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Published:April 12th, 2007 04:13 EST
Stop paying taxes: Sunday is Robin Hood Day on BBC America

Stop paying taxes: Sunday is Robin Hood Day on BBC America

By Garrett Godwin

Every year on April 15, we have to pay our taxes.

But this April 15 -- this Sunday -- will become tax-free as BBC America airs the first six episodes of Robin Hood's season one, starting at 1pm.

An updated version of the legendary, straight-arrow hero, the series stars Jonas Armstrong as the rebel with a cause, fighting for good as well as fighting a corrupt system for those that can't fight for themselves.

"[Robin Hood] is a believable superhero," states Armstrong.  "Like all leaders, he's an egotist and he's often quite arrogant.  He's not an out-and-out hero.  He has an undercurrent of darkness." 

To get you caught up, here's a summary of the first season so far: 

"Will You Tolerate This?: Robin and Much (Sam Troughton) return to Locksley after spending five years in war during the Crusades.  There, Robin tries to reconnect with soulmate Marion (Lucy Griffiths), becomes an formidable enemy to the Sheriff of Notthingham (Keith Allen), and an hero to the people known as Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest.

"Sheriff Got Your Tongue?": Now an outlaw, Robin forms an reluctant alliance with Little John (Gordon Kennedy) and his men as they began their crusade to rob the rich and give to the poor.  Meanwhile, the sheriff starts cutting out people's tongues unless Robin gives himself up or someone turns him in.

"Who Shot The Sheriff?": Robin is framed for a series of murders committed by another archer, and must restore his good name as well as the people's trust in him to catch the real killer.  Even if that means teaming up with the sheriff.  And Robin discovers what Marion has been doing since he's been away.

"Parent Hood": The outlaws finds an abandoned baby in the woods, and Roy (William Beck) is captured by the Sheriff's henchman, Sir Guy of Gisborne (Richard Armitage).  The Sheriff gives Roy a difficult choice: kill Robin or his mother dies, forcing Roy to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good.

"Turk Flu": Also called "The Arrow and The Optic", Robin and his men decides to stop human trafficking when people are being used as slaves by the Sheriff to work in the mines.  Meanwhile, Marion's father discovers his daughter's dual identity, and the outlaws have a new female recruit: Djaq (Anjail Jay)

"The Taxman Cometh": Though they rob from the rich and give to the poor, the outlaws receive an bigger payback like no other in this episode.

 

Like MI-5 (Spooks) and Hex, Robin Hood is the latest import from overseas to come to America.  The series has action/adventure, drama, humor, and romance.

The series has the classic romantic tension known as "will they/won't they" between Robin and Marion.  Though Robin continues to flirt with Marion and tries to win her back, she resists but continues to fight her feelings for him.  As the series progresses, she isn't the beautiful love interest or damsel in distress, but a heroine who is feminine yet strong and resourceful, and can take care of herself.

Watch the legend being born from the beginning or again with the forst six episodes of Robin Hood, Sunday on BBC America.