Robin has not been around for a number of days , he has been with a visiting knight named Peregrinus. There are traitors that pledge their support to King Richard the Lionheart but have now chosen to side with Prince John. Peregrinus has come from the holy land to stop Prince John’s grab for power. He asks the Outlaws to fight for him.
An outside of the box episode, bringing in Richard the Lionheart into the episodes lets us realise that Robin Hood’s existence is due to the Holy Wars. This story is filled with nationalistic pride as one could expect and rousing reason to fight. A decent episode but not significant to any continuity.
Coming back from the Crusades, Sir Robin of Loxley finds that his shire has changed and his lands were given to Sir Roger DeLisle. Sir Robin appeals to the Sheriff of Nottingham for a correction of this injustice but finds the Sheriff was the one that gave Sir Robin of Loxley’s land and castle to Sir Roger DeLisle. The struggle to get his castle and lands back have turned for the worse. He is now an outlaw with no rights to any of his families wealth. Revenge is not possible without further endangering himself.
The Coming of Robin Hood begins one of ITC’s longest running television shows. For the Action/Adventure fans, the Adventures of Robin Hood would have been a rare well produced show for the younger audiences. This episode sets the storyline for the coming series with the beginnings of Robin Hood, the Outlaws and their constant battle with the Sheriff of Nottingham. A Classic tale released in the mid 1950’s by blacklisted writers from Hollywood, to me sets a standard for a children’s storyline that can be well received by all ages. Robin Hood is played as a crusader knight coming home and finding that his country being run unjustly, in the true kings absence. His fight against the powers that be becomes his cause for his fellow country and his own personal conflict.
Mannering meets a diversion as he is driving and is assualted by some thugs who want the letter from the man, Stanley White, whom John is going to visit. The kidnappers take the letter and go to the meeting in disguise as Mannering. A medieval sword stolen some time ago has resurfaced and a few different parties want it desperately. When the contact for The Baron is killed there are many unanswered questions to figure out. While the police investigate, Mannering looks into a lead in Arkin Morley, a rival antique collector and dealer. The Morley lead almost proved costly when an attempt was made on John’s life. A message left by the dead Stanley White, directs John and Cordelia to the Parkstone House, but Morley has followed them. The quest for the sword may have taken years but it all falls apart in just a short time.
A wonderful episode with many classic murder scenes. This is a fun episode about a medieval sword that was stolen and the whereabouts is only recently known. It is also nice to see a competing antique personality in this show. There is nothing extrordinary about this episode but the terrible acting will entertain you well throughout the show.