Asterix and the Secret Weapon (1991)

La rose et le glaive

Once more unto the breeches...


Presenting a pretentious thematic undercurrent...

Evaluation of the Gaulish code of gallantry.

Notable Nomenclature...

Continuity; lack-thereof and other gaffes...

Cleverness and contemporaneity...

Those combined Male/Female bardic ditties in full...

Non-PC World

Where to begin? See 'good or what?'

Obelix has a tender side...

Classic Pegleg...

Desinit in piscem mulier formosa superne = So that which is a beautiful woman on top ends in a black and ugly fish (Horace, Ars Poetica 3).

Redbeard's Retort...

'One more Latin tag and I'll drown you!'

Good or what?

Good proposal of dubious message.

Uderzo's second 'Village under crisis' story sees a return to good satirical form.

However...

Following the seeming radicalism of The Mansions of the Gods and Obelix and Co., Urderzo's agenda here seems to be a conversely reactionary 'feminism doesn't work' one. Bravura is a stereotype butch man-hater straight out of Carry On film iconography; and the village crisis more or less resolves itself when the various 'emancipated' women revert to fighting-is-best-left-to-the-menfolk-so-lets-all-go-shopping-for-clothes type. The usual village-regulars dynamic is nonetheless handled very well, resulting in some fabulous comedy. The overall effect does slightly grate, though.