Robin Hood – Turk Flu

More chivalry and silliness this week, and more of the outrageously anachronistic language and attitudes that seem to be annoying some people. Personally, I find that sort of thing adds a certain charm to what might otherwise have been a wee bit boring. It’s quite clear that this isn’t being played altogether seriously, and for me, that’s a Good Thing. A serious version of Robin Hood would probably not be for me…

Anyway, this episode involved that essential part of the Robin Hood story: the archery competition. You know the kind of thing, the Sheriff arranges a contest knowing that Robin won’t be able to resist taking part, which will make it easy to capture him. Robin knows that he knows, so finds a way..

But that was more of a side plot. The Sheriff owns an iron ore mine, with a slight safety problem. When the workers go on strike[1], he decides to replace them all with slave labour. As you’d expect, the wagon bringing the slaves is intercepted by the outlaws. Speaking of which, what happened to the rest of the guys who were with Little John? I know we saw Roy have a terminal disagreement with the Sheriff, but I’m sure there used to be more of them…

Anyway. Robin is outraged at what he calls “human trafficking[2]”, and determines to not only free the Turkish slaves[3], but to make sure the trade goes no further in his area.

And so it goes. More fancy archery, the mine is permanently closed, a bit of justice is done, and the outlaws get a new member: Djaq, a young woman who after being freed decides to stay on.

There was also a nice confrontation between Marian, in her “Night Watchman” disguise and the increasingly creepy Gisbourne. Maybe next time she’ll hit him a bit harder…

Yes, it’s silly, frothy, and more than a wee bit nonsensical. But it’s still fun.

[1] Which I suspect wasn’t really an option at that time.
[2] Another glorious anachronism!
[3] The slave trader is most put out that the Pope has forbidden making Christians into slaves, which forces him to use Moslems…