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1.11 - Sleeper

 
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Darren
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:19 am    Post subject: 1.11 - Sleeper Reply with quote

Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Graeme Clifford
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

9 for me
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10/10. My second fave after Target. Similarities obviously to The morning after, but Sleeper is even better! Rich.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

9.

OK so it's a bit of a second-hand plot but very well done and lots of location work.

(Freewheelers had more recognisable London landmarks (The Mall and Trafalgar Square) but that was easier to achieve a decade earlier).
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that the plot was kind of second hand. but I gave it a 10 because it was so well orchestrated. Purdey running around in her PJ's was hilarious. And I really liked the fact that Purdey played the part as an adventure rather than grave threat lke the previous Avenger girls might have. Loved the scene with her pants falling down. And thought it was funny she was trying to be a model in a store window when she was a model I believe before becoming an actress.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anti-clockwise wrote:
Loved the scene with her pants falling down. And thought it was funny she was trying to be a model in a store window when she was a model I believe before becoming an actress.


My very favourite scene in Sleeper! Joanna looked incredibly like a mannequin. Brian Clemens has often said they borrowed from everywhere in The Avengers, and I located the inspiration for this scene a few months ago when I rewatched The Omega man, a brilliant thriller with Charlton Heston. In the scene where Heston enters the deserted department store he hears a noise and turns around. All he can see are the mannequins he passed earlier.....SPOILER ALERT! You'll have to watch the movie, but I think Clemens borrowed this scene for Sleeper and added a good dose of humour too!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickP wrote:
Freewheelers had more recognisable London landmarks (The Mall and Trafalgar Square) but that was easier to achieve a decade earlier.

... especially with a maverick producer / director who, despite failing to get the necessary clearances, pressed ahead with a dawn shoot before anyone could stop him!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10/10

One of the best. A really great all location episode. All Lumley's sequences are the best as she gets some fun action as well as humour (my Mum and Dad remember the scene of her pretending to be a mannequin and her trousers keep falling down) - I love that long running shot that just keeps going, I hope they didn't need a retake. Effective direction.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's one of the very best in the two mini-seasons, atmospheric and cleverly crafted with plenty of fun and a dramatic undercurrent.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purdey's p.j.'s very Eastern! Kung Fu influence here maybe Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm beginning to think that much of TNA improves on multiple viewings. Sleeper was one that I wasn't too fond of initially and now enjoy a great deal. It overcomes a slight issue with pacing by some very good set pieces (such as Purdey's mannequin scene and subsequent fight), and a serviceable plot. I particularly like the opportunity for Steed and Gambit to bond, even if it is a touch short-lived.

There's a bit too much running, jumping, standing still, and one too many short scenes concerning what the baddies are up to - we already know, and we do not need multiple sequences of blowing up banks. Could have been improved with a bit more mystery for the viewer, who is once more privy to just about everything, even if the heroes aren't (another persistent issue in TNA). However, the characters are so charming here that it's a minor problem.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it feels a bit like there's a layer missing. The baddies who are blowing up the bank consist of one or two masterminds and a ton of hired heavies (ill-disciplined, some of them, though their drunken trigger-happy revelry is rather charmingly na´ve with just a few broken bottles of stolen drinks to show their villainy). We also get some uniformed policemen, breaking the Avengers 'reality intrusion' rules.

If the two geniuses in charge of the heavies had actually used them as unwitting help with another theft/sabotage, something more important than money, and had duped them regarding the nature of the real theft or sabotage (and the cleverer heavies worked it out) we might've got more going on. Or maybe I've just been spoiled by "The Morning After".

As it is, "Sleeper" looks beautiful and has some engaging set pieces, but the pacing and plot just stalls at regular intervals. If it had been a Professionals episode it would've been a standout, but as an Avengers story it's not deep or weird enough. I still enjoy it though, thanks only to the three regulars whose chemistry saves it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shaunodan wrote:
Purdey's p.j.'s very Eastern! Kung Fu influence here maybe Smile
Indeed. I always see her in silk, which is very oriental in itself.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Wegg wrote:
NickP wrote:
Freewheelers had more recognisable London landmarks (The Mall and Trafalgar Square) but that was easier to achieve a decade earlier.

... especially with a maverick producer / director who, despite failing to get the necessary clearances, pressed ahead with a dawn shoot before anyone could stop him!
Paddy Russell did the same for the deserted London shots in her Dr Who story in 1973. Naughty! I think maybe the Tom Baker story in Paris had similar guerrilla filming - there it was crowded streets, done with a long lens. The French authorities probably have a more laissez-faire attitude anyway (a better sense of perspective!).
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