History Series / Blackadder

21st Jan '18 7:49:38 AM jeez
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*CharacterActionTitle: ''Goes Forth''.
13th Jan '18 5:06:54 PM nombretomado
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** One might be reminded of [[KingLear another story]] involving a BastardBastard named Edmund.

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** One might be reminded of [[KingLear [[Theatre/KingLear another story]] involving a BastardBastard named Edmund.
12th Jan '18 7:31:55 AM mlsmithca
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* AltarDiplomacy: In [[Recap/BlackadderS1E4TheQueenOfSpainsBeard "The Queen of Spain's Beard"]] Edmund is first betrothed to the Spanish Infanta and later is married off to a princess of Hungary[[note]]who is only eight years old -- and which, oddly, was TruthInTelevision[[/note]] because of his father king Edward's political machinations.

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* AltarDiplomacy: In [[Recap/BlackadderS1E4TheQueenOfSpainsBeard "The Queen of Spain's Beard"]] Edmund is first betrothed to the Spanish Infanta and later is married off to a princess of Hungary[[note]]who is only eight years old -- and which, oddly, was TruthInTelevision[[/note]] because of his father king Edward's King Richard's political machinations.



* CatchPhrase: King Richard IV's "'''[[Creator/BrianBlessed CHISWICK!!]] [[LargeHam FRESH HORSES!!]]'''
* CharacterDevelopment: While still not quite the quick-witted DeadpanSnarker of series 2 onward, Prince Edmund appears a bit more savvier and sarcastic in the latter episodes of the series.

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* CatchPhrase: King Richard IV's "'''[[Creator/BrianBlessed CHISWICK!!]] [[LargeHam FRESH HORSES!!]]'''
HORSES!!]]'''"
* CharacterDevelopment: While still not quite the quick-witted DeadpanSnarker of series 2 onward, Prince Edmund appears a bit more savvier savvy and sarcastic in the latter episodes of the series.



** To those familiar with the later series ''The Black Adder'' may seem a little odd. This include the [[CharacterizationMarchesOn different characterisation]], the larger ensemble of characters, differences in the writing (Creator/BenElton replaced Creator/RowanAtkinson as writer from ''Blackadder II'' onwards), as well as the significantly larger budget which allowed large sets, crowd scenes and location shooting. The later seasons would focus more on dialogue and characterisation. Other, minor differences include each episode having a ColdOpen, usage of supernatural elements, and the characters frequently speaking in a pseudo-Shakespearian manner instead of the modern English used elsewhere. Also, this one had more of an ensemble cast. It's a bit of a shock to fans of later series to see that Tony Robinson is not actually mentioned in the opening credits but Baldrick was more of a supporting character here and it was only really from Blackadder II onwards that he was promoted to second lead.
** {{Subverted}} when the original pilot resurfaced. The original Edmund ''was'' the DeadpanSnarker we all know and love, and the original Baldrick (not portrayed by TonyRobinson) ''was'' a BumblingSidekick. [[RunningGag Percy... is Percy]].

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** To those familiar with the later series ''The Black Adder'' may seem a little odd. This include the [[CharacterizationMarchesOn different characterisation]], the larger ensemble of characters, differences in the writing (Creator/BenElton replaced Creator/RowanAtkinson as writer from ''Blackadder II'' onwards), as well as the significantly larger budget which allowed large sets, crowd scenes and location shooting. The later seasons would focus more on dialogue and characterisation. Other, minor differences include each episode having a ColdOpen, usage of supernatural elements, and the characters frequently speaking in a pseudo-Shakespearian manner instead of the modern English used elsewhere. Also, this one had more of an ensemble cast. It's a bit of a shock to fans of later series to see that Tony Robinson is not actually mentioned in the opening credits but Baldrick was more of a supporting character here and it was only really from Blackadder II ''Blackadder II'' onwards that he was promoted to second lead.
** {{Subverted}} when the original pilot resurfaced. The original Edmund ''was'' the DeadpanSnarker we all know and love, and the original Baldrick (not portrayed by TonyRobinson) Creator/TonyRobinson) ''was'' a BumblingSidekick. [[RunningGag Percy... is Percy]].
8th Jan '18 9:23:25 AM Shadowgazer
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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Blackadder to Percy in the first two series.

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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Blackadder to Percy in the first two series. Prince Edmund treated Percy-Percy more like his personal suck-up and sycophant rather than friend and went as far as trying to stab him once due to being driven nuts by his (greater) stupidity. Lord Edmund doesn't even require Lord Percy's toadying and would rather avoid him completely, but Percy's insistence to treat him as his best friend and hang out with him makes Edmund try to make the best out of the situation, by taking advantage of Percy in every way possible (primarily financially).
8th Jan '18 9:07:42 AM Shadowgazer
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** ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' ends with [[spoiler: all the main cast members falling victim to the madness of modern war, the real villain of this instalment. And to Melchett's questionable strategies.]] In contrast to the other series, the ending ''isn't'' PlayedForLaughs.

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** ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' ends with [[spoiler: all the main cast members falling victim to the madness of modern war, the real villain of this instalment. And to Melchett's questionable strategies.]] In contrast to the other second and the third series, the ending ''isn't'' PlayedForLaughs.



** ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol'' may very well be the most extreme example: It ends with [[spoiler: the uncharacteristically kind-hearted Ebenezer Blackadder realizing that, if he adopts the evil and selfish ways of is ancestors, his descendants will one day RULE THE UNIVERSE]]. If you consider the special as canon, the Blackadder family is one of the ultimate examples of this trope.

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** ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol'' may very well be combine the most extreme example: example along with a subversion: It ends with [[spoiler: the uncharacteristically kind-hearted Ebenezer Blackadder realizing that, if he adopts the evil and selfish ways of is his ancestors, his descendants will one day RULE THE UNIVERSE]]. If you consider UNIVERSE. The subversion comes however when he loses the special as canon, chance of a lifetime to become rich and powerful precisely because of becoming THAT callous. So its a win for the Blackadder family is in one of the ultimate examples of this trope.trope but a loss for Ebenezer himself.]]
7th Jan '18 6:41:17 PM zrice03
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** In "The Black Seal" Philip of Burgundy locks Prince Edmund in a jail cell with a bunch of snails, and Edmund is absolutely terrified for some reason. There are actually a number of medieval manuscripts that have knights battling snails illustrated in them. It's something of a mystery because no scholar is sure about what it means, whether symbolic, or a joke ("look at the silly knight battling something as harmless as a snail"), or perhaps just a medieval meme with no central origin.
30th Dec '17 7:14:38 PM ironballs16
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--->'''George''': I know it's a mess, sir, but you see, he got me squippy! Then when he looked into my eyes and said, "Chipmunk, I love you-"\\
'''Blackadder''': ''Chipmunk''?!
30th Dec '17 7:13:32 PM ironballs16
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** Also, HoYay: George doesn't seem to mind much that Melchett fell in love with him.

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** Also, HoYay: [[https://youtu.be/b4uFmg-pLDY George doesn't seem to mind much that Melchett fell in love with him.him]].
30th Dec '17 7:09:45 PM ironballs16
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* HehHehYouSaidX: When sussing out a spy, General Melchett is dismayed to hear [[https://youtu.be/QeF1JO7Ki8E that Captain Darling had pooh-poohed Blackadder's abilities]].
-->'''Melchett''': I knew a Major, got pooh-poohed. Made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error. 'Cause it turned out all along that the soldier who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other officers. Who pooh-poohed ''their'' pooh-poohs! In the end we had to disband the regiment! Morale totally destroyed! [[OverlyLongGag By pooh-pooh]].
25th Dec '17 3:07:27 AM Shadowgazer
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* PrincelingRivalry: A central theme in this series is Edmund constantly scheming to get out of the shadow of his more popular older brother, Harry, Prince of Wales, the heir to the throne of England.

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* PrincelingRivalry: A central theme in this series is Edmund constantly scheming to get out of the shadow of his more popular older brother, Harry, Prince of Wales, the heir to the throne of England.England, which is ridiculously one-sided since Harry doesn't get a single clue.



* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: ''Blackadder II'' features Queen Elizabeth I as a petulant schoolgirl -- a petulant schoolgirl with power of life and death over the whole of the Kingdom of England. Oddly enough, this portrayal actually seems much more in line with her cousin Mary Queen of Scots, who was rather free with ordering executions. Not for nothing was she nicknamed Bloody Mary. Then again, fobbing off her worst flaws on a hated cousin sounds entirely in-character for Queenie...

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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: ''Blackadder II'' features Queen Elizabeth I as a petulant schoolgirl -- a petulant schoolgirl with power of life and death over the whole of the Kingdom of England. Oddly enough, this portrayal actually seems much more in line with her cousin half-sister Mary Queen of Scots, I, who was rather free with ordering executions. Not for nothing was she nicknamed Bloody Mary. Then again, fobbing off her worst flaws on a hated cousin relative sounds entirely in-character for Queenie...
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