Once again we leap forward 100 years more, and Blackadder is now butler to the feebleminded Prince of Wales (a terrifically funny Hugh Laurie), the son of the mad King George III. This is the funniest version of the series, with Laurieâs contribution pushing the show up to a higher level. There are still dull spots, and not every episode is as good, but this does somehow combine almost Monty Python/Fawlty Towers type genius into a period sit-com. Atkinson as Blackadder continues to evolve, less dashing and handsome here than in series 2, but more enjoyably (and understandably) angry and frustrated at his situation in life, serving a man with a tiny brain. Thereâs also more physical humor in this season, and itâs pulled off very well indeed.
"La La la Cluck Cluck Cluck" - Makes the line in House Season 04 House's Head - "You're not going to make me do the chicken dance, are you?" a funny flashback to an earlier incarnation/character moment of Hugh Laurie. When a supporter of George says many uncomplimentary things about his Leader, one can find parallels to 2008. Poor Black Adder still has royalty's ear but it's dashedly difficult to work with a leader who's short of a full deck. Stephen Fry as Wellington arrives for even more poignant and comic effect in the finale. In Christmas Carol, bonus, BA as a good and humble man poorer than Baldrick's mice was a surreal moment. BA doesn't get to be as dashing as in Season 02 and is understandably more bitter in Season 03 but we know he will persist and rise to the occasion. If not, he can always have breakfast with a moron so he can feel better about his station in this life.