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Just two little fingers
Boiled in Oil
Very clever Robin
ATTACK OF THE VIKINGS
(or: Robin and Prince John Are Two for the Road)
The interaction between Prince John and Robin is incredible and they
work extremely well together. Doesn't it remind you of a Bing Crosby and Bob Hope road movie?
The Prince’s men are beating the bushes in hope of flushing some game. The way they’re doing it I’m not surprised all
the game has vanished. HAIR FACTOR: Everyone’s looks good except for Prince John. He needs to talk to Matthew’s hairdresser. Even Little John’s hair is stylin’ in this ep; he must have borrowed Matthew’s conditioner.
Little John stops Robin from shooting a “little bunny”. He’s seen Bambi one too many times and his favorite character is Thumper. OOOOH, DO THAT AGAIN!: Arrow Spin! Every time he does this I get chills, it’s so cool. And he even hits the quiver without looking. Wonderhow many tries it took to get that right.
Robin is running through the forest with sharp objects in his hands. Didn’t his Mommy ever tell him he could put an eye out that way?
Prince John’s horse dumps him under a tree, yet when Robin approaches him he’s sitting in the middle of the clearing. Did he crawl there? I might crawl too if I saw Matthew coming for me. Prince John isn’t scared when Robin says “Just think, the fate of the world rests on these two little fingers.” That’s because he knows Matthew couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn if he wanted to; he has nothing to worry about.
The Viking’s second in command has his headband tattooed to his forehead. It’s too bad that headbands don’t come back into style until the Elizabethan Era, and then only on women. He’s gonna be sorry about that fashion faux pas.
Robin uses his bow to flip 2 Vikings and he ends up rolling on his back on the ground. His shirt is hiked up or it’s still too short because if you look closely you get to see a sliver of skin between his shirt and his pants. Either he’s switched to bikini briefs or he ain’t wearin’ any!
The Viking Leader performs magic tricks! “Hey, I can pull the earth out from under Robin’s feet! Look, nothing up my sleeve (except for this chain!)”
How did Brother Henry get that unstable spirit to the camp without blowing himself to kingdom come?
“These royal boots aren’t made for walking!”? Quick, someone call Nancy Sinatra and get him some that are!
Brother Henry DU PONT? Of the Delaware Du Ponts? The family famous for making TNT? Those Du Ponts?
Marion makes her short appearances in this ep wearing a costume that failed the test: the Woodland Dominatrix costume. And who ever said that gray flannel was sedate? It looks like there’s a Wonderbra in the top of that corset. C’mon, there’s enough boobs behind the camera, do we have to have them on screen too?
ACCENT ON ACCURACY:
Ivar’s accent is way over the top, and the Viking Leader sounds vaguely Scottish to me.
Surprisingly, it’s not Little John, but Prince John who gets all the dumb lines in this show. How’s this? “I’ve got very delicate skin!”
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
What is the stuff in the dish that Robin and Prince John are given to eat? It’s got to be either oatmeal or brown rice. Of
course Matthew digs in; he’s not eating the red meat or beer like everyone else. Where did the Vikings get venison anyway? I thought the forest was nearly empty and that’s why Robin went hunting in the first place.
Best line, delivery, and expression of the show. “Good idea, bargain with them.”
The soldiers riding through the forest in search of Prince John sound like cowboys on a cattle drive in Texas. They’ve seen too many John Wayne movies in Lithuania.
Tuck and Henry are behind the rocks wearing buckets on their heads. The man firing the arrow to set off the explosive is not protected at all. Shows who’s Union on this show and who isn’t. Aww, Poor Little John. He fall down go BOOM!
Tuck suggests diluting the chemical with salt. Salt? How about some good old-fashioned water to dilute?
THE DEFENSE RESTS:
Of course you know that the self defense course was the only way that Marion was going to be included in this episode at all.
RULER OF SWITZERLAND?
Prince John complains that there should be rules for the keeping of diplomatic prisoners. It’s all in the Geneva
Convention, but at this point Geneva doesn’t even exist yet. Sorry Johnny.
Why does Robin look upset when Price John complains he’s been chained to a criminal? Robin knows he’s a criminal, so what’s the problem? I half expected him to turn around and say: “You say that like it’s a bad thing?” Don’t worry, PJ, I’ll take your place.
DON’T SPEND IT ALL IN ONE PLACE:
The Vikings ask their Gods that they find gold and precious jewels. What good will gold and jewels do them if
their country is in the midst of famine? There is nothing to spend it on, dummies!
AHH, THE AGONY:
Red hot needles are faster than boiling oil? I think you’ve got those reversed. What more can you do to your prisoner after
you’ve deep fried him? Can you serve him to your dinner guests as an appetizer with cocktail sauce on the side?
: This happens very quickly so you have to watch closely. PJ and Robin are running from the Vikings and PJ says the Vikings will understand that he was forced to escape against his will. When Robin asks “Would you?” you can see his hair is damp from running, while he’s dry in all the other shots of this scene.
ON THE FLIP SIDE:
When Robin flips up onto the tree branch it’s obvious that the branch is fake, it’s actually a pole. It has to be
supported on both ends to hold the weight of two men bouncing on it.
They must have auditioned for the part of Barclay in NYC. they were looking for the perfect stereotypical New York cab driver. Unfortunately they didn’t use him to full potential in this episode.
BEST DUMB LINE OF THE SHOW:
Viking: “Wait! He wears the sign of Fafnir, the Dragon God.” Prince John: (to Robin) “Who is Fafnir?”
Robin: (to Prince John) “I don’t know, some sort of Dragon God.” Does the word DUH mean anything to you guys?
Scene: Men sitting around the fire telling ghost stories about the Yellowbeards (stagger, stagger, crawl, crawl, stagger
stagger.) Stories about Vikings looting, pillaging, plundering, and ... extortion? Were these Vikings from New Jersey, by any chance?
TAKE IT OFF, TAKE IT OFF!!:
Ahhhhh, yes! Robin shirtless in front of a fire, back straight, chest out,... uh, wait a minute,... what chest? I
never thought I’d say this, but, ... PUT IT BACK ON MATTHEW! He’s got some speckled marking on his left shoulder. Is it dirt, a trick of the firelight, or is there something there? I looked over this scene many times and did not see the infamous beauty mark he supposedly has on the right side of his chest. Prince John really gets to show his true colors here in this scene where he does a 180 degree turn in loyalty without breaking a sweat. Excuse me, was that “Foolish words from a frightened dog.” or “Foolish words from a frightened DUCK”?
PREPARE FOR THE FIGHT SCENE:
Tuck marches into the Viking camp acting for all the world like,... Robin! “The strength of Thor lies in this staff!” Yeah, that’s what they all say. Robin catches the end of his chain on the Viking staff. Exactly how does this help him break the chain? The most that should have happened was that Robin should have been electrocuted.
RETURN OF THE STOOGES:
“Are you okay?” “I’m fine. Are you okay?” “I’m fine.” “We’re fine.” Good, I’m glad we got that straightened out.
ZERO PLUS TWO EQUALS HOW MANY?:
Robin’s men arrived for the fight with only two horses because the explosive had to be carried by hand. When they leave the Viking camp they leave on foot. Yet when they arrive back at the Outlaw camp everyone is on horseback, including Robin who was hunting on foot at the beginning of the episode.
Marion starts telling about her bad day at the office. “I was SUPPOSED to be teaching this self defense class...” Well, she did teach the class, and it went rather well, so what is she complaining about?
Little John scares Tuck with a canteen he thinks is filled with the explosive. If they came back on horses, and they weren’t able to carry the stuff on horseback in the first place, Tuck should know that the canteen isn’t filled with explosives.
A big improvement in the adventure arena. The fighting was tighter, the humor was tighter too; less slapstick, more brain food. And they gave Matthew someone to spar with, verbally, which really hit the spot. Just wish he weren’t so skinny.