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PEE Poll: 'I have a cunning plan...' The best Blackadder Series/Comic Relief Shorts.
Blackadder The 1st.   -1 (4.8%)
Blackadder The 2nd.   -5 (23.8%)
Blackadder the 3rd.   -3 (14.3%)
Blackadder goes fourth.   -11 (52.4%)
Blackadder the Cavalier.   -0 (0%)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol.   -1 (4.8%)
Blackadder Millennium Special.   -0 (0%)
Total Voters: 21

Nurdbot

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« on: 06-16-2003 03:19 »

Last Saturday was the twenty year Anniversary for one of Rowen Atkinson's best roles, Edmund Blackadder. The question is, which series/Comic Relief Short was the most funniest?

I always liked Blackadder goes fourth, It's quite hard to make a situation like World War I very funny.

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« Reply #1 on: 06-16-2003 03:39 »

I'm gonna have to go with "Goes Forth" as well, man's a comedy genius and he was at his best in that season.

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« Reply #2 on: 06-16-2003 04:39 »

It is hard to believe that it is twenty years since Edmand Blackadder and Baldric first appeared on our TVs.

I went with Blackadder goes Forth as well, all the series were brilliant comedy but that series managed successfully to be amusing without forgetting the tragedy of the slaughter of that war, the final scene was one of the most tragically moving I've seen in any programme.
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« Reply #3 on: 06-16-2003 04:54 »

 
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Originally posted by Tweek:
It is hard to believe that it is twenty years since Edmand Blackadder and Baldric first appeared on our TVs.

I went with Blackadder goes Forth as well, all the series were brilliant comedy but that series managed successfully to be amusing without forgetting the tragedy of the slaughter of that war, the final scene was one of the most tragically moving I've seen in any programme.

i saw the final scene when i was quite young and im pretty sure it made me cry. Blackadder was awesome


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« Reply #4 on: 06-16-2003 04:59 »

I'll agree with basically all of that - very funny, but very moving at the end. Almost always brings a tear to my eye.  frown

A brilliant work of television.

But I think almost all the Blackadders are excellent!  smile
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« Reply #5 on: 06-16-2003 04:59 »
« Last Edit on: 06-16-2003 04:59 »

Blackadder II.  Without doubt.  After the first series (of Edmund being the stupid one, and baldrick being the smart one), and with the addition of Ben Elton to the writing, it was refreshing.

Edmund's put-downs are never better than in the second series.

"A capacious as an elephant's scrotum, and just a difficult to get your hands on."

EDIT: One of the things which grate (I use that word lightly) about the further seasons, is the reliance on catchphrase comedy by falling back to "I have a cunning plan".  That said, it is an infininately small complaint.
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« Reply #6 on: 06-16-2003 05:21 »

I have a cunning plan to get rid of that complaint.
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« Reply #7 on: 06-16-2003 05:28 »
« Last Edit on: 06-16-2003 05:28 »

Only if it was as cunning as a fox who'd been appointed Professor Of Cunning at Oxford University.

It was a small complaint.  I didn't say I didn;t like it.

My preferrence is this: II, The Third, Goes Forth, Christmas Carol, The First.  Cavalier I don't remember, and the millenium special was disappointing.
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« Reply #8 on: 06-16-2003 05:34 »

And Scary, Napoleon winning Waterloo. I shudder at the thought.
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« Reply #9 on: 06-16-2003 14:38 »

I love Blackadder and I've seen every single episode and all 4 series. I love all them all and think they're great, but I think I'll go with Blackadder goes forth. The one liners in that are absolute gold and make me laugh everytime! Pure comedy genius  smile
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« Reply #10 on: 06-16-2003 15:00 »

Blackadder II then Blackadder Goes Forth.

Captain: YOU HAVE A WOMANS LEGS!!!

At Queenies fancy dress party:
Blackadder: And what are you supposed to be Baldrick?
Baldrick with two pencils stuck up his nose: Pencil case.
 laff

And Lord Flasheart is always funny:
*BANG*
"WHAT A PUFF!!"
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« Reply #11 on: 06-16-2003 15:32 »

You forgot WOOF!

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« Reply #12 on: 06-16-2003 17:20 »

"Blackadder Goes Forth" without a doubt. Brilliant comedy, and, as Tweek noted, it didn't cheapen the tragic slaughter of so many young men in the trenches of WWI. The final scene was very well done. One of the best endings to a comedy show, in fact any show, ever.

Baldrick is citing poetry
Baldrick: "You want to hear another one, Sir?"
Blackadder: "No we don't want to exhaust you."
Baldrick: "I could go on all night."
Blackadder: "Not with a bajonet through your neck, you couldn't!"
Baldrick: "This one is called The German Guns."
George: "Oh spiffing. Yes, lets hear that."
Baldrick: "Boom boom boom boom. Boom boom boom. Boom Boom, boom boom..."
Blackadder: "boom boom boom?"
Baldrick: "How'd you guess Sir?"

Blackadder: "Now where the hell are we?"
George: "It's a bit difficult to say, we appeared to have crawled into an area marked with mushrooms."
Blackadder: "What do those symbols denote?"
George: "That we're in a field of mushrooms?"
Blackadder: "That is a military map, it's unlikely to list interesting flora and fungi. Look at the key and you'll discover that those mushrooms aren't for picking."
George: "Good lord! You're quite right sir. It says mine. These mushrooms must belong to the man who made the map."
Blackadder: "Either that, or we're in the middle of a minefield."
George: "So.. he owns the field as well."
*artillery explodes, machinegun fires*

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« Reply #13 on: 06-16-2003 18:06 »

Blackadder II is probably my favourite, closely followed by Forth. I loved Miranda Richardson's Queen Elizabeth.  wink
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« Reply #14 on: 06-16-2003 18:23 »

I also like Blackadder the First. Mainly because Baldrick is actually quite clever in this one, not a complete dimwit like in the other shows.
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« Reply #15 on: 06-16-2003 19:21 »

AAAAHHH! I can't decide between Blackadder II or Goes Forth! They both have their great moments and it just too hard to pick one over the other. Goes Forth was very well-written though, probably the best the BBC has ever produced.

Blackadder: So, Baldrick, when I call for my incredibly strong ale, I want you to pass me water. Understand?
Baldrick: Yes, m'lord. When you ask for ale, I pass water.
 
George: Sir, if we should happen to tread on a mine, what do we do?
Blackadder: Well, normal procedure is to jump up 250 feet into the air and scatter yourself over a wide area.
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« Reply #16 on: 06-17-2003 01:58 »

*From the same Episode*

Darling:Good luck against those Elephant's, Blackadder.

Blackadder:One thing puzzles me, Baldrick. How did you get so much 'Custard' out of such a small Cat?

And that bit where George and Baldrick show how stupid they're are, brilliant.

[George and Baldrick]*Stamping up and down, in the glare of a flood light with a shattered brick wall behind them* Stupid! Stupid! Stupid![/George and Baldrick].

If they're was a Blackadder the 6th (Edmund must have a bastard son, it's the only way the Dynasty survives) it would be set in World War II, Possibly in Burma.
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« Reply #17 on: 06-17-2003 05:35 »

 
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Originally posted by Nurdbot:
If they're was a Blackadder the 6th...
You mean Fifth? Actually there were plans to do a 5th series but it never happened. I think that's for the best really.

And yes, Lord Flashheart (Rik Mayall) is the funniest character ever - but it's good that they only used him a few times. So many innuendos, so little time...
"...I'd have let them stew in their own juice. And let me tell you, if I ever did that I'd probably drown!"
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« Reply #18 on: 06-17-2003 15:01 »

The second series is my favourite one.Who could forget Tom Baker's mad sea captain, who had never actually been to sea?
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« Reply #19 on: 06-17-2003 16:05 »

Second season, the episode where he has to entertain his hyper religious relatives and have a stag party at the same time is a classic.
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« Reply #20 on: 06-17-2003 16:26 »

I can't quite remember the coversation between General Melchett and George, it as about George's little white Rabbit. It was in Captain Cook, the episode with Flashheart in it.
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« Reply #21 on: 06-17-2003 16:51 »

It goes something like this I think:

Melchett: Remember that cute little white rabbit you had George?
George: Scruffy.(it was something begining with S I'm sure)
Melchett: Yes, yes, Scruffy. You remember what happened to him?
George: You shot him.
Melchett: Yes, yes, I shot him. But it was the only humane thing to do after that car ran him over.
George:Your car sir.
Melchett: Yes, yes, my car...

@hulkbuster: yeah, that episode's great! With the turnip that looks like a 'thingy', and those breasts that they all wear for no reason...
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« Reply #22 on: 06-17-2003 16:57 »

The end of Blackadder goes forth when they go over the top. It's so simple and yet sorta puts a lump in your throat, :sniffle:
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« Reply #23 on: 06-17-2003 17:00 »

(The bunny's name was Fluffy. A bit more of a bunny-ish name, that)

Series one was good, but at the time it looked like it would be axed. Good thing it wasn't! The rest of it was pure mega-great-tastic. Best British sitcom ever, you reckon?
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« Reply #24 on: 06-17-2003 17:09 »

I know the rabbit scene you mean, he was called Flossy  smile

Melchett: Now, George, do you remember when I came down to visit you when you were a nipper for your sixth birthday? You used to have a lovely little rabbit.  Beautiful little thing.  Do you remember?
George: Flossy
Melchett: That's right, Flossy. Do you remember what happened to Flossy?
George: You shot him.
Melchett: That's right. It was the kindest thing to do after he'd been run over by that car.
George: By your car, Sir.
Melchett: Yes, by my car. But that too was an act of mercy when you would remember that that dog had been set on him.
George: Your dog, Sir.
Melchett: Yes, yes, my dog.  But what I'm trying to say, George, is that the state young Flossy was in after we'd scraped him off my front tyre is very much the state that young Blackadder will be in now.  If not very nearly dead, then very actually dead.

 laff Gold!
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« Reply #25 on: 06-17-2003 17:19 »

I wish I had seen more Blackadder so I could take part in this thread.  As it stands, I've only seen teh Christmas Carol.  But boy, did I have fun!
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« Reply #26 on: 06-17-2003 17:20 »

I think Captain Cook is one of my goes Fourth Favourites.

Why do they call them the Twenty-Minute-ers?.
Comedy gold.
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« Reply #27 on: 06-17-2003 17:22 »

Life expectancy
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« Reply #28 on: 06-18-2003 15:59 »

Have to go with Blackadder Goes Forth, followed by The 2nd, followed by A BlackAdder Christmas Carol. So funny.
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« Reply #29 on: 06-18-2003 16:18 »

 
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Originally posted by Nurdbot:
I think Captain Cook is one of my goes Fourth Favourites.

Why do they call them the Twenty-Minute-ers?.
Comedy gold.

Pfft, it's Private Plane.
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« Reply #30 on: 06-18-2003 16:43 »

Damn, got the names mixed up again.
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« Reply #31 on: 06-18-2003 16:46 »

I'm going with the second one.

Blackadder "So how can I keep everyone from know my secret?"
Old Woman "You could kill everyone in the world!"

First one was actually pretty funny too, and the fourth one is also, I like em all......  I never saw the Christmas Carol or the Cavalieer and I only saw part of the Millenium special (that's the future one right?)
Too bad Rowan Atkinson had to go and play that stupid bastard Mr. Bean.... 
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« Reply #32 on: 06-18-2003 17:11 »

 
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First one was actually pretty funny too

Fun-ny? In what way exactly?
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« Reply #33 on: 06-18-2003 17:20 »

Atkinson's worst role was in that crappy Scooby-Doo movie *shudder*.
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« Reply #34 on: 06-18-2003 17:27 »

The things people do for money.

Funny that no-ones mentioned much of Blackadder The Third yet.

The "dream" sequence in "Ink and Incapability":

 
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I love you Dr. Johnson, and I want to have your babies.  Wait, Baldrick why have you turned into an Alsation, and why's my Auntie Marjorie here.  Oh it's a dream, it's a bloody dream......

 laff
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« Reply #35 on: 06-18-2003 17:59 »

 
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Originally posted by Stuart:
(The bunny's name was Fluffy. A bit more of a bunny-ish name, that)

Series one was good, but at the time it looked like it would be axed. Good thing it wasn't! The rest of it was pure mega-great-tastic. Best British sitcom ever, you reckon?

It was axed and then recommisioned by Michael Grade.  They managed to persuade him by showing the scripts and insisting they could make it on half the budget.
Oh, and Blackadder II has my vote - Potato being my favourite episode.

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« Reply #36 on: 06-19-2003 01:36 »
« Last Edit on: 06-19-2003 01:36 »

Another bunch of Brilliant quotes:

Baldrick:When I used to play in the gutter I used to say to the other snipes 'Hello, my name's Baldrick' and they used to say 'Yes, we know. Sod off, Baldrick.

Blackadder:Baldrick, how did you manage to find a turnip that cost 400,000 pounds?
Baldick:Well,I had to haggle

Baldrick:I don't like them doctors. If they start poking around inside me...
Blackadder:Baldrick, why would anyone wish to poke around inside you?
Baldrick:They might find me interesting.
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« Reply #37 on: 06-19-2003 06:17 »

"I've got a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel"  laff
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« Reply #38 on: 06-19-2003 07:24 »

Kudos to goulishmoose for having a much better memory then me.

Flasheart: Enter the man who wears no underwear! Ask me why!
Everyone: Why do you wear no underwear Lord Flash?
Flasheart: 'Cause the pants haven't been built that can take the job on!
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« Reply #39 on: 06-19-2003 08:15 »

Goodbyee! was quite moving at the end.
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