Saturday, November 26, 2011
Blackadder Goes Forth
It is 1917 and lunatic General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett is leading the British troops at the front lines against the Germans, while everyone waits for Field Marshall Haig's big push. There are various emotions throughout the camp regarding this. For Captain Kevin Darling, Melchett's right-hand man, it makes no difference, as it appears he will be safe and sound with the general when the big push occurs; Lieutenant George Colhurst Saint Barleigh is overly excited at thrashing the Germans. Private Baldrick believes this is a terrifying experience to which he is not looking forward. However, for Captain Edmund Blackadder it is something he seems too much of a coward to face. Self-centered, arrogant and sarcastic, Blackadder is constantly searching for a way out of this silly war, and will try various, often crazy, escape variations...
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnerny
Why the love for this TV Series: The jokes are still as witty and hilarious as before, although this time there is quite a serious tone to the punch lines, particularly because in 1989 the subject of WWI was still very much in the minds of the British, whether it be through surviving soldiers or relatives.
There was some controversy when this was first broadcast by the BBC for its apparent lack of respect to those who fought and lost their lives, but in the end everyone agreed that was not the intention.
It remains a good History lesson, but I still prefer the original Blackadder.