Saturday, March 3, 2007

Robin Hood—Will You Tolerate This

This BBC production of the ever-popular Robin Hood saga premiered on BBC America tonight. I've been a fan of the Robin Hood story for a long time, so I had to check it out.

Tonight, Robin of Locksley (Jonas Armstrong) returns home from the Crusades with his quip-filled sidekick Much (Sam Troughton, Hex). Guy of Gisborne (Richard Armitage) has taken over Robin's estate, and things have gone awry... well, you know the story. Robin fights the good fight against the bad guys, romances Marian, robbing from the rich, giving to the poor, all that.

Unfortunately, in spite of his stylish twelfth century stubble, this Robin is a bit dull, upstaged by his quippy sidekick while Guy (that's SIR Guy to you), oozes his evil hotness all over the screen. Sorry, Robin, but the big blue puppy dog eyes really can't hold up to the evil smirk and the black leather costuming--not to mention the eyeliner. I'll be tuning in next week--but I'll probably be rooting for the wrong team.