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(or The Surrealist Episode)
Now, I know this series has absolutely no basis in reality, but they usually stay pretty down to earth. This episode reminds me of a Salvador Dali painting. The Evil Land Beyond Our Sight, and the Realm of Light look weird, even for this show. Marion- enchanted and about to marry the Prince of Darkness- takes time out from her pre-wedding ablutions to dance with her enchanted bridesmaids. And let's not forget Robin finally meets his perfect match in battle. Drink some coffee before this episode, ensure that you're wide awake, or you just might think this was all some figment of your imagination.
Men in roadkill and scary animal masks steal the young women from a village. I suppose that's one way to get a date but I find that asking politely usually works much better.
BAD GUY SHUFFLE:
Veteran English actor Robert Addie plays Brother Grolier in this episode, and it's not the first time he's met the Outlaw of Sherwood. Robert played Sir Guy of Gisbourne in the Robin of Sherwood series that starred the other long haired, tall, dark, and handsome M.P., Michael Praed.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH:
And the girls on this show keep getting younger. One of these days we'll see 18 month old toddlers in corsets.
SPEAK SOFTLY AND CARRY A BIG SWORD:
All the time that Grolier speaks to Brother Winston, Robin, Marion, Tuck and Little John, Marion has her hand on her sword hilt. Smart woman.
THE RIGHT TO BARE ARMS:
We've seen it before. Robin is riding through the trees, hither and yon, and across the stream. Somewhere along the line he acquired sleeves for his shirt. Robin and Little John
lose the maurauders in the woods. There's just something about a man on horseback... You
can see the strength it requires to keep control of a restless horse. Gives you a good view of the bulging biceps too.
ATTENTION DIMPLE WATCH SOCIETY:
In this brief scene you don't see any facial dimples, but you do get a good view of dimpled elbows!!
GET WHILE THE GETTING IS GOOD:
When Grolier attacks Marion, she kicks him away. This would have been a good opportunity to run while she had the chance. Instead she stays to fight and be captured.
I PLAYED MRS. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN A GEOLOGICAL SYNCLINE:
Interesting use of camera angles in the scene where Robin and Little John inspect the hoofprints on the road, magnifying the height difference between them when there really isn't that drastic a difference. Maybe Matthew was standing in a ditch.
There was a wire in use in this bit where Little John swings Robin on his quarterstaff to knock out the bad guys. Despite the wire there were no stuntguys in this scene, just Richard and Matthew!
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND:
Robin and Little John ride through the "gate" and quite literally "pop up" horseless and weaponless in the Realm of Evil Beyond Our Sight: Bluescreen Land! [Shooting actors in front of a blue screen allows the special effects crew to place any background they want behind the actors in post production.]
INTO THE WOODS:
Robin and Little John are walking along and stumble across Grolier and Marion who are walking behind them.
Robin and Little John are thrown out of Bluescreen Land via the Stealth Catapult.
All the girls previously abducted by Grolier's men now look like refugees from a Goth Poseur house party with all that eye makeup.
TWO DOOR OR FOUR DOOR:
Through the woods to Brother Winston's monastery. Nice stock clip, guys. The building they show us, that is supposed to be the monastery, is Tudor style. The Tudors came to power several centuries after the Plantagenets (Richard and John were both Plantagenets.), so this monastery is way out of it's time period. And the film doesn't even match.
WORK RELATED STRESS:
Robin looks to tense in the library scene. Rob, dude, take a pill. You're the good guy in this series, so chances are you're going to win.
Sister Dorothy is going to look very familiar. She makes several appearances this season, including playing the innkeeper in The Legion.
WELCOME TO PARADISE?:
Robin, Little John, and Tuck go through Sister Dorothy's basement to the Realm of Light, also known as Technicolorville. (State Motto: Let's see how badly we can blind you!) Their idea of landscaping is to tie silk flowers to bare tree branches and stick silk floral bushes directly into the ground.
If you haven't realized it yet, the man Tuck goes to for directions is Brother Winston.
"D'you want to meet his mother?" If this temptation was going to work, they'd have shown Enid (Arabian Knight) as the mother.
Little John-- "The unicorn points to a cave." It's a cave in a very big sandcastle.
Robin and Tuck go out the stone doorway that Little John hold open for them, and Little John ends up trapped inside the cave. But when you see Tuck and Robin beating on the stone wall, there is no doorway!
LEAP OF FAITH:
When Robin jumps off the ledge and flips, you can tell it's a stuntguy because the back of his ponytailed wig flips up and you can see the short hair underneath.
YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE:
Tuck-- "You're never alone; we're always with you." Funny, I've come to think the same thing about the Outlaws: Wherever you go, turn around and chances are you will find an Outlaw.
A DOZEN BLACK ROSES:
Grolier hands Marion a black flower and tells her to smell it, and she does. Have you lost your mind, Girl?!
This is the first time that Robin Hood has met himself, but it won't be the last.
Evil Robin-- "C'mon, yeah!" Great expression and delivery.
When our heroes are expelled from the Realm of Light Robin is dropped from the sky, while Tuck and Little John are left standing on their marks waiting for their cue.
Robin returns to Bluescreen Land, but not in time to see Marion's ballet recital where she and her bridesmaids dance with a parachute that's full of holes.
MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL:
Grolier looks into the mirror and his face changes. Seems he has a little multiple personality disorder that he has neglected to inform Marion of.
LEGENDS NEVER DIE:
Marion is wearing a black wedding dress and marrying the devil. If you think you've seen this before, you have. In the movie Legend Mia Sara danced in (and with) her black wedding dress, prepared to marry the Devil, and was saved by another heartthrob, Tom Cruise.
Grolier's voice sounds funny. Maybe he's got a hairball?
TV STAR WARS:
Two glowing swords, as the black-robed, deep-voiced villain fighting our handsome hero. Gee, wonder where they got the inspiration for that?
HEAD OVER HEELS:
Robin seems to be in a backwards-somersault mood this ep. He's done two or three so far.
Robin throws a lasso and it catches Marion under her arms and trailing veil. Must really be a magic lasso.
THE SKY IS FALLING:
Robin, Marion, and the girls are all dropped out of the sky, and Little John and Tuck are still on their marks waiting for their cues. They say their lines, then go talk to the girls so Robin and Marion can finish the scene.
MEMBER OF THE WEDDING:
Marion-- "I would have [invited you to the wedding,] if you'd been dressed better." He looks pretty darned good from where I'm sittting! Besides, we know what your idea of "dressed better" is (see Outlaw Express.)
IS THAT ALL?:
Robin just saved Marion from the most disastrous marriage anyone could ever have made, and she doesn't even give him a hug?
I like and dislike this episode. It's got some of the worst contrivances [Sister Dorothy, the ballet scene, the lightsaber fight] and some of the best acting [library scene, Robin fighting himself] in the series. This particular episode stands out as different from the rest of the series, and I'm not really sure why.