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Long live King Richard!
(or The Fabulous Porretta Boys.)
One thing I love about this episode is that it shows the talent you amass when you get two Porrettas in one room. Damn, but there is a lot of talent in this family! If you got 3 of them on screen together you might blow up the TV set.
When little Robin is shoved against the rock, it's his back, not his head, that takes the brunt of the blow. That kind of hit should not have killed him.
It's Guy who yells "Let's get out of here!" when little Robin was killed, but he's the one who stayed to watch.
ALL IN THE FAMILY:
This episode features Family Appearance #2: Greg Porretta as Sir Guy of Gisbourne, taking the words "sibling rivalry" to a whole new level.
THAT'S MY BEST SIDE:
Robin flips up onto the tree branch and the camera person chooses an (ahem) interesting angle at which to shoot him.
Why does Sir Guy insist on calling Robin by his middle name when no one else can remember who he's talking about?
If you close your eyes and listen during any scene that includes both Matthew and Greg Porretta, you'll find it difficult to tell them apart.
FAVORITE HOBBIES ARE KNITTING, LOOTING, AND DECOUPAGE:
Robin- "Sir Guy of Gisbourne, hero of the holy wars,....[etc.]" Gee, thanks for the lovely intro, Rob, but I think we've got the picture now.
AND THIS ONE IS FOR MY GOLDFISH!:
Matthew seems to be enjoying getting the upper hand on older brother Greg a little too much. Could it be he's getting paybacks for all the pummeling he got as a little kid? And Robin does a perfectly amusing impersonation of Sir Guy.
MILK OF AMNAESIA:
Why can't Little John remember how bad Marion's cooking is? He remembered well enough in the last episode. He certainly remembered all the trouble the women gave him, because he's still trying to stay away from them.
Marion is once again wearing the grey flannel Woodland Dominatrix costume. This time she has shoved a couple of pieces of stubby grey fleece under the straps. Must be to protect her from the sun, because all those straps must leave a nasty maze of tan lines.
Marion- "Is that Sir Guy's sword I see in your scabbard?"
We all know what comes next, don't we?
Robin- "No, I'm just happy to see you." I have to applaud Matthew for being able to say that line with a straight face.
OVER THE TOP:
I hate to tell Mordrell that her mock-pseudo-Ziggy-Stardust-Fish-of-Marillion look is way out of style. I guess the makeup and hair people decided they did such a good job on Sir Guy's hair that they had to overdo someone else.
I DON'T BELIEVE IT:
A faith healer who heals for free? Now that is a miracle!
Why did Robin leave the healer behind when he and the others escaped? If something was wrong with Tuck, I'd want to grab the healer and heal him as fast as I could.
FASTER SLOW ACTION:
How can it be slow acting poison if it started to affect Tuck the moment he was injured?
Looks like Mordrell is cooking Borscht in her cauldron. Silly witch, Borscht is supposed to be cold!!!
HE'S GOT A SCREW LOOSE:
Little John- "Can you fix him?" Hey, LJ, it's not like he's got a defective spark plug.
THE JEZAIL BULLET:
Gweneth passes her hand over Tuck's head and chest, but the wound is in his arm!
If Sir Guy was a hero of the holy wars, fighting with the Christians against the heathens, then why is he keeping company with a sorceress who trucks with the undead?
THE TWILIGHT ZONE:
The colors around our heroes turn to gray and bleed light all around them. "What's happening?"
Unless I miss my guess, it's a photographic techinique called solarization. Oh, and we can't forget the fake swirly fog.
Mordrell was cast out of Avalon? Probably by the fashion police for violation of the dress code.
Robin and the Outlaws are attacked by the bags of mulch I left sitting out by the garage. I knew I should have put those away sooner.
OUGHTA GET THAT WAGON TESTED FOR EMISSIONS:
Mordrell says a few words, and a rolling black cloud appears overhead. I had no idea the air pollution problem in Sherwood was this bad!
DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME:
When Mordrell gives orders to Sir Guy, he's sitting in the carriage next to her. When she gets out and starts running he is standing next to the carriage, and further away than he should be.
You will notice that the wagon rolling through the woods is full of stuntguys. Most noticeable is Little John's stand-in, who is about half Richard's size, and wearing a really atrocious wig.
That wasn't a match Robin takes out from under his belt, was it? I hope not. At this time in history, flint was still the firestarter of choice; matches -not to mention smoke bombs- hadn't been invented yet.
OPEN MOUTH, INSERT FOOT:
Little John- "I don't understand Marion sometimes."
Robin- "S'okay. I don't understand her most of the time."
And Marion wants to hurt someone? I know who she can start with!
Just a second ago Robin was standing next to the wagon with Marion and Gweneth. All of a sudden the wagon is gone and Robin is standing out in the open twirling his sword. Fantastic editing, huh?
SHE NEVER SAW IT COMING:
Marion yells at Sir Guy not to throw his knife. If they're out in the open with no cover, why didn't she see Mordrell's impending attack?
CHANGE FEET AND START DANCING:
Robin gets himself into trouble with Marion,.... AGAIN! Robin, take my advice: Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth. I do love watching him backpedal in hopes of saving himself, though.