History Fridge / BlackAdder

30th Aug '17 7:51:10 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* In the very first episode, the canopy in Edmund's bedroom has a black snake design on it even before he chooses his name. (Of course, this might just be a lucky coincidence, or even the thing that inspired Baldrick to come up with "the Black Adder".)
11th Aug '17 3:17:45 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* In "General Hospital", George writes letters to his Uncle Hermie. How many names abbreviate to "Hermie" apart from "Hermann", which is a German name? An early hint that George's letters are the cause of the leak.

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* In "General Hospital", George writes letters to his Uncle Hermie. How many names abbreviate to "Hermie" apart from "Hermann", which is a German name? An [[spoiler:An early hint that George's letters are the cause of the leak.
leak.]]
11th Aug '17 3:16:58 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* In "General Hospital", George writes letters to his Uncle Hermie. How many names abbreviate to "Hermie" apart from "Hermann", which is a German name? An early hint that George's letters are the cause of the leak.
11th Jul '17 6:46:09 AM DoctorNemesis
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** If it helps, there are some hints that he's actually just been extraordinarily lucky and[=/=]or managed to manipulate himself into a nice cushy admin job, and has never been on the front lines.
21st May '17 1:41:05 AM Ggrarl
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*In the ''Blackadder the Third'' episode "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E3NobAndNobility Nob and Nobility]]", Edmund goes to the pie shop to recruit a French aristocrat to easily win his bet. The Count leaps at the opportunity to attend a party and declares, "If only I'd brought my mongoose costume." At first it just seems a random ditzy statement, but when we find out he's actually Topper/[[spoiler: The Scarlet Pimpernel]], and the fact that he wants to one up Edmund, it comes off as foreshadowing since mongoose are famous for killing snakes. Unfortunately for Topper, mongoose are only advantageous against cobras, and he's up against an Adder, [[spoiler: so he ends up dead]].



* Tim McInnery didn't take a main character roll in Blackadder The Third, instead appearing in one episode as a friend of George's called "Toppy". We later find out that Toppy is the Scarlet Pimpernel. In the original novel, the Scarlet Pimpernel's real name is "Percy"!

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* Tim McInnery didn't take a main character roll in Blackadder The Third, instead appearing in one episode as a friend of George's called "Toppy". "Topper". We later find out that Toppy Topper is the Scarlet Pimpernel. In the original novel, the Scarlet Pimpernel's real name is "Percy"!
29th Mar '17 7:21:08 PM Ebrbfureh
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* In the episode "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E1DishAndDishonesty Dish and Dishonesty]]" in ''Blackadder the Third'', Edmund says that he'll be back before the prince can say "antidisestablishmentarianism". It just seems like a long funny word, which the prince, who is an idiot, is unable to figure out how to pronounce before Edmund returns two days later. But, the word itself basically means "the movement of people against people who are against the establishment". Especially it refers to a 19th century political movement against the separation of the Church of England and the government. The prince is actually Prince Regent and thus effectively the head of the Church of England and the British sovereign, the whole series ([[AnachronismStew sort of]]) takes place in the early 19th century, and Edmund is going out to recruit an MP to support the Prince and oppose those who are seeking to remove him power--thus antidisestablishmentarianism is exactly what they are doing!
* In [[Recap/BlackadderSS2BlackaddersChristmasCarol Blackadder's Christmas Carol]], it would have made ''no'' difference in status if Blackadder had been nicer and so gotten the money and a title from the queen -- he was horrible so he didn't get it, but if he had been nice and gotten the rewards, he probably would have ended up giving it all up to the poor.

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* In the episode "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E1DishAndDishonesty Dish and Dishonesty]]" in ''Blackadder the Third'', Edmund says that he'll be back before the prince can say "antidisestablishmentarianism". It just seems like a long funny word, which the prince, who is an idiot, is unable to figure out how to pronounce before Edmund returns two days later. But, the word itself basically means "the movement of people against people who are against the establishment". Especially it refers to a 19th century political movement against the separation of the Church of England and the government. The prince is actually Prince Regent and thus effectively the head of the Church of England and the British sovereign, the whole series ([[AnachronismStew sort of]]) takes place in the early 19th century, and Edmund is going out to recruit an MP to support the Prince and oppose those who are seeking to remove him from power--thus antidisestablishmentarianism is exactly what they are doing!
* In [[Recap/BlackadderSS2BlackaddersChristmasCarol Blackadder's Christmas Carol]], it would have made ''no'' difference in status if Blackadder had been nicer and so gotten the money and a title from the queen -- he queen--he was horrible so he didn't get it, but if he had been nice and gotten the rewards, he probably would have ended up giving it all up to the poor.



* In "[[Recap/BlackadderS4E6Goodbyeee Goodbyeee]]", Baldrick comes up with a "cunning plan" involving a splinter on a ladder. At first this seems like comedic NoodleImplements, but pay attention to what he says -- he says "that's a rather nasty splinter on that ladder, '''someone could get hurt'''." His plan was essentially to do something to the ladder so that when Edmund climbed out of the trenches, the ladder would break and he'd fall, possibly breaking a leg in the process and getting sent to the hospital (and thus avoiding the dreaded "Final Push").

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* In "[[Recap/BlackadderS4E6Goodbyeee Goodbyeee]]", Baldrick comes up with a "cunning plan" involving a splinter on a ladder. At first this seems like comedic NoodleImplements, but pay attention to what he says -- he says--he says "that's a rather nasty splinter on that ladder, '''someone could get hurt'''." hurt'''". His plan was essentially to do something to the ladder so that when Edmund climbed out of the trenches, the ladder would break and he'd fall, possibly breaking a leg in the process and getting sent to the hospital (and thus avoiding the dreaded "Final Push").



* In the first season, Blackadder's first name is Edmund, and he's the manipulative power-hungry second son of the Duke of York. In ''Theatre/KingLear'' Edmund is the manipulative power-hungry second son of the Duke of Gloucester. Considering how often the first episode of the series references ''Theatre/RichardIII'', it seems fitting that the writers would drop a subtle reference to a different Shakespearean play.

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* In the first season, Blackadder's first name is Edmund, and he's the manipulative power-hungry second son of the Duke of York. In ''Theatre/KingLear'' ''Theatre/KingLear'', Edmund is the manipulative power-hungry second son of the Duke of Gloucester. Considering how often the first episode of the series references ''Theatre/RichardIII'', it seems fitting that the writers would drop a subtle reference to a different Shakespearean play.



* In ''Blackadder Goes Forth'', Captain Darling's TwitchyEye is a classic symptom of shell shock -- [[ShellShockedVeteran or, in modern parlance, post-traumatic stress disorder.]] If he actually had been invalided out of active service already, just imagine how much each one of Blackadder's (years of) veiled insults must have hurt -- not to mention General Melchett sending him back into the front lines to get pointlessly killed.

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* In ''Blackadder Goes Forth'', Captain Darling's TwitchyEye is a classic symptom of shell shock -- [[ShellShockedVeteran shock--[[ShellShockedVeteran or, in modern parlance, post-traumatic stress disorder.]] If he actually had been invalided out of active service already, just imagine how much each one of Blackadder's (years of) veiled insults must have hurt -- not hurt--not to mention General Melchett sending him back into the front lines to get pointlessly killed.
29th Mar '17 7:19:49 PM Ebrbfureh
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* In [[Recap/BlackadderSS2BlackaddersChristmasCarol Blackadder's Christmas Carol]], it would have made ''no'' difference in status if Blackadder had been nicer and so gotten the money and a title from the queen - he was horrible so he didn't get it, but if he had been nice and gotten the rewards, he probably would have ended up giving it all up to the poor.

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* In [[Recap/BlackadderSS2BlackaddersChristmasCarol Blackadder's Christmas Carol]], it would have made ''no'' difference in status if Blackadder had been nicer and so gotten the money and a title from the queen - -- he was horrible so he didn't get it, but if he had been nice and gotten the rewards, he probably would have ended up giving it all up to the poor.



* Clearly it's not above Mr. Blackadder to take the Prince's identity when the opportunity arised, but after all, George promised him "everything", and Blackadder himself fulfilled his promise to die on his friend's behalf. Technically, he's only taking what was promised. The rest was Fate being kind to him.
* In "[[Recap/BlackadderS4E6Goodbyeee Goodbyeee]]", Baldrick comes up with a "cunning plan" involving a splinter on a ladder. At first this seems like comedic NoodleImplements, but pay attention to what he says- he says "that's a rather nasty splinter on that ladder, '''someone could get hurt'''." His plan was essentially to do something to the ladder so that when Edmund climbed out of the trenches, the ladder would break and he'd fall, possibly breaking a leg in the process and getting sent to the hospital (and thus avoiding the dreaded "Final Push").

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* Clearly it's not above Mr. Blackadder to take the Prince's identity when the opportunity arised, arises, but after all, George promised him "everything", and Blackadder himself fulfilled his promise to die on his friend's behalf. Technically, he's only taking what was promised. The rest was Fate being kind to him.
* In "[[Recap/BlackadderS4E6Goodbyeee Goodbyeee]]", Baldrick comes up with a "cunning plan" involving a splinter on a ladder. At first this seems like comedic NoodleImplements, but pay attention to what he says- says -- he says "that's a rather nasty splinter on that ladder, '''someone could get hurt'''." His plan was essentially to do something to the ladder so that when Edmund climbed out of the trenches, the ladder would break and he'd fall, possibly breaking a leg in the process and getting sent to the hospital (and thus avoiding the dreaded "Final Push").



* In Blackadder Goes Forth, Captain Darling's TwitchyEye is a classic symptom of shell shock - [[ShellShockedVeteran or, in modern parlance, post-traumatic stress disorder.]] If he actually had been invalided out of active service already, just imagine how much each one of Blackadder's (years of) veiled insults must have hurt - not to mention General Melchett sending him back into the front lines to get pointlessly killed.

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* In Blackadder ''Blackadder Goes Forth, Forth'', Captain Darling's TwitchyEye is a classic symptom of shell shock - -- [[ShellShockedVeteran or, in modern parlance, post-traumatic stress disorder.]] If he actually had been invalided out of active service already, just imagine how much each one of Blackadder's (years of) veiled insults must have hurt - -- not to mention General Melchett sending him back into the front lines to get pointlessly killed.
27th Mar '17 4:33:48 PM CrossAllTheWires
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* Tim McInnery didn't take a main character roll in Blackadder The Third, instead appearing in one episode as a friend of George's called "Toppy". We later find out that Toppy is the Scarlet Pimpernel. In the original novel, the Scarlet Pimpernel's real name is "Percy"!
6th Dec '16 9:30:35 AM 06tele
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** Unfortunately, Samuel Johnson didn't have a Scottish accent, as the Ghost in ''Christmas Carol'' does (it's actor Robbie Coltrane's own accent.) Johnson didn't have the posh London accent that he has in "Ink & Incapability", either. He was from Lincolnshire, which has a very peculiar accent of its own, somewhere between English Midlands and OopNorth.
21st Nov '16 11:52:17 PM emmaliza
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* Carrying on the Shakespeare references, it turns out Henry VII got to take the throne by default after the Yorkist royal family wiped themselves out in an internal dispute, via poison. Essentially, the same way Fortinbras in ''{{Hamlet}}'' did.
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