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6.05 - Get-A-Way!

 
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peabody
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:58 am    Post subject: 6.05 - Get-A-Way! Reply with quote

Discuss, review and rate Get-A-Way!.

Written by Philip Levene
Directed by Don Sharp
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Darren
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a grower for me. I wasn't impressed the first time and whilst it isn't perfect, there are quite a few aspect that impress.

Steed's relationship with his two colleagues is given real weight and depth. It's not treated glibly. Steed is shown to actually be moved by what they mean to him. Steed isn't as detached as normal.

Steed's connection to Ezdorf allows for some strong scenes. Macnee and Bowles play off one another so well:

Ezdorf: You have killed - I have killed.
Steed: No, there's a difference. I kill when I have to. You, because you enjoy it.

Bowles is always a great addition to the cast and he never disappoints. He really comes over as Steed's equal.

The Prison/Monastry setting is a lovely idea with the warders wearing habits. It's a really good set.

Don Sharp is not a stylish director but he's pretty good on the dramatic, he draws out the tension really well. It's probably his best one and he improved as he went along. I can see some of John Hough's hand on the second unit location work.

The red paint spewing under the door of Paul Ryder's flat after he gets shot. It's a show that never showed blood but this is wonderfully invent way of doing it and later with the foot print from the unseen murderer.

Philip Levene clearly had so much more to give that it's a shame he and Clemens apparently fell out.

Johnson's score is fittingly atmospheric.

This episode has the famous Linda knickers showing moment in the tag - where she was halled before a board of executives as they discussed it and Macnee jumped to her cause saying she was never to go to those meetings without him again.

The episodes weak point is probably the method of escape. For such a serious, straight episode, it's just a bit too outlandish. In season 5 it would probably fit right in but it's just a bit too silly. It's a nice idea but not very practical (one of the Monk extras runs into the spot where Rostov is standing).

7/10
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

6 from me. Like Steed's victory.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is one of the episodes that made an impression on me on the original broadcast; the concept of invisibility was very exciting to the pre-teen me. One of the opening scenes with the monks chasing the escaping agent into an apparently empty dead-end reminded me a lot of an episode of the BBC comedy All Gas and Gaiters in which Patrick Newell plays a ghost who disappears through a cathedral wall. The visual effects in both cases were unremarkable by today's standards but half a century ago certainly got us all buzzing in the school playground.

Great to see this again and as good as I remembered. I can't quite call this my favourite but nearly there.

9/10
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