So that’s that. Another historical done, and this one was half reconstruction. I like a good historical, but, man, these reconstructions are hard to watch.
The existing episodes of this story were very well done. Tense, interesting, well-acted, well-written and quite fun. The reconstructions had much the same going for them, but everything that made the existing episodes good was kind of drained here.
The history was also pretty awkward. Richard is portrayed, as he often is, as a noble, heroic man, standing up for the English people and the Christians. The reality is much different. They did make Saladin a fairly noble, interesting character, which is quite in keeping with his history.
I am also pleased to see that Vicki is really coming along nicely as a character at this point. She’s really quite a bit different from Susan, and that’s to everyone’s benefit.
I must confess, I went in to this story really hoping I’d enjoy it. I wanted to like it, but…I just didn’t. The existing episodes are great, but the rest isn’t very entertaining at all. I really wish the BBC would spring to animate the missing episodes.
Still, at least this story wasn’t actively bad, as certain others are.
|Script editor||Dennis Spooner|
|Incidental music composer||Dudley Simpson|
|Length||4 episodes, 25 minutes each|
|Episode(s) missing||2 episodes (2 and 4)|
|Date started||27 March 1965|
|Date ended||17 April 1965|
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