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BBC Robin Hood Season 3

April 17, 2009

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: BBC

Age: 14+

Review Rating: 8.5 out of 10

 

Robin Hood, renewed with vigor despite the loss of Marian,  and his intrepid band of men are back to battle the increasingly evil Sheriff, Gisborn, and a whole new cast of bad guys!

 

So Robin’s lost Marian and he’s all kinds of enraged at Gisborn, back near Nottingham ready to take his revenge and forever cast away the mantle of the curse of Robin Hood. That’s about when, in the first episode of this wonderful new season after Robin’s effectively sent off all his men with the worst possible things he could say to them, that’s when Tuck shows up. Oh yes folks, they’re finally thrown in that adorable character Friar Tuck! Although this one is certainly different from other Tucks I’ve known: he kicks serious bad guy butt, he’s an educated man, and has an almost religious belief in the hope and light that the legend of Robin Hood brings to the people. And he, without giving the whole episode away, manages to bring back Robin’s sense of self worth and belief in his own legend, reunited with his faithful band of men, complete with an eclipse! And that’s only the first episode.

 

The plots they’re using for this new season are nothing short of amazing. Not necessarily adhering to the traditional Robin Hood storyline, these new episodes are nevertheless a much more serious look at what could have happened to Robin Hood had his legend actually continued. Take episode two for example: the Sheriff is dealing under the table with some Irish noblemen who are actually enemies of Prince John, when those Irish Noblemen get wind of the hero Robin Hood and actually ask him to join their wars. Who could’ve seen that one coming? And then, it just gets better, episode three! In which the Sheriff cons an Abbott into falsely demonizing Robin Hood and all his men, with the threat of exposing the Abbott’s secret to the world if he doesn’t comply. And what hold does the Sheriff have over the Abbott? (Yes I am going to ruin it for you, I just have to squee.) The Abbott has spent the last ten years secretly converting the Bible from Latin to written English. Think what that would mean for England! Right? And the whole show just takes off with a bang from there!

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If this season continues on the way it has been, there’s no doubt BBC Robin Hood, which already has a fanatically devoted following, will gain many more!

 

 

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Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire

April 16, 2009

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Creator: Peter Knight

Channel: Comedy Central

Age: 15+

Review Rating: 8 out of 10

 

The latest parody show on Comedy Central, that lampoons the righteous outlaw and his band of misfit followers striking against the corrupt and somewhat effeminate ruler!

 

This show really is hilarious, and you don’t have to be on any kind of medication to say that. Think of the grand ole tradition of Monty Python, give it a slap of American attitude, and you have a raucous good time!

 

So Krod Mandoon (whose name is pronounced “crude” if you include the Swedish pronounced dots over the O) is an outlaw looking to thwart the cruel ways of Chancellor Dongalor, and right there with him, because after all every leader needs backup, is his jolly band of men! Wait, this isn’t Robin Hood, not by a long shot. With that in mind, his jolly band of men includes such hilarious characters as Loquasto, the depth-perception-challenged archer; Zezelryck the sorcerer, whose magic is more Vegas than Narnia; Aneka the pagan warrioress, who despite being Krod’s proclaimed girlfriend uses sex as her greatest most devastating weapon; and Bruce, who is just fabulous dah-ling. Chancellor Dongalor is the epitome of ham-fisted ruler with titillating bits of uproarious attempts at real evil, which usually fall quite short. His Second Barnabas, in his pageboy haircut and velvet coat and mincing ways, provides great backup to Dongalor while trying very hard to keep his own head.

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Making fun of everything from Robin Hood to King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table with unmistakeable American zest, Krod Mandoon is not a show to miss!