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2.10 - Complex

 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:37 am    Post subject: 2.10 - Complex Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

8 for me
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best of the 'overseas' episodes for me and one that stands out from viewing on initial broadcast in 1977.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The second best overseas episode, after Forward base. Complex is good, but doesn't quite live up to Killer which it is clearly influenced by. Rich.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was a really bizarre one for me. I could accept the rats and metal men but a killer building is a bit more than I can handle. Gambit had some good parts getting thrown into jail. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This was a really bizarre one for me. I could accept the rats and metal men but a killer building is a bit more than I can handle. Gambit had some good parts getting thrown into jail. Laughing


The killer building premise was well-loved in Avengerland--Complex puts a spin on what had already gone before in The House that Jack Built and Killer, though it's not quite up to the level of either. Not terrible, just a middle of the road effort. I do get a giggle out of the cop telling Gambit that if he dressed more like Steed, he'd believe he was a spy. There's a great reaction from Steed in the foreground where you can tell he's trying to work out whether that's meant to be a compliment or not. Laughing

I actually had the opportunity to go and visit the killer building a few weeks back. When I have more time to post properly, I'll tell you about it. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The killer building. how cool. please do tell. And where is it in Canada Timeless? I hope you didn't go inside. Or if you did, you brought a match.
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The killer building. how cool. please do tell. And where is it in Canada Timeless? I hope you didn't go inside. Or if you did, you brought a match.
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The killer building. how cool. please do tell. And where is it in Canada Timeless? I hope you didn't go inside. Or if you did, you brought a match.


It's in Toronto, the heart of Canadian Avengerland. I took pictures. Cool I'll post about it when I have more time, but I'm still alive, so obviously I didn't go inside. Wink
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anti-clockwise wrote:
The killer building. how cool. please do tell. And where is it in Canada Timeless? I hope you didn't go inside. Or if you did, you brought a match.


It's in Toronto, the heart of Canadian Avengerland. I took pictures. Cool I'll post about it when I have more time, but I'm still alive, so obviously I didn't go inside. Wink


Been awhile since I wrote this post, I know, but things have been crazy, and I've only just gotten a chance to download the photos. Cool

Anyway, back in September I was lucky enough to go on a (very) quick jaunt to Canadian Avengerland a.k.a. Toronto to see the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (now finished and moving on to its next stop, alas). Having spent the morning gawking at everything from Bowie's Ashes to Ashes Pierrot costume to his cocaine spoon (apparently there actually is such a thing as cocaine spoons. Who knew?), I decided to toddle over and visit the killer building from Complex. It's only a few blocks away from the AGO on Dundas to the building on University Ave, so it was an easy walk (so there was a nice critical mass of the seventies in there Wink ).

The Complex building is at 393 University, and was supposed to be doubling for Canadian intelligence, though it's always been an office building. Nowadays it houses sinister organisations such as Manulife Financial and the Canadian Breast Cancer Association. Laughing It looks roughly the same, enough to be recognisable. I hardly ever get to visit Avengers locations, so this was fun. I looked up at the windows, but didn't see anyone getting dumped out just before they could reveal the identity of Scapina. Wink I thought I'd share a couple of pictures in case anyone wants to know what it looks like nowadays.




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic pictures. Good to see the places weren't trashed by the events of '77! It sounds like the Bowie expo was fun. Presumably the cocaine spoon was an advance upon the absinthe spoon!
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Frankymole wrote:
Fantastic pictures. Good to see the places weren't trashed by the events of '77! It sounds like the Bowie expo was fun. Presumably the cocaine spoon was an advance upon the absinthe spoon!


Thanks! It was a kick to wander around where Gareth and Joanna and Patrick were. I don't get to Toronto often, so I thought I'd try and see something. Cool

The Bowie exhibit was very fun. It's a pared-down version of the V&A exhibit that was in London over the summer, but there's still a ton of stuff in it. The cocaine spoon could quite easily be related to the absinthe spoon--I'm not really up on these things. Laughing It was extremely tiny, though, and attached to a little a chain. Apparently Bowie used it just before he went onstage. This was before he went to Berlin to get clean, obviously.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timeless thank you so much for the great pics and glad you enjoyed the Bowie exhibit. You are so right the building looks the same. Wow. Did you have a lot of images of the episode as you passed it by? Did it talk to you? Laughing
Just be glad you were unscathed after seeing the building and Bowie in one day.
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anti-clockwise wrote:
Timeless thank you so much for the great pics and glad you enjoyed the Bowie exhibit. You are so right the building looks the same. Wow. Did you have a lot of images of the episode as you passed it by? Did it talk to you? Laughing
Just be glad you were unscathed after seeing the building and Bowie in one day.


You're very welcome. Very Happy It was a good day all around. It did call to mind the bit near the end when Steed and Gambit pull up in front, and have a fit when they realise that Purdey's stuck inside, mainly because that scene was shot right out there on the sidewalk in front, and I could see roughly where they would have parked. So yeah, that was pretty neat. Smile

And yes, I was lucky to get away unscathed. The Manulife Financial people must have deactivated the computer brain. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the pictures from me too, and a good advert for Canada with the blue sky. In the episodes it was often sunny too but I seem to remember sometimes windy!
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Thanks for the pictures from me too, and a good advert for Canada with the blue sky. In the episodes it was often sunny too but I seem to remember sometimes windy!


You're very welcome! Very Happy And yes, it was a gorgeous day, very sunny and bright. I'd forgotten just how humid and warm Toronto is in the summer and fall. I was in a t-shirt and I was boiling! Cool
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Timeless A-Peel wrote:
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anti-clockwise wrote:
The killer building. how cool. please do tell. And where is it in Canada Timeless? I hope you didn't go inside. Or if you did, you brought a match.


It's in Toronto, the heart of Canadian Avengerland. I took pictures. Cool I'll post about it when I have more time, but I'm still alive, so obviously I didn't go inside. Wink


Been awhile since I wrote this post, I know, but things have been crazy, and I've only just gotten a chance to download the photos. Cool

Anyway, back in September I was lucky enough to go on a (very) quick jaunt to Canadian Avengerland a.k.a. Toronto to see the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (now finished and moving on to its next stop, alas). Having spent the morning gawking at everything from Bowie's Ashes to Ashes Pierrot costume to his cocaine spoon (apparently there actually is such a thing as cocaine spoons. Who knew?), I decided to toddle over and visit the killer building from Complex. It's only a few blocks away from the AGO on Dundas to the building on University Ave, so it was an easy walk (so there was a nice critical mass of the seventies in there Wink ).

The Complex building is at 393 University, and was supposed to be doubling for Canadian intelligence, though it's always been an office building. Nowadays it houses sinister organisations such as Manulife Financial and the Canadian Breast Cancer Association. Laughing It looks roughly the same, enough to be recognisable. I hardly ever get to visit Avengers locations, so this was fun. I looked up at the windows, but didn't see anyone getting dumped out just before they could reveal the identity of Scapina. Wink I thought I'd share a couple of pictures in case anyone wants to know what it looks like nowadays.





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