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1.10 - The Three-Handed Game

 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:16 am    Post subject: 1.10 - The Three-Handed Game Reply with quote

Written by Dennis Spooner and Brian Clemens
Directed by Ray Austin
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3.

Oh dear, what happened?! I've enjoyed all the episodes until now but we've suddenly hit the buffers.

A dreadful script, I gave up caring half way through. The only redeeming features were an (all too) brief appearance by Ronald Leigh-Hunt and Steed chasing a March F2 racing car around Silverstone in his Jaguar.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

8/10. I think this a fun episode. Love the scene with Purdey at the theatre. She looks great as a clown!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although this is not their best episode it had some great moments. The ending scene I thought was very clever. Purdey fighting violent ballet and the beating the bad guy was choreographed really well. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although this is not their best episode it had some great moments. The ending scene I thought was very clever. Purdey fighting violent ballet and the beating the bad guy was choreographed really well. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is one of the writers block episodes and it shows as like Faces the whole episode suddenly changes.

The film quality looks especially poor on this episode - it could really benefit from some restoration.

I like the race track sequence (that's such a cool Jaguar!). Gambit life drawing is funny.

The beginning half just doesn't work for me. Having the guy who plays Soo Choy always irritates.

5/10
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
This is one of the writers block episodes and it shows as like Faces the whole episode suddenly changes.

The film quality looks especially poor on this episode - it could really benefit from some restoration.

I like the race track sequence (that's such a cool Jaguar!). Gambit life drawing is funny.

The beginning half just doesn't work for me. Having the guy who plays Soo Choy always irritates.

5/10
Wasn't Soo Choy in Trap? or are there 2 of them?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anti-clockwise wrote:
Darren wrote:
This is one of the writers block episodes and it shows as like Faces the whole episode suddenly changes.

The film quality looks especially poor on this episode - it could really benefit from some restoration.

I like the race track sequence (that's such a cool Jaguar!). Gambit life drawing is funny.

The beginning half just doesn't work for me. Having the guy who plays Soo Choy always irritates.

5/10
Wasn't Soo Choy in Trap? or are there 2 of them?


Yes, but the actor who played Soo Choy popped up as a completely different character in Three-Handed.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Yes, but the actor who played Soo Choy popped up as a completely different character in Three-Handed.


That's right, Jay. Smile I still wonder why on the role of the Soo Choy chose unknown Terry Wood. We even do not know his date of birth and nationality.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0940040/

Perhaps he starred for a penny. But if so - why was such a terrible economy? As far as I know they did not have good reasons for this. Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anti-clockwise wrote:
Although this is not their best episode it had some great moments. The ending scene I thought was very clever. Purdey fighting violent ballet and the beating the bad guy was choreographed really well. Cool
Brought in a professional dancer for this I heard... not Joanna Lumley at all in action...true or false...!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shaunodan wrote:
anti-clockwise wrote:
Although this is not their best episode it had some great moments. The ending scene I thought was very clever. Purdey fighting violent ballet and the beating the bad guy was choreographed really well. Cool
Brought in a professional dancer for this I heard... not Joanna Lumley at all in action...true or false...!


True. Joanna was unable to learn how to tap dance in the half hour they gave her at lunchtime to learn (I can't imagine why Wink ). So they brought in a trained dancer, stuck a Purdey wig on her head, and sent her out. If you watch the scene, you can tell it's not Joanna--the dancer's build is different enough to be noticeable.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'I could Tap before I could walk ' says Purdey Laughing Obviously quite a few takes for this as Joanna slips in a few times in the fight sequence ! Yes, very noticeable when the action is slowed down, that the dancer had far more powerful legs than Joanna ! Wonder if this dancer was used a number of times in T.N.A. Question :
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shaunodan wrote:
'I could Tap before I could walk ' says Purdey Laughing Obviously quite a few takes for this as Joanna slips in a few times in the fight sequence ! Yes, very noticeable when the action is slowed down, that the dancer had far more powerful legs than Joanna ! Wonder if this dancer was used a number of times in T.N.A. Question :


Just the once, I think. Joanna was rarely doubled, and when she wasn't, it was Cyd who was filling in, plus a couple of special doubles for her motorcycle scenes.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every once in awhile I go back to this episode and just stare at it - I find it compelling without actively liking it.

The Good: I like the initial plot set-up - it's quite a clever way to move information around. The brain-drain machine is an appropriately crazy idea well suited to The Avengers, and I can see the same idea working very well in earlier iterations of the show. There are some great scenes, like Steed beating the race car driver, Gambit posing for the artist, and Purdey's inexplicable decision to put on clown make-up. I actually like Terry Wood in this not-Soo-Choy role, and the same goes for the main villains.

The Bad: Despite the good set-up and a lot of opportunity to take the episode in many different directions, the writing fails to make the episode a cohesive whole. It takes far too long for our heroes to figure out the bit about the tap-dancer, despite being told the answer several times. They also seem to just wander off on their own, leaving their charges open to attack, as in the scene walking through the artist's gardens. Sometime The Avengers are really bad at their jobs, and this is one of those times.

Re-watching this, I thought it would have been an interesting step to implant Juventor's mind in Larry's body instead of the tap dancer's. The slight attraction between Larry and Purdey could have been played up, with the viewer knowing that the villain had stepped into the shoes of an agent. It might have made for a more dynamic, threatening episode.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three of us (appropriately!) watched it last night, one of us for the first time, and we agreed that it seemed quite slow most of the time. We did like the car though!

I'm sure the titles said Three Handed Game (without The and a hyphen), but even on the Avengers Forever website its called The Three-Handed Game. Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rhonda wrote:

I'm sure the titles said Three Handed Game (without The and a hyphen), but even on the Avengers Forever website its called The Three-Handed Game. Confused


You're visiting the wrong sites, mine gets it right. Wink

http://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/new-avengers/n11-three-handed-game.html
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