Blackadder Goes Forth: Season 1, Episode 2

Corporal Punishment (5 Oct. 1989)

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Blackadder hatches a cunning plan to avoid starvation and ignore his orders by eating a carrier pigeon.


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Jeremy Hardy ...
Stephen Frost ...
Lee Cornes ...
Paul Mark Elliott ...
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Faced with the possibility of being ordered to advance, as well as starvation in the trenches, Captain Blackadder decides to kill two birds with one stone by eating a pigeon carrying his orders. Unfortunately, General Melchett has been using his own pet bird to deliver the message, and the loss of "Speckled Jim" sends him on a rampage, determined to punish those responsible. Written by Murray Chapman

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Blackadder mentions he will "nightly pray to the God that killed Cain and squashed Samson..." He is only half right. In the Bible it is said that Samson prayed to God to give him enough strength the pull down the temple in which he was being mocked, and Samson pulled down the temple on his abusers and himself. But God did NOT kill Cain. He branded him with a mark (hence we have the saying The Mark Of Cain) and cast him out to live as a wild beast as punishment for killing his brother Abel. See more »


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A huge improvement over the first episode.
7 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Captain Blackadder is, as usual, trying to avoid being killed. His latest plan is pretty simple--pretend that the phone lines are down so he does not have to order his men over the top. Headquarters then responds by sending telegrams. When these are ignored, they send carrier pigeons--which Blackadder and his men eat! When this is discovered by General Melchett (who adores his pet pigeons), Blackadder is arrested and awaits court martial! Unfortunately for him, George agrees to represent him--meaning he is totally screwed. During the trial, I had a laugh as Melchett was far, far more upset at the loss of his pigeons than Blackadder disobeying orders. I also had a laugh because George turned out to be even stupider and less helpful than I'd expected!! There's a lot more to the episode than this and unlike the first show of this series, most of it is quite funny. A very good second episode--too bad there weren't more like this in "Blackadder Goes Forth". And, considering it's only the second episode, it's safe to assume this one will NOT end in the death of our cowardly anti-hero.

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