>> Robin of Sherwood: Set 1 (BLU-RAY) (2011)

Show: Robin of Sherwood: Set 1 (BLU-RAY)

Season/Volume: Set 1

Genre: Action/Adventure

Starring: Michael Praed, Ray Winstone, Peter Llewellyn Williams, Judi Trott, Robert Addie, Nickolas Grace

Studio: Acorn Media

Runtime: 700 minutes

Release Date: June 7, 2011

Format: BLU-RAY

Discs: 4

Rating: 1.75 (out of 4.00)

Grade: D+

Interesting Tidbits

Michael Praed (who plays Robin Hood) has also appeared on the prime time Soap Opera Dynasty

 Robin of Sherwood is by far the most awkward and prolonged interpretation of the stories of Robin Hood. Throughout my life, I have seen many different movies about Robin Hood (Robin Hood the Disney Cartoon, Robin Hood starring Kevin Costner, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights), but have never seen a TV show about him until I reviewed Robin of Sherwood. I knew the show aired from 1984 – 1986, but was not sure what else to expect.

The main characters from the other Robin Hood interpretations, Lil John, Much, Nasir, Lady Marion, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett, and the Sheriff of Nottingham, are accounted for in this version. Besides Robin Hood, there isn’t too much character development or back story. More background about the other characters would have given the audience a better connection to not only the show, but the story as whole. It would have also set it apart from the other interpretations.

Most of the sights in the show were amazing, but were not enough to peak my interest. The scenery and visuals of Sherwood Forest and the castle looked very authentic and majestic. However, the dry storyline and sound effect issues hampered the full experience. I found the story to be very predictable and prolonged a bit too much at some points. In addition, the sounds effects were not always on cue. For instance, you would hear swords clanging 5 seconds after the actual action. I think I even heard some sound effects from the Spider Man and Wonder Woman TV series. It was funny to hear, but seemed out of place for a TV show set in this time period.

The background music for the show was for the most part very fitting and reminded me of being in the middle of a Renaissance Fair. However, there were several odd times throughout the season where there was total silence during a sword battle or happy and joyful music playing as the Sheriff’s men burned down a village. These situations really confused me and cause some awkward moments in trying to understand the storyline.

I did enjoy how Robin of Sherwood tried to add some magical and mystical elements to the story, but on some aspects they went a bit too far. For instance, I thought the visuals and concepts of the demon knights were cool, but having a nun as the head of a devil worshipping cult was bit odd. Another funny concept is how they made Satan a huge blue head with about 45 seconds of air time before being destroyed. Besides being silly, some of the episodes didn’t add anything extra to the main story line nor were the concepts, events, or characters mentioned anywhere else during the season. There were a lot of holes in the plot and a huge lack of continuity in the story line.

For such an old show, I was surprised at all of the bonus material that was included on the blu-ray version of the show. It included lots of commentary, bloopers and outtakes, still galleries, scripts as PDF, and a couple documentaries about the show. The picture quality looked decent for an old show, but was still grainy for the most part. Besides that issue, this blu-ray box set is sure to please any Robin of Sherwood fans.

Being a fan of the other Robin Hood interpretations, I tried really hard to like Robin of Sherwood, but couldn’t. The extras, the visuals, the music and some of the added magical aspects added a lot to the appeal of the series, but the bad sound effects, odd religious details, plot holes, predictability, and a lack of back story for the other characters killed it for me. Robin of Sherwood really missed the bullseye and is getting “D+.”

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