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6.16 - Legacy of Death

 
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peabody
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:41 am    Post subject: 6.16 - Legacy of Death Reply with quote

Discuss, review and rate Legacy of Death.

Written by Terry Nation
Directed by Don Chaffey
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm surprised that I'm going to be the first to post a comment on this one, but alrighty.

The Good:The plot is excellent fun, with all the bodies piling up. A bevy of references to film noir and those crazy Oriental-themed 1930/40s detective stories abound, with the team of Stratford Johns and Ronald Lacey doing excellent impressions of Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. I was equally pleased and surprised to see Ferdy Mayne pop up, albeit for far too short a time. The whole plot is delightfully bizarre and ridiculous. Steed's somewhat serious and slightly befuddled attitude as various men step into his apartment just be killed keeps everything nicely grounded. The rather kinky aspects of "Chinese water/tickle torture" aren't overdone.

The Bad: It never adds up to more than a sum of its parts. There's no central mystery - at least, not for the viewer. The pastiche element, while fun, means that the climax feels a tad forced and just a little perfunctory. There is little tension to keep things moving along, as the whole episode depends more on a meta-awareness of the parody than on actually keeping the stakes high. Macnee seems to be lacking energy, or at least his performance has little humor, and sorry, but Thorson is not a good enough comedian to carry it by herself - nor is she even given much opportunity to do so. The comedy rests solely on the shoulders of the secondary characters, who do pretty well but cannot keep one interested for an entire episode of The Avengers.

On the whole, I liked Legacy of Death just for the cinephile inside of me, and the really enjoyable secondary performances.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steed playing it so straight makes for the funniest moment of the episode for me.

When Sidney Street is wallowing in his fake story about his Aunt and he reaches the bit when the small boy his hair blowing in the wind has the dagger in his hand and..

Steed: He stabs her.

LOL
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 from me. Like Stratford-Johns character. 'The line that never was' : "Why Steed give old Gorky plastic cup?" Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel this episode, with it's sense of fun and magnificent cast, should have been extra special. But in the end was rather ho-hum. Actually dropping off at one point, having to rewind and watch again.

Lovely set design, nice premise, shame they had to get out the chloroform on poor Tara again!

My favourite scene was when steed went to the solicitors and paraded past the desks of the deceased partners, garlanded with flower memorials. Plus the mountains of rolled up case histories.

6 out of 10
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brigadier Q wrote:
I feel this episode, with it's sense of fun and magnificent cast, should have been extra special. But in the end was rather ho-hum. Actually dropping off at one point, having to rewind and watch again.

Lovely set design, nice premise, shame they had to get out the chloroform on poor Tara again!

My favourite scene was when steed went to the solicitors and paraded past the desks of the deceased partners, garlanded with flower memorials. Plus the mountains of rolled up case histories.

6 out of 10
Yes Dickens, Dickens, Dickens, Dickens, and Dickens. I rather enjoyed this one as well. It is also a pun on Victorian law in England full of useless ceremonies. It's a gem. Then the cherry picker arrives and shoots him dead ending. Sort of the last of the Victorian age attorney. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brigadier Q wrote:
I feel this episode, with it's sense of fun and magnificent cast, should have been extra special. But in the end was rather ho-hum. Actually dropping off at one point, having to rewind and watch again.

Lovely set design, nice premise, shame they had to get out the chloroform on poor Tara again!
Bit of a hangover from Emma Peel always being tied up.
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