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Robin' rather than Rantin' in the Hood, for once. - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Robin' rather than Rantin' in the Hood, for once.
Oh, I could rant. The whole bungling by the NFL in handling the Ray Rice incident, compared to other far pettier offenses, was exposed as utter sham once the TMZ Police Department shamed the league with its evidence today. To their credit, Rice's team, and ultimately the league, acted quickly in getting this cancer out of the locker room, but it should never have come to what it did.  And one wonders if they would have acted as decisively if the story hadn't blown the media machine's Week One stories (including a surprising Bills win) out of the headlines for half a day.

So would I prefer to talk about something else?

Sher wood:)


Twelve's twist on the Robin Hood legend on Saturday night was very nicely and sweetly done. With rumours of Mark Gatiss eventually taking the TARDIS helm, it was interesting to see how he handled an all-by-himself effort. It largely stood alone from the events of the preceding weeks, and was far more reliant on 1190ish history than 1963-2013 canonical references. (Also, unless it happened during a blink,[Spoiler (click to open)]Missy did not make an appearance this week.)

The Robin Hood references were traditional and fun, and yet it all reminded me of nary a one of the pop culture versions briefly hinted at in the episode. Not Errol Flynn, not Patrick Troughton who would later become the Second Doctor. Nope, it led me direct to the library today, and to this tonight:

We've worked through re-watching most of the Mel Brooks back catalog, but this one somehow got past us until the Doctor reminded me of it. It's not the forever classic that the Gene Wilder ones will always be, but it holds up nicely 20 years later, even with a lot of the dating of some of the tropes (some specifically riffing on the Costner version that had recently come out when Brooks made it). There are direct homages to Blazing Saddles and History of the World, subtler ones to Young Frankenstein and Spaceballs (including the Broomhilde character who basically duplicates Joan Rivers's Dot Matrix role from the latter).

Even in the contexts of comedy and sci-fi, the legend holds up well lo these 800 years later- and people are still inspired by their legendary stories. It also helped to end the Robin mini-marathon with the sight of a starship captain returning as a triumphant King Richard- 40 years to the day after our own deposed King Richard was pardoned by Gerald Ford.....

Nah. Not gonna get ranty again.
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yesididit From: yesididit Date: September 9th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
TIGHT tights!
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