I do not have the patience to risk my heart yet again, and to waste my time building a connection that isn’t meant to last, for I am still sweeping up the fragments from my last mistake, and there are pieces missing, shards that are lost, and I’m not sure that I am the same person I was back then; I’m not sure I have the willpower to start again.
Day 12 of my 30-day Robin Hood blog challenge, and it is the turn of my favourite side character.
Well, that’s easy, isn’t it? It’s the Night Watchman.
The BBC’s incarnation of Marian has got to be the best that I have seen, because she literally kicks ass as the Night Watchman. The actual preceder of Robin Hood, the Night Watchman is Marian’s secret rebellion against the Sheriff of Nottingham’s reign of terror. The masked crusader roams the countryside, generally at night (hence the name coined by the villagers), beating up the Sheriff’s men and delivering food and supplies to the poor.
The Night Watchman is a familiar figure in and around the villages that surround Nottingham, and is the bane of the Sheriff’s life. Thinking the character is up to no good, Robin captures him only to discover that he is actually a she – Marian.
The Night Watchman makes a number of appearances throughout series 1 and 2, and, along with her fantastic theme song, you always know it’s going to be fun as she takes down groups of the Sheriff’s guards at a time. However, I have often wondered exactly who taught a Lady to fight like that. Her dad? Doubtful..
It doesn’t always go well, though. In The Return of the King (series 1, episode 12), Marian is due to marry Guy of Gisborne, and decides on a last jaunt as the Night Watchman. Intent on stealing Guy’s ill-gotten wealth, she breaks into Locksley manor only to be stabbed by Guy, who is unaware of the Night Watchman’s true identity. Luckily, she lives, but in Treasure of the Nation (series 2, episode 11), she attempts to steal food for the villagers and is unmasked by Guy, who swears she will die as punishment for her treachery. However, after alerting the Sheriff to the Night Watchman’s capture and impending execution, he changes his mind and orchestrates the Night Watchman’s escape (Allan A Dale in disguise).
And that is the last we see of the Night Watchman. But it was great while it lasted!
It is day 11 of my 30-day Robin Hood blog challenge, and today, I will be choosing my favourite quote.
There are so many quotes that I love, such as Little John with his “Him I like” and “We go to Nottingham”, the Sheriff with his “A clue: no” and “La di dah di dah!”, and more or less everything that comes out of Much’s mouth. Oh, and of course, “We are Robin Hood!”
But my all-time favourite quote, one that we all looked forward to in the first two series, but which was sadly missing from series 3, is Allan A Dale’s “I’m not being funny but..”
Allan is such a fantastic character, with his cheeky Cockney charm and his hilarious facial expressions, and not forgetting that smile and those eyes. But, most of all, I love his quick-wittedness, and his devil-may-care attitude. “I’m not being funny but..” is the British way of saying “I’m about to say something weird or vaguely insulting, and I mean it”, and I love this type of thing.
In fact, I use this phrase quite often myself, because it is funny. 🤷🏻♀️
Examples of Allan’s awesomeness:
“I’m not being funny or anything but isn’t getting arrested what we usually avoid?”
“I’m not being funny; your guards! Useless!”
“I’m not being funny, right, but she’s breathing!”
“I’m not being funny, though, shouldn’t we be moving on? They could be coming already.”
“I’m not being funny but.. you brought him here for a picnic?”
“I’m not being funny, mate, we’ve only just caught you.”
It is day 10 of my 30-day Robin Hood blog challenge, and today I will discuss my favourite costume.
Now, I was initially tempted to choose Guy of Gisborne’s leather ensemble, as it is very striking. However, upon further mulling, it got relegated to a mere mention in favour of… Allan A Dale’s all-black outfit in series 2, as Sir Guy’s ‘man’.
To be fair, the majority of this blog challenge could very well consist mainly of Allan A Dale because, well, look at him. He is sarcastic, funny, loyal (come on – he is, ultimately! He just got stuck!), and he has a very nice face. His character developed excellent throughout the first two series, and who didn’t melt a little when he cried after his brother’s execution? (Series 1, episode 7 – Brothers in Arms).
Okay, so he was naughty mid-series 2 – but he got to wear his sexy, all black outfit and swank around the castle, being adorable. Plus, he eventually came through for the gang and defied Guy and the Sheriff to rescue them.
There is nothing I like more than a cheeky bad boy with a sense of humour, a devastating smile and beautiful eyes, and Allan covers all of those bases. The costume he wore as Guy’s man (hehe) is definitely my favourite.
Her heart was vibrant and all-encompassing, yet at times uncertain, and all she needed was someone to tell her it was okay, and allow her to bloom in all the right ways; but yours was a cowardly heart, hiding in the shadows, flying beneath the radar, filled with wretched doubt and fear, and you always knew that she burned too brightly for you, but you tried to extinguish her anyway.
It is day 9 of my 30-day blog challenge, and the turn of my favourite outlaw.
I have already spoken of my love for Much. He is such an amazing character; so sweet and caring and courageous. Plus, he is also hilarious. I love his indignant comments and the way he is so quick to react to injustice. I love the way he is Robin’s biggest advocate, but is also brutally honest with him when needed. And I love the fact that, despite often acting like the buffoon, he is the first to draw his sword and wade into a fight when needed.
But, most of all, it is his humour. His scenes and quirky comments are some of the best, right from episode one, especially when, after watching villager Jeffrey’s disappearing egg trick, he mutters, “that man is a show-off. If there are no eggs left, I’m going after him.”
He is such an integral part of the gang, and the outlaws would not be the same without him, even as they often tell him to “shut up, Much!” He is often prickly, extremely sensitive, and partial to a rant, yet his bravery always shines through, and he is never far away when Robin needs him.
I don’t think the show would have been the same without him, and he blows other incarnations of Much out of the water. So, Much is by far my favourite outlaw.
Elise, Mae, Molly, and Julie are close friends, until the day Julie goes missing while hiking in Acadia National Park. Two years down the line, Elise is the only one still clinging onto hope, and her prayers are answered when Julie mysteriously reappears. However, she has no recollection of the past two years.
Keen to reconnect, the group of friends arrange a week away at a luxury hotel, but it is clear upon arrival that something has changed. Julie is different. At first, they are small dissimilarities, but, as the week progresses, it becomes glaringly obvious that the group of friends will never be the same again..
As soon as they reach the hotel, things take a menacing turn. From creepy rooms and ghostly cold spots, to extremely odd dreams and disappearing staff members, it is obvious that something is not right with Julie. The clues are evident throughout, but her friends try to ignore them and pretend everything is okay. The slow burn of menace builds up to a chaotic ending, and Julie’s true identity is finally revealed.
I bought this when I saw it advertised on Facebook. I do love a 99p Kindle book. However, upon reading some of the less than favourable reviews on Goodreads, my first impression was a little tainted. I found it slow to begin with, but it definitely improved.
I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads. I really liked it!
She is an ocean of unfathomable depths so do not draw near if you aren’t prepared to dive deep for she isn’t a fan of shallow living and you will never see the true light within her if you only wade; immerse yourself in her waters, often still, seemingly impenetrable, at times, tempestuous and wild, but also soothing, and welcoming, encompassing and filled with beauty; beware if you cannot swim.
Day 8 of my 30-day Robin Hood blog challenge, and today, I will be writing about my most watched episode.
It’s a tricky one for me to answer as I generally binge watch them all in quick succession; however, I have made a decision based on one of my favourites. And that is Dead Man Walking.
Series 1, episode 11 – “Dead Man Walking”
Robin and Little John witness a brutal tax collection in Locksley village, during which Little John’s young son is arrested. Little John attempts to save him, but they both end up being captured and taken to the castle’s dungeons.
Unaware of this, Will and Allan are in Nottingham handing out money to the poor where they get involved in a fight with guards. In the ensuing chaos, they spot Little John in chains and try to break him free, to no avail. They quickly head back to the forest to inform Robin.
On a rescue mission, Robin and Allan dress up as guards and try to get into the dungeons with Will as their prisoner. However, their plan is thwarted when they are informed that the dungeons are full, and they are forced to wait outside and pretend to be staff. Meanwhile, Little John’s estranged wife, Alice, appears at the castle, begging for her son’s release, only to be thrown into the dungeon herself, where she comes face-to-face with the husband she thought was dead.
The Sheriff decides to throw a Festival of Pain with the Little family as the star acts, but Robin and the gang are waiting to intervene. The following fight scene is hilariously daft, but not as funny as Allan celebrating himself when he and Will beat up the guards demanding taxes in Nottingham earlier on. Oh, and not to forget Robin, dressed as a guard, sneaking up on Much and Djaq and very nearly getting a sword in his gut.
It is a highly enjoyable romp, as much of series 1 is, but the thing that makes it stand out so much for me is Little John’s love for his family, and the bond he forms with the son that he will never see again (such a travesty that this never happens in Series 3).
It is day seven of my 30-day Robin Hood blog challenge, and today, I must choose my favourite scene.
Now, there are so many amazing scenes to choose from, so this should have been a difficult choice. But there is one scene in particular that has stayed with me since I first saw it, and which highlights the comedy act that is Much.
The euphemism scene.
Series 2, episode 9 – “Lardner’sRing”
Having escaped the Sheriff’s clutches after her father’s death, Marian is living in the forest with the outlaws, and her relationship with Robin is blossoming. Traitor Allan is still firmly ensconced in the castle as Guy’s right hand man; meanwhile, Will and Djaq are growing closer, disappearing on errands together at every given opportunity.
Much has noticed, and he is growing indignant. Jealous of the time Robin is spending with Marian, he is probably also more than a little aware that he is missing out on a relationship of his own due to his dedication to Robin and the other outlaws.
When Robin and Marian return to camp after a jaunt in the forest together and Robin asks where Will and Djaq are, Much can’t hold back.
Much: They said they were going to get some honey.
Little John: They’ll be back soon.
Much: If that’s what they’ve gone for. But why does it need two of ‘em, hmm? ‘Honey’ is one of those things.
Robin: What things?
Much: Well, what do you call it when you use a sweet, innocent word but it means something else?
Little John: A lie.
Marian: A euphemism?
Much: A euphemism! Exactly! Yes, a bit too much ‘honey’ going on round here, if you ask me.
Robin and Marian look at each other and laugh.
Much: Will and Djaq, nipping off together. You two, going for long ‘walks’ in the forest.
Little John (to Robin and Marian): He’sjealous.
Much: What happened to fighting for justice and rebelling against the Sheriff? We should be sticking together. Instead, we’re splitting into couples. To be perfectly honest (slaps Little John on the back), I don’t fancy mine much.
Robin and Marian laugh.
Much: Anyway, while you two have been off gallivanting, we’ve had to..
Robin (in exasperation): We haven’t been gallivanting!
Much: I know what you’ve been up to!
Marian: We’ve been burying a corpse in the forest.