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2.08 - The Decapod

 
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Rhonda
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:45 am    Post subject: 2.08 - The Decapod Reply with quote

Venus Smith epsiode, UK 13 October 1962

It's my favourite of hers; 8/10.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's my review from years back. I was unnecessarily harsh - I can enjoy this episode now. 7/10.

http://www.theavengers.tv/forever/gale1-3vr.htm


The Avenged?: The Avengers' first nude! It is startling that that shower shot was allowed in 1962.

Diabolical Masterminds?: No. He's a wrestler, and approaches embezzlement with a wrestler's subtlety, i.e. none.

The Avengers?: Venus' songs are excruciating, but she's not a bad singer, just unsuited to them. She's a right misery, perhaps not surprisingly the way Steed uses her. Philip Madoc is amusingly sinister, as ever, and gratifyingly always one step ahead of Steed and Borb.

Umbrella, Charm and a Bowler Hat?: With Steed's slapping of the waitress' posterior, Stepan's procurement of 'private secretaries', and Borb groping Venus every chance he gets, this has to be the sleaziest yet.

Bizarre?: Patrick Macnee clearly not a stuntman is on the receiving end of a prodigious throw in the wrestling ring. Everyone talks so fast they practically gabble. Steed's description of a decapod is practically unintelligible!

On Target? (Score): It all rather fizzles out. By Venus's second song I was consulting my wristwatch. One bowler (out of four) on a good day. Bring back Cathy now!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7/10

What impresses me about The Decapod is the quality of the set design. The boxing arena is sooo convincing. And it's perfectly directed by Don Leaver. You really see how unsuitable Kim Mills work was when you see how controlled and precise Leaver's work is. I'm full of admiration for him.

In terms of the plot, it's a story that finishes and I'm not quite sure what has happened. All the disguises with the wrestlers loses me. But I just enjoy the whole set up.

I love Venus Smith and her reactions to Yakob Borb and his body guards. Julie Stevens possibly wasn't the best casting choice (Angela Douglas would have done better with the songs at least) but she carries it through with such charm and likeability. Having been introduced to her through the John Bryce reinvention, I can't quite take the big hair and glitter style.

Philip Madoc is always good value as a bad guy.

It's not an episode where I can readily remember the plot but it's watchable.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I rewatched this one a few months ago and the sets are magnificient, and what the director does with the unwieldy pedestal cameras is remarkable. Compared to other early 60s studio drama you can tell why the Avengers was already seen as very stylish.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked seeing Julie Stevens introducting the episode on the UK DVD release a couple of years ago. She finished by saying she hoped we would enjoy it; it's well rated so far!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My grandson is a big fan of the new Disney film Moana which asks the audience to look up what a Decapod is, and we did. I realised I never really knew, and am still wondering, why this epsiode has this title!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see it literally means 'ten-footed' - is it meant as a play on words as in 10 foot for the wrestler meaning he has huge stature and a force to be reckoned with..?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The wrestler is seen when the title comes up so it seems very likely.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
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I love Venus Smith and her reactions to Yakob Borb and his body guards. Julie Stevens possibly wasn't the best casting choice (Angela Douglas would have done better with the songs at least) but she carries it through with such charm and likeability. Having been introduced to her through the John Bryce reinvention, I can't quite take the big hair and glitter style....

I like the 1940's Duke Ellington song 'I got it bad' as sung by Julie Steven's better than the Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone versions - I really mean it!
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