BBC’s Robin Hood: Djaq

Share on Tumblr

Last week, I spoke briefly about Robin Hood’s Marian. This week, I’ll touch just as briefly on the other female character in the ensemble: Djaq (sounds like Jack).

When we first meet Djaq, we are to believe she’s a boy. She’s being held prisoner by the Sheriff along with other Saracen men, and they’re all being transported to work as slave labor in the mines. Enter Robin and his crew. Stuff happens, the Sarecens are let go. IIRC, this is about where Will Scarlett happens up on Djaq changing her shirt, and obviously discovers she’s not a he. Yikes. He doesn’t say anything, though it’s clear he’s disconcerted.

Robin et. al. do whatever they were doing (sabotaging the mines), but then Little John falls down a hole. Djaq still sticks around. Her father was a physician, so she can help John. She’s also the smallest. She goes down the hole, wakes John up and then they all get away.

I can’t remember if she asks to join them or if they invite her, but it’s at this point where Will reveals her gender. Everyone else’s response is “who cares?” She’s proven her worth already by saving John. And Robin implies he knew she was a woman.

It doesn’t stop there, either. Occasionally there’s a bit of “girls can’t do that” which could also be interpreted as plain old competitiveness among all of them. Every time someone even hints that Djaq shouldn’t do something because she’s a woman, she ends up outwitting and outperforming the guys. She’s smart, she’s trained and she’s got skills they all need.

Like Marian, she holds her own among all the testosterone.

Comments

  1. Jennifer Kesler says

    I like also that it’s explained why Marian and Djaq kick ass – Djaq’s father was a physician, which is where she learned all her knowledge of chemistry and healing. And Marian’s father was the former sheriff, so she quite plausibly learned her weapons and riding skills from him (and has the education that might have been available to a noblewoman).

    They’re not just pasted on there for modern sensibilities – they both ring just as true as any of the rest of the characters.

  2. sbg says

    They’re not just pasted on there for modern sensibilities – they both ring just as true as any of the rest of the characters.

    I know. They’re, like, real people. That shouldn’t really be as refreshing as it is…

  3. SunlessNick says

    I didn’t watch much of the series, because in most respects, IMO, it was very very naff. But I liked Djaq as a character.

  4. Nialla says

    I love the scene where the menfolk were almost laughing at Djaq’s warning about a group of Muslim women that were supposedly on their way to retrieve their prince.

    She even called them on it, saying they would not listen because she was female, but once they see the women — assassins sent to kill the prince, not rescue him — in action, they fall silent for a moment before Robin says he’s ready to listen now. They can be taught. *g*

  5. Jennifer Kesler says

    That was an awesome scene. I think she said something like, “You are not listening to me because I am a woman; do not make the same mistake with them.” Or something like that. It was poignant.

    And only the man who really comprehended what the female assassins were capable of managed to defeat them.

  6. Nialla says

    I think my only problem with Djaq is they just had to set up a triangle with Will and Alan. Though honestly, Djaq seems rather clueless and/or just doesn’t care, so it’s not as bad as it could be. No doe eyes of death coming from her, at least not yet.

  7. Jennifer Kesler says

    Yeah, so far (and I missed a few eps at the start) they haven’t made an issue of it in any way. As long as that remains true, I could live with it.

  8. sbg says

    I didn’t even know the triangle existed until both the guys proclaimed their “feelings” for her. It doesn’t seem like Djaq has interest in either of them.

  9. Nialla says

    I didn’t even know the triangle existed until both the guys proclaimed their “feelings” for her. It doesn’t seem like Djaq has interest in either of them.

    I found it amusing that two guys professing “feelings” yet the woman in question has said nothing. It was a little bit different, since guys are usually the ones who don’t talk about feelings.

    Though it does make me wonder if the femslashers are going wild with Marian/Djaq stories. *g*

  10. sbg says

    I found it amusing that two guys professing “feelings” yet the woman in question has said nothing. It was a little bit different, since guys are usually the ones who don’t talk about feelings.

    I think she thinks they’re both idiots. And they kind of are. ;)

  11. Nialla says

    I didn’t even know the triangle existed until both the guys proclaimed their “feelings” for her. It doesn’t seem like Djaq has interest in either of them.

    It does seem that Djaq is uninterested or not even aware, but they’re not making a big deal of it. I think they’re playing it more for laughs than anything.

    I think she thinks they’re both idiots. And they kind of are. ;)

    Oh, they kind of are, but they’re kind of cute idiots. ;)

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.