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1.09 - Tale of the Big Why

 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:14 am    Post subject: 1.09 - Tale of the Big Why Reply with quote

Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Robert Fuest
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

7 for me
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10.

My favourite so far, this one had everything. A good story, great cast, lots of location work and not one but two Tiger Moth aircraft. what's not to like?

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Purdy: "Did he book?"
Hot dog man: "No, he was just lucky".
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

8/10. A fun episode, though not the usual type of Avengers plot. The best thing about this one though is not the plot, but the great interplay between the three leads. In particular the scene with Steed and Gambit on their country ramble and especially the scene where Gambit takes Purdey out for a "posh" supper. Laughing Rich.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good episode. Really enjoy Purdey being taken to a hot dog stand for dinner by Gambit. And Gambit jumping on the wing of the plane was courageous of Gareth.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good episode. Really enjoy Purdey being taken to a hot dog stand for dinner by Gambit. And Gambit jumping on the wing of the plane was courageous of Gareth.
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit better on second viewing than on the first, but I still put this one in the "meh" category of TNA episodes. It takes a long time to get going, with the first fifteen to twenty minutes centered on driving around the countryside watching characters do things. Then there's a bit more driving, and some talking, and still little to no tension. We're meant to care about whatever it is that Brandon has buried, but I certainly don't.

Things pick up a bit when Steed steps back into the picture, but even then the immediacy of the chase never really hits home. Some nice little vignettes - Purdey and Gambit at the hot dog stand, Steed and Gambit hiking hills in Surrey - but nothing that really ups the tension, not until the usual third act hurrah of Purdey being captured and the boys having to rescue her. Some nice action sequences are peppered throughout, but somehow I cannot get excited over Gambit tossing himself on wings of airplanes.

The episode suffers from Clemens's usual problems of time filling - a number of scenes (including that hot dog stand one) are contrived to fill space or to separate the characters so that a major event can take place. It takes Purdey and Gambit about an hour, we presume, to figure out that the baddies are on to Steed - even though it was established early on that the villains were following our heroes around. The villains, meanwhile, are the usual two heavies plus a Ministry official with a secret - a trope used so many times in TNA that it gets boring. The Ministry really sucks at security.

Last but not least, I'll mention once more the tendency to push Steed to the side, letting him sit at home making phone calls or go to meetings while the two young people do their thing. It's obviously an effect of having three partners instead of two that one character (usually one of the males) gets shoved to the side in a given episode. I don't think any of the writers figured out how to use three characters to the best possible advantage without sidelining one. I know there's a complaint that in Season 2 that happened to Gambit, but let's also note how often it happens to Steed. In this one, he even becomes the butt of jokes, including the hill climbing scene where he begins to sound more like a slightly dotty old uncle than a top Ministry agent. Gambit does most of the heavy lifting, as it were, but it would have been quite easy to incorporate all three characters into chase sequences or investigations. It's still my contention that Steed is the anchor of The Avengers, but so often in TNA he's almost used as a foil.
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Ministry sucking at security is the most realistic thing in the show, after the famous Cambridge spies debacle which echoed and re-echoed through the 50s and 60s and onwards...

Presumably why one of the very few bits of real life to intrude into the candyfloss comic-book fantasy of season 5 is the "Where is Blake?" newsstand...
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purdey's red jacket looks great...Joanna Lumley looks much too thin...so noticeable beside woman (washing) Exclamation
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