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He's right you know, Oxford's a complete dump!,
This review is from: Blackadder 4 - Blackadder Goes Forth - The Entire Historic Fourth Series  [DVD] (DVD)For me, this is the best of all the Blackadder series. The tone of this series seems to be different to all the others and your opinions of the characters is different accordingly.
Blackadder is for the most part a snide and somewhat cruel and unpleasant character, but rather than dislike him for the way he treats his couterparts, in Goes Forth, you just feel for him, placed in this desperate situation and trying anything he can think of to get out of it. Who would not, given the circumstances.
Making a comedy out of the tragic events of WW1 shows great skill and the writers manage it tremendously. They are helped by an incredibly good cast - there really are no weak links. For me, Stephen Fry playing the dimwitted General Meltchett is the standout, though an excellent cameo in one episode by Rik Mayall as flying ace Lord Flashart runs him close.
What is truely brilliant is the end. After all his attempts to escape, Blackadder is sent over the top, we presume to his doom, though we are never shown for definate, as the screen fades to show the battlefield in modern times. This could have been handled so badly, but it was in fact, perfect.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2008 20:38:20 BDT
Hans Maulwurf says:
Just a small addition: I found the end somewhat unpleasing, until I got the Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid allusion. Just so cunning... :-)
Posted on 8 Jun 2010 19:52:36 BDT
I saw this way back when and really enjoyed it but to me it hasn't aged well because of the canned laughter, which actually prevents me from watching it now. Whoever had that idea needs shooting! I'd rather watch Monty Python or something now - where the viewer is given enough credit to spot the jokes on his/her own
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