History Fridge / Blackadder

24th Mar '16 9:12:52 AM Ansongc2000
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* In hindsight, it's probaby a blessing is disguise that the first Blackadder drunk the poison when he did. Could you imagine living the rest of your life with his injuries in the 16th century?
14th Mar '16 6:45:34 PM Mnemonik2
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* In Blackadder Goes Forth, Captain Darling's TwitchyEye is a classic symptom of [[ShellShockedVeteran shell shock - 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 shell shock - 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.
14th Mar '16 6:44:56 PM Mnemonik2
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* In Blackadder Goes Forth, Captain Darling's TwitchyEye is a classic symptom of [[ShellShockedVeteran shell shock - 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.
2nd Dec '15 11:22:48 AM OlfinBedwere
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* Also, Darling's line in the final episode. "The Great War: 1914 to 1917". To think that this insanity will continue for yet another year is almost too awful to contemplate.

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* Also, Darling's line in the final episode. "The Great War: 1914 to 1917". To think that this insanity will continue for yet another year is almost too awful to contemplate.contemplate.
* In "The Queen of Spain's Beard," Harry has to act as a translator to his various foreign fiancees, while the Infanta has Don Speekinglish to carry out that role. Yet Princess Leia, despite being Hungarian, speaks absolutely perfect English, and with an upper-class English accent as well. This, along with her young age, points to only one conclusion; that she was sent to England as soon as she was old enough to speak (if even that old), and raised there with the sole intention of marrying into the English royal family as soon as it became politically convenient.
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8th Nov '15 2:16:52 PM ColeNichols
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* In the first season of Blackadder, 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.
16th Oct '15 7:36:15 AM zerohelix
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* In the episode "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!

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* In the episode "Dish and Dishonesty" in ''{{Blackadder}}'' ''Blackadder the Third, 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!
16th Oct '15 7:17:51 AM zerohelix
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* Leia is shown giving Edmund a doll, looking like the Witchsmeller Pursuivant. Most likely, given company, it was made by Edmund's mother. At the end of the episode, it's revealed she was a witch. She gave him a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppet poppet]] to kill the Witchsmeller with. It is a voodoo doll, and it is implied the Queen was in on it...



* In the episode "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!

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* In the episode "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 Prince and oppose those who are seeking to remove him power--thus antidisestablishmentarianism is exactly what they are doing!



* In "Chains", Lord Melchett gets the line, "As private parts to the gods are we! [[ADateWithRosiePalms They play with us for their sport]]. The joke here is not only a play on a famous line from ''Theatre/KingLear'' ("As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport."), it also plays on a thematically similar line from ''Theatre/TheDuchessOfMalfi'' ("We are merely the stars' tennis balls, struck and banded which way please them.") Note that Stephen Fry, who plays Melchett, went on to write a retelling of ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' called ''Literature/TheStarsTennisBalls''.
* Queenie's court looks rather empty throughout the second season. When they made Black Adder Back and Forth they made it more inline with what one would expect. In universe though there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for this difference. Queenie says the modern Black Adder looks old which means he travels back to the start of her rein. By the time the series comes round her Queen of Hearts tendencies has made it so the majority of people have either lost their head already or are too terrified to even hang around and try to gain her favor.

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* In "Chains", Lord Melchett gets the line, "As private parts to the gods are we! [[ADateWithRosiePalms They play with us for their sport]]. " The joke here is not only a play on a famous line from ''Theatre/KingLear'' ("As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport."), it also plays on a thematically similar line from ''Theatre/TheDuchessOfMalfi'' ("We are merely the stars' tennis balls, struck and banded which way please them.") Note that Stephen Fry, who plays Melchett, went on to write a retelling of ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' called ''Literature/TheStarsTennisBalls''.
* Queenie's court looks rather empty throughout the second season. When they made Black Adder ''Blackadder Back and Forth Forth'' they made it more inline with what one would expect. In universe though there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for this difference. Queenie says the modern Black Adder Blackadder looks old which means he travels back to the start of her rein. By the time the series comes round her Queen of Hearts tendencies has made it so the majority of people have either lost their head already or are too terrified to even hang around and try to gain her favor.



* Near the end of "Goodbyee!", Edmund says, "The guns have stopped because we're about to attack. Not even our generals are mad enough to shell their own men. They think it's far more sporting to let the Germans do it." According to the Real Life section of TrialByFriendlyFire, the orders to walk slowly towards the enemy were intended to keep the troops behind the barrage of shells so they will have cover fire. By ceasing fire for the charge, the generals are just showing once and for all that they're deliberately trying to get everyone killed.

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* Near the end of "Goodbyee!", "Goodbyeee!", Edmund says, "The guns have stopped because we're about to attack. Not even our generals are mad enough to shell their own men. They think it's far more sporting to let the Germans do it." According to the Real Life section of TrialByFriendlyFire, the orders to walk slowly towards the enemy were intended to keep the troops behind the barrage of shells so they will have cover fire. By ceasing fire for the charge, the generals are just showing once and for all that they're they really are deliberately trying to get everyone killed.
4th Oct '15 4:18:51 AM cillianflood
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* Queenie's court looks rather empty throughout the second season. When they made Black Adder Back and Forth they made it more inline with what one would expect. In universe though there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for this difference. Queenie says the modern Black Adder looks old which means he travels back to the start of her rein. By the time the series comes round her Queen of Hearts tendencies has made it so the majority of people have either lost their head already or are too terrified to even hang around and try to gain her favor.
20th Sep '15 9:45:01 AM ColeNichols
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* A "Baudrik" or "Baldric" was a term for a supporting strap in the Late Middle Ages, thus adding meaning to Baldrick's name.
28th Aug '14 11:04:57 AM CynicalBastardo
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* Also, George's line in the final episode. "The Great War: 1914 to 1917". To think that this insanity will continue for yet another year is almost too awful to contemplate.

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* Also, George's Darling's line in the final episode. "The Great War: 1914 to 1917". To think that this insanity will continue for yet another year is almost too awful to contemplate.
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