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Dump Djaq: bring back Tuck,
This review is from: Robin Hood - Series 1 - Volume 1: Episodes 1-5 [DVD]  (DVD)
This series was loudly trumpeted by the BBC weeks, months even, in advance of its eventually broadcast. I would like to say that it lives up to its hype, but in all honesty; it is a fair series, enjoyable in an undemanding way, with some rather hard-to-swallow plotlines. Kids will like it, even if they won't lap it up. Keith Allen is great fun as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and Jonas Armstrong is a credible Robin Hood.
My main gripe about this series is the absence of Friar Tuck. Judging by other reviews here, I am not the only one. Robin Hood without Tuck is like the Fantastic 4 without The Thing. He is essential, if for nothing else, for a healthy dollop of humour. Tuck is replaced by Djaq, a Muslim girl, who is not only lacking in any humour whatsoever, but seems to have been inserted by the makers of the series to show their liberal credentials. We are reminded every week of how superior Muslim culture is to medieval European culture, how her parents died cruelly at the hands of the Crusaders, and how cleverer she is than the rest of the Merry Men. In other words, she is a sanctimonious pain in the arse. On top of that, I would question the assumptions made by the scriptwriters here. Must I remind them that Robin Hood and his men are supporting Good King Richard who is fighting the Crusades in defence of Christianity? On top of that, Islam had been attacking the borders of Christianity for centuries and would continue to do so for many more centuries? The Crusades are not as black and white as historical revisionists would have us believe.
It does not live up to the hype, but come along with average expectation, and you will enjoy. This series will be forgotten by the time a new series of Robin Hood is commissioned, which I hope will be soon and which will include Friar Tuck.