History Series / BlackAdder

12th Feb '16 11:02:29 PM MikeW
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* WrongGenreSavvy: Edmund is convinced he's a MagnificentBastard pulling off brilliant plots, unaware he's an idiot who everyone treats as a joke.
28th Jan '16 8:37:00 AM HighCrate
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* TheCameo / AsHimself: Vincent Hanna, a reporter known for his coverage of by-elections, appears as his own ancestor, covering a by-election.
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* TheCameo / AsHimself: TheCameo: Vincent Hanna, a reporter known for his coverage of by-elections, appears as his own ancestor, covering a by-election.

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* TheCameo / AsHimself: Vincent Hanna, a reporter known for his coverage * MagnumOpus: In "Ink and Incapability," Blackadder spends seven years writing ''Edmund: A Butler's Tale'', "a giant rollercoaster of by-elections, appears a novel in four hundred sizzling chapters, a searing indictment of domestic servitude in the eighteenth century, with some hot gypsies thrown in," and describes it as his own ancestor, covering magnum opus. (Followed immediately by a by-election.parody in which Baldrick produces his "magnificent octopus": "Once upon a time, there was a lovely little sausage called Baldrick, and he lived happily ever after." Baldrick doesn't like long books, y'see.) And Samuel Johnson agrees that Blackadder's book is a masterpiece, pronouncing it the only book superior to his dictionary. A pity he's the only person besides Blackadder who ever gets to read it before a misunderstanding leads Baldrick to throw it on the fire...
22nd Jan '16 5:39:42 PM DariusAngel
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* BookSafe: The title sequence has Blackadder perusing books in a library, finally retrieving a legal volume that turns out to contain a paperback RomanceNovel within. (In each episode it's [[CouchGag a different book bearing the title of that particular episode]].)
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* BookSafe: The title sequence has Blackadder perusing pursuing books in a library, finally retrieving a legal volume that turns out to contain a paperback RomanceNovel within. (In each episode it's [[CouchGag a different book bearing the title of that particular episode]].)
22nd Jan '16 5:30:11 PM DariusAngel
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** Again in "Money," when Percy attempts to use alchemy to create gold but ends up with a lump of green something. Quote the Blackadder: "I don't wish to disappoint you, Percy, but the color of gold... is gold. That's why it's called gold."
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** Again in "Money," when Percy attempts to use alchemy to create gold but ends up with a lump of green something. Quote the Blackadder: "I don't wish to disappoint you, Percy, be pedantic or anything, but the color colour of gold... is gold. That's why it's called gold."
22nd Jan '16 5:03:23 PM DariusAngel
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* WeirdCurrency: One opening scene in the first series claimed that "the egg has been replaced by the worm as the lowest unit of currency".
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* WeirdCurrency: One opening scene in the first series claimed that "the egg has been replaced by the worm as the lowest unit form of currency".
22nd Jan '16 4:43:25 PM DariusAngel
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* FelonyMisdemeanor: In "The Archbishop", Baldrick shows off a range of priced curses signed by ecclesiastical figures, the cheapest of which reads "Dear Enemy, I curse you, and I hope something moderately unpleasant happens to you, like an onion falling on your head".
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* FelonyMisdemeanor: In "The Archbishop", Baldrick shows off a range of priced curses signed by ecclesiastical figures, the cheapest of which reads "Dear Enemy, I curse you, and I hope something moderately slightly unpleasant happens to you, like an onion falling on your head".
22nd Jan '16 4:34:12 PM DariusAngel
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'''King Richard:''' One of those things being?\\
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'''King Richard:''' One Correct, and one of those things being?\\is?\\
22nd Jan '16 3:48:28 PM DariusAngel
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** Blackadder's main objective over the course of each series always relates very much to the time in which he lives. In the first series (mediaeval times) he wants to take over the throne. In the second (Elizabethan) he is trying to wed Queen Elizabeth. In the third (the Industrial Revolution) he wants to make more money and in the fourth (World War I) he just wants to get out of the trenches.
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** Blackadder's main objective over the course of each series always relates very much to the time in which he lives. In the first series (mediaeval (medieval times) he wants to take over the throne. In the second (Elizabethan) he is trying to wed Queen Elizabeth. In the third (the Industrial Revolution) he wants to make more money and in the fourth (World War I) he just wants to get out of the trenches.
17th Jan '16 7:34:00 AM DrImpossible
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** ''Blackadder: The Cavalier Years'' for the most part follows the lead of the second and third series in putting a humorous spin on the English Civil War and the execution of Charles I, but ends by implying that [[spoiler:the baby that in real-life became Charles II after the Restoration will end up being killed thanks to Blackadder's treachery, presumably meaning that the UK permanently remains a republic]]. ** Averted by ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' which, with only two exceptions -- Manfred von Richtoven and Field Marshall Haig -- deals entirely with fictional characters and events within the larger setting of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The sole difference between the events of the show and real-world history would be that von Richtoven got [[spoiler:shot dead by Flashheart in 1917]], rather than getting killed when his plane was shot down in 1918. ** Turned UpToEleven by ''Blackadder Back & Forth'', which gives us ''two'' alternate histories; one in which the French conquered the UK in the 19th century, and one in which the Blackadder dynasty has been in power for centuries.
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** ''Blackadder: The Cavalier Years'' for the most part follows the lead of the second and third series in putting a humorous spin on the English Civil War and the execution of Charles I, but ends by implying that [[spoiler:the baby that in real-life became Charles II after the Restoration will end up being killed thanks to Blackadder's treachery, presumably meaning that the UK permanently remains Blackadder must have found a republic]]. peasant baby to replace him.]] ** Averted by ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' which, with only two exceptions -- Manfred von Richtoven and Field Marshall Haig -- deals entirely with fictional characters and events within the larger setting of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The sole difference between the events of the show and real-world history would be that von Richtoven got [[spoiler:shot dead and apparently killed by Flashheart in 1917]], 1917, rather than getting killed when his plane was shot down in 1918. 1918.]] ** Turned UpToEleven by ''Blackadder Back & Forth'', which gives us ''two'' alternate histories; one after Blackadder's first trip through time, in which the French conquered the UK in the 19th century, and one after Blackadder knows that he can change the present, in which the Blackadder dynasty has been in power for centuries.
17th Jan '16 7:13:13 AM DrImpossible
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There exists an unaired pilot episode of the first series, which can with some luck be found floating around on the internet. It featured Prince Black Adder as a DeadpanSnarker and Baldrick as the idiot dogsbody the fans came to know from series two onwards (albeit not played by [[TheOtherDarrin Tony Robinson]]); unfortunately this direction was not kept, and instead the characters were rewritten and the humour based on physical SlapStick. Several jokes and scenes of the unaired pilot were recycled in various first series episodes.
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There exists an unaired pilot episode of the first series, which can with some luck be found floating around on the internet. It featured Prince Black Adder as a DeadpanSnarker [[DeadpanSnarker sneering snarker]] and Baldrick as the idiot dogsbody the fans came to know from series two onwards (albeit not played by [[TheOtherDarrin Tony Robinson]]); unfortunately this direction was not kept, and instead the characters were rewritten and the humour based on physical SlapStick. Several jokes and scenes of the unaired pilot were recycled in various first series episodes.
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