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Gisborne Steals the Show
on August 9, 2013
Even though I am a fan of every rendition of Robin Hood----ordinary people taking back from and resisting oppressive government and returning the taxes to the hard working people who pay them, I watched this for Gisborne more than for Robin Hood.
The first episode, "Will You Tolerate This?" sets theme, and Robin's speech in the last episode of the third season is as inspirational as the first episode. I would have liked to see the show go on for several more seasons.
But Guy of Gisborne is the most interesting character in this series. (Far better the whining incompetent Guy of Robin of Sherwood.) The conflict between Robin and Giy is set well in the first episode without violence.
Richard Armitage does a great job of portraying Gisborne as an ambitious but tormented man who fights on the wrong side but who still has some salvageable aspects to his character. He mistakenly thinks that acquiring power and position will give him what he wants in life, though that mindset is constantly challenged by Robin and Marian living the truth that it is not power, but selfless commitment to serving a greater cause brings happiness, respect and love. He is always subtly struggling between what he thinks he must do to further his ambition and being the kind of man he should be.
Consequently, Gisborne has the most depth and intriguing aspects of any character in the series. So much so that I had to look up his background to find out more about him. He would have been my choice physically for Faramir in The Lord of the Rings or for the character range of Boromir. Gisborne's scenes are the strong point of each episode because while he is the military arm of the irrational and sometimes campy Sheriff (who has NO redeeming qualities), there are always indications that when his ambitions don't get in the way, he has some heart for the ordinary people even if his concept of law enforcement is rather brutal.
Even if you're not a fan of Robin Hood (but who isn't), watch this for the development of the dark and brooding Gisborne, always compelling in black leather.