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New Champion shall arrise
No one Robs Robin Hood
Only member of the order
(or The Making of Robin Hood)
There is a real purpose in this episode. They wanted to show how an angry young man decided to use his anger for something other than gratuitous sex and violence, and grew up to be a winner. The producers and directors and writers probably didn't even realize it. They just thought it would be cute to have Matthew play himself as a teenager.
The first scene features the first appearance of one of Matthew's loved ones: Julia Anne Owen, better known as his (then)
girlfriend Jewel. And all of her jewels are gone! She yells in Matthew's face and he almost laughs.
CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG:
Robin- "Nobody robs Robin Hood." Uh, didn't Robin just correct Tuck when he said "We've been robbed."?
Tuck is complaining that he doesn't get to ride a horse. He really isn't missing much since Robin and Little John are actually riding sawhorses on wheels in the closeups.
ALL KIDDING ASIDE:
Tog falls over backwards, but the blow that knocked him over was actually a sideswipe.
WE WILL ROCK YOU:
Robin is knocked unconscious after he is hit with a rock that's a lot smaller than the rocks the kids were throwing at him just a few moments ago.
LEGENDS OF THE FALL:
Matthew is good at falling, but this one has a flaw. The first part of the fall looks like he just tripped over something.
The final slump to the ground is excellent, however.
Now, I know we all love this shot of Little John carrying Robin. but if you look closely through the curtain as it opens you can catch Matthew jumping up into Richard's arms. And I can't help but wonder if Richard ever got tired of carrying Matthew around like a sack of potatoes.
Matthew is sleeping. Awwwww, isn't he adorable!
HAIR CLUB FOR MEN:
Have you noticed it yet? Young Robin's page boy wig was previously worn by Geoffrey in Rage of the Mongols. It was
disheveled for Geoffrey, and brushed down for Matthew.
AGE BEFORE BEAUTY:
Young Robin is supposed to be 16 years old, right? I know Matthew has a young face, but he doesn't look 16 here. Part of the problem is that he isn't built like any 16 year old I've ever met.
Sir Hugo is sporting a golden soup ladle on his helmet. He must be a Knight of the Order of Cream of Leeks.
That cut has got to hurt like the dickens. After all, Robin did walk straight into the sword (on purpose.)
Robin throws a really big rock at Sir Hugo's head. It's way bigger than the one Patrick threw at his own head, and yet the
larger stone doesn't knock Sir Hugo out! Robin must have a soft spot in his skull and Patrick must have hit it dead on target for him to have passed out the way he has.
ALL THE RIGHT MOVES:
The main problem with why Robin doesn't look like a kid is that he doesn't move like a kid. What kid do you know that hikes his pant leg to allow himself to kneel on the ground? A kid would kneel, and if his pant tore he'd wonder how in the heck he did that.
THE THIN MAN:
Without the gauntlets and mitt, Matthew's forearms look very skinny.
DREAMING OF YOU:
Ya gotta wonder what Matthew was thinking, lying there while Anna prayed over him.
C'MERE, MY DARLIN', SO I MAY SMACK YOU PROPERLY:
It's a lucky thing that I was not standing next to Robin when he made that comment about cooking being women's work. I'd have learned him a thing or three.
And here we have the senseless, but required, burning of a peasant's house as it is written in the Robin Hood legends. (It is in the Legends, right?)
HAIR CLUB REDUX:
The Mill Scene: the captain of the soldiers is wearing a wig even worse than Matthew's (and I didn't think we could get
worse than Matthew's.)
** RED ALERT!! RED ALERT!!**:
The men who ran the mill are being dragged down the road, and Robin fires arrows to sever the rope and free them. LOOK CLOSELY! In the first shot of Robin aiming he is holding his arm at a strange angle directly under his nose, blocking the lower part of his face. In the close up shot, you can see a dark and HAIRY shadow under his chin. That's right, in this particular shot (which really called for Matthew to be clean-shaven) he hadn't shaved his beard or Ostache yet!
Rewind and replay several times, and eventually you'll see it.
SAY IT AIN'T SO:
Uhhh,... I hate to say this, but when Robin pulls his hood up over his Prince Valiant hairdo, he looks like a girl.
SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE:
Olwyn- "I had hoped you were made of bigger things." I'm still hoping, but I won't go into that right now. ;-)
USE THE FORCE, ROBIN:
Olwyn- "You have earned the right to wield the Sword of Justice." Why, thank you, Obi-Wan. Funny I don't recall him
carrying that particular sword since this scene.
The trees that the Outlaws are banging on sound suspiciously hollow. They must have a nasty carpenter ant infestation.
TOO BIG FOR HIS BRITCHES:
The speech Robin gives to Sir Hugo is way too arrogant and presumptuous for a 16 year old.
I don't know many people who can put a candle out with their fingers. Mostly men do it; I can do it too, but not nearly as
casually as Marion does here.
Marion doesn't mind if Tuck hears her affectionate addresses to the unconscious Robin? I didn't see him enter the tent, so he must have been there the whole time.
I just think it's so cute when Little John tosses the child to Adam. It seems like an unguarded moment to me.
LOVERS IN BED:
If Robin is in love with Marion why does he wake her? You'd figure he'd enjoy waking up with her sprawled on his chest. Heck, I'd enjoy waking up sprawled on his chest too, so why does she all of a sudden not want to touch him?
MEN DON'T LEAVE:
Those mercenaries must have been real wimps if they ran before robin truly attacked. Little John must have been standing behind Robin to make him look more menacing.
For all the gold and jewels that are supposed to be in that bag, it makes surprisingly little noise when it's thrown.
BACK IN MY DAY...:
Robin- "I remember when I was your age. You know, things were different..." Very Different I'd say. When he was Patrick's age he supposedly delivered pizza and Chinese food for pocket money.
I LOOOOOOVE this episode. The only thing is I have a problem getting past the wig.