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5.20 - The 50,000 Breakfast

 
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peabody
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:37 pm    Post subject: 5.20 - The 50,000 Breakfast Reply with quote

Discuss, review and rate The 50,000 Breakfast, production completed Thursday 20th July 1967.

Teleplay by Roger Marshall
Directed by Robert Day
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to rather dislike this episode and considered it to be one of the lesser ones from season five. I remember having it on one of those old Kult TV/Contender VHS releases and really struggled to make it through the entire thing several times. Everything about it felt... beige. And brown. And both the story and the characters felt somewhat ordinary.

I don't know if my taste has changed/improved since then, or if my slightly improved grasp of the English language has helped me enjoy it more but I think it's a decent episode now. I love the spooky Johnson score, especially in the scene when Steed visit Mrs Rhodes at night. And it has a great opening scene that makes you curious and want to see more.

I even have the "shop!" voice from the ventriloquist shop as message tone on my phone (much to the annoyance of people around me).

And what about Glover? What a diabolical mastermind of the old, gentlemanly school. His motivation for crime is probably as good as any: http://youtu.be/hqiYvd7gdpE

Pity about Steed's "jungle music" remark, though. Confused

I'll give it a 6. Or 7. No, it has to be a 6.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has always been my least favourite season 5 episode. Not that it's poor. Just average. An average Mrs Peel episode is a VERY rare thing. In fact there's only two. Two's a crowd, season 4's weakest, and this one. It doesn't sit well with the other season 5 episodes. Despite being made in colour and with Diana, it still has Cathy Gale era stamped all over it Exclamation Having said that, I think this is slightly better than the original. More pace. If they had to do another remake I would rather have had Mandrake. Not a bad episode though, for the weakest of the season. 6/10. Rich.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gave 4
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried to watch this again today and once more I struggled to reach the end. Such a tedious, unexciting episode, the worst of the colour Peel series by far. Comes a close second of the worst Peel episodes in the series run, narrowly pipped at the post by Two's A Crowd.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are plenty worse than this one in Season 5 IMO. Worth it for the wonderfully creepy puppet shop scene alone. Plus, there is the rarity of a female mastermind and the comic genius of Glover.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still prefer "Death of a Great Dane"! Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like this episode, though not in the standard style of Emma Peel episodes, but it works. This remake of the Cathy Gale episode has its own interesting scenes, characters, detective line. This is one of the favorite Avengers episodes of my mother, when she saw it on television for the first time, in 1996, she could not distract myself away from the screen. She watched before the end of forgetting about kitchen. Smile Surprisingly, dear fans, this episode still goes in her Top list on second place, first is The Joker. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

denis rigg wrote:
I like this episode, though not in the standard style of Emma Peel episodes, but it works. This remake of the Cathy Gale episode has its own interesting scenes, characters, detective line. This is one of the favorite Avengers episodes of my mother, when she saw it on television for the first time, in 1996, she could not distract myself away from the screen. She watched before the end of forgetting about kitchen. Smile Surprisingly, dear fans, this episode still goes in her Top list on second place, first is The Joker. Very Happy


Has she seen the original versions?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Has she seen the original versions?


Sadly, in Russia very few people who have watched at least one full episode from video-epoch due to the lack of Russian language and Russian subtitles. My mother knows only information about the early episodes, she very bad with English, though still remember French (she is able to speak simple phrases, but much has been forgotten - at the time she knew the French quite well). Very possible that the originals she would have loved more. Smile
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