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1.02 - Gnaws

 
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Darren
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:20 am    Post subject: 1.02 - Gnaws Reply with quote

Written by Dennis Spooner
Directed by Ray Austin
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 for me
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

7 from me. Gnaws is nowhere near as bad as some people make out. It could have been slightly better. More menace in the sewers might have been achieved with a swarm of rats the size of dogs, rather than one rat the size of an elephant. Maybe if Clemens had borrowed a bit more liberally from the classic novel by James Herbert (The Rats) published a couple of years earlier, then this might have achieved more. Although not a classic, it's still a very good episode. Very happy to see someone has given this 10! Hands up whoever you are. Very Happy Rich.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

4.

Being so studio bound knocks it down one point below average for me.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickP wrote:
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Being so studio bound knocks it down one point below average for me.


Given that a lot of it's set in a sewer, I suspect the cast were quite happy it wasn't shot on location. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

8/10

It's a good fun, solid, very watchable episode for me. Some great humour for the leads (as always) and a good guest cast. Ray Austin does a decent job through the rat attacks don't always work well and the idea of the machine possibly doing the attacks doesn't sit with the reality of the sets and makes everyone look a bit daft.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10/10

This can be directly attributed to the genre of Horror - more than any other episode. When in 1997 I was asked in Russia if I could to show them something terrible in The Avengers - I demonstrated this episode. Well, many people doubted that they would see the horrors in The Avengers, but after watching - all were amazed.
In my opinion the episode made more interesting than for example the movie "Jaws". Yes, I compare with the classics. If the primary concern is the mechanism - to scare the viewer, then the first step is to create the necessary surroundings and frightening place of action.
The darkness? Sewage? The small amount of actors? Something more sinister? Right and everything is there. You will not carry it to the genre of Adventure as the film Jaws, here Chiller and cold on the skin.
Here, hunting is not a shark or Moby Dick - here real monster. This monster is so greedy that you start to worry about our heroes. Very Happy The actors show great fear - the fear of what is required for the genre. In the movie " Jaws " I have not seen such fear as in the eyes of Peter Cellier or Julian Holloway.
As a result, the authors achieve the desired effect, and I was grateful to them for the first viewing of the episode. Although it is not style TNA, however a large episode.
In Finland, it was released on license VHS together with the episode The Eagle's Nest.

http://declassified.theavengers.tv/wonders_fin_vhs.htm


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This episode was the favorite of my grand father! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Topaze wrote:
This episode was the favorite of my grand father! Very Happy
Interesting about your grandfather. Laughing I think it is an episode that people love or hate. I rather liked it myself although the rat did not look too realistic.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No where near as bad as it is made out to be, it's a nice tightly constructed story.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched this one again in the hopes that it wasn't as dire as it was on first viewing. I was disappointed.

The plot itself isn't so bad, and references a number of similar "giant animals" films made around the same period (The Attack of the Killer Shrews, Night of the Lepus, and of course Jaws). So as such, it had a chance to be satirical and tongue-in-cheek. But it's very plodding. The viewer knows what's happening almost from the first ten minutes, dissipating any suspense in terms of the mystery itself. Then we have some endless sequences of first Gambit, then Gambit and Purdey, and then everyone running around the sewers looking for something that we've already guessed at.

I'd imagine this is also one of the episodes Macnee could have pointed to as an example of his being "put out to pasture." He's relegated to hanging out at home until about the last fifteen minutes or so, and even when he gets moving he doesn't do much for the plot. Which could have worked fine (The Avengers often prized one character over another for an episode), if there was any actual tension in the story itself. Mostly it's just Gambit and Purdey running around some very darkly lit sewers making a bad pun every once in awhile. Even Purdey has a number of scenes of just rooting through files, which does not make for fascinating television.

I imagine this idea could have made for an interesting and diverting episode in Season 5 or 6, and would have been well-served by the bright "comic book" nature of both of those seasons to provide some parody. But in TNA, which is more realistic as a rule, it just seems kind of stupid. It's not even good B-horror.

(I don't know if this was the way the episode was shot or if I'm just watching a poor print, but it's a very murky and dark episode too. I couldn't see what was going on half the time.)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lhbizness wrote:

(I don't know if this was the way the episode was shot or if I'm just watching a poor print, but it's a very murky and dark episode too. I couldn't see what was going on half the time.)


Although it is a dark episode, a decent restoration would sort out the murky issues and bring up the details.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's one of the episodes that I remember particularly from my childhood. Almost simultaneously with this episode, DOCTOR WHO had done an episode where the lovely Leela had been menaced by an elephant sized rat (also in the London sewers!) and I recall thinking that TNA had done the whole thing more convincingly. Not the best of the show, but not the worst either. A good. mid-range episode. It has roots in the film era of the original show, but it's done with at least a toe-hold in reality. The villains are not diabolical masterminds, they're just greedy and careless. The decided lack of Macnee in this episode is rather annoying, but quite interesting. Rather like DIRTIER BY THE DOZEN you have to wonder whether this was written before everyone realised that Steed would have a larger share of the action...
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