Saturday, November 04, 2006

Robin Hood. Episode 5: "Turk Flu".

Ever since 1984, when Robin of Sherwood introduced a Saracen / "black" outlaw into Robin Hood's band of men, the legend has been enriched by the continuity of this idea. First there was Nasir, then came Azeem (Prince of Thieves), followed by Kemal (New Adventures of Robin Hood), and now I'm thrilled to say we have Djaq!
Story: Following an accident at the iron mill, Gisborne's workers rise up in protest. Under pressure from the Sheriff of Nottingham, Gisborne kills their leader on the spot. The Sheriff then only adds to the savage nature of this crime by sacking all the workers anyway, having made plans previously for a slave work force to be imported.
Deep in Sherwood Forest the mood is somewhat lighter, as Robin Hood restlessly teases his men, demonstrating his archery skills, and pretending not to care about the "Silver Arrow" contest which is due to take place in Nottingham. But their mood is broken when they intercept the slave trader's wagon carrying a human cargo bound for Gisborne's mines. These prisoners are all Saracens, captured during the Crusades, and there is a commendable exchange of dialogue regarding how people calling themselves Christians had conducted themselves in the Holy Lands during the Crusades. Robin Hood plans to enlist the prisoners’ help in infiltrating the iron mines in order to blow them up. Understandably, although Robin Hood and his men are on their side from the outset, it takes a long time to gain there trust and confidence. Meanwhile the Night Watchman has attended the funeral of the murdered miner, only to encounter Guy of Gisborne. Gisborne succeeds in wounding the Night Watchman's arm, a wound which he and the Sheriff later hope will give away "his" identity. Little does Guy suspect that the girl he invites on a date to the Silver Arrow Tournament, Maid Marian, knows all about the Night Watchman. But when he notices a wound on her arm, a flicker of a suspicion crosses his face....
The episode's climax involves the son of the miner who perceives Marian to be Gisborne's girl friend. He thinks, by murdering Marian, he will get his revenge. But in a display of courage she manages to convince the boy otherwise, and Robin finds a way of fulfilling his boyish desire to win the Silver Arrow after all.Comment: As stated above, the introduction of Djaq, played by Anjali Jay, is great news for Robin Hood fans. It also provided a forum for some very important dialogue regarding prejudice towards other cultures. Djaq displays knowledge in science and medicine which demonstrate a civilisation in advance of the people of England at that time, who are caught up in superstitions about Turk Flu. I for one can't wait to see more of the character - although Will Scarlet got to see a lot more than he was suspecting in one particular scene! Also the relationship between Gisborne and Marian is reaching critical point. Here is a man who cheerfully kills on impulse, and then buys Marian a silk headscarf to cover the hair which he himself saw clipped by the Sheriff's men in the last episode. But what will he do if he discovers Marian's secret identity? Will he kill her? Would he save her from the Sheriff? Or will Marian’s father ground her first for gallivanting about at night in that awesome mask? Tune in next week, Hoodies....
More pictures during the week. (Click on them to see full size).

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Anonymous Tasha said...

Gets better & better,doesn't it? I love the character of Djaq.Wonder what Marian will make of it?A woman in the Gang????
Think RH will have more to worry about though.Things are hotting up between Marian & Guy.Well ,on his side anyway.

12:13 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Tasha,

Yes it DOES get better and better. There is so much intrigue now in the relationships surrounding Marian. I've always wanted to see Richard Armitage have chance to do a bit more than stab people in the back (or anywhere else that takes his wimsy), and this episode he shone.

Marian's "competition" with Robin, and her father's concerns, are going is going to be interesting to see develop. And how WILL she feel about Djak?

I'm also much more impressed with John Kennedy as Little John. It's those silent side glances at Robin, weighing the man up, gradually getting used to not being the leader.

12:46 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

BBC Robin Hood Cast:

Robin Hood - Jonas Armstrong
Marian - Lucy Griffiths
Guy of Gisborne - Richard Armitage
Sheriff of Nottingham - Keith Allen
Little John - Gordon Kennedy
Much - Sam Troughton
Alan A'Dale - Joe Armstrong
Will Scarlett - Harry Lloyd
Anjali Jay - Djaq

(Basic cast only).

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i missed this episode :(
ive loved the series and don't want to miss a single one. When we did it at school- the musical- i was robin hood, and i love the programme!

5:43 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

I didn't even know there was a musical. I'll have to check it out. Also, you can get this episode on DVD for christmas.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its great to see a girl in the gang finally. I loved this episode it was so funny! Especially the sherrif he makes me laugh.
I love the programme!
kat xx

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do u know how much the film will be?
and also, yeh the musical was grate, even if i do say so myself. do u no if they sell it on video coz my damned dvd player won't work.
freya agen xx

5:28 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

I don't think the musical is available on dvd or video.

The Series 1 of Robin Hood is available from for only £10.97, which seems very cheap to me.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm thts nt cheap 2 me

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

n i meant the film

9:12 PM  

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