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

Director:

Richard Boden (uncredited)

Writers:

Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... Captain Edmund Blackadder
Tony Robinson ... Private S Baldrick
Stephen Fry ... General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett
Hugh Laurie ... Lieutenant The Honourable George Colthurst St. Barleigh
Tim McInnerny ... Captain Kevin Darling
Geoffrey Palmer ... Field Marshal Haig
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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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Comedy | War

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1989 (UK) See more »

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Rowan Atkinson said that the scene involving Darling's "ghastly realisation" of his commission was "very sad"; John Lloyd commented "I love the fact that Captain Darling does have some compassion; he's not just a bureaucrat". They noted that "all the comedy just goes away" upon Darling's arrival in the trench, and that "there are still funny moments, but dramatically there's no comic content, it's just leading inexorably to the end." 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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Private Baldrick: Permission to ask a question, sir...
Captain Blackadder: Permission granted, Baldrick, as long as isn't the one about where babies come from.
Private Baldrick: No, the thing is: The way I see it, these days there's a war on, right? And, ages ago, there wasn't a war on, right? So, there must have been a moment when there not being a war on went away, right? And there being a war on came along. So, what I want to know is: How did we get from the one case of affairs to the other case of affairs?
Captain Blackadder: Do you mean, "how did the war start?"
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This episode has no closing credits, save for the title "Blackadder" (not "Blackadder Goes Forth" and the copyright date, over a field of poppies. See more »

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Wow...what a huge downer.
8 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee 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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