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How else did this show get either viewers or renewals? It's the worst thing ever and I do not say that lightly as I have no standards at all (seriously: I watched Tarzan on the WB and there is no lower than that). It's so horrible and Robin so ferrety and rubbishy that I cannot believe that anyone in their sane mind would think 'right, we need one more year of this.' I am rather impressed by Marian's complete bovineness, though. Her solidity is an example to actresses the world over who aspire to solidity and non-actingness.* Not even Richard Armitage can save this series, though he tries rather gamely.

I think the BBC should do some accounting, though, because quite clearly no money at all was spent on this series. They were taken by bandits. Who possibly had pictures of the top brass with ferrets.

*Also she looks like she wears carpet most of the time. I think they made her dresses out of bits of left over rugs. The actress is not to blame, to be sure, but those are such horrible dresses it is often hard to think straight when she is on screen. And the robes! Even the Middle Ages could not have produced such hideous outfits or the makeup which looks like it was designed and applied by five year olds.

Date: 2006-12-31 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenthesixth.livejournal.com
I know what you mean. I was looking forward to a new Robin Hood adaptation and the first episode just did not impress me at all. I don't buy Robin as a leader or even any kind of soldier. Plus there's no damn chemistry between anybody. They're supposed to be a band of outlaws, fighting and living together? The hell they are. Keith Allen chews the scenery, Richard Armitage (bless him) seems to be doing a medieval version of Thornton from "North & South", and the script people have left the building. I'm shipping Guy and Marion because they're a more interesting couple. And while I'm on my soapbox, the sets all look too new. Loxley Manor looks like it's newly built instead of the long standing estate it's supposed to be. Bah. *is pedantic*

My mother wants me to email the BBC and get Robin re-cast. She's only half joking. We watched the show to the bitter end last night because we wanted closure, and because we liked to snark on it afterwards.

Date: 2006-12-31 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
If only we could dream of Robin being re-cast: at the moment it's hard to think why anyone except a deranged blind person would pick him over Guy. It's not just the looks, but the fact that he has no charisma at all - as you said you couldn't imagine him leading anyone. I keep giving the show another chance but every time I do I find myself astonished with how awful it is, from acting to costumes to sets. At any particular time it only looks like there are about 10 people in Nottingham. No wonder they are so heavily individually taxed!

Richard Armitage is the only person with charisma in the entire show which creates problems as we are obviously supposed to think he can only lead through fear while Robin leads through the power of his personality.


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