The story of Robin Hood never hit me this way before…

Pandaren Monk

In our household, we have Netflix, of the streaming variety.

My girlfriend enjoys watching it on her phone and her Nintendo 3DS.  She watches it whenever she has a free moment, as she is a lover of quirky, comedic shows, and Netflix has a solid selection of those.

I myself have recently gotten into watching various programs on it.

Each year, I seem to watch through most of the Sopranos (on DVD) series at least once.  At the time that I was finishing doing so once again back in January (because I’m stupid like that), I started working my way through a variety of series on Netflix: Agatha Christie’s Marple, Poirot, Cadfael, and, in particular, Mad Men.  I’m now a big fan of Mad Men.  Yes, I am.

This past week, I started watching the recent Robin Hood series, which originally aired on BBC 1 from 2006-2009.  I had never heard of it before, but it was supposed to be ok.

Anyway, now I’m watching it.  It’s ok.

It’s got a lot of elements of modern television, for better and for worse; primary, though, is the over-the-top cheese.  However, I can take a certain amount of that.  Somehow, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become tolerant of cheese in art, which is why I can watch CSI: Miami – something that I would never have done before 2011.  (And yes, I enjoy the cheese for the grins it induces, almost as much as watching the characters interact.)

However, as a WoW player, this show is right up my alley.  It’s got the “medieval” part of “medieval fantasy,” as well as adventure, nature, old weapons and leather and chain mail armor, bows, arrows, swords and shields, castles and horses, etc.

Now, as someone whose favorite class is the hunter class in WoW, I live for books, stories, and shows about people who are hunters and archers.  And, since I was a kid, I always loved the Robin Hood idea, since it is such a just idea.

However, watching this show has me thinking about something else at times – and that is the awesomeness of excellent staff wielders (known to Wikipedia as stick fighters).

For some reason, even though the stick fighting in this version of Robin Hood isn’t all that great, the concept, the idea of Little John as a master with the staff has me all excited about learning some rudiments of stick fighting –

– or playing a monk in Mists of Pandaria.

I’m going to be completely honest here.  I’m not that interested in playing a pandaren.  However, I have a couple of conditions to go with that.

  1. I’m interested in seeing the intro Pandaria (1-10) experience.
  2. I’m interested in playing a pandaren at the beginning, just to see how it feels.

Honestly, though, I am leaning toward starting a night elf monk, when I do make a monk.

Anyway, the point of this article is this: the idea of being a stick fighter has not previously interested me at those times when I’ve read about men, like Little John, who are experts at fighting with staves.  But now it fascinates me.  Is it just a coincidence, or is it because, whenever I run Auchenai Crypts or Scarlet Monastery on some mission or another, I think: “Fighting with staves is badass!”?

I don’t know.  But thinking about it excites me, all of the sudden.

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Thanks for reading this post by Mushan at Mushan, Etc.  Comments are welcome!


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