|Best. Robin Hood. Ever.|
The theme tune and incidental music, all of it by Clannad, was iconic in its own right, enough that it spawned a hit album and more than one parody.
|Much, Will, Nasir.|
|Once, there was nothing I thought was more awesome than a bloke with a deer on his head.|
|Actual appearance from Satan? Hell yeah.|
For example, most versions of the Robin Hood story end with Good King Richard coming back from the Crusades and putting everything right. But while at the end of the first season of Robin of Sherwood, King Richard does indeed return, he turns out to be no better than Prince John. No one in government with any power is a good guy.
So, just like the Tory government in the mid eighties, then. Which is explicitly, if unwittingly, aligned with Satanic evil from Robin of Sherwood's very first episode. When you think of Margaret Thatcher's public pieties and her open, warm friendships with genocidal fascist dictators, the parallels aren't so much obvious as like a sledgehammer. The Sheriff and Abbot Hugo make a cynical deal with Baron Simon de Belleme, a black magician, in the very first episode, and keep making almost literal deals with the Devil throughout the series. When our own rulers were having dinner with Pinochet and Suharto, the story of Robin Hood was never more relevant.
|Marian and Tuck.|
|Hounds (Kate Bush not pictured).|
|The forces of subversion.|
Robin of Sherwood portrayed Britain in thrall to literal dark forces. Consequently, while every single episode of Robin of Sherwood has some sort of pagan or supernatural element, you could pick on a good half dozen episodes (and there were only two dozen) where the paganism tips over into legitimate folk horror.
|Morgwyn (pretending to be all holy).|
Robin (the spectacularly coiffed and marvellously charismatic Michael Praed) and his friends are called away from Sherwood to protect a village from the Hounds of Lucifer, demonic Knights with skull faces who are coming out of nowhere and rampaging across the countryside, raping and pillaging and stuff.
|The Hounds of Lucifer despoil a corpse, which is how they roll.|
|This is what she keeps under her habit.|
Morgwyn is using the Hounds of Lucifer to capture young men she can enslave, spread terror in Lucifer's name, and to gather up the seven Swords of Wayland, the mystical blades that embody the spirit of the land. With all seven, she can corrupt the spirit of Britain and call Lucifer to earth. With the acquisition of Orias before the opening credits, she has six. The only one she's missing is Albion. Which Robin has.
|On the run.|
And he lost.
But nothing is forgotten. Nothing is ever forgotten.