Sunday, April 1, 2007

Robin Hood—Turk 'Flu

An accident in the mines kills a number of villagers. One of the villagers declares they're on strike. Hm. I don't think they had strikes in medieval England. Anachronistic terminology alert! Gisborne doesn't like that idea and, prompted by the sheriff, kills the man who suggested it. Help! We're being repressed!

In Sherwood, Robin practices for an archery competition, though he claims he's not. Guy confronts the Night Watchman on the road. She totally pwns him. I love her. Can we just make this the Maid Marian show? The Sherwood gang runs across a wagon full of slaves being brought in to take over the mine. Robin comes up with a plan to shut the mines down for good. He's going to undermine the sheriff. UnderMINE. Get it?

Guy shows up at Marian's house to ask her to the sheriff's fair. He's all mumbly and unclear like he's twelve. Aw. So cute. Well, until he gets all worked up when she says no. He's stammery, then he's affronted. He really is twelve. With stubble and leather pants.

Marian's injury from Guy's confrontation clues her dad in that she's the Night Watchman. He's not too happy about that. Guy, fortunately, is a bit too dense--or hormone-addled--to quite figure it out. Or so it seems at this juncture.

"Jack," one of the slaves, who's really a girl, joins the Sherwood gang after saving Little John's life. And dude, they must be blind cause I saw her boobs a mile away. And what is it with girls-pretending-to-be-boys calling themselves Jack? Wasn't that the name of the GPTBaB in Pitch Black?

The son of the man Gisborne killed decides to take revenge on him by killing Marian. She suggests winning the silver arrow might be a better idea, and tells Robin to be sure it happens. And of course he does. Cause this is totally the Maid Marian show.

It seems like we saw less of Robin this week, but I didn't really mind. I'm really getting into the Maid Marian/Night Watchman subplot. I was afraid they might have it be a one-shot, but they didn't, and I'm happy about that. I also like the bits they've worked in about the Saracens, and Robin's accepting them as people. Political commentary? Maybe, but not heavy-handed, and very much a logical extension of the story.