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Seeing that I am in the mood for something period and English, I dug out my DVDs of Robin of Sherwood, a 1980s BBC series that gave me my first OTP ever. I remember being seven years old, watching the dubbed episodes all tense with excitement, and then dragging one of my cousins to the attic to play Robin and Marian. Michael Praed's Robin and Jodi Trott's Marian were my first ever OTP - years before I even knew what an OTP was and, looking back, have informed a ridiculous amount of my current shippy preferences. I remember getting a long nightgown as a present for my eighth birthday and being excited because I could pretend it was Marian's dress.

I rewatched RoS decades later and realized it was a rare thing that held up from the days of my childhood. It remains my favorite take on the RH legend (only Parke Godwin's similarly dark take in two novels comes close) with its grime (Robin is no aristocrat here) and view of immutability of class and hopelessness and necessity of the fight. And yes, I am still obsessed with Robin and Marian.

Have a MV.



I think I won't rewatch the last ep of Series 2 though. Last time I did so, I had such bad hysterics, Mr. Mousie had to spend literally an hour comforting me and pointing out it's fiction.

Ah, childhood loves.
dangermousie: (Default)
Seeing that I am in the mood for something period and English, I dug out my DVDs of Robin of Sherwood, a 1980s BBC series that gave me my first OTP ever. I remember being seven years old, watching the dubbed episodes all tense with excitement, and then dragging one of my cousins to the attic to play Robin and Marian. Michael Praed's Robin and Jodi Trott's Marian were my first ever OTP - years before I even knew what an OTP was and, looking back, have informed a ridiculous amount of my current shippy preferences. I remember getting a long nightgown as a present for my eighth birthday and being excited because I could pretend it was Marian's dress.

I rewatched RoS decades later and realized it was a rare thing that held up from the days of my childhood. It remains my favorite take on the RH legend (only Parke Godwin's similarly dark take in two novels comes close) with its grime (Robin is no aristocrat here) and view of immutability of class and hopelessness and necessity of the fight. And yes, I am still obsessed with Robin and Marian.

Have a MV.



I think I won't rewatch the last ep of Series 2 though. Last time I did so, I had such bad hysterics, Mr. Mousie had to spend literally an hour comforting me and pointing out it's fiction.

Ah, childhood loves.
dangermousie: (Default)
Seeing that I am in the mood for something period and English, I dug out my DVDs of Robin of Sherwood, a 1980s BBC series that gave me my first OTP ever. I remember being seven years old, watching the dubbed episodes all tense with excitement, and then dragging one of my cousins to the attic to play Robin and Marian. Michael Praed's Robin and Jodi Trott's Marian were my first ever OTP - years before I even knew what an OTP was and, looking back, have informed a ridiculous amount of my current shippy preferences. I remember getting a long nightgown as a present for my eighth birthday and being excited because I could pretend it was Marian's dress.

I rewatched RoS decades later and realized it was a rare thing that held up from the days of my childhood. It remains my favorite take on the RH legend (only Parke Godwin's similarly dark take in two novels comes close) with its grime (Robin is no aristocrat here) and view of immutability of class and hopelessness and necessity of the fight. And yes, I am still obsessed with Robin and Marian.

Have a MV.



I think I won't rewatch the last ep of Series 2 though. Last time I did so, I had such bad hysterics, Mr. Mousie had to spend literally an hour comforting me and pointing out it's fiction.

Ah, childhood loves.
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
Because I've been in a Robin Hood type of mood, I wanted to talk a bit about my favorite movie/book/TV versions.

I am a sucker for anything Robin Hood. Slap a 'this is about Robin Hood' label on it, and chances are I will check it out.

But this doesn't mean I like everything that is churned out. Some things (like the Kevin Costner abomination) give me hives and some just don't really grab me. But some? Own me. So here are 6 retellings of the story (one movie, two TV, and three book) that I really love. No order.

1. Robin of Sherwood (BBC)



This British 1980s series was one of my earliest fiction 'crushes' and has kept its favored status till this day. Robin is just a peasant in the grim 12th century world, who's had enough. Nobility is grasping and blind. There is love and honor, but it must be fought for, and sometimes lost anyway. This is my favorite cinematic version of this story, with its gritty, unpretty world; hard-won idealism; angsty, angry, and competent Robin; Marian strong as nails; great supporting characters; smattering of fantasy; and one of my favorite OTPs ever. They would have to do something incredible to displace it as my favorite screen version.

2. Sherwood and Robin and the King by Parke Godwin



This duology of novels moves the story back, to shortly after the battle of Hastings. Robin is a Saxon rebel thane, trying and failing to adjust in the new world. It's a harsh story, not very stinting with the brutalities and realities of the medieval world, with some amazing shippiness and ambivalence, and manages to make me adore both Robin and the Sheriff. And Marian is awesome. I have never finished the second novel because I can't bear the way it ends.

3. Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson



Pardon the cheesy cover. The version I have (an older printing) has a more normal one, but I can't find it on line :) Despite the cover, nope, not a romance novel. Romantic novel? Yes. Romance novel, the way they are usually defined? No. This is a feminist retelling of the story, centering on Marian (while Roberson manages a feat of being both feminist and not bending historical realities so much it will drive me straight out of the story). This is a 'prequel' to the legends, of sorts: Robin only becomes the rebel at the end. Marian is competent and clever, and strong. Robin is a traumatized, gorgeous, deadly mess (in this version he has just returned, 'not quite right' from the Crusades). It's pretty awesome. All the adventure, angst, and h/c you might want. I am not as big on the sequel, "Lady of Sherwood", but it's not bad.

4. The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley



I am not normally big on YA novels (just not my thing) but I love this one. It fleshes out every character, changes some backsttories, has interesting things to say about rebellion, roles of women etc etc. Awesome. But then McKinley usually is.

5. Hong Gil Dong (Korea)



tThis is not technically a RH story. HGD is Korea's version of an outlaw, stealing from the rich to give to the poor, and fighting authority. Yet, it's still one of the best retellings of the story. In its 24 eps, it made me laugh till I hiccuped and made me cry till I couldn't see. Gil Dong is an irresistable mix of boyishness, deep-seated anger, desperation to be loved, and humor. The romance makes me swoon, and the fights are almost as good as what it has to say about the unchanging of the power imbalance.

6. Robin Hood (1922)



A funny, fun, silent retelling of the story, this has nothing to offer in either its view of politics or deep-seated emotion, but boy, oh is it fun! How could it not be, if it starred Douglas Fairbanks.

Honorable Mention: The Errol Flynn movie version. A bit too technicolor-bright for me, but great fun anyway.
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
Because I've been in a Robin Hood type of mood, I wanted to talk a bit about my favorite movie/book/TV versions.

I am a sucker for anything Robin Hood. Slap a 'this is about Robin Hood' label on it, and chances are I will check it out.

But this doesn't mean I like everything that is churned out. Some things (like the Kevin Costner abomination) give me hives and some just don't really grab me. But some? Own me. So here are 6 retellings of the story (one movie, two TV, and three book) that I really love. No order.

1. Robin of Sherwood (BBC)



This British 1980s series was one of my earliest fiction 'crushes' and has kept its favored status till this day. Robin is just a peasant in the grim 12th century world, who's had enough. Nobility is grasping and blind. There is love and honor, but it must be fought for, and sometimes lost anyway. This is my favorite cinematic version of this story, with its gritty, unpretty world; hard-won idealism; angsty, angry, and competent Robin; Marian strong as nails; great supporting characters; smattering of fantasy; and one of my favorite OTPs ever. They would have to do something incredible to displace it as my favorite screen version.

2. Sherwood and Robin and the King by Parke Godwin



This duology of novels moves the story back, to shortly after the battle of Hastings. Robin is a Saxon rebel thane, trying and failing to adjust in the new world. It's a harsh story, not very stinting with the brutalities and realities of the medieval world, with some amazing shippiness and ambivalence, and manages to make me adore both Robin and the Sheriff. And Marian is awesome. I have never finished the second novel because I can't bear the way it ends.

3. Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson



Pardon the cheesy cover. The version I have (an older printing) has a more normal one, but I can't find it on line :) Despite the cover, nope, not a romance novel. Romantic novel? Yes. Romance novel, the way they are usually defined? No. This is a feminist retelling of the story, centering on Marian (while Roberson manages a feat of being both feminist and not bending historical realities so much it will drive me straight out of the story). This is a 'prequel' to the legends, of sorts: Robin only becomes the rebel at the end. Marian is competent and clever, and strong. Robin is a traumatized, gorgeous, deadly mess (in this version he has just returned, 'not quite right' from the Crusades). It's pretty awesome. All the adventure, angst, and h/c you might want. I am not as big on the sequel, "Lady of Sherwood", but it's not bad.

4. The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley



I am not normally big on YA novels (just not my thing) but I love this one. It fleshes out every character, changes some backsttories, has interesting things to say about rebellion, roles of women etc etc. Awesome. But then McKinley usually is.

5. Hong Gil Dong (Korea)



tThis is not technically a RH story. HGD is Korea's version of an outlaw, stealing from the rich to give to the poor, and fighting authority. Yet, it's still one of the best retellings of the story. In its 24 eps, it made me laugh till I hiccuped and made me cry till I couldn't see. Gil Dong is an irresistable mix of boyishness, deep-seated anger, desperation to be loved, and humor. The romance makes me swoon, and the fights are almost as good as what it has to say about the unchanging of the power imbalance.

6. Robin Hood (1922)



A funny, fun, silent retelling of the story, this has nothing to offer in either its view of politics or deep-seated emotion, but boy, oh is it fun! How could it not be, if it starred Douglas Fairbanks.

Honorable Mention: The Errol Flynn movie version. A bit too technicolor-bright for me, but great fun anyway.
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
Because I've been in a Robin Hood type of mood, I wanted to talk a bit about my favorite movie/book/TV versions.

I am a sucker for anything Robin Hood. Slap a 'this is about Robin Hood' label on it, and chances are I will check it out.

But this doesn't mean I like everything that is churned out. Some things (like the Kevin Costner abomination) give me hives and some just don't really grab me. But some? Own me. So here are 6 retellings of the story (one movie, two TV, and three book) that I really love. No order.

1. Robin of Sherwood (BBC)



This British 1980s series was one of my earliest fiction 'crushes' and has kept its favored status till this day. Robin is just a peasant in the grim 12th century world, who's had enough. Nobility is grasping and blind. There is love and honor, but it must be fought for, and sometimes lost anyway. This is my favorite cinematic version of this story, with its gritty, unpretty world; hard-won idealism; angsty, angry, and competent Robin; Marian strong as nails; great supporting characters; smattering of fantasy; and one of my favorite OTPs ever. They would have to do something incredible to displace it as my favorite screen version.

2. Sherwood and Robin and the King by Parke Godwin



This duology of novels moves the story back, to shortly after the battle of Hastings. Robin is a Saxon rebel thane, trying and failing to adjust in the new world. It's a harsh story, not very stinting with the brutalities and realities of the medieval world, with some amazing shippiness and ambivalence, and manages to make me adore both Robin and the Sheriff. And Marian is awesome. I have never finished the second novel because I can't bear the way it ends.

3. Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson



Pardon the cheesy cover. The version I have (an older printing) has a more normal one, but I can't find it on line :) Despite the cover, nope, not a romance novel. Romantic novel? Yes. Romance novel, the way they are usually defined? No. This is a feminist retelling of the story, centering on Marian (while Roberson manages a feat of being both feminist and not bending historical realities so much it will drive me straight out of the story). This is a 'prequel' to the legends, of sorts: Robin only becomes the rebel at the end. Marian is competent and clever, and strong. Robin is a traumatized, gorgeous, deadly mess (in this version he has just returned, 'not quite right' from the Crusades). It's pretty awesome. All the adventure, angst, and h/c you might want. I am not as big on the sequel, "Lady of Sherwood", but it's not bad.

4. The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley



I am not normally big on YA novels (just not my thing) but I love this one. It fleshes out every character, changes some backsttories, has interesting things to say about rebellion, roles of women etc etc. Awesome. But then McKinley usually is.

5. Hong Gil Dong (Korea)



tThis is not technically a RH story. HGD is Korea's version of an outlaw, stealing from the rich to give to the poor, and fighting authority. Yet, it's still one of the best retellings of the story. In its 24 eps, it made me laugh till I hiccuped and made me cry till I couldn't see. Gil Dong is an irresistable mix of boyishness, deep-seated anger, desperation to be loved, and humor. The romance makes me swoon, and the fights are almost as good as what it has to say about the unchanging of the power imbalance.

6. Robin Hood (1922)



A funny, fun, silent retelling of the story, this has nothing to offer in either its view of politics or deep-seated emotion, but boy, oh is it fun! How could it not be, if it starred Douglas Fairbanks.

Honorable Mention: The Errol Flynn movie version. A bit too technicolor-bright for me, but great fun anyway.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)



I've been watching more Robin of Sherwood and I have thoughts and caps but now I just want to talk about the OTP. More specifically the one scene in the second ep (it's a second part of a two-parter 'intro') that makes me die. Nothing like kissing an about-to-be-a-nun. Oh, Robin, idealistic, angry, sweet. Oh, Marian, you strong pragmatic darling!

More caps )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)



I've been watching more Robin of Sherwood and I have thoughts and caps but now I just want to talk about the OTP. More specifically the one scene in the second ep (it's a second part of a two-parter 'intro') that makes me die. Nothing like kissing an about-to-be-a-nun. Oh, Robin, idealistic, angry, sweet. Oh, Marian, you strong pragmatic darling!

More caps )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)



I've been watching more Robin of Sherwood and I have thoughts and caps but now I just want to talk about the OTP. More specifically the one scene in the second ep (it's a second part of a two-parter 'intro') that makes me die. Nothing like kissing an about-to-be-a-nun. Oh, Robin, idealistic, angry, sweet. Oh, Marian, you strong pragmatic darling!

More caps )
dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)


If I were to think of something that shaped my preferences in fiction probably for the rest of my life, the BBC series Robin of Sherwood is very very near the top. I was seven when I first saw it and I was a goner. I spent the summar playing "Robin and Marian" and was fixated by the story. On a more shallow note, I wanted to have an outfit like Marian's :) They replayed it when I was 13 or so and I loved it even more. And finally, I got my hands on the DVDs a few years ago, half-excited and half full of trepidation. So many things I thought were wonderful in my childhood turned out not so when seen through adult eyes. What if this was going to be another one of them?

Luckily for me, this was not to be. I loved RoS even more as a grown-up (and yay, Mr. Mousie liked it too). But what struck me even more was how many of my fictional tastes (not to say kinks) seem to have first been discovered by me via RoS, when I didn't even know that's what I liked. Everything, from a rebel against the system (and an angry hero) and a strong heroine to hurt-comfort and men with medieval weapons and angst. I am forced to conclude this RoS was responsible for all of this :)

Oh, and yeah, it was probably also the start of my unreasonable devotion to fictional characters. Even without the excuse of emotionality of childhood, on rewatch, I cried so hard at the end of S2, Mr. Mousie had to get a kleenex box and comfort me. And I confess I never watched S3 because I don't think I ever got past the trauma. Yup, I am a wimp.

Anyway, this is a long-winded way to say that I've started rewatching RoS and plan to post my thoughts and caps on it as I go along. Oh, how I love this series! The fact that Michael Praed is one of the most handsome men I've ever laid eyes on doesn't hurt. I really really recommend it. Provided 80s-type haircuts on ladies don't bug you, this is perfect. It's my favorite take on Robin Hood in any media, and I have never yet seen (with the possible exception of Hong Gil Dong) a take that is that unflinching about hopelessness of that world and lack of glamor, and yet the necessity to fight on even when you know it's hopeless.

Caps and thoughts )

And then I went to bed, but not before posting above.

And not related to anything above, but here is one of my favorite songs ever.

dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)


If I were to think of something that shaped my preferences in fiction probably for the rest of my life, the BBC series Robin of Sherwood is very very near the top. I was seven when I first saw it and I was a goner. I spent the summar playing "Robin and Marian" and was fixated by the story. On a more shallow note, I wanted to have an outfit like Marian's :) They replayed it when I was 13 or so and I loved it even more. And finally, I got my hands on the DVDs a few years ago, half-excited and half full of trepidation. So many things I thought were wonderful in my childhood turned out not so when seen through adult eyes. What if this was going to be another one of them?

Luckily for me, this was not to be. I loved RoS even more as a grown-up (and yay, Mr. Mousie liked it too). But what struck me even more was how many of my fictional tastes (not to say kinks) seem to have first been discovered by me via RoS, when I didn't even know that's what I liked. Everything, from a rebel against the system (and an angry hero) and a strong heroine to hurt-comfort and men with medieval weapons and angst. I am forced to conclude this RoS was responsible for all of this :)

Oh, and yeah, it was probably also the start of my unreasonable devotion to fictional characters. Even without the excuse of emotionality of childhood, on rewatch, I cried so hard at the end of S2, Mr. Mousie had to get a kleenex box and comfort me. And I confess I never watched S3 because I don't think I ever got past the trauma. Yup, I am a wimp.

Anyway, this is a long-winded way to say that I've started rewatching RoS and plan to post my thoughts and caps on it as I go along. Oh, how I love this series! The fact that Michael Praed is one of the most handsome men I've ever laid eyes on doesn't hurt. I really really recommend it. Provided 80s-type haircuts on ladies don't bug you, this is perfect. It's my favorite take on Robin Hood in any media, and I have never yet seen (with the possible exception of Hong Gil Dong) a take that is that unflinching about hopelessness of that world and lack of glamor, and yet the necessity to fight on even when you know it's hopeless.

Caps and thoughts )

And then I went to bed, but not before posting above.

And not related to anything above, but here is one of my favorite songs ever.

dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)


If I were to think of something that shaped my preferences in fiction probably for the rest of my life, the BBC series Robin of Sherwood is very very near the top. I was seven when I first saw it and I was a goner. I spent the summar playing "Robin and Marian" and was fixated by the story. On a more shallow note, I wanted to have an outfit like Marian's :) They replayed it when I was 13 or so and I loved it even more. And finally, I got my hands on the DVDs a few years ago, half-excited and half full of trepidation. So many things I thought were wonderful in my childhood turned out not so when seen through adult eyes. What if this was going to be another one of them?

Luckily for me, this was not to be. I loved RoS even more as a grown-up (and yay, Mr. Mousie liked it too). But what struck me even more was how many of my fictional tastes (not to say kinks) seem to have first been discovered by me via RoS, when I didn't even know that's what I liked. Everything, from a rebel against the system (and an angry hero) and a strong heroine to hurt-comfort and men with medieval weapons and angst. I am forced to conclude this RoS was responsible for all of this :)

Oh, and yeah, it was probably also the start of my unreasonable devotion to fictional characters. Even without the excuse of emotionality of childhood, on rewatch, I cried so hard at the end of S2, Mr. Mousie had to get a kleenex box and comfort me. And I confess I never watched S3 because I don't think I ever got past the trauma. Yup, I am a wimp.

Anyway, this is a long-winded way to say that I've started rewatching RoS and plan to post my thoughts and caps on it as I go along. Oh, how I love this series! The fact that Michael Praed is one of the most handsome men I've ever laid eyes on doesn't hurt. I really really recommend it. Provided 80s-type haircuts on ladies don't bug you, this is perfect. It's my favorite take on Robin Hood in any media, and I have never yet seen (with the possible exception of Hong Gil Dong) a take that is that unflinching about hopelessness of that world and lack of glamor, and yet the necessity to fight on even when you know it's hopeless.

Caps and thoughts )

And then I went to bed, but not before posting above.

And not related to anything above, but here is one of my favorite songs ever.

dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
So, Mr. Mousie and I just rewatched Buffy, 2.02, 'Some Assembly Required'.

I've forgotten how sharp Joss' dialogue was.

Ramblings, spoilers only for the ep )

And not related to anything, here is an adorable Marion/Robin from Robin of Sherwood vid. Oh, I wanted her white dress so badly when I was a kid. I pretended my nightgown was it.

dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
So, Mr. Mousie and I just rewatched Buffy, 2.02, 'Some Assembly Required'.

I've forgotten how sharp Joss' dialogue was.

Ramblings, spoilers only for the ep )

And not related to anything, here is an adorable Marion/Robin from Robin of Sherwood vid. Oh, I wanted her white dress so badly when I was a kid. I pretended my nightgown was it.

dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
So, Mr. Mousie and I just rewatched Buffy, 2.02, 'Some Assembly Required'.

I've forgotten how sharp Joss' dialogue was.

Ramblings, spoilers only for the ep )

And not related to anything, here is an adorable Marion/Robin from Robin of Sherwood vid. Oh, I wanted her white dress so badly when I was a kid. I pretended my nightgown was it.

dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
I talk so much about drama OTPs but here is a list of my Top 10 American/British tv OTPs. No order, except that John/Aeryn ARE my number 1.

Read more... )

Well, the women are strong, and the men idealistic, and there is angst, but that is about all they have in common :P
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
I talk so much about drama OTPs but here is a list of my Top 10 American/British tv OTPs. No order, except that John/Aeryn ARE my number 1.

Read more... )

Well, the women are strong, and the men idealistic, and there is angst, but that is about all they have in common :P
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
I talk so much about drama OTPs but here is a list of my Top 10 American/British tv OTPs. No order, except that John/Aeryn ARE my number 1.

Read more... )

Well, the women are strong, and the men idealistic, and there is angst, but that is about all they have in common :P
dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)
My next watch is actually a rewatch. It's the 1980s ITV series about Robin Hood: Robin of Sherwood, IMO hands-down the best adaptation of the Robin Hood story into the film medium I've come across. (More specifically, series 1-2).

I first saw it when I was a child. I must have been no more than eight. Russian TV bought the rights to the program (probably because Robin Hood was always quite Soviet approved) and it was summer holidays. I and one of my cousins would glue ourselves to the TV and then, every evening, we'd go to the attic and play out Robin Hood. It left such a vivid impression on me, that I've remembered large chunks of plot.

And you know, unlike a lot of things I loved when a kid, this held up with time. I bought the DVDs a couple of years back, and put them in with a bit of trepidation. You never know when your childhood loves develop tatters.

But you know what? I loved it. Loved it in an entirely different way than when I was 8 because I was a grown-up now. I was also amused to notice that RoS hit so many of my fiction kinks that it wasn't funny. I wonder if it was responsible for some of them?

It had the incredibly strong hero, who was also messed up. Passionate about injustice, but also angry about not being able to have a normal life. Not the saintly Robin Hood of other versions, this one was flesh and blood. Tired, sometimes unhappy, always driven. And (miracle of miracles) not upper class. It had the awesome, strong heroine who fought beside the hero, and a completely devoted to each other OTP. It had h/c in spades and kisses and otp angst. It had decidedly mixed endings, not just happy fests, and points about power and corruption and responsibility. And it was a real world: real in grime and necessities, not a pretty unworldly pageant like the 1930s movie.

Oh, and Michael Praed was HOT. I wonder if this is where my predilection for fictional archers comes from?



A few more pics )

Anyway, if you can overlook 80s hair, it's an excellent series to check out. The only other version I ever loved was the Russian movie version (which was even grimmer). Errol Flynn version is fun but no more, and don't even get me started on the most recent one, or the Kevin Costner movie.

Though I have to admit I cried so hard on rewatching the last ep in Series 2, Mr. Mousie had to calm me down. One of the rare shows that was necessary with.

Here are RoS mvs on youtube:

vids here )
dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)
My next watch is actually a rewatch. It's the 1980s ITV series about Robin Hood: Robin of Sherwood, IMO hands-down the best adaptation of the Robin Hood story into the film medium I've come across. (More specifically, series 1-2).

I first saw it when I was a child. I must have been no more than eight. Russian TV bought the rights to the program (probably because Robin Hood was always quite Soviet approved) and it was summer holidays. I and one of my cousins would glue ourselves to the TV and then, every evening, we'd go to the attic and play out Robin Hood. It left such a vivid impression on me, that I've remembered large chunks of plot.

And you know, unlike a lot of things I loved when a kid, this held up with time. I bought the DVDs a couple of years back, and put them in with a bit of trepidation. You never know when your childhood loves develop tatters.

But you know what? I loved it. Loved it in an entirely different way than when I was 8 because I was a grown-up now. I was also amused to notice that RoS hit so many of my fiction kinks that it wasn't funny. I wonder if it was responsible for some of them?

It had the incredibly strong hero, who was also messed up. Passionate about injustice, but also angry about not being able to have a normal life. Not the saintly Robin Hood of other versions, this one was flesh and blood. Tired, sometimes unhappy, always driven. And (miracle of miracles) not upper class. It had the awesome, strong heroine who fought beside the hero, and a completely devoted to each other OTP. It had h/c in spades and kisses and otp angst. It had decidedly mixed endings, not just happy fests, and points about power and corruption and responsibility. And it was a real world: real in grime and necessities, not a pretty unworldly pageant like the 1930s movie.

Oh, and Michael Praed was HOT. I wonder if this is where my predilection for fictional archers comes from?



A few more pics )

Anyway, if you can overlook 80s hair, it's an excellent series to check out. The only other version I ever loved was the Russian movie version (which was even grimmer). Errol Flynn version is fun but no more, and don't even get me started on the most recent one, or the Kevin Costner movie.

Though I have to admit I cried so hard on rewatching the last ep in Series 2, Mr. Mousie had to calm me down. One of the rare shows that was necessary with.

Here are RoS mvs on youtube:

vids here )

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