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(BBC) Robin Hood

Firstly, I sat through a very weak England performance to see them draw 0-0 with Macedonian. Many people seem to have felt that we should have stuffed them. We were lucky to win 1-0 against them last month and the previous time we met them we drew! OK, on paper England is the better team but people seem to take for granted that other teams outside the World Top Ten will be walkovers. They aren't going to be. Saying that England didn't do themselves any favours and could/should have played a lot better.

Congratulations to Scotland though for pulling off a 'real' shock of the afternoon! Scotland 1 - 0 France. I may be half French but I feel I can still appauld the Scots their win. Thoroughly deserved.

Anyway, onto Robin Hood. The brand new BBC program that's filling Dr Who's shoes for a bit.

A lot of teasers and commentary have been doing the rounds and I must say I'd become quietly optimistic about it.

That'll teach me.

I thought it was very poor. I really didn't like some of the cinematography with the repeat shots for certain moves to emphasise them. I thought the acting was fairly weak overall, the script hammey and generally let down over the whole affair. Comparisons will be made with the 1980's Robin of Sherwood but that show - now 20 years old - still beat the pants off this BBC reworking. It certainly doesn't do anything to make me want to watch subsequent episodes but I will certainly try and catch at least one more if I can but at present it's certainly not appearing on my 'DVD Want List'. It's a shame.

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kit_hartford
Oct. 7th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Having been raised on the Robin Hood legends - I grew up in Nottingham - I was somewhat wary of the new BBC series. It seems I was right to be so; it was flat, with little to make me warm to the characters. Robin was bland, Much an annoying git, and the rest of the "merry men" were teenagers. Maid Marion didn't leap out at me in the same way Judi Trott did in Robin of Sherwood, though she did show a bit more backbone and character than most of the others. The Sherrif was another who seems to have gone to scenery-chewing school - but without the complete insanity of Alan Rickman (the only good thing in Prince of Thieves, IMHO) or the class of Nicholas Grace (the Robin of Sherwood version).

Now, I will give it a chance - if I'd judged Babylon 5 on the first episode I would've missed some excellent SF - but so far its falling short of the benchmark set by Robin of Sherwood.
karohemd
Oct. 7th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
We sort of watched it during dinner. First it was just boring and then cringeworthy. I knew he'd shoot the ropes when they set up the gallows...
valleyman
Oct. 8th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
ITV had it best.

Robin...........the Hooded man!
ua_meruti
Oct. 8th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
I thought it was alright, just really needs to pick up the pace a lot.
Acting was a bit dire, but as role-players we should be able to (at least slightly) appreciate that you don't always get a handle on a character straight away. Indeed I reckon if you watch it closely yuo can work out where each scene came in the production schedule (for instance he seemed a bit more with it when he was first introduced at the start, and when he introduced himself to Guy of Gisbourne than he did when he made his big statement in Nottingham).
saffrongraphics
Oct. 8th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
Michael Praed will always be Robin... the lust object of my entire class at Otago Girls' in 1985. No one can compare.

And the Clannad soundtrack was pretty bloody brill too. :)
christ1974
Oct. 9th, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC)
Have to say it's the only time I've ever said "Oh Fuck Off!" out loud at a TV programme. Hitting two men with a flung sword!

Maybe it will get better or then again....Whats that phrase about monkeys and butts?
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