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4.0 out of 5 stars Final instalment of a classic series., 25 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Robin Of Sherwood - Series 3 - Part 2 - Episodes 7 To 13 [1984] [DVD] (DVD)
Robin Of Sherwood is my most favourite series of all time. Unfortunately, at the time, nobody knew that this series would be the last one. As a result, the whole saga is left with an unfinished feel to it and the final episode doesn't really end with a bang which is slightly disappointing. Also, I feel this collection contains the weakest selection of stories of all the DVD collections, but don't be downhearted because that's no bad thing where Robin of Sherwood is concerned, this is still a great collection. The first two episodes are superb: 'Cromm Cruac' is my favourite episode of the entire third series, with Richard O' Brien (from the Crystal Maze) returning as the evil Gulnar, who resurrects the most evil little demon you have ever seen! 'The Betrayal' is next, a clever episode which sees King John arriving in Nottingham with a rather nifty plan to catch the outlaws. 'Adam Bell' is next, which sees the return of an infamous outlaw to Sherwood Forest, who kidnaps the sheriff's nephew. As a result, the sheriff turns to Robin for help! 'The Betrayal' is a poor episode, my least favourite in all three series. This surrounds the arrival of a mysterious young lad in Sherwood who claims to hold a claim to the throne. 'Rutterkin' is a more light-hearted episode, in which Robin's father is accused of using a witch to curse the king. Finally, we have the two-part story 'The Time of the Wolf', which sees a band of bloodthirsty savages rampaging through Sherwood, aided by the return of the evil Gulnar! On the whole, this is a highly entertaining collection, but doesn't quite hold the depth or level of interest of earlier collections. However, it still maintains the superb balance of sword and sorcery, which made Robin of Sherwood so unique. Top performances come from the utterly crackers Richard O' Brien, Philip Davis is fantastic as the utterly bad-tempered King John and Bryan Marshall makes an interesting Adam Bell. Settings remain as effective as ever with some wonderful scenery and impressive castles. The monastery in 'The Time of the Wolf' is particularly impressive. If you're new to Robin of Sherwood, this collection is great but buy an earlier one because they are better. If you love the series, by all means complete your collection with this boxed set. Still well worth getting.
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