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Rediscovering Sherwood - moonspinner
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Rediscovering Sherwood
Thanks to everyone that wrote in concerns. My cousins are fine. They were never in any actual danger but it was a bad scare. A scare that England is quickly forgetting... until the next scare. *tired*

Happier news: For a nice change, my DVDs arrived before the weekend. Hubby and I spent long hours, watching Desperate Housewives Season 2, and the re-watching old, old, ancient Robin of Sherwood. That show is so old that I can’t even attach ‘Seasons 1 and 2’ to it, even though that’s what the DVD claims. It seems so pretentious!


Gosh, memories do glamorize things, don’t they? Especially childhood memories. I actually understand SW fanboyz who rage/fume at Lucas better. I watched ANH as a thirteen year old and wondering what the big deal was. I used to think that the fanboyz were clearly delusional because --- hello! --- the OT has all the faults of the PT: cheesy dialogue? – check; gratuitous action over character development? – check. But after a few episode of Robin of Sherwood, I get them. Their memory of the OT as this immaculate work of art is… completely false. But they’d protect that memory rather than face the grim reality.


Not that I dislike any part of Star Wars. Far from it. Neither do I resent Robin of Sherwood for not being the masterpiece that I remembered it as. If anything, I really amused myself laughing over the dialogue (you want some bread with that cheese?), the deus ex machine ex herne of some of the stories, the stereotyping of the Normans and the anvil-sized subtle themes of the corruption of the Church and the State.


But so what if it’s not as wonderful as I remembered and I probably would not look twice at it if it were being premiered now? As a wise person once said, it doesn’t stop being magic just because you know how it works. Once I heard the familiar opening strings of ‘The Hooded Man’, I fell back in love. With the nobility and goodness of Robin of Loxley. With the beauty and gustiness of Marion (Oh praise the stars for a time when freckles and bushy hair were trademarks for beauty!) With the angsty snarkiness of Will Scarlet. With the sweetness of Little John. With the wild, magic freedom of Sherwood forest. With the cunning of the Sheriff and the gullible cruelty of Gisbon. With the mystery and sorcery of the Baron de Bellem, with Morgwn the Witch-Nun and power of the Swords of Wayland. With the haunting, achingly lovely Celtic soundtrack…


I’d probably rant more as I steadily go through all the episodes. (Hubby and I’ve only watched 2 discs). In the meanwhile, here're a few memorabe words:



[Robin to Marion's first meeting in Robin Hood and the Sorcerer]
Robin: "You are like a May morning."

[Robin persuading Marion to stay with him, even in the Winter in Robin Hood and the Sorcerer]
Robin: "I'd build a fire at the cave's mouth, wrap you in sheepskin, and hold you close."


Wow! He's worse than Anakin!!! :O


[The Witch of Elsdon]
Sheriff: "Soldiers have a habit of dying. It's an occupational hazard."

[Alan A Dale. Gisburne just asked the Sheriff to burn Wickham down and drive its villagers into the forest]
Sheriff:: "As an example of what? Hmm? I'll tell you, Gisburne, shall I? Since you are obviously incapable of answering my question. As an example of your stupidity! Those people are my property. The fields that they work are my fields. And your masterly plan is to drive them into the forest to join up with that wolfshead!


[Alan A Dale]
Sheriff: "Why on earth did I agree to be united in the unholy bounds of matrimony with a pansy-face sixteen year old virgin? That is - if she is still a virgin, of course. Do you think it is worth the money, Gisburne? Could it possibly be worth ten thousand marks?"..."Why don't you answer?"
Gisburne: "I assumed the question was rethorical, my lord."
Sheriff: "Never assume anything, Gisburne, except an occasional air of intelligence!"


[Alan A Dale, Gisburne had his men practice cheering the Sheriff at the wedding]
Sheriff: "Well, put them back in their little box or do something with them!"



The Sheriff always gets the best lines! *g*



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From: galadhir Date: July 3rd, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
England is not forgetting, we're just used to this kind of stuff. We've always had airport bombs and ferry bombs etc etc - you can't get too faffed about it or you wouldn't be able to function. This was a scare, which means that no one got hurt and the security services are doing their job well. If anything, it's reassuring.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 4th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your icon. Can I steal it? *g*

Oh, I definitely agree with what you said. Remember the IRA bombing? I guess it was just knee-jerk reaction because it hit so close to home.

To be honest, I prefer the statement in your icon to America's own state of Constant Panic!!!
charmisjess From: charmisjess Date: July 3rd, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oof. I'm so glad everyone is okay. This whole business is so miserable.

You make some very good points about the blinding glaze of nostalgia. *g* Actually, all the good points! I shall try to remember that the people who start fights with me over the PT/OT are merely unable to let go of their idealic childhood memories. *nods*
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 4th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, all the good points!

Thanks dear! It's always wise to put ourselves in the other person's boots. That way, we're less inclined to strangle them! :p
atanone From: atanone Date: July 3rd, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE(!!!!!!!♥♥♥♥♥!!!!!) Robin of Sherwood!!! and since i saw the series,I LOVE Clannad :) ;)
my favourite character is definitively Nasir and my favourite villain is the Sherif :)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 4th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
You do! Yah! I knew we'd have tons in common. Do you have any icons? I'm making some as you can see but I'm not very good.

Nasir??? But he was so silent! *g*

missizzy From: missizzy Date: July 3rd, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! He's worse than Anakin!!!
But he's played by Micheal Praed, which makes a lot of difference.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 4th, 2007 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Nah! You've seen one cute boy, you've seen them all. *g*
lesbiassparrow From: lesbiassparrow Date: July 3rd, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bought the DVDs a while back and while I had forgotten some of the cheesiness and the 80s hair, still I really, really loved it. Even all the mad running through the woods. But, god, they did stick Michael Praed in some disturbingly tight leggings, didn't they?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 4th, 2007 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
they did stick Michael Praed in some disturbingly tight leggings, didn't they?

*giggles* Was that a complaint?
in_excelsis_dea From: in_excelsis_dea Date: July 3rd, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen the series, but I think that the quotes were amusing. Bad, but they made me laugh, so that's a good thing. *grins* I hear you on magic vs reality in terms of old television shows. The dialogue might suck, the action scenes might be a joke, but we watched the shows during good times and will always remember them as golden pieces of television (or the cinema, in the case of movies), simply because of that. Even if most people think we're out of our minds.

I'm glad that your cousins are all right.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 4th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
The dialogue might suck, the action scenes might be a joke, but we watched the shows during good times and will always remember them as golden pieces of television (or the cinema, in the case of movies), simply because of that.

QFT. :)
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: July 4th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
The Sheriff always gets the best lines! *g*

"I'll cut your heart out with a spoon!"

Oh, wait, that's from a movie, not a television.

"Because it's dull, it'll hurt more!"

Oops, same movie. ;)

moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 4th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Uh-oh. That joke totally went over my head. :(
laariii From: laariii Date: July 4th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
did you ever watch " maid marian & her merry men?"
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 4th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
No... How was it?
fialleril From: fialleril Date: July 4th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I confess to being one of those people who prefers the OT to the PT. But I was also born in the PT generation, and therefore do not have the excuse of nostalgia. ;) I just have a weakness for father/son stories and tales of redemption...

But I can understand that business about nostalgia. When I was little, I used to the think Quest for Camelot was a brilliant work of cinematic genius. >_<

Still, it must be said that your Sheriff has some excellent snarky lines. Almost makes me want to track down this show...
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 4th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's nothing wrong with preferring the OT to the PT. It's the whole 'Lucas raped our childhood' rant that is a little ... disquieting. :p


I still think Quest for Camelot is cinematic genius! *g*


Still, it must be said that your Sheriff has some excellent snarky lines. Almost makes me want to track down this show...

Well like I said, don't have too high expectations. To counter-balance the Sherrif's excellent snark, you have Marion/Robin dialogue like this:

Marion: How can you be so sure [that the Sherrif's men won't find Robin in the forest]?
Robin: Because I know the forest, and they don't. [with grim confidence]
Marion: Even at night? [with big eyes of awe]
Robin: Even at night. [with grimmer confidence]


Puts Shakespeare to shame, I tell you. *g*
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