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2018-07-10 06:01:19 PM  
If you're using the words Blackadder and plan in a sentence, you MUST mention weasels
 
2018-07-10 07:49:12 PM  
I enjoyed S4 but personally I thought it not as good as earlier seasons. I thought they just had far too many "He's as clever as an X that has just X at X" lines. They just got grating and predictable for me. And I usually love shows like the Fast Show that run the same gag again and again with only slight changes. No idea what the Blackadder ones bugged me but they did.
 
2018-07-10 08:27:45 PM  
I agree series 4 was a bit weaker than the others (seasons 2 and 3 nailed it) but I'm willing to give the entire series a pass on the ending alone.  The first time I saw it it was just stunning- there's the normal slapstick comedy and you're expecting it to wrap up the way the other 3 did with an absurd ending, and then it just, doesn't.  It was a total accident but it was absolute, utter genius- very few TV shows ever get a real, proper ending and there are few that get something that good.
 
2018-07-10 08:28:16 PM  
The 3rd season was my favorite, primarily because we get to see Blackadder win in the end. It was a nice twist.
 
2018-07-10 08:28:21 PM  
What a lot of wibble.
 
2018-07-10 08:35:11 PM  
...I could swear I heard (some years ago) about a proposed fifth season where Blackadder would have been an RAF pilot in the Battle of Britain...
 
2018-07-10 08:45:41 PM  
Blackadder III is my favorite, but I like them all, other than the first series.  Because of Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent, I couldn't watch House because I couldn't watch him in a non comedic role.
 
2018-07-10 08:50:39 PM  

Jake Havechek: Blackadder III is my favorite, but I like them all, other than the first series.  Because of Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent, I couldn't watch House because I couldn't watch him in a non comedic r


I so wanted Rowan Atkinson to appear as a patient on House
 
2018-07-10 09:01:59 PM  

Bermuda59: Jake Havechek: Blackadder III is my favorite, but I like them all, other than the first series.  Because of Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent, I couldn't watch House because I couldn't watch him in a non comedic r

I so wanted Rowan Atkinson to appear as a patient on House


That, I would have watched.
 
2018-07-10 09:05:42 PM  

Bermuda59: Jake Havechek: Blackadder III is my favorite, but I like them all, other than the first series.  Because of Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent, I couldn't watch House because I couldn't watch him in a non comedic r

I so wanted Rowan Atkinson to appear as a patient on House


Gods that would have been potentially hilarious.
 
2018-07-10 09:19:06 PM  
Not sure of etiquette, but here is a 90 min doco on all 4 series, including chats with all the main leads, inc the lovely Miranda Richardson. If you have an interest in cunning plans, well worth a look
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi2bX​2​u5HpA

/ "I have a cunning plan" was also a "script edit" on the fly
 
2018-07-10 09:20:52 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I agree series 4 was a bit weaker than the others (seasons 2 and 3 nailed it) but I'm willing to give the entire series a pass on the ending alone.  The first time I saw it it was just stunning- there's the normal slapstick comedy and you're expecting it to wrap up the way the other 3 did with an absurd ending, and then it just, doesn't.  It was a total accident but it was absolute, utter genius- very few TV shows ever get a real, proper ending and there are few that get something that good.


Cowboy Bebop
Dinosaurs
Black Adder


I really cannot think of any others with a good ending.
 
2018-07-10 09:23:52 PM  
doglover:

Rather, an ending on par with those. Lots of series get fitting endings but without that The End kind of impact
 
2018-07-10 09:24:45 PM  
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In case you can't read the bottom, it contains all of the scripts, including the words to the songs that you may never have figured out.
 
2018-07-10 09:27:16 PM  

doglover: Glockenspiel Hero: I agree series 4 was a bit weaker than the others (seasons 2 and 3 nailed it) but I'm willing to give the entire series a pass on the ending alone.  The first time I saw it it was just stunning- there's the normal slapstick comedy and you're expecting it to wrap up the way the other 3 did with an absurd ending, and then it just, doesn't.  It was a total accident but it was absolute, utter genius- very few TV shows ever get a real, proper ending and there are few that get something that good.

Cowboy Bebop
Dinosaurs
Black Adder


I really cannot think of any others with a good ending.


Gargoyles had a rather satisfying conclusion.
 
2018-07-10 09:27:44 PM  
I still have the complete series DVD set, so I didn't buy the remastered one.  I think I should have, now.
 
2018-07-10 09:45:08 PM  

Jake Havechek: I still have the complete series DVD set, so I didn't buy the remastered one.  I think I should have, now.


They keep pissing me off with these new boxsets. I have the dvd but its old, and I know a couple of subsequent new releases has commentaries, documentaries and other rare stuff. Temptation, dammit.
 
2018-07-10 09:47:53 PM  
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2018-07-10 09:54:27 PM  
Regimental goats?
 
2018-07-10 09:57:50 PM  

flondrix: Regimental goats?


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The regimental goat is the one on the left
 
2018-07-10 09:58:39 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: ...I could swear I heard (some years ago) about a proposed fifth season where Blackadder would have been an RAF pilot in the Battle of Britain...


No, the proposed fifth series was supposed to feature Edmund Blackadder as a contemporary aristocrat.  In order to to raise money and drum up interest for making the fifth series a special was made titled Blackadder: Back and Forth in which this version of Blackadder travels through time.  I guess it never took off though.
 
2018-07-10 10:01:58 PM  

flondrix: AtlanticCoast63: ...I could swear I heard (some years ago) about a proposed fifth season where Blackadder would have been an RAF pilot in the Battle of Britain...

No, the proposed fifth series was supposed to feature Edmund Blackadder as a contemporary aristocrat.  In order to to raise money and drum up interest for making the fifth series a special was made titled Blackadder: Back and Forth in which this version of Blackadder travels through time.  I guess it never took off though.


It was the one-off New Year's Millennium special that tried to kick that off, but nothing happened after that, so no new series even made it into development.

I think they thought they took the characters far enough, and there was no need to continue.
 
2018-07-10 10:24:15 PM  
Harry and Paul - Blackadder
Youtube w7xsGHMdNEA
 
2018-07-10 10:34:55 PM  
I was vaguely aware there is a show called Blackadder, and it has an active fan base today.

I was surprised to read that and find it was on the air 30+ years ago.

That is some real staying power.
 
2018-07-10 11:04:48 PM  
A blackadder set in contemporary times would have big shoes to fill. Comparisons with "The Thick of It" would be inevitable.

Still, if you could line up all of the blackadder cast (except Mayall, of course), and aimed it at the same audience (i.e. after the watershed, so "adult" language), you'd have a worthy competitor.

/ farkity bye
// come the fark in or fark the fark off
 
2018-07-10 11:13:37 PM  
"The feeling among the writers and cast was that any fifth Blackadder series would be critically savaged if it failed to match the high bar set by the fourth season"

Ending on a high note.  Now if only more TV series had the same philosophy..
 
2018-07-10 11:29:06 PM  
Love Blackadder but I really hope they never revive it. I doubt they could recapture it - Back and Forth was kinda meh compared to the others.

I still to this day mutter "Oh dear, Richard the Third" when things go wrong...
 
2018-07-10 11:29:56 PM  
I could see a fifth Blackadder series set in Thatcherian Britain in the 70s and 80s. Maybe get Miranda Richardson to play Mags and work your way down from there.
 
2018-07-11 12:05:54 AM  
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Blackadder: "Baldric, why do you have a piece of cheese tied to your nose?
Baldric: "To catch mice, my lord. I lie on the ground with my mouth open and hope they scurry in."
Blackadder: "Do they?"
Baldric: "Not yet, my lord."
Blackadder: "I am not surprised. Your breath comes straight from Satan's bottom."
 
2018-07-11 12:09:06 AM  
Best line in the entire series imho
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2018-07-11 12:39:19 AM  

doglover: Glockenspiel Hero: I agree series 4 was a bit weaker than the others (seasons 2 and 3 nailed it) but I'm willing to give the entire series a pass on the ending alone.  The first time I saw it it was just stunning- there's the normal slapstick comedy and you're expecting it to wrap up the way the other 3 did with an absurd ending, and then it just, doesn't.  It was a total accident but it was absolute, utter genius- very few TV shows ever get a real, proper ending and there are few that get something that good.

Cowboy Bebop
Dinosaurs
Black Adder


I really cannot think of any others with a good ending.


Cheers
M*A*S*H
Babylon 5 (ending with Season 4)
The West Wing
Justice League Unlimited
Batman Beyond (via JLU's 'Epilogue')
Robotech (yeah, yeah, sue me. But, it was an honestly good tie-up, saving Earth and Scott going off in search of the missing SDF-3)
Family Ties
The Waltons
 
2018-07-11 03:01:26 AM  
Listen, Slackbladder, if you want something, you have to take it!  Look: Bob! I want something...

...take it
 
2018-07-11 04:50:27 AM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: doglover: Glockenspiel Hero: I agree series 4 was a bit weaker than the others (seasons 2 and 3 nailed it) but I'm willing to give the entire series a pass on the ending alone.  The first time I saw it it was just stunning- there's the normal slapstick comedy and you're expecting it to wrap up the way the other 3 did with an absurd ending, and then it just, doesn't.  It was a total accident but it was absolute, utter genius- very few TV shows ever get a real, proper ending and there are few that get something that good.

Cowboy Bebop
Dinosaurs
Black Adder


I really cannot think of any others with a good ending.

Cheers
M*A*S*H
Babylon 5 (ending with Season 4)
The West Wing
Justice League Unlimited
Batman Beyond (via JLU's 'Epilogue')
Robotech (yeah, yeah, sue me. But, it was an honestly good tie-up, saving Earth and Scott going off in search of the missing SDF-3)
Family Ties
The Waltons


Have to take issue with M*A*S*H. That show had drifted so far from its origins, and become so preachy, it was a mercy killing to finish it off. The ending was a relief, not a perfect closure. I had stopped caring about the characters long before the finale, and only watched it sporadically.

Funny you should mention it, though. I watched the 1970 film only a couple of weeks back, and most of it holds up pretty well.
 
2018-07-11 05:12:48 AM  

ol' gormsby: RoyFokker'sGhost: doglover: Glockenspiel Hero: I agree series 4 was a bit weaker than the others (seasons 2 and 3 nailed it) but I'm willing to give the entire series a pass on the ending alone.  The first time I saw it it was just stunning- there's the normal slapstick comedy and you're expecting it to wrap up the way the other 3 did with an absurd ending, and then it just, doesn't.  It was a total accident but it was absolute, utter genius- very few TV shows ever get a real, proper ending and there are few that get something that good.

Cowboy Bebop
Dinosaurs
Black Adder


I really cannot think of any others with a good ending.

Cheers
M*A*S*H
Babylon 5 (ending with Season 4)
The West Wing
Justice League Unlimited
Batman Beyond (via JLU's 'Epilogue')
Robotech (yeah, yeah, sue me. But, it was an honestly good tie-up, saving Earth and Scott going off in search of the missing SDF-3)
Family Ties
The Waltons

Have to take issue with M*A*S*H. That show had drifted so far from its origins, and become so preachy, it was a mercy killing to finish it off. The ending was a relief, not a perfect closure. I had stopped caring about the characters long before the finale, and only watched it sporadically.

Funny you should mention it, though. I watched the 1970 film only a couple of weeks back, and most of it holds up pretty well.


...Mostly This, unfortunately.  The the show was damned near unwatchable by the end, but the finale probably did a better job of wrapping things up than any other US series before or since.
 
2018-07-11 06:46:53 AM  

Jake Havechek: flondrix: AtlanticCoast63: ...I could swear I heard (some years ago) about a proposed fifth season where Blackadder would have been an RAF pilot in the Battle of Britain...

No, the proposed fifth series was supposed to feature Edmund Blackadder as a contemporary aristocrat.  In order to to raise money and drum up interest for making the fifth series a special was made titled Blackadder: Back and Forth in which this version of Blackadder travels through time.  I guess it never took off though.

It was the one-off New Year's Millennium special that tried to kick that off, but nothing happened after that, so no new series even made it into development.

I think they thought they took the characters far enough, and there was no need to continue.


The Millennium time travel special was very weak so glad they never went any further with it.  There have been loads of ideas floated for the 5th series - one I always recall was to be set in the 60s and they were in a band with a drummer called Bald Rick.
 
2018-07-11 08:58:59 AM  
I always thought that it was quite fitting that the Blackadder family line ended in Flanders, but I also kind of
wished they could have done a series set in swinging 60s London with a James Bond/Harry Palmer
kind of vibe where Blackadder was a minor functionary in MI6 who mostly got the job to pull the birds.
 
2018-07-11 12:54:17 PM  
If they're doing a fifth series (which they've tapdanced around for a while), they should bring back BRIAN BLESSED.

/Just came her to say BRIAN BLESSED
//HAWKMEN, DIIIIIIIIIIVE!
 
2018-07-11 08:28:42 PM  

jaytkay: I was vaguely aware there is a show called Blackadder, and it has an active fan base today.

I was surprised to read that and find it was on the air 30+ years ago.

That is some real staying power.


LOok at the excellent Poirot series starring David Suchet. The last episode was made a couple of years ago. His first episode was made when Margaret Thatcher was still Prime Minister.

germ78: I could see a fifth Blackadder series set in Thatcherian Britain in the 70s and 80s. Maybe get Miranda Richardson to play Mags and work your way down from there.


The New Statesman would come close to that, starring Rik Mayal.
Piers Lonsdale - The Most Vile Man In London | The New Statesman
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