Blackadder Goes Forth: Season 1, Episode 1

Captain Cook (28 Sep. 1989)

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Captain Blackadder spots an opportunity to get away from the trenches when General Melchett announces a painting competition for the cover of "King and Country" magazine.


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General Melchett holds a competition to paint a cover for for "King and Country" magazine. Despite his intense dislike of the magazine, Captain Edumnd Blackadder enters the competition as the winner will likely escape the trenches for a while. Unfortunately, Blackadder has no artistic talent and must rely on other skills (specifically: deceit) in order to win. Written by Murray Chapman

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Captain Cook remains the only episode over the entire four series run that only features the primary cast and does not feature any guest stars. See more »


General Melchett: [to Baldrick] Ah, tally-ho, yippety-dip and zing zang spillip! Looking forward to bullying off for the final chukka?
Captain Blackadder: Permission to speak.
[Baldrick is silent]
Captain Blackadder: Answer the General, Baldrick!
Private Baldrick: [whispers] I can't answer him, sir, I don't know what he's talking about.
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Not funny.
7 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although the fourth Blackadder series is very highly rated, I never was a huge fan of this installment. Maybe most of the problem is I am a history teacher and I can't possibly think of a less funny period in history than WWI (perhaps WWII, but this is up for debate). After all, making trench warfare and death funny is a toughie! As for this particular episode, I found it to be amazingly unfunny. Most of the laughs seemed to be about cooking rats, turds and the like.

The show is like subsequent ones in that Captain Blackadder's goal is to get himself off the front lines--thus sparing himself from a horrible death. In this case, he learns about an art contest to make a cover for a patriotic rag. While he has absolutely no talent, he learns that George is very good--and he hopes to claim George's painting is his own. When he IS selected to paint the cover, he thinks his fortunates have improved--though he actually is being selected for a suicide mission! At the end of the show, you learn that Blackadder, George and Baldrick all avoid front-line action by posing as chefs and going to work at headquarters. At this point, there are more turd jokes and jokes about making custard from a cat.

I first saw this series when it debuted and have loved the other Blackadder shows. However, just like it debuted two decades ago, I found this amazingly unfunny compared to the other shows. My opinion stands--at least for episode one.

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