Robin Hood is the new version of the series on BBC. It started successfully last year and is currently in its second season. Jonas Armstrong stars as Lord Robin of Locksley.
The first season was quite entertaining, especially since I was a fan of the series that ran on the BBC in 1980s. I remember that the 1980s series had a mystical element to it. The new series is really good. It’s a welcome change from some of the more dreary TV shows on American television networks.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Robin and his band see some mercenaries pass by with a lot of food. They want to ambush it to feed Lockley for the whole winter. They get the food very slyly. There is enough food to feed an army.
A few strangers ambush the outlaws. It’s Lagrant, an old friend who has a message from the king. Lagrant is from the King’s private guard. He comes with a mission from the King. They have to find the treasure of the nation.
Sir Guy is angry because of the loss of the supplies. Marian is trying to break the façade that Sir Guy always has on. Since the Sheriff is back, he can’t act as he wants.
Robin doesn’t really understand the errand. They have to meet a man named Paxton. The King gave them a small painting. Paxton has another painting. Robin uses a candle to figure out that the painting hides some strange dots. Robin superimposes the paintings and figures out something.
Alan leads the Sheriff’s men to get the supplies. Marian comes to tell Robin that Guisborne has turned Locksley into a garrison for his mercenaries. She tells him that Alan took the food back. He tells her that they have a mission from the King.
Marian decides to do something by herself as the Nightwatchman.
Little John figures out that the map is of the standing stones of Hathis Sir Chief. The stones have clues that lead to a cave. It’s another map that leads to Kirklees Abbey. Paxton betrays them to the Sheriff. For his service, the Sheriff stabs and kills him.
I’ve read that Robin Hood’s grave is at Kirlees Priory.
Marian gets to work as the Nightwatchman. She does dodgy work and gets surprised by Alan and Sir Guy. Sir Guy finds out that Marian is the Nightwatchman. He runs away. That was a total disaster.
There is a little big person rivalry between Lagrant and Little John. Robin figures out that they are looking for another church, not the abbey. The Sheriff is going the wrong way.
Marian asks for Alan’s help. He refuses. Sir Guy is back. He is taking the prisoner to the Sheriff.
The merry men arrive at Barnyard Church. It’s the only church that fits the bill. They find a hooded figure waiting for them. It’s Queen Eleanora of Aquitaine, the Queen Mother. They all bow.
The Queen is interested by Jack and Little John. She gives him a pinch on the bum. She is quite frisky with him.
Marian arrives to find the gallows waiting for her.
The Merry Men are ambushed. Lagrant is pierced by four arrows and the Sheriff kills him. There is a scuffle and they knock the Sheriff out.
Someone uses the Nightwatchman’s disguise while Marian is in custody to whitewash her of all suspicion. It’s Alan. He did it because Sir Guy arranged it.
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