Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Not-So-Gentle (Re)Viewer: Blackadder, Season One

For those of you who haven't seen Blackadder yet, I highly suggest you look into doing so at the earliest possible moment. The series features five seasons set in five different time periods, all of them starring Rowan Atkinson, and several of them featuring other actors such as Miranda Richardson and Hugh Laurie.

The first season (or "series" as they call it in the UK) is set in the 1480s, with Atkinson playing Prince Edmund, the younger brother of Prince Harry who is determined to become King yet so inept as to provide hours of entertainment. The reason I bring this up here, however, is that there are distinctly Shakespearian moments throughout the season, including a play-within-an-episode and three witches foretelling inheritance of the crown. In fact, the Shakespearian theme is so prevalent that the Bard himself is listed in the credits as providing "Additional Dialogue."
More aspects of literary interest to come as I move through the series.

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