Robin Hood – A Thing Or Two About Loyalty

Yes, yes, I’m way behind with my reviewing. Anyway, just a quick note about last Saturday’s bit of silliness. A man[1] working for Gisbourne has developed a new variety of “black powder”[2] that is very powerful indeed. Being the kind of nice, idealistic chap who really should know better than to associate with the likes of Gisbourne[3], he insists that his invention should only be used for mining, and not as a weapon. The Sheriff takes the view that the inventor should hand over the method for making the powder, and decides to use all his powers of persuasion. Well, torture, actually…

Robin and his friends, having seen the demonstration, do the usual routine of getting into the castle[4] with the intention of helping the inventor. It seems he’s done so many experiments that he can’t remember which recipe worked – all the details are in a ledger which he has concealed.

And yes, from there on, it’s the usual sort of thing. Only with more explosions than usual. All very silly, undemanding stuff, and none the worse for it. The Sheriff kills someone, the outlaws are triumphant in the end, and they’ll all be back for another adventure next week. Well, tomorrow, actually – I did say I was behind with my reviews…

[1] Radio Times used the word “scientist”, which is almost as anachronistic as most of the dialogue
[2] Or “gunpowder” as we’d call it
[3] Not to mention the Sheriff
[4] The guy wanders in like he owns the place…