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ROBIN HOOD - Series 2 (2007) (import)

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  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SGRP64
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,414 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally its being released on dvd! 5 May 2008
By R. tate
the first series was awesome and i thought that series 2 couldn't match series 1. i was wrong. having waited nearly a year for the second series, it came and surprised us all - especially the last episode (fans you know what i mean). besides not warming to the very last episode (even though it was fantastic building up to) this series was my favourite one so far of robin hood. i can't wait to finally buy it when its released. if you didn't like the first series then i recommend you watch this series. I wonder what series 3 will have in store in october.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and darker 27 May 2008
The second series of the fab BBC production maintained the high production values of the first series.

The first episode of this series seemed a bit over hammed by the character Rose. The over-acting took away slightly from what was a good episode. It was great to see that the humour form the first series had continued through to the second, I particularly liked the Two Ronnies reference "it's goodnight from me, and it's goodnight from him" - a perfect example of the cultural nods given by this witty series.

The humour continues throughout the next few episodes, with `Booby and the Beast' we see an intricate series of traps in the strong room, will Robin be able to successfully rob the war chest? There is technology which seems over elaborate and probably not really feasible, but that's the fun of the series; you don't take it too seriously, it uses modern devices to bring the characters to life. There's jealous tension here when Marion befriends a German buffoon (supposed). The plot twist surrounding Count Friedrich gave the episode an added edge. You knew what was going to happen, the set-up was obvious, but you enjoyed watching everything unfurl. Not the most plausable of episodes - but fun nonetheless.

Childhood is the third episode and at times maybe a little over sentimental. It's always awkward when child actors are involved, sometimes performances are a little wooden and there's always the temptation to have sickly sweet moments. You get both in this, but the show stealing scene goes to the fantastic Richard Armitage as the Guy of Gisbourne walking out to battle Robin in a very fetching suit of armour.

The opening scene of the fourth episode shows an imposter to The Nightwatchman played by Ralf Little.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squeeeeeeeeee! 16 Jun 2008
By Scarlet
For those of you who didn't particularly like the first season of this you'll love this one! Far, far better storylines and acting from most of the cast thankfully although Keith Allen is always superb. Best of all, the delightful Richard Armitage is back as Guy of Gisborne - the only reason I continued watching Season 1 *wink*

No spoilers but make sure you have a box of tissues handy for the finale :(
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Development in 2nd series 12 July 2008
I absolutely LOVED this series of Robin Hood! In the first series, though the storylines were good, the characters were a bit 2D, but in this series all the characters develop and grow, and you see changes in all of them. SUPERB acting from Richard Armitage, Lucy Griffiths and Jonas Armstrong! This is a must see for anyone who wasn't keen on the first series.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another thrill ride (with heart) that surpasses season one 15 Jun 2008
By Trillian - Published on
Robin and the gang are back, giving us a second season packed with action, intrigue, humor, and even more of those wonderful little character moments that made the first season such a joy. It is evident even from the first episode that the overall tone of the show is much darker this time around, as each our heroes must contend not only with the Sheriff's evildoings, but also with their own personal tragedies. This darker tone goes hand-in-hand with a bit more violence, though it is no more graphic than what was presented in the first season. This gives the show an intensity that had been missing before, and the opportunity to present some jaw-dropping action sequences (Robin vs the Black Knights is not to be missed!).

It was always the characters that made the show appealing to me, and on that score S2 delivers in spades. There are many lovely Robin/Marian moments, and some surprising new alliances (of friends and enemies) are formed as well. One of my favorite scenes of the entire series is a beautifully-written character exposition sequence in the episode "A Good Day To Die" where, in the classic death-at-sunrise scenario, each member of the gang spends their potentially last-night-on-earth revealing their inner secrets. It's an extremely emotional scene, and a powerful one, that brings up insecurities and issues that have been building since the very beginning of the series.

Of course, the series wouldn't be Robin Hood if there wasn't also plenty of fun to be had along the way. The Sheriff is still as hilarious as he is evil, and it's a blast watching Robin and Co. get the best of him time and again. Keith Allen does an especially great job with the Sherrif's gloating/crying in "Get Carter", an episode which also introduces one of the most enjoyable recurring characters to come to Nottingham in quite awhile.

Season 2 has more of a cohesive story arc than season one, and as such, there are plot twists galore (most notably the 2-part finale) that impact future episodes and draw on events of those past. I'd recommend staying spoiler-free until you've seen them. That being said, get a box of tissues handy and be prepared to pick your jaw up off the floor by the time you finish the last episode. It's a doozy.

Rumor has it, there will be a S3, although the BBC is a being a bit cagey as to the details. In the meantime, settle down with season two and enjoy the ride!
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Fun with Jonas Armstrong and Richard Armitage 21 Jun 2008
By Kerry M. Swicegood - Published on
This second installment of the popular BBC series will take you on a serious ride. You will laugh and by the end you will most likely cry. Both Jonas (Robin) and Richard (Guy) are serious talents and they are really comfortable with their roles. Lucy Griffith's (Marion) shines this year as she serves as Robin spy in the castle. This Robin Hood series takes a serious turn as Robin begins to kill and as he fights for England, but he still possesses his cheekiness. Love this series and ABSOLUTELY LOVE JONAS AND RICHARD. I also recommend North and South for the hopeless romantics.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great television despite a few cheesy moments 29 Sep 2009
By Cathy Young - Published on
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The second season of the new BBC "Robin Hood" gets off to an uneven start. The first three episodes feature overly cheesy adventure plots (including one in which the hero is slowly lowered into a snakepit and one in which the baddies are trying to build an invincible army by creating armor out of impenetrable metal), but the strong character and relationship development more than makes up for it -- specifically, the Robin Hood/Lady Marian/Guy of Gisborne triangle, the storyline of Allan turning a spy for Gisborne, and the tense dynamic between Guy and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

From Episode 4 onward, however, the pace really picks up and the cheese factor drops dramatically (despite some lame moments here and there). The Sheriff's plot against King Richard and Robin, Marian, and the gang's efforts to stop this plot take center stage, even as the character/relationship developments get ever more complicated and interesting. Robin's almost fanatical zeal in the king's cause takes an often dark turn, Marian is devoted to his cause but finds herself stifled when she joins him in the woods, Allan is torn between opportunistic self-interest and attachment to his friends in the gang, and Guy's feelings for Marian bring out his long-suppressed humanity and cause him to question the Sheriff's actions. Meanwhile, Marian's love and admiration for Robin coexists with increasingly complex attraction/repulsion feelings toward Guy as she begins to see a compassionate and even noble side to him. The dynamic between Guy and Allan is fascinating to watch as the two seem to develop a genuine friendship. The storyline involving Marian's father is also very touching. Meanwhile, the Sheriff remains his deliciously evil self as he plays for ever-higher stakes. The cast does a great job, particularly Richard Armitage as Guy, Keith Allen as the Sheriff, Lucy Griffiths as Marian, Joe Armstrong as Allan and Jonas Armstrong as Robin. Some of the supporting cast is excellent as well, especially the actress who plays Matilda the accused witch in "Ducking and Diving" and the actor who plays Lord Winchester in "For England."

Episodes 6 through 12 are truly awesome (my personal favorites are "For England" and "Walkabout"). The season finale is highly controversial because of ....


... Marian's death at Guy's hands. I don't think it was a wise decision, and Marian's departure definitely harmed the show (though I think there is a lot to like in Season 3 as well), but at the same time, it is a very powerful if tragic conclusion to the S2 storyline. (Too bad it's somewhat diluted by a ridiculously drawn-out death scene in which Marian is way too coherent for someone who's been stabbed in the stomach, and the sequences after her death drag on much too long as well.)

All in all, a vastly enjoyable season.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Always delightful and fun" 14 Oct 2009
By Laurie C. Davis - Published on
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The reason I love this series is because it is so much fun. I am a huge fan of the Robin Hood legend. My favorite rendition is Errol Flynn ("Adventures of Robin Hood", 1938) but what Jonas Armstrong brings to the character shouldn't be missed. Armstrong's facial expressions and delivery makes you love Robin even more.

The actors who portray Hood's gang was well cast. They play off each other beautifully. I feel the group is more unified that I have ever seen before-I love it when they state together, "WE ARE ROBIN HOOD". you realize that is is more than one person, it is an ideal.

The storytelling is also well done. It gives you more than Robin Hood and his band of thieves stealing from the rich (and giving to the poor). From the beginning of season 1, you discover the history of Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham (brilliantly played by Keith Allen), the battle of the throne between Richard and John as well as how the gang was formed.

I love every season-as I am now enjoying the 3rd and last on BBC America, my favorite is season 2. So many people are critical of certain details (i.e. accuracy of costumes). Personally, I think it is a beautiful telling of the legend in every way. It is an enjoyable series-lighthearted and fun.

I hate to say goodbye to Jonas Armstrong's Robin Hood after only three seasons. Thank goodness for DVDs so I can continue to invite him, Big John, Much, Tuck and the others in my home.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep an open mind and for goodness sake have a sense of humor... 5 April 2011
By J. Hanson - Published on
To put it plainly, this is a wonderfully entertaining show. You have got to remember that this not a period perfect window into historical life, nor is it a lesson in the finer points of medieval syntax. This show is just a good bit of entertainment and something that if you sit back and actually relax while watching, you will end up enjoying.
My best words of advice for this show or any other form of entertainment for that matter is to not take things too seriously and don't go into it with expectations of how good or bad it is going to be. As with all television shows they take a little dramatic license here and there, but so do most of us when we are using our imaginations or day dreaming. Keep an open mind and for goodness sake please have a sense of humor about it all, because I bet if you watched it...actually watched yourself a few episodes to really begin feeling out the characters; you would find this show to be a good bit of fun, just like it is meant to be.
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