Saturday, November 25, 2006

Robin Hood. Episode 8: "Tattoo? What tattoo?"

Story: Not for the first time in the series Robin is once again plagued by a recurring nightmare in which he is attacked by a Saracen assassin whilst serving in the Crusades. The nightmare is the result of a real life incident when Robin was guarding the King, managed to fight off the assassin, and caught a glimpse of his distinctive tattoo in the process. He awakens to the news that Gisborne is celebrating the King's birthday in Loxley, and decides to go and interrupt the proceedings by robbing Guy's guests of their valuables, arriving just in time to see Gisborne announcing his engagement to Maid Marian. Troubled by his dream, the sight of the girl he loves wearing Gisborne’s ring, and the presence of strangers in his own rightful home, Robin is enraged and no longer thinking like the level headed leader he is. A fight with Gisborne ensues, during which he is shocked to see the tattoo on Gisborne’s arm that identifies him as the very assassin he encountered that night in the Holy Lands. As the Sheriff's carriage draws near out side, (I love that carriage!), Djaq desperately tries to bring Robin to his senses enough to escape. This he does, but Djaq is captured by the Sheriff, as Gisborne rides off in pursuit of the outlaw leader. Gisborne finds Robin in the forest, alone and waiting. There is only one thing now on his mind, to kill the treasonous Gisborne who had tried to assassinate the King. Indeed, when he refuses to listen to reason from the outlaws, the only thing which prevents him from committing the murder is a blow from Little John.
Meanwhile, back at the Castle, Djaq has tried to escape after pouring acid from a small phial she keeps about her neck, onto the prison bars. This alerts the Sheriff to her skills at what he assumes to be alchemy, and sets her to work in a laboratory to make more acid for him. What follows are further failed attempts by Djaq to escape, and similar failures by the outlaws to get Robin to come to his senses and help them rescue her. In one particularly emotional scene he even vents his anger on the faithful Much, who in turn tries to enlist the help of Marian. In what amounts to quite an intense, action packed episode, there are two amusing moments of brevity when Will Scarlet announces his love for Djaq to the gang, and when Marian learns that Djaq is a girl.
Ultimately of course Robin realises his priorities have been all wrong, and once again leads the outlaws on a successful mission. But what about Gisborne's tattoo? Won't that forever identify him as a traitor? Well, not if the Sheriff and his bottle of acid have anything to do with it...
Comment: This episode was very much about how some soldiers must feel returning from an unpopular war which in reality bankrupted England at the time. Robin might have expected a hero’s welcome. Instead, as Guy so rightly sneers, he's lost everything from his girl to his house to his title. I personally lost track of the number of times Djaq was going to fail to escape, or Gisborne was going to be tied up. (A bit repetitious!) But it was a good action packed episode, if less romantic than last week, and it laid a good foundation for future stories: How will Marian feel about Djaq being so readily accepted into the group when her own work as the Night Watchman hasn't been given similar respect by Robin? Does Djaq feel the same way about Will Scarlet? And just who was it that managed to dig out the mine shaft which had been blown up in episode 5 so it could be used again as an escape route in episode 8? More pictures in the week, Hoodies. Until then, see y'all next Saturday, same Hood time, same Hood channel.

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Blogger robin hood said...

BBC Robin Hood 2006 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).

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Tasha said...

Another good episode.Thought the tattoo was rubbish,until I realised that if you look at it upside-down,it's a wolf's head.Felt Jonas was a bit lightweight,in the scenes with Guy.He's totally over-shadowed by Richard Armitage,whose acting goes from strength to strength[I'm NOT a member of his Army either]

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think that rh was amazing in this episode!
And he looked so sweet when he was been talked to by marian. Guy was good too, but robin was definatly my fave.
will marian ever kiss robin? or vice verser?

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Loved this episode, much darker than the others. Fantastic! I always suspected that Will Scarlet had something for Djaq, and now i know! Keep up the fantastic website.

7:37 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...


Thanks for interpreting the tattoo. I hadn't realised. I'll post a picture later in the week. I know what you mean about Armitage. His experience really showed. But in all fairness to Jonas, he is doing an amazing job in such company as Armitage and Keith Allen, when you think of all the experience they've got from the past. Especially Allen. For the younger actors, getting a chance to see him in action must be like having access to a drama master class.

I predict one kiss.... But I reckon the BBC will leave us with a fairly sad ending to make us come back for series 2. So, will it be a kiss goodbye? I hope not!

Thanks for the kind words. This all started as just a hobby, long before the new series started. And it's still a hobby. But boy oh boy does Saturday night get hectic trying to do the pictures before it gets too late.

There seems to have been a problem today with the comments box. The sound file (theme music) was stopping the page loading. So I've replaced that for a short while until it gets sorted.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Hey just searching the web and found out a second 13 part series has been confermed!! Yay. Also Robin Hood gets 7million viewers average each week!!! cant wait for the next episode.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is a second series
same cast
thought you should know

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's annoying, but i want them to kiss and get married but then, there wouldn't be another series would there!! argh!
but hey, i can you think that maybe she'll relax a bit around him. this episode she was a bit more soft but i wish i could see it more!!

6:17 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi "anon",
I think she was being "more soft" because she was really worried about how he was behaving. I think Jonas did a good job in conveying what it must be like for a soldier to come home after a war. I also think it was Much who went off and got her to come and help.
In real life Robin and Marian did end up getting married in Edwinstowe Church. But the courtship may have been this difficult.

9:02 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

Jesii (is that spelt right?)

Thanks for passing that on. All support most appreciated. I nearly ordered the dvd today, but thought I'd wait until I can get the whole of series one. I think at present its just episodes 1 - 5.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Tasha said...

The BBC Press office have issued info about the last two episodes.They sound exciting

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i got the dvd and it is great
i wanted the whole series
but i couldn't wait
that is the right spelling
wierd i know
blame the parents

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey- sorry, 'anon' was me, i forgot to put freya!
in the musical we did we(i was robin hood) got married but then the series would be over!

6:44 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

It seems each episode gets more exciting than the last. I was very impressed with the range of emotions and acting on the part of Richard and Jonas in this episode. :) What more can I say?
Absolutely excellent. And Will's announcement was a nice little touch as well - we have suspected he had a bit of a thing for Djaq.
However, I think perhaps that Marian is getting in a little too deep in this political seems she is not seeing Gisborne clear-headedly anymore. Her efforts within the system are not working as well as they once had. What do you think?

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with you there,emily
i think there has to be some happily ever after for people to come back for the next bit of the story
so there must be one of the couples getting together
doesn't ther?

11:05 AM  
Blogger robin hood said...


Yes I think Marian is getting a bit out of her depth. The Night Watchman has done great work helping circulate food and favour among the pesants, and in that way was an outlaw even before Robin hood. But she's no match for the Sheriff or Gisborne. AND, do you think Guy was actually asleep when he was tied up and she was there talking to Robin????


I only hope, if Djaq and Will do get together, it doesn't end in tears - or much worse.....

3:17 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

No, I don't think so. I've been pondering that myself, and I it sounds quite like something Gisborne would do - pretend to be knocked out/asleep.
I really think Marian better watch her back - VERY carefully. She's a brave woman, but there seems to be a slight touch of naivety in her character as well.

6:43 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

I agree about Marian. She's now operating out of her depth.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous riya said...

jonas displayed anguish and pain wonderfully (i love him already, so call me biased if u wanna)...
very nice episode...this is the 1st episode of robin hood that i watched in US, and it had me obsessed almost instantly (well actually the instant bit was jonas's looks, but u get the point..lolz)..
two of my fav scenes were a) when marian and robin argue in the forest, about guy's treason and marian's reaction over the engagement...and b) ofcourse --
will & allan - it's djaq
much - tht's not even an answer, 'it's djaq'
will & allan (simulataneously) - allan - thing is, i think i like her
will - i love her

2:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

riya - i know i love that bit (i love her etc)!! i really hope that will and djaq do get together - ive heard theres a whole episode for it in series 2... but djaq is gonna be there all the time?!! can someone tell me whats going on?? but then again, if will is is free agent... anyone have his number lol!!

h xx

9:35 PM  

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