TV Series | TV-PG | | Comedy, War
Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war.
The characters of Blackadder Goes Forth have in fact the same dynamics as the main characters from Black-Adder II (1986). Blackadder has to deal with a mad, unpredictable superior who could either kill him or give him what he wants (Queen Elisabeth I vs. General Melchett), while constantly being thwarted by a slimy assistant to the superior who loathes Blackadder (Lord Melchett vs. captain Darling). Meanwhile, Blackadder gets "help" from his stupid sidekick Baldrick and an upper-class twit (Lord Percy vs. lieutenant George).
I have a cunning plan.
Throughout the series, Blackadder and George, both front-line officers in the trenches, are show with their rank insignia displayed on their cuffs, whereas Melchett and Darling, staff officers, are shown with their rank insignia on their shoulders. In reality, this would have been reversed: Cuff insignia was the standard, but front-line officers were allowed to wear theirs on their shoulders to make them less conspicuous to snipers. Shoulder insignia eventually became an army-wide personal option in 1917, and made permanent in 1920 when the cuff insignia was abolished completely.
The titles of the first five episodes are puns, pairing a military rank with a word summing up the episode's theme. The final episode, "Goodbyeee", was the title of a period song