Archive for January, 2009

Robin Hood

While I was rummaging through a bargain bin one day looking for a Jack Benny DVD, I stumbled upon a DVD for the first season of a British television version of Robin Hood from the 1950s. At $5, it was easy to take a chance on it.

We loved it. The Sheriff of Nottingham is one of the all-time great villains. Robin and Maid Marian have some real spark. The Sheriff likes her, too. She gets away with all sorts of stuff because he is blinded by his attraction.

Plus, the plotting is great. You pick up some history in a painless way. And it amuses us that Little John has to wear lifts to make him noticeably taller than Robin.

We have since acquired Season 2 and Season 3. The only disappointment has been that they switched Maid Marian actresses between Season 2 and Season 3, and the new one clearly does not have the same spark with Robin or the Sheriff of Notthingham.

I say all this to provide context for Sparkle Girl’s comment when she saw a sticker on a car that said, “Proud Parent of a Soldier.”

“Maybe we should get a sticker,” she said, “that says, ‘Proud Parent of an Outlaw.'”