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Goof: When Archer goes to the tunnel entrance, he leaves all the heavy rocks on top of the door and with apparent ease slides the door to the side and enters the tunnel. He is not seen sliding the door back in place from inside the tunnel.
When Robin, Gisborne and Much arrive, the door is in place again and they remove all the rocks before opening the door, but it is now a hinged door that swings upward into the open position.
Goof: When Prince John's soldiers dump the villager head first into the stolen water barrel, the barrel is full to the brim with water. Less than a minute later, with the villager still in the barrel, the soldiers tip it over and we see only a small amount of water pour from the barrel.
The Sheriff calls St. Luke the "divine physician". Christian tradition does indeed teach that St. Luke, who authored the third synoptic Gospel and was one of the Seventy Apostles, was also a physician.
Sheriff: Tomorrow is St. Barnabas's Day.
St. Barnabas's Day is June 11. St. Barnabas was a companion of St. Paul the Apostle. He was killed for refusing to cease preaching the Christian faith.
The Sheriff declares that Tuck is to be "racked, drawn, and quartered" for his crimes. This method of execution is a fictional variation of a method of execution known as being hanged, drawn, and quartered. Only traitors to the crown were executed in this manner; he (women were never executed in this manner) would be hanged by his neck until he was half-dead; then he would be disemboweled and emasculated; finally, he would be beheaded, and his limbs cut off, thus dividing his body into "quarters". This method of execution was, in fact, not used until the late 13th century.
If the Sun and the Moon are on different quadrants of the sky then there cannot be an eclipse.
While the entire episode revolves around a solar eclipse (in which the new moon obscures the sun), during the "I am Robin Hood, your humble servant" speech you can clearly see a half moon in the sky behind Robin.
Djaq bids Robin farewell in Arabic. What she says can be translated: Good-bye (lit. "with peace"). God bless you.
Robin's birthday is October 14.
Ring Lardner Jr. was one of the writers for the 1950s TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood. He wrote under various pseudonyms because he had been blacklisted during the McCarthy period.
When the one-legged man falls from the tree his "missing" leg is momentarily clearly visible before he tucks his foot under his other leg on landing.
Goof: In the final confrontation between Robin and Carter, Robin sticks the sword in the ground ... and it wobbles.
Trivia: The pronunciation of the Canon of Berkeley's name as spelled is an Americanism, presumably at the behest of BBC America, who co-produced the series. The British pronunciation would be "Barkley".
Much mentions that the last time the gang raided the Sheriff's strong room there were dogs - an event seen in the second series episode The Booby and the Beast.
The show's excuse for keeping the Sheriff alive wears a bit thin in this episode. Apparently, Prince John has vowed to kill everyone in Nottinghamshire only if the Sheriff dies an "unnatural" death, so instead of rushing to save him from the poison that was his own idea, Robin could simply claim that he died of the "pestilence".
The type of sling shot used was a few centuries too early. Elastic rubber for slingshots did not exist in the 12th century. It took another 700 years before a Mr. Goodyear found a way of vulcanizing rubber into useful elasticities.
The Sheriff refers to his plan as Operation Shah Mat. Shah Mat is a Persian phrase which means either "the king is dead" or "the king is defeated" depending on translation. It is also where the chess term "checkmate" comes from.
It is revealed that the Sheriff has a sister named Davina.
When imprisoned, Allan claims his name is Tom - taking the name of his brother that briefly joined the outlaw gang in series 1 episode "Brothers in Arms".
Robin's top switches from being untucked and pulled up his abdomen (with his trousers slipping down below his navel), to being tucked into his trousers while he is hanging over the snake pit.