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Ye Olde Nottinghamme Towne
on 2 July 2009
Series 3 seemed more predicatable then the others, perhaps because I was able to guess some of the plot twists before seeing the episode, but there were some positives.
Some of the plotlines were good, and even satisfying, such as Robin and Gisborne's alliance, and the series finale. I also liked some of the new characters.
Prince John was my personal favourite, a delightfully slippery little weasel, and hopelessly vain. A little too gullible though, I felt.
Kate was just a blonde Marion with a Midlands accent. There seemed little difference between the two, with Kate insisting she was perfectly capable of looking after herself, despite her uncanny knack for being captured. She was not very well developed, and rather too full of herself.
Isabella's seems to have a serious identity crisis . Throughout the series she took on many personas. At first a poor, innocent, victim of abuse, then an angered avenger, a fifth columnist, a manipulative treacherous seductress, and a helpless victim again when her husband comes back, who runs to Robin begging for help. In one episode she promises to bring justice and fairness to Nottingham, the next she is an evil tyrant.
The costumes were better in this series, the plumed helmets are gone, and there are no women in trousers. Does that mean the programme makers have embraced accuracy and realism? Not really.
One of the most irksome, albiet minor inconsistencies was the way that the characters kept referring to Brother Tuck who was quite obviously a monk as a 'priest'. There is a vast difference between the two and 12th century British people would have known this.
For some reason King Richard's body is bought to Nottingham, and Prince John is crowned there, rather than London, 500 year old viking treasure is discovered in perfect condition, along with an intact longship, nobody seems to notice that Gisborne's mother is 8 months pregnant, and everyone seems to know about the 'secret' escape tunnel in Nottingham castle.
This could be likened to a mediocre soap opera, which relies on the death of characters, and lots of explosions for a dramatic ending. Perhaps Ye Olde Nottinghamme Towne would be a better Title.
In spite on everything though, it is still enjoyable, and for some strange reason I actually rather liked it.