Robin Hood 3 Seasons 2009

Season 3
(228) IMDb 8.4/10

12. Something Worth Fighting For - Part 1 TV-PG CC

The battle begins as Isabella rounds up men to send to Prince John, and the gang does everything they can to stop her. Archer joins forces with his sister, and sends a trap to snare Robin and Gisborne. But who is really pulling the strings behind the evil that is coming to Nottingham?

Starring:
Jonas Armstrong, Richard Armitage
Runtime:
46 minutes
Original air date:
June 20, 2009

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Season 3

Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Adventure, Action
Director Matthew Evans
Starring Jonas Armstrong, Richard Armitage
Supporting actors David Harewood, Sam Troughton, Gordon Kennedy, Clive Standen, Joe Armstrong, Keith Allen, Lara Pulver, Joanne Froggatt, Teresa Banham, Fraser James, Ben O'Brien
Season year 2009
Network BBC America
Producers Charles Hubbard, Tom Mullens
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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175 of 187 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 29, 2009
Format: DVD
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

There are many things you can do in a "Robin Hood" retelling. The BBC's version of the legend has proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that killing off Maid Marian is definitely not one of them - though I'm sure many of us could have told them that *before* they actually went through with it. Prior to the airing of the third season of "Robin Hood", Laura Burrows of IGN interviewed Jonas Armstrong (Robin) on the upcoming series, with emphasis on the departure of Lucy Griffiths. She ended her article with this prediction:

"In total, the actor made light of Griffiths' quick exodus and did his best to throw us a few bones for the third season, but it seems that the writers may be scrambling to fill in the gaps made by a missing love interest and that the cast will be flying by the seat of their pants, acting scene-by-scene, until they came come to grips with an unsteady storyline." (August 4, 2008)

Burrows' prediction was spot-on. Although there are plenty of note-worthy things about Season Three, the show has lost most of its charm - not just because of Marian's death, but due to the complete restructuring of the show itself by new management. The man responsible for the decision to kill Marian (series creator Dominic Mingella) played no part in this season, credited as "creator" in the opening credits, but contributing nothing to the directing, writing or storylines at all. This is distinctly odd considering the self-congratulatory tones he took in various interviews and on the Season Two DVDs, in which he calls Marian's death an opportunity to "rock the show to its core," to "see a darker side to Robin," and to "open up new storytelling possibilities.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Young on December 30, 2009
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One big challenge of this season was to cope with the loss of Marian. As a number of people have noted, her death left a big emotional hole at the center of the show, one that Season 3 was never quite able to fill (despite Isabella). At the same time, it set up some fascinating storylines, particularly for Guy of Gisborne. Do I wish they hadn't killed Marian? Yes and no -- obviously, it depends on what sort of alternate Season 3 we would have gotten with Marian alive. I realize that for some people a "Robin Hood" without Robin and Marian is unthinkable, but I'm not one of those people. I also didn't mind the lack of a happy ending; many versions of "Robin Hood" do not end happily, and this version of RH was always pretty dark, IMO, despite its lighthearted moments.

With that in mind, here are my grades for the various components of this season....

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* Guy's character arc. It was fascinating to watch Guy grow a spine vis-a-vis the Sheriff. I liked the fact that his remorse and horror at what he has done does not immediately plunge him into a quest for atonement. Instead he becomes an even darker character for a while than he was in S1/2; he flails around, first seeking revenge against Robin and sinking deeper and deeper into self-loathing, then throwing himself back into ambition and the quest for power only to realize how empty that quest is, and hitting rock bottom before he can rediscover his humanity and reconnect to his love for Marian. I'm not a huge fan of the "redemption by death" motif, and (apparently unlike Richard Armitage) I don't care for the idea that Guy had to die at the end to pay for his crimes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melunna on August 10, 2010
Format: DVD
...because this show was genuinely one of my favorite things in life. It had so many wonderful things, and even after the second season ended, I held out hope that the third season would work its magic to make the lack of Marian-Djaq-Will bearable. But no. The last few episodes literally had me crying--all the characters I had loved since the beginning met lackluster and pitiful ends. I felt so bad that this is how I would last remember them. The new characters weren't terrible per se; they just could not compare with shoes left behind. Isabella was God-awful, and I wishing for her death the moment I saw her on screen. Call me a traditionalist, but to see an evil, manipulative and selfish character replace the determined and righteous Marian was just too much. Tuck was promising but faded into just another prop piece with an occasional line or two. I can say though the last three minutes were my favorite part of the series, but I didn't like what I went through to get there. I really wish I hadn't seen this season, it just left me feeling empty and depressed over what became of the show.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By manxcatmom on January 12, 2010
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As a rabid "Robin Hood" fan who loved seasons 1 and 2, season 3 is a must-buy for me. Yes, this season had its flaws--some unlikable characters (Kate), lack of continuity in some of the stories, a less-than-happy ending, etc., but the superb acting and some very memorable and moving story lines made it worthwhile. So much to love about this series when you look past the negatives. Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne alone was enough to keep me watching! Can't get enough of the bad boy in black leather! He's simply breathtaking in this season as he sinks to the depths after killing Marian, then makes his slow and painful climb toward redemption. Best part of season 3,IMHO. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loved the first two seasons!
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