Robin Hood. Episode 13 . A Clue: No.
Returning to the cave they begin to pay their personal respects over Marian’s lifeless body, until Alan realises she is in fact still breathing. Djaq recognises the symptom of hemlock poisining, as Marian awakens from her coma before being carried back to Knighton Hall. Marian's father, Sir Edward, has markedly less concern for his daughter than he does the returning King Richard, and tries to persuade Robin Hood to accompany him to Nottingham to protect the King, even though it means letting Marian marry Gisborne. Indeed he is adamant that Robin should "let her go" unless he has a foolproof plan to save her. Robin departs to think things through alone, only to have Much approach him with the same sentiments as Sir Edward, that he should let Marian go. Robin's sarcastic response directed at Much is vicious, and Much soon leaves him alone.
What none of them know is that King Richard is not returning to England. It is all just a ruse by the Sheriff to see who is likely to betray him if such an event took place. The Sheriff plans on killing those disloyal to him, and informs Guy of his plan. Of course Guy is disappointed because it changes the conditions by which Marian agreed to marriage. Marian goes to see Guy and asks him if the rumours about him attempting to assassinate the King whilst in the Holy Lands are true. He denies it and, his passions aroused, attempts a kiss. Later, when Robin Hood visits Marian, she tells him she has spoken to Guy and that she feels Robin might be wrong about him. (A statement this reviewer at least found totally incredulous bearing in mind recent events!) She also tells Robin it is time to say goodbye, and that she intends marrying Guy, at which point Robin leaves. Meanwhile Marian's father is gathering a small force together to protect the King he believes bound for Nottingham, and the outlaws join him but without Robin. It falls to the loyal Much to realise they really need their leader, and to go in search of him. When he does so he comes across the Royal procession bound for Nottingham and realises that all is not well.
On the day of the wedding Marian arrives at the church looking beautiful in her Nottingham Lace bridal veil. Her father of course is not present, and Marian herself has to instruct Guy on the proper etiquette of where to stand. During the ceremony Much arrives, shouting out that her heart belongs to another, and that the King is not really the King. This off course negates her promise to Guy, but he threatens her that if she does not go through with the ceremony her father will be in danger. Marian finally changes her mind with a well aimed punch to Guy's jaw, before leaping onto the back of Robin Hood's horse and riding towards the Castle, gleafully tossing her wedding veil to the dust. Upon reaching the gates of Nottingham Castle Robin Hood calls Maid Marian to his side and forever seals their fate as history's great lovers with a kiss. This is not just a kiss fired by their love for each over, it is also an act of heroic defiance, a symbol of their united stance against all the injustices which plague their England, and as such I would suggest to Robin Hood fans everywhere that this moment between Jonas Armstrong and Lucy Grifiths is unparalleled throughout Robin Hood filmdom.
Comment: Bearing in mind that the BBC didn't know for sure at this point whether a second series would prove popular, I thought this a really good ending to the series. Yes I was a little disappointed at the speed of Marian's recovery, which seemed a bit anti-climatic after last week's heart wrenching scenes, and yes my jaw dropped about a mile when she was prepared to believe Guy was misunderstood. (That bit beggared belief!) But the final scenes, as Robin swept her away on horseback, more than made up for it. Maid Marian cannot now go back. Everyone saw her being rescued by Robin Hood. Guy of Gisborne knows this. Everyone saw the kiss. If the BBC now try and have her living with her father back at Knighton Hall it will just be ridiculous. I also really liked the scene between Much and Robin when Robin was so mean to him. When this series first began I didn't like the fact that Little John was not Robin Hood's second in command, which of course he was in real life. But now I see how it has opened up such opportunities as this in which to explore the emotions and humour between such close friends. That wouldn't have been possible with a character like little John. Good episode. Beautiful wedding dress, shame about the father…
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