There is only one jar of honey left in the camp and with winter coming the outlaws will need to learn beekeeping. Friar Tuck is making a pilgrimage to Canterbury but Canterbury is in Kent a place known for its honey so Robin decides to join him. On the way reaches a town where a witch hunt is on. Robins interference creates an even greater sticky situation than running out of honey. With some witchery Robin can finally get back to the sherwood forest where he can only worry about getting honey.
A lack of honey and a friars pilgrimage creates the motivations within this episode. They both come across a village in distress to find a one Count Deprez on a witchhunt. However this witchhunt is merely a part of a power struggle between Lady Margaret and Deprez. Robin is now victim to this and is placed behind steel bars in the jail but for how long. Not the most elegant of episodes as the story somehow became too complicated and the performances show some drag amongst the actors.
The Outlaws steal a shipment of gold in Sherwood Forest. This haul will be great for the Outlaws and the local villagers, however Rolf, one of the Outlaws, holds back a plate of gold for his own mother as she is saving to leave the shire. During their meeting to exchange the plate, bystanders see a glimpse of the figure that gives this gold to the villager. This glimpse gave the impression that the gold was handed over by none other than the devil himself or at least a demon. The Sheriff caught wind of this witch story and the stolen gold so he excited the villagers into a frenzy over this evilness. Robin, Rolf and the rest of the Outlaws must now try to calm down these rumors by playing the same game before the witch is burned at the stake.
A great episode in this first season. The temptation of an outlaw to help his own mother must have great. When he does, he unintentionally causes trouble within his mothers village and within the outlaws. Robin and his crew will need to stop the hyped up villagers from killing an innocent woman whom simply wanted to save herself and her son. This touching story proves to be one of the better written stories of this season.
Strange is called in for a “strange” murder. A young girl is found dead with a symbol written on the wall above her body. The story calls for recognition of witches and rituals that can cost lives. Research is causing Strange to worry that this death will not be the last, in fact two others are required for the ritual. Strange asks Evelyn to join the company that the dead woman was working with at the time of her death. After another death, a known witch aficionado, it became clear that the suspicions were going in the right direction. An incident that happened 30 years before is very similar to the current case and there is a suspicious connection with someone at the art studio where Evelyn works now. Evelyn is in trouble so there is no time to lose.
An episode of murder, ritual and witchery. It is interesting to note that witches being used as the villains will always reduce the story’s credibility but it is fun to imagine the complex nature of the supernatural. I wasn’t as fond of this episode as I hoped but the story was strong did draw my interest. The acting from the supporting cast was above par and I was surprised by the cinematography display the spooky effects during the story.
King Rolf has put his son away in Prison, this being out of character, Lancelot is worried. There is a woman, named Eunice, in the castle that seems to have her way with the king including putting his son into prison for treason. The king has also put up arms preparing for war when there is no reason to expect an attack. It is becoming more and more obvious that Eunice has a spell on the King and is manipulating him. Merlin has a plan to trick Eunice into telling the truth of her deception. After all the fun and games, the truth shows an attempt on taking over King Rolfs kingdom.
I do like this episode maybe because of the cheap “magic tricks” and hypnosis used as powerful tools. Maxine Audley plays Eunice and does a good job at being a no good witch as does Leonard Sachs plays the dumbfounded king. The humour is very simple and certainly an episode for the kids but at heart I enjoyed the fun and games of this show.