Monday, 8 September 2014

Feared by the bad, loved by the good....

I think that I saw moments of fleeting self-awareness in  Robin Hood. You see it in teeny pop-stars sometimes;  a brief flash of pained insight where a horrific self-awareness is glimpsed beneath the facade. And I think there really was supposed to be a real man trapped in there somewhere, beneath all that guffawing. For practically the whole episode I was convinced that he'd be a robot ...  I was happily awaiting the payoff at the end, where there'd be some big reveal - some sinister Merrie England theme park designed to suck out people's brains or something, but no... Robin Hood had to be real (and I realise the weight that I'm asking that four letter word to bear), so that Clara could be supported in her conviction that impossible-to-live-up-to legendary heroes really can exist....

So I don't know if that was a clever twist or not..... We endured an entire awful episode, secure in the conviction, indeed led to the conclusion, that it would all prove to be some kind of sinister pantomime, only then to be unexpectedly disabused of this notion. Is this a clever and original plot trajectory? (Ha ha!... you didn't believe that it could be this awful, but it really was, all along! (hearty laugh!) - you thought that  it was all to be resolved in post-modern folly and self-referential meta-textual trickery... but no! Heroes really can exist in an entirely straightforwardly heroic, thigh-slappy fashion..... Robin Hood really can walk this land, firm of chin, hearty of...um...heart and resolute in purpose).

And you know what? That fellow, that's really the Doctor that is..... This is the third week running where the guests are directly positioned as mirrors to reflect some facet of the Doctor: We've had a patchwork man making and remaking himself until all sense of purpose is lost, a powerful creature struggling to embrace the possibility of moral goodness and then this week a storybook legend, almost impossible to live up to....

Surely we'll run out of such themes to explore soon? ("Next week the Doctor faces a deadly new foe who unexpectedly lurches in and out of various regional accents...")

1 comment:

  1. Still, if Robin Hood can maintain a coherent existence within the Who-niverse, I guess there's no reason we can't have a Batman crossover...

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