Captain Blackadder, Lieutenant George, and Private Baldrick see joining the Air Corps as a great way of sitting in a classroom instead of fighting on the front lines. Unfortunately for them, the course is taught by Squadron Commander Flasheart, who lives for danger- much like his nemesis, the infamous Red Baron.Written by
Blackadder talks of the Germans' penchant for torture, mentioning that "their operas last several days". This is probably a reference to The Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner which consists of four operas, three of which clock in at well over four hours and were intended by their composer to be performed on consecutive days. See more »
Blackadder asks for a message to be sent to the Head of the Royal Flying Corps, Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Massingbird-Massingbird VC DFC and Bar. Air Chief Marshal is a rank of the Royal Air Force, and was not instituted until 1919, two years after the episode is set. See more »
Unfortunately most of the infantry think you're a prat. Ask them who they'd rather meet, Squadron Commander Flasheart or the man who cleans out the public toilets in Aberdeen, and they'd go for Wee Jock Poo-Pong McPlop every time.
[Flashheart laughs then punches Blackadder in the face]
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Curtis and Atkinson's passionate project of upsetting your expectation on both literature and history, is one of the rare art that inspires us even after decades. The writing still holds for both its maturity and pettiness, never has been before, a sketchy act so witty and truthful to its theme. It starts from the scratch on the infamous royal history of Britain and ends on a dramatic World War note, where both the humor and drama is given sincere respect on writing and performance. Despite of depicting various different stages of history with new characters, the themes often dwells on the chemistry of a master and a squire.
And with equations shuffling like cards, where either there is envy, honesty and vacuous-ness between their relationship, the close calls that is the ignition of the chaotic humor is something that stays with us throughout the series. It often tilts towards satirical where politics, democracy, monarchy and even humanity is put to trial and being laughed at. Atkinson, as the soul and the title of the series, challenges himself on all sorts of personas, from gullible to being cunning as a fox, his necessity on greed and humility is the fabrication of the history itself.
Robinson is the apt supporter of his, on every literal sense where every now and then brilliant actors like Laurie and Fry invests their talent in, to raise the bar. The world built by Curtis and Atkinson is a mirror to our own only with a slight change of post or title or references, the emotions and circumstances it goes through, still can easily be seen around us and it is that nakedness of the game that we are curious to dazzle with. Blackadder is much more than a mere series or a period sitcom, it has memories of ours and theirs childhood that makes it long last.
Mayall's euphoric energy amps up the charge and fuels the entire scene with it, and ironically the conflicts of the plot itself is the solution for the protagonist, which is like a surprising packet of delight that is both smart and overwhelming to encounter.
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