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4.12 - Silent Dust

 
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peabody
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:56 pm    Post subject: 4.12 - Silent Dust Reply with quote

Discuss, review and rate Silent Dust, produced c. Monday 14th June 1965 to Friday 2nd July 1965.

Teleplay by Roger Marshall
Directed by Roy Baker
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Rodders
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Underrated, agoraphobic and atmospheric. Plenty of wit and some darker moments.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, it's a gem of some considerable brilliance.

Full of the spirit and vigour of The Avengers at their best and with some well-drawn guest and incidental characters, married with the skewed vision of the British countryside that is also a quintessential part of the Avengerland atmosphere.

On top of all that it manages to include topical themes of ecological disaster, extortion and terrorism, even more pertinent today, and some musings on the class system that the Avengers usually only managed to lampoon in a heavy-handed manner. Here the achievement feels effortless, which goes to show how hard to do, and how rare it is.

An incredible script and brought to the screen with immense style and a superb cast. Even the opening feels full of biological warfare-ish dread in a way the grimmer stories of the Cathy era (Golden Eggs) or New Avengers (Midas Touch) managed. Can an episode be heavyweight and quirkily entertaining at the same time? Emphatically yes - this one can!

Just when you think it can't get any better, Macnee gets to deploy his equestrian skills.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gave 8
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
I agree, it's a gem of some considerable brilliance.

Full of the spirit and vigour of The Avengers at their best and with some well-drawn guest and incidental characters, married with the skewed vision of the British countryside that is also a quintessential part of the Avengerland atmosphere.

On top of all that it manages to include topical themes of ecological disaster, extortion and terrorism, even more pertinent today, and some musings on the class system that the Avengers usually only managed to lampoon in a heavy-handed manner. Here the achievement feels effortless, which goes to show how hard to do, and how rare it is.

An incredible script and brought to the screen with immense style and a superb cast. Even the opening feels full of biological warfare-ish dread in a way the grimmer stories of the Cathy era (Golden Eggs) or New Avengers (Midas Touch) managed. Can an episode be heavyweight and quirkily entertaining at the same time? Emphatically yes - this one can!

Just when you think it can't get any better, Macnee gets to deploy his equestrian skills.


Agreed. Absolutely marvelous in every way.

Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring", about the environmental dangers of pesticides, particularly to birds, came out in 1962, and I can only believe that this episode was clearly written with her book in mind.

All the characters are interesting and well delineated.

I would say that Steed's recovery from 1) shotgun wound and 2) steel trap enclosing his ankle shows his remarkable healing ability, nearly along the lines of Wolverine's mutant healing factor, even with Emma performing surgery in a barn. Sure, we have one scene with his arm in a sling but then, he is leaping over a fence one, two, three.

This episode was societally relevant, environmentally responsible and enjoyably delightful, from the get go, without any flaws or slow areas. One of the best!
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