Blackadder Goes Forth: Season 1, Episode 6

Goodbyeee (2 Nov. 1989)

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Blackadder pretends that he's insane to avoid certain death carrying out the General's order for the "big push".

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After years of futile trench warfare, General Melchett gives the order for the "big push": a suicidal charge across the battlefield towards hundreds of German machine guns. Desperate to avoid participating, Captain Blackadder hatches a plan to convince his superiors that he has gone insane and therefore cannot go into combat. Written by Murray Chapman

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In a 2005 BBC documentary series showcasing some of Britain's favourite sitcoms, The Blackadder edition of the series, presented by John Sergeant, revealed that the original ending of this series had Baldrick, George, Darling and the troops under Blackadder's command unambiguously killed. Blackadder himself only feigned death and was the only survivor. See more »

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When Darling gives his "bugger" line toward the end, he's still wearing an overcoat. After a two-second cut to Blackadder's response, we see Darling again, now without the overcoat. See more »

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Lieutenant George: Oh, dash and blast all this hanging about, sir! I'm as bored as a pacifist pistol. When are we going to see some action?
Captain Blackadder: Well, George, I strongly suspect that your long wait for certain death is nearly at an end. Surely you must have noticed something in the air...
Lieutenant George: Well, yes, of course, but I thought that was Private Baldrick.
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The end credits for the final episode are abrupt. After we see Blackadder and co. go over the top to their deaths, the music goes to a slow, mournful rendition of the main theme, and the scene shifts slowly to a shot of a real-life WWI trench, as it appears today -- a poppy-decked hill with the trench only barely visible. There is no ending credit roll, and instead, the Blackadder Goes Fourth logo and the BBC logo and copyright date appear unobtrusively in a corner. See more »

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Wow...what a huge downer.
8 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Apparently the Brits adored this final episode and the way it ended. As for me, it left me totally depressed and completely unsatisfied. And, by the incredibly high score for this particular episode, I assume I am in the distinct minority.

This episode is about the troops going 'over the top'--i.e., to make an insane dash across no-man's land only to die pointlessly in a hail of bullets, bombs, mines and shrapnel. My question is this...how is this a subject for a comedy?! There is an attempt at comedy when Blackadder decides to pretend he's crazy in order to avoid an almost certain death. But, the plan is a failure and Blackadder is screwed.

Along the way there are jokes about Baldrick's coffee which consists of mud, phlegm and dandruff. This sort of joke, in my opinion, is getting a bit old to say the least. In fact, this is THE problem for this final episode...there simply isn't much of anything funny throughout the show aside from Baldrick's insanely pathetic poetry. It all ends with some maudlin talk about how the war sucks...and then they all go off to meet their deaths. Wow...what fun...as well as the reason season 4 is my least favorite of the Blackadder saga.


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