History Headscratchers / Blackadder

7th Sep '17 8:13:36 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** The Elizabethan Edmund pretty clearly had sex with Bob/Kate (once she revealed her gender). She may well have been pregnant by him when she eloped with Lord Flashheart.
31st May '17 4:09:16 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Being a nurse in a military hospital operated near a battleground, she probably fell under military jurisdiction.
29th Mar '17 9:57:54 PM Ebrbfureh
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* How come Ebeneezer Blackadder be such an arsehole to Baldrick? I can understand him doing that to other people, since they always took advantages of his kindness. But Baldrick is the only one who truly cares about him, his only fault is being stupid.

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* How come Ebeneezer Ebenezer Blackadder be such an arsehole to Baldrick? I can understand him doing that to other people, since they always took advantages of his kindness. But Baldrick is the only one who truly cares about him, his only fault is being stupid.
29th Mar '17 3:49:33 PM Ebrbfureh
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** The only likely answer to the first three is probably illegitimate children who became aware of their father's name and adopted it. This is far from made clear, however and a big problem is that Prince Edmund is described in "The Queen of Spain's Beard" as being a virgin, which Edmund doesn't quibble with. You'd think if he wasn't a virgin, he would have objected. Leia, his child bride, ''was'' - according to Wikipedia - fourteen when he died, which would technically be old enough to have a child, but this is certainly unclear at best, and unlikely considering that even the final episode of ''The Black Adder'' he had no acknowledged heirs, even in utero, and the show ends with his entire dynasty supposedly dying. Lord Blackadder almost certainly fathered some illegitimate children, and there is every possibility that Mr. Blackadder (of the Third) already had at least one before switching identities with the prince. Captain Blackadder could have either got someone pregnant before going to war, or survived the end of the series (since they were never actually ''shown'' dying) and had children after. However, in none of these cases is it even hinted that he had any heirs at all.

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** The only likely answer to the first three is probably illegitimate children who became aware of their father's name and adopted it. This is far from made clear, however and a big problem is that Prince Edmund is described in "The Queen of Spain's Beard" as being a virgin, which Edmund doesn't quibble with. You'd think if he wasn't a virgin, he would have objected. Leia, his child bride, ''was'' - according ''was''--according to Wikipedia - fourteen Wikipedia--fourteen when he died, which would technically be old enough to have a child, but this is certainly unclear at best, and unlikely considering that even the final episode of ''The Black Adder'' he had no acknowledged heirs, even in utero, and the show ends with his entire dynasty supposedly dying. Lord Blackadder almost certainly fathered some illegitimate children, and there is every possibility that Mr. Blackadder (of the Third) already had at least one before switching identities with the prince. Captain Blackadder could have either got someone pregnant before going to war, or survived the end of the series (since they were never actually ''shown'' dying) and had children after. However, in none of these cases is it even hinted that he had any heirs at all.



*** Ponsonby's wife may not have shown up and he might have had a soar throat.
** Percy's an idiot

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*** Ponsonby's wife may not have shown up and he might have had a soar sore throat.
** Percy's an idiotidiot.



* In The Black Adder, Prince Edmund is the Duke of Edinburgh, implying that King Richard IV is the King of Scotland. Wasn't Scotland an entirely separate Kingdom from England at that time?

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* In The ''The Black Adder, Adder'', Prince Edmund is the Duke of Edinburgh, implying that King Richard IV is the King of Scotland. Wasn't Scotland an entirely separate Kingdom from England at that time?



* In General Hospital Black Adder believes the Nurse is the spy and gets her sent to the Firing Squad. Not really an issue in universe given how generally inept and trigger happy the army is (towards their own people) but would that happen in real life? Would a spy with a non military job receive a court martial or execution on the spot? My instincts tell me it would fall under some form of treason based civilian law.
* This page (and I assume a portion of the fandom in general) seem to think the third Black Adder is the most villainous which I find surprising since I found him to be the least villainous (barring the first who's just an idiot). Sure he's willing to kill political rivals and steal but that's a trait common to all the Black Adders. The second Black Adder regularly talked about beating people, executed people early to get half a week of work off and left the sea captain to be consumed by cannibals (he also gave out his piss as a present, not exactly evil but still a rotten thing to do). As for Captain Black Adder it's revealed he joined the army for the express purpose of killing people who can't fight back and happily did it for fifteen years. I can't think of anything noteworthy that the butler version of Black Adder did that would give him a reputation worse than the others.

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* In General Hospital Black Adder "General Hospital" Blackadder believes the Nurse nurse is the spy and gets her sent to the Firing Squad. Not really an issue in universe given how generally inept and trigger happy the army is (towards their own people) but would that happen in real life? Would a spy with a non military job receive a court martial or execution on the spot? My instincts tell me it would fall under some form of treason based civilian law.
* This page (and I assume a portion of the fandom in general) seem to think the third Black Adder Blackadder is the most villainous which I find surprising since I found him to be the least villainous (barring the first who's just an idiot). Sure he's willing to kill political rivals and steal but that's a trait common to all the Black Adders. The second Black Adder regularly talked about beating people, executed people early to get half a week of work off and left the sea captain to be consumed by cannibals (he also gave out his piss as a present, not exactly evil but still a rotten thing to do). As for Captain Black Adder Blackadder it's revealed he joined the army for the express purpose of killing people who can't fight back and happily did it for fifteen years. I can't think of anything noteworthy that the butler version of Black Adder did that would give him a reputation worse than the others.
29th Mar '17 3:44:56 PM Ebrbfureh
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** Also, lets remember that Ebenezer is getting back at everyone who ever got on his nerves. Baldrick gets on his nerves regularly, even though he's not doing it out of malice.

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** Also, lets let's remember that Ebenezer is getting back at everyone who ever got on his nerves. Baldrick gets on his nerves regularly, even though he's not doing it out of malice.



** Conventional wisdom has it that the addition of Creator/BenElton to the scriptwriting team improved the series immensely. I'd disagree with it, after all some of the lines in the first series are as good as anything as anything in the later series. ('So what you're telling me is that something you have never seen is slightly less blue than something else you have never seen', 'Curses are pretty much the same really. I brought this one for half an egg 'Dear Enemy, I cures you and hope that something quite unpleasant happens to you, like an onion falling on your head'"). But the big change is that Rowan Atkinson horribly overracts and gurns in the first series...and turning him into a DeadPanSnarker improves him immensely.

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** Conventional wisdom has it that the addition of Creator/BenElton to the scriptwriting team improved the series immensely. I'd disagree with it, after all some of the lines in the first series are as good as anything as anything in the later series. ('So what you're telling me is that something you have never seen is slightly less blue than something else you have never seen', 'Curses are pretty much the same really. I brought this one for half an egg 'Dear Enemy, I cures curse you and hope that something quite unpleasant happens to you, like an onion falling on your head'"). But the big change is that Rowan Atkinson horribly overracts overreacts and gurns in the first series...and turning him into a DeadPanSnarker improves him immensely.
23rd Nov '16 1:47:31 PM Shadowgazer
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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.
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