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All have fun
Speak for yourself
Are you Robin Hood?
Robin's in trouble
Walks the Righteous path
Climb a Tree
RACE AGAINST DEATH
(or, Is it Matthew, or is it Memorex?)
I think this was supposed to be as close to the tradition of Robin Hood as
they could get: the lady in distress, the contest of strength , an archery
contest, etc... They wanted to show how much Matthew was the perfect
swashbuckling hero to step into the legend. Unfortunately, it was rather
obvious that a stuntguy, rather than Matthew, did a lot of the work.
We're back to badly dubbed extras again; mainly Lord
Sedgewick and the little boy in the first scene.
Lady Pamela has to be one of the biggest brats ever to be
on this show. Must have made Matthew homesick for his one season on
HIDE & SEEK:
How could the three priests NOT see a woman dressed in bright
red, a boy dressed in glaring yellow, and a giant, all hiding behind those
painfully sparse and inadequate shrubs?
So that's how Matthew bulked up for the second season; he
pushed around a wheelbarrow full of pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils.
DING DONG, ROBIN CALLING:
Obviously salesman was not one of Matthew's
former occupations. He's a lousy pitchman.
FIT TO BE TIED:
Why does Robin pull his cape off over his head? It's
only tied at his neck, why not just pull the string?
TUCK & WAGNALL'S:
Tuck sounds like he swallowed the encyclopedia again,
pontificating about berries.
When the abbot is hung upside down Little John has a hold on
only one foot. The other leg should flail around, but it doesn't because
it's harnessed to the other leg.
NOW WHERE DID I PUT THAT?:
The money pouches are thrown from the side,
rather than dropped from above, which would have made it look like they
actually fell out of the abbot's pockets. BTW, the reason people carried
pouches that tied to their belts in those days was that no one had pockets
in the first place!
Oh my, oh my. Those fingers are agile, aren't they? First
the arrow spin and now he's flicking coins with those fabulous fingers.
What else can they do?
BABY'S FIRST SWORDFIGHT:
This is the first time you get to see Robin use
his sword! Isn't that cute? I have to put that pic in the album.
I'M NOT AS THINK AS YOU DUMB I AM:
Prince John thinks he's smart enough to
catch Robin? He couldn't do it in Vikings, what makes him think he'll
succeed this time?
Since when does Prince John take Captain DeLouche's
cast-off women? Lady Alice was in the beauty pageant in the last ep.
Robin must have been very young to have apprenticed at
Fenwick with Lord Sedgewick. He was back at Locksley under the tutelage of
Master MacGregor at the age of 16 when his father was killed.
THEY GROW ON TREES HERE:
Single men? In Sherwood? Who's signing up for
the Sherwood Singles trip with me? Oh, but they're jobless? Forget it
then, I can find those here.
PEACHY KEEN, JELLY BEAN:
Why would Fiona be instantly attracted to a man
with 2 black jellybeans in place of his front teeth?
Here's another quickie: In the very last shot of the school
scene it looks like Little John is wearing chaps (like western riders wear
to protect their legs while riding) AND NO PANTS ON UNDERNEATH!!!!!
The teacher is wearing an Elizabethan collar, which won't
come into fashion for another four hundred years.
MY FAVORITE SCENE:
It's a purely Matthew Moment. Lady Pamela doesn't know
which is Robin Hood, the skinny guy with the hair, or the big brawny guy in
the fuzzy hat. The two men look at each other, then at her, and point to
each other, indicating that they are both Robin Hood.
You know they put Lana into the race because they wanted it
to look PC, and they didn't want to put Marion in the race, because she had
to be part of the rescue afterwards.
HUNT & PECK:
Pamela goes to kiss Robin, he leans in for it, then has the
nerve to look surprised? He probably remembered that Marion was watching,
and had to make a quick save.
HIT THE DRAGON AND WIN A PRIZE:
Why does it sound like Marion is hitting
something when she fights Olwyn's dragon? We know it's a hologram, because
Robin walked right through it in the last ep.
Olwyn has to ask if Robin is in trouble? When is Robin NOT in
I like the red cape that Robin wears in the race much more
than the trashy looking gauzy ones he wears throughout the rest of the
series. Don't know why they got rid of it.
HE FLIES THROUGH THE AIR, WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE:
When Robin flies over the wall and through the trees,
you can see that it's a dummy that lands
quite a ways behind where Robin is sitting in the trees.
When Robin 'lands' in the trees you get a good view of the
dragon tattoo, but for some reason it has turned blue.
YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER:
Why doesn't Gilbert ride his horse across
the river, instead of having his flunkies carry him? Guaranteed he'd be
BLIND LEADING THE BLIND:
Why doesn't Robin see Gilbert on the other side
of the river as he pours the oil into the water and throws the torch in to
light the oil?
MATTMAN AND ROBIN:
It's the old
Batman-and-Robin-climb-the-side-of-a-buiding scene. The stuntguy does most
of it, and does a bad job of making the climb look difficult. For pete
of sake, it's just dirt!
WASTE NOT, WANT NOT:
Why does Little John throw that piece of food away
after no one wants it? Why doesn't he save it for one of those starving
peasants they're always trying to feed?
HE LIKES TO WATCH:
Why does Robin stop to watch Lana brandishing her
arrows? He's supposed to win this race, isn't he?
UP WHERE WE BELONG:
I don't understand why Tuck comes down off the
battlements. If he'd stayed up there Marion could have just handed him her
bow instead of having to throw it.
Robin in chains. Sorry, no comment, I just like the image.
LOL Little John pulls on the chains at the place where they're attached to
the pole, but how does that unlock the manacles that actually imprisoned
TIED WITH A BOW:
Robin is fighting with a bow again. Now I can understand
that he was a prisoner with no weapons, so he doesn't have a sword, but
where did his bow and arrows come from? Couldn't someone have brought him a
Tuck knocks two men out of a window, and then blesses
them. You can see it over again in the background when Little John gets hit
with a barrel.
Prince John buys his fancy, silky jammies at Victoria's
WOMAN OF ACTION:
I like this shot of Anna fighting in slow motion.
GIVE HIM ENOUGH ROPE TO HANG HIMSELF:
Uh, running into that thin rope at
the speed that Gilbert was going should have beheaded him right then and
You knew this was coming, didn't you? Robin finally has a
sword, and he's covered with dirt, or sand before the fight even begins.
Now he's clean, now he's dirty, now he's clean, now he's dirty. Now he's
clean again as he rides away (because the stuntguy was wearing a different
And for the final scene, Pamela changes back into her
Slut-of the Month outfit. ( Did I say that? Was that me?)
KISS ME, YOU FOOL:
(sigh) The kisses... I like these even better;
there's real intent in them, they're not just simple pecks on the lips. He
looks like he enjoyed these. But why isn't Robin afraid of Marion's
reaction this time around?
Robin has to ask Marion why she doesn't think he's Mr.
Right. If he wasn't interested in Lady Pamela in the first place, why
should he care?
Hey, Matthew, you are all Right with me.
(so why don't you call?)