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1.06 - Cat Amongst the Pigeons

 
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Darren
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:11 am    Post subject: 1.06 - Cat Amongst the Pigeons Reply with quote

Written by Dennis Spooner
Directed by John Hough
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 for me
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10/10! A TNA classic. Beautifully filmed and with a genuinely scary climax. Rich.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My review:

http://www.theavengers.tv/forever/newave-5vr.htm#3

An interesting title: it doesn't really make sense until the end. This is "The Hidden Tiger" done right.

The Avengers?: Some lovely echoes of the past: "Pussy Galore" (Cathy/Hidden Tiger), the revamp of Emma's whispered "Weren't you the man who...?", with Gambit similarly proving his identity to Purdey: "Definitely the real gambit. And no." There's nice symmetry in the story too... the pet shop owner who loses all his birds at the beginning, sells all his cats at the end. Steed and Gambit's dumb-play as they both unpack the cats is outstanding.

Epic?: Tons of atmosphere... the shattered specs, the noon-doomsday plane trip, the weird charm-flute, the looming shadow of a bird of prey from the fanlight in Zarcardi's eerie hallway, the bird table of carrion in the overgrown conservatory. Glorious summer lanes and Purdey on a motorbike... her garter is over-the-top but never has an off-the-shoulder number looked so breathtaking!

Diabolical Masterminds?: Zarcardi... his first scenes have him hovering over his bleeding prey (Turner), alert twitches of the head, his words soft but incisive and with odd pauses like an owl's call as he describes the terror of an oil-soaked gull... If a hawk or falcon ever took human form then it would surely assume Vladek Sheybal's aquiline features and piercing eyes. Zarcardi speaks of the world's birds as his "army" and is prepared to send them to their deaths rather than see their numbers kept low by future breeding control (a cull is ruled out).

Bizarre?: With a strong dose of tension in many scenes, and this is great fun. Two bit-parts are notable: Kevin Stoney has his eyes obscured (pecked out?) which is a shame as his features are quite striking, and Hugh Walters as the forensic investigator terrorised by Purdey: he is so like Charles Hawtrey (whom he once played) that his enjoyable scenes seem like a Carry On film!

On Target? (Score): It doesn't get much better than this. Deduct half a bowler for tired sexist remark "birds... the feathered variety." Three-and-a-half bowlers (out of four). 9/10.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

7.

Another enjoyable one.

Highlight for me: Gordon Rollings on the birdproof house - "They can still get down the chimney, haven't you seen the film?"
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shaunodan
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purdey on a motorbike... not really ? Harley for Purdey's poses in her plum outfit, would have looked far more impressive than scooter-like Honda Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So funny to see Purdey on a motorbike dressed in... a simple dress Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

''... never has an off-the-shoulder number looked so breathtaking .'' Honor Blackman looks incredible in one ... Purdey looks much too thin and bony Surprised
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Each to their own Smile What was that saying about you can never be too rich or too thin? Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the plot, but the execution is a bit lackluster. It's a bit too much of a rehash of The Hidden Tiger, but without the pop or chemistry. Some great moments - Steed jumping into the pool with his suit and bowler on, Purdey's dialogue with the forensic man, Steed slinging polite insults at the over-confident Ministry man. But it never really flies for me.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One mans meat ...etc ...totally agree Laughing with Frankymole Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a splendid Avengers/horror cross-over episode that is simply oozes atmosphere and style. In many ways its just like an episode of that other classic series of the era Hammer House of Horror, and similarly prioritises setting and mood over fitting in complexities in the plot. In many ways there is no actual plot, with the story developing into a Hitchcock inspired suspense drama as the villain attempts to achieve his goals before the secret services can discover his location and identity. This is influenced by the great director in two regards, as the use of ordinary birds (the feathered variety) to attack people is realised by the director here as a homage to sf/fantasy classic movie The Birds; especially one tense scene involving Purdey in an aviary. UFO and James Bond legend Vladek Sheybal gives a master-class in playing a perfect antagonist who believes in his cause and goes about his activities without descending into caricature. The quality of everything here is spot on with the visual composition of shots, camerawork, direction of the cast, music, sound atmospheres, and the use of real birds wherever possible all being elements worthy of special praise. One of my favourite episodes of The New Avengers, and maybe a story I would consider a favourite within the whole Avengers series 9/10

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shaunodan wrote:
''... never has an off-the-shoulder number looked so breathtaking .'' Honor Blackman looks incredible in one ... Purdey looks much too thin and bony Surprised
Nonetheless she still looks one helluva sexy woman posing on motorcycle in pink t-shirt and long boots ...her dialogue excellent Very Happy Fine feathers make fine birds and when Joanna Lumley wears fine feathers...she'd take your breath away Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm never quite sure what to make of this episode. On the one hand, it's very good: creepy, atmospheric, and with a great diabolical mastermind and some very witty dialogue. However, I found the ending a little far fetched - when you bring that many cats together in a room, they would probably spend just as much time fighting one another than they would chasing birds. Granted, the effect would have still been the same; birds scattered, Purdey safe, but with a few birds still alive and a few mangled cats around. I know, suspension of disbelief and all that, but it did take away from my complete enjoyment of the episode.

And I can't be the only one who, when Steed goes into the pet shop to purchase the cats, thought that Michael Palin would have had a perfect cameo as the pet shop owner.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott Bot: Showing dead people on TV is one thing...showing dead cats and birds is quite another. Pet owners would probably have picketed the studio or something if they had seen anything like that!

It is an excellent episode, and a rather interesting example of the new series attempting to do a very Peel Era story. It's much creepier in tone because it is taking place in the 'real' world, but on the other hand it's not a script that they could ever have adapted for THE PROFESSIONALS.
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