Black Adder: Back and Forth
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The threadbare plot surrounds Blackadder's attempts to win a bet with the guests at his Millennium party, the challenge being that they will each give him £10,000 if he can travel back in time and bring back various items to prove that the feat has been accomplished. Baldrick has built a time machine which, as far as Blackadder knows, acts as a trapdoor to his basement where, amongst the junk, he has hidden various items that look old enough to be passed off as fakes (one of the requested items being the Duke of Wellington's boots). Unfortunately, Baldrick built the time machine from a Leonardo Da Vinci's textbook which, somewhat unsurprisingly, means that it works thus he and Blackadder are catapulted to various different periods of time, ranging from an encounter with Shakespeare to Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. The upshot of this is that they have to get back to 1999 in time for midnight.
Unfortunately that is about all you get as far as plot. There's a couple of smutty jokes about various maidens and the occasional witty retort from Blackadder but, generally, this is one which you shouldn't rush out to get from the local video shop/cinema. In an effort to fill up the rest of the running time, you are treated (I use the term loosely) to a "behind the scenes" look at bits edited from the film whilst various members of the cast and production team witter inanely at the screen.Read more ›
Witness Blackadder's hilarious impact on the course of history, as he time-sails through historical eras and moments such as the Prehistoric age; encounters with William Shakespeare (in a hilarious cameo starring Colin Firth as the Bard) and Robin Hood (with Kate Moss as Maid Marian); The Battle of Waterloo; and many others.
You'll also laugh heartily when Blackadder returns to the present with "relics" stolen from each incident and discovers how he has unanticipatedly altered course of history--as well as his hilarious return travels to "right" his historical "wrongs."
This is Rowan Atkinson--also famous for his Mr. Bean character--at his best and includes the regular members of the Blackadder cast such as Miranda Richardson. As mentioned, there are delightful cameo appearances by Firth, Moss, and others.
This video will appeal to the Blackadder "novice," one who wants a sample taste for the more recent and zany comedy of the series. This is destined to become a family favorite! If you love odd-ball, wacky British humor ("humour"), this is an essential for your collection!
It's New Year's Eve 1999 and Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) announces to a few gullible friends (Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Miranda Richardson, and Tim McInnerny) he has a time machine [designed by Leonardo di Vinci and built by Baldrick (Tony Robinson)]. Blackadder bets that he can travel through time and bring back trophies from his trip. His friends shout out their orders for artifacts from the past, then Blackadder and Baldrick blast off. To Blackadder's chagrin, he realizes the machine really works when they come face-to-face with a ferocious dinosaur. He and Baldrick move back and forth through time until they eventually make it back home.
Blackadder and Baldrick's travels in the box will remind fans of cult TV so much of the Doctor--especially when the machine moves through space--they may almost expect to hear the TARDIS's grinding when it lands in each time period. Considering Atkinson's interest in the portraying the Doctor has been documented (he even did so in a Comedy Relief special), the similarities are likely deliberate.
Co-writers Richard Curtis (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, NOTTING HILL) and Ben Elton (THIN BLUE LINE) always do an excellent job of satirizing British history. In this case, the script misses establishing status quo and momentum.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Watching this, I was embarrassed for the actors. It was like watching an aging rock band reunion when all the members had forgotten how to play. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by J. Bosch
If there exists a singular proof that you can't re-warm a souffle', this is it. The writing is thin beyond belief, as though the purpose of Elton and Curtis is to kill off their... Read morePublished on April 11 2003 by Robert Kelley
I was watching PBS one afternoon and they showed a promo on Black Adder V - Back and Forth to be aired that very night at 10 p.m. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2002 by Jean Heather Akins
Don't believe the bad reviews. It's classic Blackadder all the way. He's as slimy, avaricous, clever, suave as ever and Baldrick is funnier than ever. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2001 by Barbara Powell
PLEASE don't let this be your introduction to the Black Adder series. It should only be purchased by completists, as it is the weakest of the bunch. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2001 by Balto Reader
I have been a major fan of Black Adder for a long, long time. I was overjoyed to hear that there was a new episode. How utterly disappointing it is. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2001 by Springfield
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