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Another thrill ride (with heart) that surpasses season one,
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This review is from: Robin Hood: Season 2 (DVD)
Robin and the gang are back, giving us a second season packed with action, intrigue, humor, and even more of those wonderful little character moments that made the first season such a joy. It is evident even from the first episode that the overall tone of the show is much darker this time around, as each our heroes must contend not only with the Sheriff's evildoings, but also with their own personal tragedies. This darker tone goes hand-in-hand with a bit more violence, though it is no more graphic than what was presented in the first season. This gives the show an intensity that had been missing before, and the opportunity to present some jaw-dropping action sequences (Robin vs the Black Knights is not to be missed!).
It was always the characters that made the show appealing to me, and on that score S2 delivers in spades. There are many lovely Robin/Marian moments, and some surprising new alliances (of friends and enemies) are formed as well. One of my favorite scenes of the entire series is a beautifully-written character exposition sequence in the episode "A Good Day To Die" where, in the classic death-at-sunrise scenario, each member of the gang spends their potentially last-night-on-earth revealing their inner secrets. It's an extremely emotional scene, and a powerful one, that brings up insecurities and issues that have been building since the very beginning of the series.
Of course, the series wouldn't be Robin Hood if there wasn't also plenty of fun to be had along the way. The Sheriff is still as hilarious as he is evil, and it's a blast watching Robin and Co. get the best of him time and again. Keith Allen does an especially great job with the Sherrif's gloating/crying in "Get Carter", an episode which also introduces one of the most enjoyable recurring characters to come to Nottingham in quite awhile.
Season 2 has more of a cohesive story arc than season one, and as such, there are plot twists galore (most notably the 2-part finale) that impact future episodes and draw on events of those past. I'd recommend staying spoiler-free until you've seen them. That being said, get a box of tissues handy and be prepared to pick your jaw up off the floor by the time you finish the last episode. It's a doozy.
Rumor has it, there will be a S3, although the BBC is a being a bit cagey as to the details. In the meantime, settle down with season two and enjoy the ride!
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Initial post: Jul 18, 2008 7:52:34 PM PDT
There definitely will be a third season. Richard Armitage let his fans know -- www.richardarmitageonline.com -- that he was going back to Hungary this summer to shoot season 3.
Posted on Nov 28, 2008 9:20:58 PM PST
was wondering, are the tidbits like the cast interviews on this DVD as welll? becoz, for the 1st season DVD, there are, right?
Posted on Dec 22, 2011 6:14:10 AM PST
Rebecca K. B. says:
The ending of season 2 is terrible and before buying, I strongly recommend reading the other reviews.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2011 6:58:53 AM PST
In retrospect, I agree. However this post was written well before the show went off its rails in the 3rd season. :(
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