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Recap / Sharpe F 1 Sharpes Challenge

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At the urging of Wellington, Sharpe travels to India to track down a missing British agent — his friend, Patrick Harper. Once reunited, they infiltrate Seringapatam to rescue a general's captured daughter and put down a rebellion led by rogue British officer William Dodd.

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  • Adaptation Decay: The miniseries is an adaptation of prequel books in which Sgt. Obadiah Hakeswill is the main villain, but is set after most of the episodes including the one where Hakeswill finally dies, so Sharpe is given a Hakeswill expy villain who isn't particularly convincing.
  • Adaptation Distillation: This miniseries is meant to be a combination of three of Sharpe’s earliest exploits: Sharpe’s Tiger, Sharpe’s Triumph, and Sharpe’s Fortress.
  • Big Bad: General William Dodd.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: Dodd and his men inflicted one of these in the prologue.
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  • Expy: Sergeant Shadrich Bickerstaff is meant to be a stand-in for Obadiah Hakeswill, who was a recurring antagonist for Sharpe. Since the TV series’ version of Hakeswill was killed much earlier, the writers had to make a similar character.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: “Say hello to Mr. Nock.” Cue Bickerstaff getting Blown Across the Room.
  • Sole Survivor: It is revealed that Sharpe was the sole survivor of an attack on an East India Company outpost in India.


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