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2.22 - Man in the Mirror

 
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Rhonda
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:56 am    Post subject: 2.22 - Man in the Mirror Reply with quote

Venus Smith episode, UK 23 February 1963

The first Venus episode I saw, so I particularly like it; 8/10.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My review:

http://www.theavengers.tv/forever/gale1-22vr.htm#5

The Avenged?: An anonymous man in the intro. Brown the funfair owner is shot, but optimistic that he'll get better. The stabbing of villain Strong is fairly... er, strong, though—quite disturbingly realistic. The biggest crime is against our ears, with Venus' singing taking syncopation into seldom-heard realms of bizarre tempo and mistiming.

Diabolical Masterminds?: I don't understand why viewers are confused about the intro sequence corpse and Trevelyan's faked suicide. It's made clear that another body is required, to be identified as Trevelyan. Presumably this is the poor chap whose body is shown being bundled away at the start. The body on the railway line, thought to be Trevelyan, wears Trevelyan's clothes—from which the villains foolishly forgot to remove the funfair ticket.

The Avengers?: Steed's exchanges with One-Six are the high point: "It'll do you good to get in some paperwork, Steed. There are no lone wolves on my team." Steed (to himself, smirking) "Just old foxes." One-Six briefs a whole cadre of agents in what outwardly seems to be a Soho strip joint, complete with "tart with a heart" scaring customers away at the door. Is there no end to Venus Smith's stupidity? She blunders through this like someone trying to earn a Darwin award. She was sensible enough to get Steed's film developed, but only so she could waste another on photos of his dog!

Umbrella, Charm and a Bowler Hat?: The sixties are starting to swing—apart from Venus' dire gear, sharp suits and some echorette guitar enliven the fairground. Venus (and the TV viewer, but not a slightly disappointed-looking Steed) are treated to a what the butler saw-style can-can sequence—how very racy.

Bizarre?: Venus lives in Manchester apparently. So, how come she's always helping Steed in London? they're a long way apart.

On Target? (Score): Tedious. One bowler (2/10).
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should really like this episode but it's one I watched quite a few times over the years.

It's directed by Kim Mills which is normally a killer to any episode until he got better in late season 3. His work here is as shabby as normal. He really didn't have much style for the show after the defining work of Don Leaver and Peter Hammond.

I love Venus Smith simply as Julie Stevens makes her so likeable. I love the bizarre story pauses for another 5 minute song to camera. She can be dumb but I love her energy and charm and her cute haircut.

A tatty fairground with a hall of mirrors is a wonderful Avengers setting (I'd love to be able to see season 1's Tunnel of Fear) that it's a shame we didn't get more of them - I think it's only Hostage that uses such a location and that's New Avengers.

I can't really explain why but I just really like this episode.

8/10
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Venus's song which starts "I know where I'm going..", which is either an old Scottish or Irish one; it's a lovely song and it's all done very well by her, the band and the director, Kim Mills', good use of two camera locations with differing volumes. song
The songs make these Venus episodes more entertaining for me than if they didn't have them!
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