History Headscratchers / Blackadder

21st Jul '16 11:33:13 PM Nixterman
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** Notice that the Elizabethan Edmund is a lord, who doesn't carry his great-grandfather's name (Plantagenet), but rather, a name based on his pseudonym (Blackadder). It's possible that Lord Blackadder's grandfather (Prince Edmund's son) was a bastard, discovered by Henry Tudor after the deaths of the Plantagenets. Henry Tudor would have seen this child as a possible rival to the throne and wisely bribed him with a lordship and land. Lord Blackadder himself might have fathered more bastards, who would go on to sire the rest of the Blackadder clan.
10th Jun '16 4:55:09 PM malifee
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* In the very first episode, Edmund proclaims himself "the Black Adder", implying that he's first in the dynasty. If that's the case, why is Robin Hood (who was around long before the Wars of the Roses) familiar with a Lord Blackadder in ''Blackadder Goes Forth''?

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* In the very first episode, Edmund proclaims himself "the Black Adder", implying that he's first in the dynasty. If that's the case, why is Robin Hood (who was around long before the Wars of the Roses) familiar with a Lord Blackadder in ''Blackadder Goes Back and Forth''?
29th Apr '16 9:24:39 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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** Melchett is a senile idiot. He probably named a carrier pigeon "Speckled Jim" after his childhood pet, and then managed to confuse them so that he ended up thinking they were the same pigeon.
17th Feb '16 6:06:11 AM Shadowgazer
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** If one really wishes to give a Watsonian explanation we could argue that messing with time-travelling resulted in alternate histories where the Blackadder family appeared before the main series continuity.
6th Dec '15 5:52:30 PM nombretomado
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* Jons of ''TheSeventhSeal'' looks an awful lot like the original Baldrick. Makes me giggle in the film in parts where I probably shouldn't.

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* Jons of ''TheSeventhSeal'' ''Film/TheSeventhSeal'' looks an awful lot like the original Baldrick. Makes me giggle in the film in parts where I probably shouldn't.
5th Dec '15 6:01:54 PM sidhe3141
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** A few lines suggest that Baldrick might not be strictly human, and his family tree in "The Whole Damn Dynasty" has several generations that look like they reproduced asexually.
4th Dec '15 1:35:17 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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** Edmund doesn't initially proclaim himself The Black Adder: his first attempt is The Black Vegetable. It is Baldrick who then makes the alternative suggestion. Perhaps he was aware of Edmund's ancestry even if Edmund himself wasn't.
1st Dec '15 12:41:54 PM CrypticMirror
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** He was much more coldly calculating than the others, like when in his first episode he carried out a string of assassinations to fix an election for a minor objective. The second is crueler but still so self-absorbed and petty it comes off as being lighter; the third is a straight-up calculating VillainProtagonist. He's also the only one who got away with everything.

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** He was much more coldly calculating than the others, like when in his first episode he carried out a string of assassinations to fix an election for a minor objective. The second is crueler but still so self-absorbed and petty it comes off as being lighter; the third is a straight-up calculating VillainProtagonist. He's also the only one who got away with everything.everything.
** Leaving aside the first Blackadder, and the ones from the one off specials, the Third is the most proactive of the main Blackadders. The second is an oaf, but he was perfectly happy to idle his way through life making fun of Percy and hanging around court and if you left him alone he left you alone. The Fourth joined the army, as many young men of his era did, because it was the sort of thing that young men of a certain class did in order to see the world he was just going along with things too. The Third actively seeks to change his station and is cold and calculating in the way he goes about it, seeing others as obstacles to kill if needed.
1st Dec '15 9:57:57 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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*** Not to mention that Dr Johnson would have had something crucial that Blackadder didn't: a secretary.
6th Nov '15 6:39:04 PM ImpudentInfidel
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.** He was much more coldly calculating than the others, like when in his first episode he carried out a string of assassinations to fix an election for a minor objective. The second is crueler but still so self-absorbed and petty it comes off as being lighter; the third is a straight-up calculating VillainProtagonist. He's also the only one who got away with everything.
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