Robin Hood – Get Carter!

Dearie me! I’m nearly a week late with this one.

The episode titles are getting progressively sillier, the storylines more and more unlikely, and the dialogue ever more ludicrous. And yet still I watch every week and enjoy it. Maybe it’s because the show is so amiably silly that it manages to get away with things that would normally put me off. Or maybe my critical faculties are at their lowest on Saturday evenings. It’s not as if it was on late enough to benefit form me having had a glass or three of wine first…

But enough digression. Last Saturday’s episode involved the Sheriff hiring a professional killer to retrieve the pact that Robin stole from him, and to kill Robin while he was at it. The killer, Carter, does an impressive routine with swords, before kneeling before the Sheriff and kissing his ring. And yes, the Sheriff did ask Guy why he never does that. Ahhhhh, innuendo. Where would we be without it?

Anyway, Carter manages to con his way into Robin’s camp (you know the sort of thing, Sheriff’s men rough up the villagers, stranger arrives and helps…). The much maligned Much thinks he knows Carter, but as ever, nobody takes any notice of him.

So it’s not at all surprising that some time later, Robin returns to camp to find that everyone has been tied up by Carter, who demands that Robin gives him the pact. Unless Robin would rather he killed everyone, of course.

A fight follows, which Robin wins far too easily. More silliness follows, including another fight which ends with Carter breaking down in tears. It’s the old story. His brother was killed in the Holy Land because he went on a raid he shouldn’t have, but the ever-noble Robin let it be known that he (Robin) had ordered him (Carter’s brother) into battle so people wouldn’t think he (Carter’s brother) was an idiot. And so Carter had wanted to kill him (Robin, not his brother, who was already dead).

And so the man hired to kill Robin joins forces with him (didn’t see that one coming, did we?), to trick the Sheriff. Much fun follows, with Robin playing dead. Carter eventually goes off to warn the king about the Sheriff’s plan, what with the last messenger not having made it.

All very silly, but still a lot of fun. Apparently Jonas Armstrong, who plays Robin, has announced that he doesn’t plan on continuing in the role after the third series, which is in production. Whether it will continue with a new actor remains to be seen. I can’t see it being a problem though…

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