that is holy are these poor English peasants supposed to have the money to import and purchase capons from France? Robin's raids must be very successful.
THERE'S A CATCH 22:
"Is this one of those times where I'm guilty no matter what I say?" Yes, because you're a GUY and therefore, you're always wrong.
At this point in the ep, it's obvious to me that Matthew was having a bad hair day (or several bad hair days, depending on how long it took to shoot these scenes.)
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE:
I just love the double take where Olwyn appears behind Robin. That dropped jaw, and the gesturing hands. I have to watch it over, and over, and over, and over.....
This is the only episode (correct me if I¹m wrong) where the magical incantations are spoken in Latin. I don't like it much. It sounds too phony, especially the way Matthew does it. Yes, Latin came from Italy, but you don't have to try to sound Italian when you say the line.
THE GODDESS IS NOT AMUSED:
Makah is angry with Robin, and he says he doesn't know why. He must have left the seat up again. Almost all the names of the Gods and Goddesses mentioned in this ep are made up and not really based on the true deities of the area. I've never heard of Makah, or Bran the Blessed; there may have been a Belannis, but I think he/she/it was an Irish deity, not English.
THIS IS A JOB FOR ROBIN HOOD:
When Olwyn tells Robin about the Golden Arrow, automatically Robin puts his hands on his hips, stands with his legs akimbo, and declares he'll go after the arrow. For a minute he reminds me of a hero, maybe Superman, maybe Mighty Mouse, maybe Dudley Do-Right. "I'll save you, Nell!!" (But Robin is definitely more studly than Dudley.)
DIDN'T WE MEET AT THAT PARTY?:
Doesn't Makah look like the bad girl from The Birthday Trap?
WHAT A RELIEF:
Ok, he took a shower and washed his hair. It's back to normal; I can sleep easy now.
"Under the eagle, a loose stone."? Hey, Rob, just look for the pile of stones that looks like a door! It's kinda obvious.
Why does Robin need that magic torch, when he could have had one of the torches off the wall instead?
Naughty Robin! Intruding on a lady's bath, for shame! For her sake I hope the water was cold.
Lady Claudia's bathrobe is the only vaguely medevial looking costume I've seen in this series.
HAND IN HAND:
Robin reaches for the arrow with his right hand. When he reels back from the explosion he covers his eyes with his empty right hand. When the smoke clears he's holding the arrow in his right hand. Wow, Robin knows more magic than we thought.
How stupid can Robin be to think that he can block a moving wall with his skinny little body? OK, that's what he has that magic torch for.
Prince John calls for his guards, deafening Lady Claudia. Why didn't he call for Barclay? I guess they could only afford to pay one flunkie per episode.
I'M CALLING YOUUUU:
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DIDJA MISS ME?:
OK, Tuck was kidnapped. When he returns to camp he finds Robin in his Pondering Patch and tells him about the (ahem) Beauty Pageant. The thing is that Robin shows no surprise that Tuck is free. He doesn't say "I knew you¹d get yourself out eventually." or even "Glad to see you're back." What a bum!
Where does DeLouche get the outfits that the girls wear for the the pageant? Frederick's of Hereford?
DeLouche says he can smell Robin at the pageant. Robin's entrance is accompanied by the sounds of grunting pigs. Is that supposed to mean something? Maybe he didn't get that shower after all.
I'M TOO SEXY FOR THIS EPISODE:
The first girl on the catwalk is an experienced victim. You might remember her when she was kidnapped by the Mongols.
LEATHER AND LACE:
I have to applaud the ingenious costume person who used Marion's whip as a belt for her green dress. It's both attractive and functional. (I really mean that.) 5,..4,..3,..6,..12?: There are only six or seven ladies in the pageant. Why are they numbered 12 & 18?
WHICH ROBIN HOOD IS THIS?:
Arrow spin,... that little twitch in his eye,... then he knows his aim is true,... and Robin lets fly with his Golden (Patriot) Arrow. It's a heat-seeking arrow. We know another Robin Hood who
uses those, don't we?
HIT THE BRAKES!:
The wagon that Captain DeLouche was driving was moving when the Golden Arrow hits him. When he falls off the wagon, it's completely motionless. Must have anti-lock hooves on those horses.
HE'S GOT THAT GLOW:
The golden light from the arrow reflecting on Robin's skin is a very nice effect. I like it. Except that they also should have had it reflect in his eyes as well.
IT'S ALL ROBIN¹S FAULT:
Why does DeLouche and the arrow finally disappear only after Robin touches the arrow? Was that the final instruction that Olwyn forgot to tell Robin? Would De Louche have gotten up if Robin had forgotten?
ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES:
Why does no one bother to stamp out the little smoldering patches left in the grass after DeLouche vaporizes? That's very irresponsible!
DUMB QUESTION OF THE EPISODE:
"Why do they always want to kiss HIM?" Gee, I don't know. Maybe I should do some research on that! WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO KISS MATTHEW!!!! I especially love the helpless look he throws Marion as Ingrid hangs on for dear life.
Hmmm....... What? Oh, I was just thinking about kissing... What was I supposed to be doing? Oh, yeah, I liked this episode. Especially the ending. (I gotta see that again. Rewind, rewind!)