Robin Hood – A Dangerous Deal

Well, after last week’s silliness, Isabella is settling into her new job as Sheriff. Robin visits her late at night and suggests that she should work with him rathet than for Prince John. She declines, and makes her view quite clear by cutting his escape rope while he’s still climbing down it. The next day, she holds court, wher she freese Meg, a young girl charged with the quite serious offence of refusing to marry any of the men suggested by her father. Meg’s quite firm on the matter, which impreses Isabella, who seems to be developing some distinctly feminist tendencies.

Rising to the occasion, she tells the people that she’s a whole new kind of Sheriff, and announces that her dear brother Guy will be executed. But before she can make any more announcements, her husband, Squire Thornton arrives,  and announces that he’s the new Sheriff. He’s just about to get a little rough, when Meg tells him that she knows where lots of gold is buried, and he cna have it if he’ll stop being a pantomime villain nasty to Isabella. He has Meg put int he dungeon, in a cell next to grumpy Guy, and gets Isabella to lead him and his guards to the forest, where she does a bit of digging…

While Kate starts to show her feelings for Robin, and Meg taunts Guy a bit, Isabella finds some gold. Soon they find a cunningly hidden burial mound, full of Norse treasure. They’re watched by Robin and the gang. Tuck explains that the treasure was buried for the long journey to Valhalla. Allan asks if that’s somewhere near Norwich.

While Meg and Guy start to have a nice chat[1], Thornton continues to loot the mound, pausing only to kill one of his men for looking at the gold the wrong way[2]. Of course, Robin’s team have hijacked the cart, and with a bit of an attack to distract Thornton, it should have all gone nicely. But Much, who’s been making puppy-dog eyes at Kate for ages, is somewhat distracted by seeing her with Robin, and manages to get knocked off the cart by one of the guards.

Everyone runs off, including Isabella, who, when she meets Robin, asks him to help her.[3] Thornton is separated from his gold thanks to the old voice of thunder trick, which leads to Robin and the gang having him taken away to the local madhouse[4].  Isabella, having been escorted back to Nottingham by Little John, does some more ranting after getting Meg out of the dungeon.

Meg, having had a nice chat with Guy, feels sorry for him, and takes him some food, which leads to more soul searching. Much, being, err, much upset about Kate and Robin, wanders off in an unspecified direction.

Isabella, being devious, writes a letter to Prince John, apologising for whatever it is she’s done, and saying that she’s got a present for him. The gold? Or something else? Meg borrows her keys, and tries to free Guy, but quite naturally is caught by Isabella, who decides that all men are quite nasty really, and that Meg’s obviously too far gone to save, so she can be executed along with Guy. This makes very little sense[5], but it does establish Isabella as being a wee bit bonkers, which may be relevant later.

Much sees Isabella and a small entourage riding into the forest, which doesn’t alarm him too much, until he sees the much larger collection of guards following behind in as stealthy a manner as you can when wearing armour.

And sure enough, when Robin and the gang meet Isabella, the chests she’s brought along don’t contain gold, but odd bits of iron, and the soldiers surrounding them probably aren’t there to just say hello. It all looks pretty bad until Much arrives with a bunch of horses that the guards had left in a convenient place, and the gang ride away…

Back at the castle, it’s time for Guy’s execution. Robin and the gang are there to steal some gold, but when they see Meg is also to be executed, there’s a slight change of plan. Isabella does a big speech about Guy being “an enemy of the people”, Guy pleads for Meg’s life, Robin shoots the axe out of the executioner’s hand, Thornton turns up, Guy escapes with Meg, but Meg gets slightly stabbed, and Isabella gets a bit upset.

Thornton chases Isabella into the castle and says he’s going to kill her. She begs for his forgiveness and he gets close enough for her to stab him ever so slightly fatally. Robin and Kate arrive just in time to see that Isabella doesn’t need any help actually, and leave. Meg dies in Guy’s arms, but not before he tells her that she’s really helped him. Robin and Kate start getting to know each other better, and Isabella orders that all Thornton’s men are to be killed to make sure no messages get to Prince John. Oh, and next time, it’ll be Robin that gets killed…

Quite delightfully silly and nonsensical, really. But from next week,it looks like things might get more interesting. Flashbacks! The truth about Guy’s past! And Robin’s!

[1] Oh dear. This was a bit much…
[2] Kind of a “did you spill my pint” taken to extremes…
[3] Given the number of times she’s changed sides, you’d think he’d be a little bit wary…
[4] And if he says anything about being Sheriff of Nottingham…
[5] And is therefore quite normal for this series