Oh My God, They Killed… Marian

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Christmas Review #4 of 12

I have kept the faith with BBC1’s new interpretation of Robin Hood despite protestations from many sources who can’t bear to watch it.  It is one of the few screen “institutions” that regularly get re-invented (or “re-imagined” as we’re supposed to say now) to the degree that it has reached a cultural significance along with the likes of James Bond, Coronation Street, and, dare I say, Doctor Who.  So, there are a number of aspects to this show that can annoy people but they can be categorised simply into two, (i) it is far too glossy and contemporary to be believably set in the 12th century, and (ii) Jonas Armstrong.  I guess the latter is just a matter of taste rather than an objective assessment of his portrayal of the hero so I will leave that for another time.  However, the former factor is more a matter of perspective.  Indeed, it is only with caution that I have categorised this post, and this latest incarnation of the outlaw’s adventures, as “Period Drama” because it is has a very modern edge to it.  The knowling analogies to the Iraq war and contemporary political machinations that were a feature of series one became a little less apparent in the more accomplished second outing.

That second outing came to an end with a double-headed conlusion on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year and, even though it was clear from the trailers that the gang would be heading to the Holy Land to meet King Richard, there were still a number of big surprises in store and a good story to tell.  The biggest shocker of the lit (and spoilt for all in this post’s title) was the fact that Guy killed Marian, an incident that I don’t remember from any previous Robin Hood tale and which left me somewhat aghast.  If that wasn’t enough Djak and Will Scarlet decided to stay out in the Middle East for reasons I couldn’t quite determine, which means that if and when a third series comes along the band of merry men will be much reduced and bearing a massive grudge against The Sheriff and Gisbourne. It all bodes well for the future.  Now, if only they cast someone to play Friar Tuck, we’ll all be happy.

    • fazzinchi
    • January 13th, 2008

    Many would argue killing off Robin again would make for even greater improvement 😉

  1. Ooh, that is quite daring. Didn’t think they had it in them.

    Of course, Robin of Sherwood did kill off Robin Hood at the end of series two, something I’m sure they were aware of, so maybe they were just following its lead.

    Or maybe they were just irritated by Marion.

  1. April 3rd, 2009
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