Blackadder

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  • Season 4 Episode 6: Goodbyeee

  • Blackadder can't die without an heir, else how would one manage to go on an adventure through time in "Back & Forth".

    The show never explicitly shows an heir, but it is always plausible. In this series he has sex with the nurse in the hospital, who is later shot due to her being a German spy. Even if George was a leak, she failed the subtle traps Blackadder left for her, and would still be tried and executed.

  • There is another interesting timeline error in this episode featuring Captain Blackadder's military career. As pointed out below, he mentions Umboto Gorge (1892) and knowing having met Field Marshal Haig twenty years ago (which would be 1897). When talking about his career to George he says that had "fifteen years military service" before the horror of World War I. Assuming he meant the start of the war in 1914, that would mean his career started in 1899.

  • Captain Blackadder says he only met Field Marshall Haig once. "It was twenty years ago." When he calls Haig, he talks about the Battle of Umboto Gorge in 1892. That would make it Blackadder and Haig's first conversation in 25 years, since all episodes of Blackadder Goes Forth were set in 1917.

  • Season 4 Episode 5: General Hospital

  • When Nurse Mary is sent out to get shot, Melchett never actually call the firing squad, but still George is seeing the nurse led out to the squad.

  • Private Baldrick's failure to grasp the concept of I-Spy is a little similar to a scene in Season 3's 'Ink and Incapability,' where his Regency ancestor attempts to define words for Blackadder's attempt to rewrite the English dictionary.

  • Season 4 Episode 3: Major Star

  • This episode ends on April 7, 1917; the day after the United States entered the war.

  • Season 4 Episode 2: Corporal Punishment

  • Blackadder says "Schnell! Schnell! Kartoffelkopf." to Captain Darling. This is German for "Quickly! Quickly! Potatohead."

  • Answer to the cooking accusation: Blackadder says that Baldrick is the worst cooker ever and then descibes his exemplary dish as tasting like 'dog turds' while Baldrick replies: 'That's because they are'. Perhaps it was not the lack of cooking talents that Baldrick suffered from but the lack of proper ingredients. Given the lovely, speckled pidgeon, he was able to make a tasty dish. Or maybe, after months of eating dog turds Edward would eat anything even remotely smelling of meat.

  • It is surprising that Private Baldrick cooked a pigeon to Blackadder's liking. As we found out in the previous show, Baldrick's culinary talents were nonexistent.

  • Season 4 Episode 1: Captain Cook

  • Blackadder: Field Marshal Haig is about to make yet another gargantuan effort to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin.

    General Haig is considered "The Butcher" by many historians, due to his old warfare strategies, using cavalry in muddy conditions and ordering men to "walk" across No Mans Land to the enemy trenches believing that artillery barrages had killed them all. In fact, it only worsened the situation for the British soldiers, by tangling barbed wire and creating more muddy and difficult conditions to fight in.

  • LOOK CLOSE: When Capt. Blackadder throws Lt. George's helmet up in the air, we hear machine gun fire and a helmet full of bullet holes comes flying down. Later, when Lt. George comes into the room, his helmet is hole-less, and now is covered in barbed wire. Either Lt. George has more than one helmet (which is very unlikely because in the army you were only allowed one helmet), or they goofed up.

  • Capt. Darling claimed he spoke on the phone with Pope Gregory IX (a name Capt. Blackadder conjured up in discussing a phone call he had with Gen. Melchett). Actually, the Pope during World War I was Benedict XV.

  • Response to First goof : General Melchett is quite mad and insane, it is not unlikely that he simply forgot.

  • Throughout this episode, Melchett seems to not know who Blackadder is; however, in "Goodbyeee" it is revealed that they were stationed together eariler and knew each other pretty well.

  • Season 3 Episode 6: Duel and Duality

  • The series is set before the battle of Trafalgar, which took place in 1805. But this features the Duke of Wellington, who was not given his title until 1809.

  • Mark Twain's 1881 novel "The Prince and the Pauper" is mentioned. The series is set during the reign of King George III whose reign ended due to his madness in 1811, 70 years before the novel was published. In fact, Mark Twain was born in 1835.

  • Since he has yet to get up, he clearly isn't actually dead yet, so there's nothing preventing him moving, is there? If he'd moved AFTER he'd fallen down again, THAT would be a goof.

  • At the end when Edmund is talking with the King, if you look at the bottom left hand corner of the screen you can clearly see the real Prince (Hugh Laurie) moving his hand up to his head then behind him even though he's supposedly dead. They haven't gotten to the bit where he gets up then realises he's really been shot.

  • Season 3 Episode 5: Amy and Amiability

  • Amy aka "the Shadow" repeatedly throughout the episode fires her one-shot pistol numerous times.

  • In the opening scene, Blackadder says he does not "want to be hung." Of course, he meant he did not want to be hanged.

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