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6.03 - The Curious Case of the Countless Clues

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:03 am    Post subject: 6.03 - The Curious Case of the Countless Clues Reply with quote

Discuss, review and rate The Curious Case of the Countless Clues.

Written by Philip Levene
Directed by Don Sharp
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Darren
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was the episode that Clemens and Fennell returned on, Clemens made some quick rewrites.

I think in terms of script it's one of Philip Levene's absolute best. It has such a perfect opening scene. Two seeming police detectives investigate the scene of a crime and check the clues, a man enters and asks what's going on and who has been murdered. He is told that it's him and gets shot, falling neatly into the outline on the floor.

It's such an intriguing set up. Anthony Bate (died last year aged 84) and Kenneth Cope make such great bad guys and they feel unstoppable; they're real opponents for Steed and Tara.

It's got a very good guest cast including the wonderful Peter Jones as Sir Arthur Doyle complete with cape and deerstalker (that must be a Clemens addition). Edward De Souza is always excellent in everything I've seen him in. You really feel for Flanders being blackmailed. It has almost Avengers girl Tracey Reed as his sister, an old ex of Steeds. And George A Cooper, a man who always looked the same through his whole acting career. There's even a young Tony Selby.

While Steed does all the leg work, Tara is prevented by her skiing injury but that doesn't hold her back. Her injury allows for some of the tensest moments in the whole series as she races to lock her doors. She's all set up to be the next victim only to use every household item at her disposal and what a great fight ensues. It's brilliantly topped off with Steed entering the disarray to find Tara flicking through a magazine - that's sooo Avengerish.

With such a good script and cast it's a shame that the episode doesn't shine more. Sadly it's due to some particularly awful set design and just very average direction from Don Sharp has a no Avengers style. This script directed by Robert Fuest could have given us another Take Over. Also Johnson's music doesn't work for me, a bit too marimba based.

8/10
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mariocki
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love this one - a typical Avengers story, if there is such a thing.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 from me. Like the 'Sherlock Holmes' chappy.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A perfect 10. Loved this one.
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