Captain Blackadder, Lieutenant George, and Private Baldrick see joining the Air Corps as a great way of sitting in a classroom instead of fighting on the front lines. Unfortunately for them, the course is taught by Squadron Commander Flasheart, who lives for danger- much like his nemesis, the infamous Red Baron. Written by
Rowan Atkinson has a stutter, which causes him to struggle and consequently put more emphasis on the letter B. When Bob and Lord Flasheart are making the classic 'woof' noises, Blackadder was originally supposed to say, 'it's like Battersea Dog's Home in here.' However, he couldn't say the word 'Battersea,' so it was changed to 'Crufts.' See more »
[during a German air raid]
Where's our air force? They're meant to defend us against this sort of thing. Right, that's it!
[picks up telephone]
Hello? Yes, yes, I'd like to leave a message for the head of the Flying Corps, please. That's Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Massingbird-Massingbird, VC, DFC and Bar. Message reads "Where are you you bastard".
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Aside from some sloppy use of stock footage, a funny episode...thanks to Lord Flasheart!
Like the last episode, this one features a nice cameo from a star from the first episode ("Bells") from "Blackadder II". Early on, Squadron Commander Flasheart is forced to crash his plane and lands at the British front lines. He is EXACTLY like he was in the previous show--all swagger and sex drive! And, just like the last episode, Bob shows up for a bit of a tongue-lashing from Flasheart.
As a result of the visit, the usual three idiots (Blackadder, George and Baldrick) all get air corps fever--all thinking it will be glorious AND safer than staying in the trenches. Plus, Blackadder thinks the duty will be soft--with lots of girls and booze. Unfortunately, when they arrive at flight training, it's taught by the idiot Flasheart--who mostly makes sexual innuendos and does practically no teaching at all! And, in the only REAL teaching he does is explain that the life expectancy of a pilot is about 20 minutes!
Fortunately, the two are shot down but survive--and are taken to a German prison. Unfortunately, the idiot George wants to go behind enemy lines to rescue him! With help like that, Edmund might as well just shoot himself.
By the way, I know they took clips from another TV series, but they didn't even bother finding clips involving a two-person airplane--just a single-seat model. Which, is a bit of a cock-up, as Baldrick AND Edmund are supposed to be in the plane TOGETHER.
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