Sunday Roast: Veterans Day

Veterans Day, which is noted in other countries as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, marks the end of World War I.  More particularly, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.  On this day, we remember those who died while serving their various countries.

As I have done in past years, I’m posting the final episode of the Blackadder Goes Forth series, entitled Goodbyeee.

The final episode of this series, “Goodbyeee“, although true to the series’ usual comedy style through most of the preceding scenes, is known for featuring a purely dramatic and extraordinarily poignant final scene, where the main characters (except [the General] himself) are finally sent over the top. To the sound of a slow, minimal and downbeat piano version of the title theme, the four are seen in slow-motion, charging into the fog and smoke of no man’s land, with gunfire and explosions all around, before the scene fades into footage of a sunny poppy field and the sound of birdsong. The fate of the four is left ambiguous. Blackadder’s final line before the charge is also underpinned with an unusually reflective and poignant tone, offered after Baldrick claims to have one last cunning plan to save them from the impending doom:

Well, I’m afraid it’ll have to wait. Whatever it was, I’m sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman around here? …Good luck, everyone.

As fantastic as this final Blackadder series is, I usually cry my way through Goodbyeee. Our amazing advances in technology, rather than being put toward the advancement of mankind, was instead used for unbelievable destruction and obscenely wasted lives of tens of millions of people, both military and civilian, but succeeded only in serving as an incubator for World War II.

I think humans could learn to live together peacefully, but there is money to be made from mayhem and war, and as long as that’s true, there will always be war; and there will always trenches of one kind or another, filled with honorable men and women, who are viewed as a means to an end — stacks and stacks of money — and used as cannon fodder, and if they survive, dismissed as a burden on society.

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The Watering Hole: 11/11/11 Remembrance Day/Veteran’s Day

Once again, in honor of those who fought and died in war, this is the final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth, entitled Goodbyeee:

Part 1

Part 2 (the last 5 minutes are the most powerful)

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Blackadder Goes Forth, Finale: Goodbyeee…

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On this Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Day we at TheZoo pay tribute to our men and women in uniform, in full support of bringing them home from our two terrible wars.

In this final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth, we’re shown the utter futility of war, the disgusting waste of humanity.

The four men line up, for their certain doom… as the guns stop firing. For a brief, shining moment, it seems like peace has finally been declared — but the guns are ceasing merely to prepare for the attack.
Just then, Baldrick has a plan. However, it is too late, and the order to attack comes through. Blackadder consoles him, saying

Whatever it was, I’m sure it was better than my plan to get out of here by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman around here?

Who indeed…?

HT:  UKBristolDave for giving me the idea of posting this series.

Blackadder Goes Forth, Part 5: General Hospital

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George is injured and sent to the military infirmary, but Blackadder joins him when he is assigned to discover the identity of a spy in the hospital.

Heads up: Check out guest star Miranda Richardson as the nurse.

Check back on Wednesday (Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Day) for the very moving final episode: Goodbyeee

Sunday Roast: Blackadder Goes Forth, Part 4: Private Plane

Our Blackadder serial continues with Blackadder joining the Royal Flying Corps to escape the trenches.

Blackadder:  For God’s sake, Baldrick, take cover!

Baldrick:  Why’s that, sir?

Blackadder:  Because there’s an air raid going on, and I don’t want to have to write your mother at London Zoo to tell her that her only human child is dead.

Part 1 of 3 (each about 10 minutes long)

Part 2

Part 3

Join us Monday for Part 5, General Hospital!

Blackadder Goes Forth, Part 3: Major Star

Blackadder organises a variety show in the hope of being able to escape the war by performing at the London Palladium. However, problems arise after General Melchett falls for his “leading lady”.

I want to cover your body with pepper, and then sneeze all over you…

Part 1 of 3 (each about 10 minutes long)

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4, Private Plane, will be our regular Sunday Roast.  See you then!

Blackadder Goes Forth, Part 2: Corporal Punishment

Despite problems with communications, orders for another mission arrive and Blackadder breaches regulations by eating the messenger. Can the Flanders pigeon murderer avoid the firing squad?

Mmmmmm, delicious plump-breasted pigeon…

Part 1 of 3 (each about 10 minutes long)

Part 2

Part 3

Our next episode, Major Star, will be shown on Thursday.  Stay tuned!

Sunday Roast: Blackadder Goes Forth, Part 1

The Sunday Roast takes a bit of a turn for the next couple of weeks, with the series Blackadder Goes Forth, which is set on the Western Front in the trenches of World War I.  Due to a lack of prior planning on your host’s part (ok, that’s me), the series will be seen every other day between today and Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Day, when the very moving finale will play.

Another “big push” is planned, and Captain Blackadder’s one goal is to avoid being killed. The series thus follows his attempts to escape the trenches through various schemes, most of which fail due to bad fortune, misunderstandings and the general incompetence of his comrades.

And now, the show…the subtitles are a bonus!!!

Part 1 of 3 (each about 10 minutes long)

Part 1 of 3 without subtitles

Part 2

Part 3

Our next episode will be on Tuesday, November 3.  Watch for it!