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"Ink and Incapability" is great from the start. It is far funnier than "Dish and Dishonesty", and is intelligently written - Blackadder's sticky situations really make you feel part of the show. The idea to have an episode around Dr Johnson and his dictionary was an absolutely great one, and one that is brought well to the silver screen. The stupidity of Baldrick and Prince George is at its best here - them helping Blackadder rewrite the dictionary was bound to bring out their extreme thickness. Yes, it is predictable, and the ending should have been done slightly better, but this is a 10/10 episode all the way - I hugely enjoyed watching this, and never has a bad moment. This is the highlight of Series 3, and is a worthy one at that - it is historically accurate (well, in some aspects) and very funny. This is one of the greatest Blackadder episodes ever - no others in Series 3 will recapture its dizzy heights. A great job! 10/10
I've been hearing about this TeeVee series for years and finally
watched an episode.
Its probably not a fair assessment because the gimmick depends on accretive jokes. But I was fairly impressed.
The reason is that the basis for the story and many of the jokes depends on a literary awareness. Its a bit of a pleasure. No, the jokes weren't any better in formation than what you usually see. But there's something deep and lasting in literate humor, even silly puns. I wonder why this is so rare, even in films.
This is superimposed on relationship situations. Most sitcoms are, but because this is intelligently British, its not based on friends and lovers, but on class. Even for this non- Brit, that element goes deeper.
If I were going to mess with TeeVee shows, this would be near the top of the list.
Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Like the rest of the episodes of the third series, it really helps to
understand the history of the time in which it was set. For example,
you need to know who Lady Hamilton was and her relationship with
Admiral Nelson, who Samuel Johnson was, etc. to fully enjoy the jokes.
However, you don't need to be a history professor either, as the
chronology of what occurs is often wrong and most of the jokes are
understandable even if you never took British history....but it helps!
This particular episode concerns Samuel Johnson's dictionary--the first in the English language and a work considered one of the greatest of the age. Because it's such an important work, he comes to the thickie (George, the Price Regent) to gain his patronage. But, since Goerge IS a total imbecile, he cannot in any way comprehend what a dictionary is--and he keeps wondering who the hero in the story is! To make things worse, after completely insulting Johnson, George and Baldrick burn the manuscript!!! A bit later, Edmund learns that Johnson's anachronistic friends (various annoying 19th century poets) will kill anyone who would destroy this work! In response, Edmund spends all weekend trying to re-create the dictionary--hoping no one will be the wiser! The twist at the end of the show is painful to watch and thus, quite entertaining! For those who have no idea what British history is about, I'd give this one a 7. For history-lovers, history teachers (like myself) and professors, this would earn a 10. An overall score of 9 seems reasonable.
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