I enjoyed your review, but it's a shame you managed to make several important mistakes. The star of the show was Michael Praed, not Michael Sheard. Nasir the saracen was played by Mark Ryan, not Ayres! I'm glad you found this series off the back of the awful BBC series. I agree with your comments made here.
Robin of Sherwood is the best, most authentic and thought provoking rendition of the Robin Hood legend ever made. Forget Flynn, Fairbanks and Greene. This is the rugged hero for the British underclasses. The magical elements represented in the show merely emphasised the folklore and superstition in England at that time.Whilst peasants were nominally christian, they still practised the old ways.The forests were still the domains of spirits and monsters.Herne can be seen in one respect as a personification of nature, another as a shaman, representing the god of the forest who protected the good folk of the woods.
The magic in the show was, for the most part, underplayed until it got to Series Three where things went a little wrong. The first thing that went wrong was when Michael Praed decided to leave and they hired Jason Connery largely, I believe, because he was the son of James Bond.They needed a good hook in order to get US backing.Praed leaving was a huge thorn in the side of the production and it was a stroke of genius how they managed to pull it back.Unfortunately, at that time few actors were available that were good enough to be anywhere as definitive as Praed was in the role.Of course, the two Robins were different people, but Connery proved how young and out of his depth he could get.In his favour, he had a physicality and knack for playing 'mean & moody' but if you see him in anything else, you soon realise that this is how he acts all the time.I've often been creased up in hysterics watching him screwing up his face and barking out his lines.He clearly was unable to support the show on his own, so guest stars were brought in and more emphasis was given to the other merry men.There is a distinct lack of continuity in Series Three caused by the change in writing, made worse when the episodes were, consistantly, screened out of order.
Yes, RoS had as many holes as a golf course, but it was still one of the best produced, skillfully written tv series ever produced.