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ponyboy76 10/10/2006 5:19:06 AM
First off I`ll say that I really like shows like Robin Hood and general stuff about ole Robin of Locksley. I really wanted to enjoy this and was looking forward to watching it. I was disappointed. I couldn't even watch the whole thing. It was really boring. There was nothing on screen that made me feel like continuing to watch. Its a shame because the dude that plays Robin is pretty cool and he was good in GhostSquad.
spiderkeg 10/10/2006 9:53:15 AM
As Worf once said, "I am not a Merry Man!"
teabagging2000 10/10/2006 2:57:16 PM
"So, catch anything good on TV this weekend? Probably not, in America." Huh?! I watched Heroes, Battlestar Galactica (awesome!), and the "new" Dr. Who. There was an abundance of good TV this weekend.
klaatu1701 10/10/2006 8:40:41 PM
And here in Australia......The final (series 2) Dr Who was shown last Saturday evening, excellent series, Saturday nights are going to be so empty now. BSG on Channel 10 at 11.15 pm (taped it), and I agree, awesome. Stargate on Channel 7 at 11.30 pm (taped it), a quality show if ever there was one. I look forward to Robin Hood but am rightly nervous of the Kung Fu touch, not required at all as sworfighting is a martial art in its own right without undue wires and stuff, however we'll see assuming its purchased in OZ. Its always good to see whats happening in my old country, keep it coming.
dersu 10/11/2006 12:12:04 AM
I think the romantic adventure fantasy version of the Robin Hood legend was pretty much nailed in 1938 with “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Sixty-eight years later, the legend has apparently evolved to include kung fu. It would be nice if talented filmmakers got together and made a movie or TV show that actually used the original Robin Hood stories and poems as their basis and made sure it was depicted as believably as possible. These stories tended to depict a bloodier version of the legend where Robin Hood wasn’t necessarily as charitable as he was later depicted. Wikipedia has this to say about the early Robin Hood stories:
dersu 10/11/2006 12:12:37 AM
(Continued from the previous post.) “While in modern stories Robin Hood typically pursues justice, and the Merry Men are almost a proto-democracy, this sense of generosity and egalitarianism is absent from the medieval and Early Modern sources. Robin is often presented as vengeful and self-interested, meting out barbaric punishments to his own enemies, but rarely fighting on the behalf of others. Nothing is stated about ‘giving to the poor,’ although Robin does make a large loan to an unfortunate knight. Furthermore, even within his band, ideals of equality are generally not in evidence. In the early ballads Robin's men usually kneel before him in strict obedience: in the Gest the king even observes that ‘His men are more at his byddynge/Then my men be at myn.’” I’m not saying that the new TV show is bad. I haven’t even seen it. Maybe it’s great. But I think the romantic fantasy thing has been done to death somewhat regarding Robin Hood. And do we really need another update of an old story?
mbeckham1 10/11/2006 9:25:27 AM
I haven't seen this version of Robin Hood but I felt the same way when the new Doctor Who threw a similar scene into the episode "Tooth and Claw" where out of no where a group of religious cultist took off their robes to reviel orange red PJs, threw their staves in the air and turn a gravity defying flip over the villagers, before karating the hell out of them. It didn't fit the theme of werewolves and Vuictorian estates, worse the kungfu was never used or even referenced again. A minor quip in an otherwise good episode, but it did seem gratuitous and misplaced in the episode.
xephon 10/12/2006 3:43:30 AM
teabagging2000, I don't think Matt was being serious with the 'nothing good on american tv' comment. It was just a flippant lead into the main bit. At least, that's how I read it. lol
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