Robin Hood

Season 1 Episode 5

Turk Flu

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Nov 04, 2006 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Robin must be patient when the Nottingham Fair comes to town bringing with it the temptation of the silver arrow competition. Before he can compete Robin must first deal with the Sheriff's latest plan of using Saracen slaves as labour in his deadly mine. Can Robin, with the help of the Nightwatchman, defeat Nottingham's plan in time for the competition?moreless

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  • not the best episode in the seires

    i was quite dissapointed with this episode, nothing really happened. new meryman introduce or rather merrywoman. everyone seems to have forgotten about the death of Roy even though John said he thought of him as a son. no interaction between Robin and Marian. Much was probably the onl character that made this episode bearable supplying his usual comedy lines, this episode about God. Guy and the sheriff were pretty boring, none of the Sheriffs one liners. more of Marian as the night watchman but got cut by an unknowing Guy of Gisbourne who stepped up the flirting and now her dad knows about her secret identity.moreless
  • Cheesy and overacted but good for the kids!

    This episode was cheesy and overacted. I know this is what we have come to expect from this show and it is usually just some light hearted fun for family viewers on a saturday evening. Normally i'm all for that. But this particular episode took it too far when the gaurds of the mine all ran away just because they were told one of the merry men had 'Turk flu!'.

    Other problems I had with the episode was the very unplausible way that Robin Hood entered that archery competition. Surely if the Sheriff was expecting him to enter he would have thought something suspicious of a man in big hooded cloak without having to see him get a perfect bullseye to think it could be Robin Hood. There is also the problem with low budget meaning that chainmail clearly flaps in the breeze as cloth would and Robin Hood doesn't even conceal the fact that he is using plastic nocks on his arrows. Still, having said all this rather negative stuff I do accept that the show is for family viewing and aimed at all age groups. I think it's a great one for the kids and Robin Hood certaintly gives an excellent role modelmoreless
  • In this episode a new character is introduced and the famous archery competition occurs.

    The episode starts off with people dieing from a silver/iron mine. A man protests and he is stabbed by Sir Guy.

    Back in the forest Robin is growing restless because the archery competition is very soon.

    The Night Watchman aka Marian is riding away from the mining village after giving food to them and Sir Guy stops her. She is cut on her left arm before she gets away.

    Robin Hood and the gang discover a slave trader. The slaves are for the Sheriffs mine.

    Marian's father notices the cut and Sir Guy invites Marian to the archery competition. (Sir Guy is not very good at charming women) Marian refuses the offer, but then she reluctantly agrees. Sir Guy mentions cutting the Watchman. Marian's father realizes that she is a vigilante.

    Robin makes a deal with the Turk slaves. He promises to let them free if they help him sabotage the mine. Djak is a young boy in the cage and he can speek English.The Muslims are to act as if they are infected with a plague. The plan works and they begin to rig the mine.

    The archery competition begins and there is a new rule enacted that all archers remove their left sleeve. The Sheriff says that the "guilty object to security because the guilty have something to hide". This sounds very similar to the logic governments today use to trample over people's right to privacy.

    At the mine Djak demonstrates the technological superiority that the Muslim world has at that time by lighting a fire with a magnifying lens. Soon after Little John falls into a mine shaft hidden from sight. Djak goes into the mine and heals his wound with silver and an acid. Silver is often used on bandages today because it is some sort of anti-biotic.

    Sir Guy notices the blood on Marians arm at the competition and Marian makes it look as though she cut herself with an apple. The slave trader warns the Sheriff. And just as the Sheriff and his men arrive at the mine they get Little John out of the mine. Then the mine is lit on fire. The Sheriff realizes that Robin hood has used the fire as a diversion to get to the fair's competition. Robin Dun attempts to kill Marian because he mistakenly believes she is Sir Guy's woman. Marian talks him out of it. Robin Hood competes as Robin Dun so that he can win the silver arrow.

    Djak is discovered to be a woman her real name is Saphia. (She does actually look like a young boy with her hair short)moreless
  • Saracens, Mines and Archery *spoilers*

    The series seems to be plodding along nicely, but I’m still waiting for something really impressive to happen. ‘Turk Flu’ is nonetheless entertaining enough, if a little busy. An accident at the Treeton iron ore mine kills several men and when a man stands up to Gisborne, telling him the workers are on strike, Gisborne kills the man and sacks the rest of the workers. When Robin and the Outlaws hold up a cart, they find several Saracen slaves that are to be used in the mines. Robin plans to close down the mine permanently- to hurt the Sheriff- and forms an alliance with one of the slaves in particular (who is called Djaq). Not only that, but there is the annual Nottingham Fair to contend with and an archery competition with a silver arrow as the prize. There’s a lot happening in this episode- not all of it convinces- but it’s exciting in places.

    I’m finding the modern-day parallels within the stories to be far too heavyhanded. A little subtlety can get your point across much more effectively- immigration is a big topic at the moment in Britain and this seems quite a clear reference to the more ‘illegal’ side of things. Yet it is nice to see Robin treating Djaq and the others with some compassion: as he says ‘people fear what they do not understand’. Djaq is quick-witted and helps when Little John falls down the mine. When the other slaves run off, only Djaq stays behind and is eventually accepted into the gang. The big twist being of course that Djaq is actually female (a point completely spoiled by several British tabloids). But Anjali Jay is quite good in the role and it’ll be interesting to see how the character develops.

    As for the rest? Well, there are few surprises. Gisborne is still attempting to woo Marian (despite attacking her earlier on when she was in the guise of the Night Watchman) and his embarrassed, fumbling attempt to ask her to the Fair is quite funny for someone who is usually so tough and forthright. When Rowan, the son of the man Gisborne killed, sees this, he decides to hurt Gisborne by trying to shoot Marian. She talks him out of it and tells Robin to make sure Rowan wins the silver arrow, which he does. Meanwhile, Marian’s father Sir Edward finds out about her extracurricular activities isn’t happy about it. Keith Allen still remains very panto-esque and the whole Skippy/Lassie moment when he interprets what the gasping slave trader is trying to tell him just went too far for my liking. Fight scenes were good and the explosions at the mine looked good, too. All in all, it passed the time well enough.moreless
  • The introduction of a new character but nothing special

    With Robin and his men becoming bored in the forest the writers must find new plot lines which will keep audiences interested despite already having seen and heard countless tale of Robin Hood.

    The writers have offered the idea of a woman joining the gang of merry men, although she does prefer to be called Djaq.

    An episode which only really livens up at the end this is not the best episode of the series however when Robin saves Marian, or rather she saves herself and the winning of the silver arrow are good scenes which are worthy of the saturday night slot on television.moreless

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    • Robin: (After Robin helps Rowan win the silver arrow) That arrow will help feed the miners for an entire winter.
      Much: Come on lets go.

    • Robin: Marian.
      Marian: Better late then never I suppose, make sure this one wins the silver arrow.
      Rowan: Robin help me.

    • Robin: Where are the others?
      Djaq: Gone.
      Alan-A-Dale: Hey Rowan will be sorry he missed the blaze.
      Djaq: Him, he's gone to the fair.
      Robin: Why? Gisborne is here.
      Djaq: Gisborne's woman, to tear his heart out by killing his woman.
      Robin: Gisborne hasn't got a woman (Robin realises who Djaq is talking about) Marian.

    • Robin: (After Robin sets the mine on fire) Does anyone smell burning?
      Sheriff of Nottingham: Get the fire out, forget the outlaws save the mine.
      Robin: Never forget the outlaws.

    • Robin: Light fires around the beams and inside.
      Rowan: Let me light them, I'll burn the place to ground.
      Much: I don't think so we'll do that.
      Robin: No let Rowan for his father.

    • Rowan: You cannot let them get away.
      Robin: If the Sheriff or Gisborne dead would help Nottingham, Iwould have killed them months ago.
      Rowan: But they deserve to die.

    • Robin: Please let me explain, then if you do not wish to help us you are free to go, you have my word. What is your name?
      Djaq: Djaq.
      Robin: Djaq we will help you escape but if you leave now the sheriff will still need workers for his mine, more prisoners will arrive next month, people like you. We are going to destroy the mine but we need your help.

    • Djaq: You do not trust that he can see into your heart?
      Much: Of course I trust he can. I could renounce him like that. I do not believe in God, there I don't.
      Alan-A-Dale: Come on help me tie the brooker up.
      Much: (Walks away and looks up in the sky) I do believe obviously.

    • Rowan: Why did i do that? Why did I tell him to stand up to Gisborne I should have just kept my mouth shut. I told him to stand up for himself, but what did i do? Gisborne and the sheriff walked straight pass me and I did nothing.

    • Much: (Robin and the gang find a man who is delivering slaves to the sheriff) I never thought I'd see this again. Outrages, disgrace, trading people.

    • Rowan: (At his fathers funeral after he was killed by Gisborne) Gisborne will pay.

    • Rowan's Father: We will not go down there again.
      Guy of Gisborne: You will do as I say.
      Rowan's Father: My brother is dead.
      Guy of Gisborne: And your behaviour suggests that you care to join him.
      Rowan's Father: We are on strike.

    • Robin: Djaq, come and join us.
      Djaq: For good?
      Robin: Well, I was thinking just for dinner but…
      Djaq: I was thinking for good. Perhaps I should have let your big friend here die, huh? Then there would have been a vacancy.
      Will Scarlett: It wouldn't be safe for you to join us.
      Robin: For us or for him?
      Will Scarlett: For her.
      Robin: I guessed as much. What's your name? Your real name.
      Djaq: Safia.
      Robin: Safia…
      Djaq: But I prefer you to call me Djaq.
      Robin: Djaq. Well, your expertise did help to save Little John's life, for which we will be eternally indebted. Anyone have a problem with a woman joining the gang?
      (the others shake their heads)
      Much: Can you…?
      Djaq: I'm a rubbish cook.
      Much: Oh.
      Robin: Well, looks like we're cooking dinner then.

    • (Rowan has his bow ready to shoot Marian)
      Rowan: My lady. It'll be quick. I'm a good shot.
      Marian: Your father died at the mine, didn't he?
      Rowan: How do you know?
      Marian: It's difficult to explain. But I know he must have loved you very much. Everybody knew how dangerous it was to go down that mine.
      Rowan: I told him not to.
      Marian: He wanted to feed you and your family.
      Rowan: Your lover knew it wasn't safe!
      Marian: Your father must have known too.
      Rowan: I'm going to kill you. Make him suffer. Make him understand loss.
      Marian: At the cost of your own life?
      Rowan: It's what Gisborne deserves.
      Marian: Your mother will lose the man of her house twice. What about her suffering?
      Rowan: I can't do nothing! Just stand and do nothing.
      Marian: Well, if you want to hurt the Sheriff, win his silver arrow. You say you are a good shot. Win it. Use the silver, melt it down into coins. You could feed your family for months. Compensate all the miners' widows. Or would you rather shoot an unarmed woman?

    • Brooker: Can I not keep the money?
      Robin: You are a despicable, heartless, soulless slave trader, lucky to escape with your life.
      Much: That's a no.

    • Sheriff of Nottingham: Thanks to the rogue element amongst you, I have been forced to introduce new security measures. The guilty object to security because the guilty have something to hide. So, I expect your full co-operation. No man shall wear a sleeve on his left arm. (pause) Oh, and do have a lovely fair. Thank you.

    • Much: I have a simple yet effective way of gaining you freedom, and a lot less dangerous that riding into a heavily guarded mine.
      Djaq: Opening the cage. That is simple and effective.
      Much: No. This is clever. Renounce your God. Then nobody can buy or sell you.
      Djaq: Renounce my God?
      Much: And claim you believe in the Christian one. But it's alright, because gods are all-knowing, so your God will know you're only pretending.
      Djaq: Why would I pretend to be Christian? You kill my people in the name of Christianity!
      Much: Sh! Christians cannot be traded. The Sheriff will not buy you, you can go free and we… can go home and eat.

    • Robin: There is nothing to fear. Once the guards believe that the prisoners have a disease, they'll run for their lives.
      Much: Oh, surely only the stupid amongst them is going to fall for it. I mean, Turk flu?
      Robin: People fear what they don't understand.

    • Sheriff of Nottingham: (as they pass a group of mourning women) Women. How do they manage to hit that particular pitch that makes you want to pierce your own eardrums with a stick? Never marry, Gisborne. Women. Keep them at a distance. Think… think leper.

    • Brooker: There used to be a decent living being made from selling folk. Then the Pope goes and bans trading Christians. Thank heavens King Richard likes his wars abroad.

    • Sir Edward: I think you owe me an explanation, young lady. It was you, wasn't it?
      Marian: There are people starving, people whose menfolk have died at the mine. Should we do nothing?
      Sir Edward: What? You think you're Robin Hood now? (Marian closes the door on her father) Is that it? You're in competition with Robin?
      Marian: It is no competition. I've been helping people far longer than him.
      Sir Edward: How much longer?
      Marian: Three years.
      Sir Edward: I do not know you at all, do I?

    • Guy of Gisborne: Today, I am attending… I'm sure you would expect… you yourself may also have the intention… but I thought even so it would not necessarily make my question redundant.
      Marian: Attending?
      Guy of Gisborne: The Sheriff's Fair
      Marian: Oh.
      Guy of Gisborne: So, what's your answer?
      Marian: Forgive me, Sir Guy, I do not yet understand the question.
      Guy of Gisborne: I am inviting you to the fair as my personal guest.

    • Guy of Gisborne: They claim they would rather die than go back down
      Sheriff of Nottingham: You're giving them choices?
      (Gisborne turns around and stabs Rowan's father, killing him)

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