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1.20 - Tunnel of Fear

 
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Darren
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:46 pm    Post subject: 1.20 - Tunnel of Fear Reply with quote

Written by John Kruse

Directed by Guy Verney

Production Completed: Thursday 3rd August 1961
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll leave off a score until I'm more familiar with the episode.

I've just finished watching the new dvd release.

It's so wonderful to finally see this episode and it delivers for me.

I always knew this would be a good one as the fairground setting is such an Avengers location and Steed looking getting to be a showman and look after a troupe of female dancers was always going to be fun.

Patrick Macnee obviously had lots of fun doing this episode. I'm not sure what accent he's going for with the announcements but it made me laugh. His early performances are so spirited and full of energy - he seems so much calmer and laid back by the end of the show.

Ian Hendry is so much more contained by comparison but he's still just as enjoyable to watch. I laughed at his response to the fortune teller pocketing his money. He's a very likeable performer.

It's lovely to see more of Carol. Keel tries to send her home at the beginning but she totally ignores him and just helps anyway.

Watching the three performers just makes you long for more series one to make a surprise resurfacing. And of course One-Ten is thrown in for good measure and get to provide some humour by dog sitting Juno (a gorgeous dog - such a shame...).

The more season one episodes I see, the more I prefer them to season two. The level of energy and pace is just so much more consistent. They never seem to hit a lull. The vibrancy is there throughout. It must be a credit to either the actors thrashing out the script or maybe John Bryce as script editor.

Whilst director Peter Hammond will always be one go to for the best - one off director Guy Verney certainly contributes a lot to the episode. It's a shame he didn't do more episodes as he really keeps the energy going. There's a lot of movement to the cameras. Terry Green and James Goddard's set design is wonderful, a lot of visual interest.

Yes, a strong, fun episode that doesn't disappoint.
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Ian Wegg
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Works for me too. I agree with most of the points above, and have to say I also enjoyed this more than most of the series 2 episodes I've seen.

I thought the screaming girls were a bit over the top.

8/10
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MasterMind
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
The more season one episodes I see, the more I prefer them to season two. The level of energy and pace is just so much more consistent. They never seem to hit a lull. The vibrancy is there throughout. It must be a credit to either the actors thrashing out the script or maybe John Bryce as script editor.


I dunno. I'm not sure how you can make a blanket statement about 1 as a whole on the basis of what, three episodes? compared to the 40-something of 2 and 3.

I mean, it's absolutely great that "Tunnel of Fear" is such a terrific story with good direction and fine performances, but I'm not sure you can extrapolate about the whole rest of the season based solely on that and the not-even-handful of other eps that survive.

I'm totally willing to concede the possibility that 1 was better in some ways, but I'm not sure the evidence is there in sufficient quantity for an informed judgement on that.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The episode really didn't kick in for me until the interrogation scene, roughly 37 minutes into it. I thought Harry's mother had far too much dialogue and screen time. I think "The Frighteners" is an absolutely GREAT episode, with fabulous guest actors and razor-sharp dialogue, but "Tunnel Of Fear" doesn't match up IMHO.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We just published our review (four stars) on Tunnel of fear, as well as additional trivia around the episode :
http://lemondedesavengers.fr/chapeau-melon-bottes-de-cuir/saisons/saison-1/the-tunnel-of-fear
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another review of "Tunnel" that I cross-posted on my Avengers blog: https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/the-avengers-tunnel-of-fear/[/url]
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