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Captain Cook 

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.

Director:

Richard Boden (as Dir. 232418 Boden, R)

Writers:

Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)
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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
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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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Comedy | War

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1989 (UK) See more »

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Color (sepia colour: closing credits)
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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 »

Goofs

Blackadder states being a war artist could spell his way out of the trenches. George replies 'yours?' as if he and Baldrick want to get out too. However, until the very end of the last episode, they are naively playing out the view (formed by nationalistic war propaganda) that they are happy to be there, or at least honoured. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant George: Tally-ho pip-pip and Bernard's your uncle.
Captain Blackadder: In English we say, "Good Morning."
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Featured in Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) See more »

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"Captain Cook" is a great first episode to Blackadder's best series.
4 November 2006 | by general-melchettSee all my reviews

I must say, the fourth series is the best of the whole Blackadder legacy. It is very realistic and historically accurate (the constant threat of going over the top, the stupidity of WWI generals, the battle plan in this episode), has hilarious new characters, and reunites the whole Blackadder cast - Tim McInnerny and Stephen Fry are back. Though the best episode is easily the last one, all the Series 4 episodes are 10/10 ones, and while not horrific, give us a good glimpse at what life is like in the trenches, with a funny streak to it.

"Captain Cook" starts off relatively slowly - the usual funny one-liner from Blackadder, another stupid plan from Baldrick, and a call to the headquarters. But after that, it gets great. The introduction of Captain Darling ("What do you want, Darling?") and General Melchett is very funny, and to have Blackadder entering an art competition is an original idea, and one that is handled very well (there is a surprise truth about Lt. George revealed this episode). A great scene is Blackadder's lying to Melchett and Darling about the portrait - it shows his true colours and desires, and depicts him as a cunning, yet unfriendly, man. The one slight problem is how Blackadder and George made up so fast after the lie, but we can forgive that, and a funny scene outside the trenches delivers one of the best comedy lines ever: (George asks "If we should happen to tread on a mine, what do we do?", to which Blackadder replies, "Well, normal procedure, Lieutenant, is to jump 200 feet into the air, and scatter yourself over a wide area." Hilarious!) The ending scene with Melchett and Darling is probably the best scene in the whole show, and shows that the episode has revolved around cooking even after branching out into art and escape from the trenches.

On the whole - Captain Cook is a great episode, and shall be remembered for its great one-liners and the fact that it was the start of Blackadder's best series. Spiffing! 10/10


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