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2.14 - Traitor in Zebra

 
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Darren
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:30 am    Post subject: 2.14 - Traitor in Zebra Reply with quote

Written by John Gilbert
Directed by Richmond Harding
Production completed: 29 November 1962

Starring Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman
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Frankymole
A Touch of Brimstone


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My review:

http://www.theavengers.tv/forever/gale1-11vr.htm#2

The Avenged?: A scapegoat for leaked missile-tracking secrets. Refreshingly set on a Royal Navy shore station in Wales, this story has some cutting-edge science in laser-ranging (LADAR) and microwave jamming. At one point, Steed nearly walks into a trap that will cook him! The Avengers almost invented the microwave oven before its time.

Diabolical Masterminds?: A trio of spies, some passable performances. Steed says "you're always safe with a pipe smoker." It turns out, of course, that you aren't. Steed mercilessly traps the man in a room with his own bomb, insisting he defuse it for a tense few moments it seems he genuinely doesn't know how to. Good acting in the desperate screaming department!

The Avengers?: Cathy and Steed get on like a house on fire. Their scenes together give one a warm glow. Steed drives his first vintage car on-screen, a magnificent 1930s Lagonda (whilst posing as a Navy psychiatrist, so it is apparently part of his disguise).

Umbrella, Charm and a Bowler Hat?: A Royal Navy commander's rig for Steed. It rather suits him, even if Cathy has to remind him to remove his hat "between decks." Well, he was an army man.

Bizarre?: All that rigmarole with codes sent by dartboard, dog's collars, etc., does not disguise the route the spies use; in fact, it draws attention to them. And the properties of a ruby used for lasers are described in just 5 digits really?!

On Target? (Score): Two bowlers out of four. 5/10.
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Rhonda
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

7 from me. This one has interesting aspects with the navy, radio transmissions and spies.
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