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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:00 pm    Post subject: Adventure & Comic Strip: Tara King's The Avengers Reply with quote

With two weeks half term arriving I have decided to plough straight on to the Tara King era. My approach will be very different this time around, covering all 33 episodes, rather than a selection. This will be a longer book than the others but the challenge to myself is to finish it in January. Just rewatched The Curious Case of the Countless Clues. What a superb episode that is!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is not much time. I am glad you are doing all the episodes. Since there was only a year and the year was so erratic. Please keep us informed. Countless Clues was a great episode.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

there is definitely more variety in this - as you rightly call it - 'erratic' season than there was in the colour Rigg era.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto on Curious Case being a great episode. I suspect that Clemens added the Arthur Doyle character in his rewrites when he and Fennell arrived back on set to take over. It's a very dark episode and that makes the villains comeuppance even greater (for an invalid, Tara does a grand job:)). This episode would be absolutely perfect with a more Avengerish director as Don Sharp doesn't really have much style - but he gets lots of tension out of the bad guys getting into Tara's home.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
Ditto on Curious Case being a great episode. I suspect that Clemens added the Arthur Doyle character in his rewrites when he and Fennell arrived back on set to take over. It's a very dark episode and that makes the villains comeuppance even greater (for an invalid, Tara does a grand job:)). This episode would be absolutely perfect with a more Avengerish director as Don Sharp doesn't really have much style - but he gets lots of tension out of the bad guys getting into Tara's home.



mixed feelings about this one...still...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
Ditto on Curious Case being a great episode. I suspect that Clemens added the Arthur Doyle character in his rewrites when he and Fennell arrived back on set to take over. It's a very dark episode and that makes the villains comeuppance even greater (for an invalid, Tara does a grand job:)). This episode would be absolutely perfect with a more Avengerish director as Don Sharp doesn't really have much style - but he gets lots of tension out of the bad guys getting into Tara's home.
The Arthur Doyle character is the weakest link, for me. The hint of Steed's old flame is an interesting alleyway they never went down.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, over a hundred hours spent watching, rewatching and freeze framing the 33 episodes later, the book is complete. The last few weeks have been a revelation for me. Despite the presence of a handful of poor episodes, this Season 6 is so much better than Peel in colour. Stay Tuned and Take-Over had always been favourites of mine but The Curious Case of the Countless Clues, Requiem, They Keep Killing Steed and Noon Doomsday are all wonderful and there are many other outstanding episodes. The book is out on Friday and I hope that people will buy it, read it, enjoy it and offer feedback. All 33 episodes are dealt with in seperate chapters and there is a wonderful Jaz cover. Available on Amazon.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rodders wrote:
Well, over a hundred hours spent watching, rewatching and freeze framing the 33 episodes later, the book is complete. The last few weeks have been a revelation for me. Despite the presence of a handful of poor episodes, this Season 6 is so much better than Peel in colour. Stay Tuned and Take-Over had always been favourites of mine but The Curious Case of the Countless Clues, Requiem, They Keep Killing Steed and Noon Doomsday are all wonderful and there are many other outstanding episodes. The book is out on Friday and I hope that people will buy it, read it, enjoy it and offer feedback. All 33 episodes are dealt with in seperate chapters and there is a wonderful Jaz cover. Available on Amazon.
Brilliant Rodney. I can't believe how quickly you generate books.
On the side, I thought I read somewhere here that your dad was not crazy about the show's writing in the later years? I may have misunderstood but was just curious.
I had the same experience you are describing. I have been rewatching Tara again and have been so impressed with both the writing of these episodes as well as her as an actress. Congrats again!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my dad preferred the Avengers when it was less surreal and extreme, although he has never watched any Season 6 episodes. I should introduce him to some. He'd probably enjoy some of them.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rodders wrote:
Well, over a hundred hours spent watching, rewatching and freeze framing the 33 episodes later, the book is complete. The last few weeks have been a revelation for me. Despite the presence of a handful of poor episodes, this Season 6 is so much better than Peel in colour. Stay Tuned and Take-Over had always been favourites of mine but The Curious Case of the Countless Clues, Requiem, They Keep Killing Steed and Noon Doomsday are all wonderful and there are many other outstanding episodes.
Welcome to the dark side!!!

There's no doubt in my mind that Tara's season is the best of the colour ones. Parts of the first season of The New Avengers come close, but it's not as consistent.

Congratulations on completing the book! I'll be dropping big hints to the missus for an early Xmas pressie!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Book is available now, ahead of schedule, on Amazon. Sometimes, it's good to be on the dark side, Frank.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rodders wrote:
my dad preferred the Avengers when it was less surreal and extreme, although he has never watched any Season 6 episodes. I should introduce him to some. He'd probably enjoy some of them.
Never seen season 6? Shocked

Well maybe he did not want to see TA after he left. Probably changed too much for his taste. But boy what he is missing. I suppose he never saw TNA either?

Hopefully if he reads your book he will. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm making him watch one of each next weekend!
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Rodders wrote:
I'm making him watch one of each next weekend!
how exciting. You must tell us his impressions both good and bad. We eagerly await. Somehow I have a feeling he is not going to like it. But please let us know. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He'll like Take-Over I would imagine, but The Morning After and Sleeper he will probably accuse BC of stealing the idea from The Hour That Never Was.
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Never thought of that. But then again a town being asleep or desolate has been on the Twilight Zone I think before The Avengers.
But then again what's wrong with getting ideas from it? With Sleeper it was extremely well executed even if the story was not, I suppose as you say, completely original.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which episodes are you going to have your father watch, Rodney?
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I bet he'll show him sleeper.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take-Over, Sleeper, The Morning After
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rodders wrote:
Take-Over, Sleeper, The Morning After


All excellent choices. Take-Over in particular is absolutely masterful. The Avengers does body horror, and it executes it perfectly.
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