Blackadder Goes Forth: Season 1, Episode 3

Major Star (12 Oct. 1989)

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Blackadder sees an opportunity to escape the trenches by organizing a variety show as entertainment for the troops.


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In order to improve morale, General Melchett asks Captain Blackadder to organize a variety show in the traditional British music-hall style. Seeing another opportunity to leave the trenches, Blackadder agrees - despite detesting variety shows and being horrified at the lack of talent available to him. Written by Murray Chapman

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Melchett later mistakes Baldrick's Charles Chaplin impression for an impression of Buster Keaton and remarks "The Slug Balancer seems now to be doing some feeble impression of Buster Keaton..". However Keaton would not have been widely known in 1917, as he only had small parts in Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle shorts at the time. Keaton's first solo short was released in 1920. See more »


Captain Blackadder: Good thing the horny old blighter didn't ask you to marry him.
[George makes a smug face]
Captain Blackadder: He did? Well, how did you get out of that one?
Lieutenant George: Well, to be honest, sir, I'm not completely certain that I did.
Captain Blackadder: WHAT? You said YES?
Lieutenant George: Well, sir, I didn't feel that I could refuse. I mean, he is a general, he might have me court martialled!
Captain Blackadder: Where as he's going to give you the Victoria Cross when he lifts up your frock on the wedding night, and finds himself looking at the last turkey in the shop!
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Major Star - another great episode!
7 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Major Star may not be as good as Corporal Punishment or Captain Cook, but it is a well deserved 10/10, and is hilarious and fresh as well. Though cross-dressing has already been tackled in other Blackadder episodes, the idea to bring it into World War I is one that needs to be done carefully, or it will look stupid. But it has been done well here, and another star of an idea is to have General Melchett fall in love with George - who is dressing up as a girl under the name of Georgina. Though we never actually see the two together (a slight disappointment, especially as the entire episode revolves around them), Blackadder and George's conversations help keep everything in check, and we actually do feel a sense of love between them. Blackadder is once again horrible about everything - not even Charlie Chaplin, the hero of early film-making, is free from his nastiness. We do see less of Baldrick in this episode, and he isn't exactly at his wildest and stupidest, though every character has his day, and in this case, it's Lt. George's day. Once again, the girl called "Bob" who thinks she is a man shows up - we last saw her in Series 2. Though she isn't particularly significant in the story, her role was effective, and the whole episode would not have worked without it. The episode revolves around a talent show, and Baldrick is in it - doing a rubbish Charlie Chaplin impersonation (with a costume consisting of only a black bowler hat and dead slug). Yes, once again, Blackadder tries to stay away from the things that the episode revolves around, and just keeps us updated by speech, but that doesn't matter, because with an episode this good and well-written, you're probably going to be having too much fun to notice them anyway.

On the whole, Major Star is a very good episode, but it, and the previous two, will be no match compared to the next three episodes, which will actually get us prepared for the end. Still a spiffing job, though. Well done! 10/10

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