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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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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The line concerning solicitor Bob Massingbird was a post-production overdub: the line-as-spoken in studio referred to "Bob Moxon Browne". There was a real QC Robert Moxon Browne and this could have been seen as the BBC promoting him, thereby flouting BBC guidelines. See more »

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The piece of paper that George reads the message from after removing it from the messenger pigeon is too small to have all the words that he reads out. See more »

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[Blackadder is about to be shot]
Corporal Perkins: Well, Captain, I've got to admire your balls.
Captain Blackadder: Perhaps later.
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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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