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4.06 - The Cybernauts

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Little Wonder

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:07 pm    Post subject: 4.06 - The Cybernauts Reply with quote

Discuss, review and rate The Cybernauts, produced Saturday 2nd March 1965 to mid-March 1965.

Teleplay by Philip Levene
Directed by Sidney Hayers
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10/10! Of course Exclamation This is iconic television at it's best. Truly a little masterpiece. Wonderful idea and one that actually hasn't dated. Man is still constantly being replaced by computers and machinery. Beautifully filmed with superb set pieces, the monochrome only adding to the dark and surreal story it tells. (Can't believe someone gave this 3! I smell a rat. Someone on this forum clearly isn't a fan of the show.) Rich.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Rich says, pretty perfect: ideological debate, great mastermind, wonderful red herrings, iconic robots, what more do you want?
The Avengers: a product of the sixties and a timeless piece of sublime art
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gave 3
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear fans, for first time in English:

Review of artist Olga Svecharnik for episode The Cybernauts. Smile

(I certainly terrible translator, but it's better than online translators). Wink

The title of the episode demonstrates, who are opponent of the heroes, although the authors long kept the audience in suspense, not showing the face of a killer. Danger without face always seems worse because the source of the most horrible fears - our imagination. The atmosphere is heating up, there are more victims, the investigation leads Emma in karate school - and not just a school, one of the best ("How many professionals are able to inflict such a blow?" "Units". Comment of Denis: "here I posted Russian TV translation of dialog - specially for curiosity of fans"). Pay the attention to the first shots of "training room" scene: karatekas go straight at the viewer, and kind of blows them - viewer feels like a victim of the attack. And to what extent a strong fear is written on Emma's face when she suddenly discovers the karate woman behind her back, which in general does not threaten her. Emma is not timid, she is not always so frighten of unexpected meetings. We are pushed to the fact that in this place is the danger, and succumb to this ruse, though, we know - the killer - a robot, rather than karate.

Subject as East, Japan, organically linked with the martial arts and modern technology, contributes to the creation of a mysterious and disturbing atmosphere. Faced with a foreign culture, with an incomprehensible language, people subconsciously feels threatened. Scary masks, hanging on the wall in the Jeffcott's office, have nothing to do with his business.
But they pumped voltage. And when Jeffcott says "We have a lot of new projects", and behind him, mask of monster with horns and bulging eyes, could not help think - not included whether the killer robots in number of "new projects"?

Sensei reads Emma brief lecture, the meaning of which is to ensure that brute force is nothing compared to the spiritual discipline. Women are, in his opinion, it is difficult to compete with men in the power of the spirit and the ability to concentrate (yes, in the spirituality he denies the women because begins his tirade with "karate - it is not a sport" and offers fencing as a "female" occupation). Emma's reaction to his insults delights, all women should she learn - she's so sure of herself that does not go to the dispute. When Sensei calls Emma "stupid", in her eyes, she did not respond, because it's beneath her dignity. In a fight Emma is calmer than her "unwavering" rival. And, of course, wins.

When we finally meet with the organizer of the crime, it is a controversial personality. Brilliant scientist injured in collision with the bureaucracy of the Ministry of Defense. We meet a lot of similar characters in later action films (such as Dane from the movie "Under Siege 2" - a scientist who seized a military satellite, is terrorizing the whole world). Nevertheless, it is interesting that Dr. Armstrong has always shows himself as a villain. Colleague of Steed says about him: "He liked to create, not destroy". In this criminal is a lot of unexpected human traits, he applies to robots as to their children (otherwise what's the sense to shout to fighting cybernauts: "Stop! Stop!" - As if they suddenly hear it and senses. This is not a reaction of a reasonable person, but a cry from the heart).
The fact that he uses a wheelchair, emphasizes the basic idea of the authors: physical force - nothing, concentration and courage - all this does not make sense if there is not intellect. Therefore, even the most powerful karate with all its spiritual discipline can not resist him.

Technological advances have added to the set of the usual human fears another - fear to the heartless machine, which is hostile to people, and is capable of destroying.
Psychologists advise people to laugh at their fears. Those who see the monsters in the nightmares, it is recommended to imagine how these monsters mistakenly attack each other or in a panic run away from each other. That's what a scene in which two robots overwhelm each other. The mask on the wall ceases to terrify after Steed puts it on the face. "The Cybernauts" - a story about overcoming fears and victory of human origin.

Steed and Emma are winning brilliant scientist and his perfect machines, but not only because on their party strength, concentration and intelligence - also the good. Nightmares should disappear. And what cybernauts? They were finally not terrible. And the killer's face - clumsy mask with big puppet eyes. Scary fantasy about ruthless robots vanished, and enough only a touch of finger to evil, to win...

Olga took part in the book Avengerworld with essay "The Tale of the Other Olga".

I wish nice reading to you, dear fans. Smile
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The Bird Who Wrote Too Much

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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mask on the wall ceases to terrify after Steed puts it on the face. "The Cybernauts" - a story about overcoming fears and victory of human origin."

Very interesting thought Denis. I think this theme was in many episodes. Venus with Love showed people feared invasion from another planet only to find a mad scientist fooling everyone into thinking that. You have defined what made TA brilliant!
"He likes his tea stirred anti-clockwise."
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This episode was absolutely terrific.

We've got one in a long collection of disgruntled scientists (or businessmen) turning to "evil". The storyline was really interesting and very well done. The slashing sound of the cybernaut is known to all Avenger fans.

We have the all-time FUNNIEST line in all of the Avengers episodes (Steed holding the shotgun unusually bent upwards): "Anywhere you aim, you hit the chandelier." I mean, come on, LOLOL! Wink

We have Steed showing his internal youth by running his umbrella around the wall of the elevator, and then we see him later disagreeing with Armstrong, figuring out the buttons on his chair, and escaping. In the meantime, we start seeing Emma Peel's real emotions for Steed being visible, as time ticks away, which the audience feels with her, her anxiety for Steed is clear.

We then see Steed's endless street smarts as he gets the pen from Emma and puts it in the pocket of the cybernaut, winding up destroying both of them and Armstrong.

This is just rock solid good TV! One of the best episodes ever!
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