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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:23 pm    Post subject: Latest episode you've seen.. Reply with quote

So what is the latest episode you've watched lately? Admitedly, I haven't watched anything since I discovered TNA...well, that's not exactly true. Die hard Tara fan that I am, I did watch The Interrigators a couple of weeks ago, looking for some inspiration for a work in progress that has alluded me for the past four months.

My next goal is to start watching the Cathy Gale series, something I've never, or at least can't remember ever seeing, though looking through some photos, there is a niggling sense of familiarity about them. I don't know if the Gale series was ever shown in the US during the sixties but if it was shown during the early seventies, then there might have been a slight chance of me seeing some of the episodes while I was layed up with a fractured spine for nearly two months.

Anyway, what have you seen lately?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just this very night, about half an hour ago in fact, I watched They Keep Killing Steed, whilst not being an absolute favourite I do enjoy this episode.

Although of course it doesn't warrant too close an inspection logic wise.

Half a dozen face changing masks for the foriegn agents............ ok..... but where did all the Steed identity cards come from when, we are led to assume that Arcos only intended there to be one fake Steed.

Another thing I've always found slightly puzzling in this episode is why do the security guards at the disarmament confrerence, particularly the main guy who welcomes the delegates, let 6 Steeds in?

He's either blind, stupid or has the memory of a goldfish, I suppose the real explanation is that he's in the employ of the villains but this is never made clear in the story and wouldn't explain away the armed guards at the entrance either.

Another question I should now ask myself is why am I trying to intellectualise and analyse a story about a lot of identical Bowler hatted super agents running around a stately home in Hertfordshire while a nutter in an underground bunker situated in a quarry with an old London Taxi as an entry point plans to destabilise world piece by putting a (very obvious) red explosive button in a gavel.

I think it's time for bed.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Gaslight Ghoul wrote:
Just this very night, about half an hour ago in fact, I watched They Keep Killing Steed, whilst not being an absolute favourite I do enjoy this episode.

Although of course it doesn't warrant too close an inspection logic wise.

Half a dozen face changing masks for the foriegn agents............ ok..... but where did all the Steed identity cards come from when, we are led to assume that Arcos only intended there to be one fake Steed.

Another thing I've always found slightly puzzling in this episode is why do the security guards at the disarmament confrerence, particularly the main guy who welcomes the delegates, let 6 Steeds in?

He's either blind, stupid or has the memory of a goldfish, I suppose the real explanation is that he's in the employ of the villains but this is never made clear in the story and wouldn't explain away the armed guards at the entrance either.

Another question I should now ask myself is why am I trying to intellectualise and analyse a story about a lot of identical Bowler hatted super agents running around a stately home in Hertfordshire while a nutter in an underground bunker situated in a quarry with an old London Taxi as an entry point plans to destabilise world piece by putting a (very obvious) red explosive button in a gavel.

I think it's time for bed.
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You made some great points there Gaslight. I too had wondered why security didn't notice six Steed's entering the place. I hadn't thought about the cards though! Like you, this is not exactly at the top of my list, but it is a very watchable episode.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

About the ID cards, I always figured that whoever had the serum distributed did the IDs as well. And I think there were multiple entrances with multiple guards, weren't there, such that Steed wouldn't be passing the same guy six times? But I haven't seen it in ages, so I could be dead wrong.

It should be perfectly clear which episode I last watched (I pioneered that little tag on the forum before last and thought it was great to watch it spread). But I only watched Dead Men Are Dangerous for the commentary with Brian Clemens and Gareth, and as such wasn't paying a great deal of attention to what was going on onscreen. One thing I would like to mention is about the Victorian Folly (called Faringdon Folly) where Purdey is held by Crayford (and Gareth had a couple of anecdotes about the dotty owner). I've been reading my copy of The Avengers on Location lately, and it mentions that the tower was built by one Baron Berners. Shortly after, I picked up a book entitled Great British Wit (I saw it in a bookstore and couldn't resist. Seriously, you shouldn't put things like that out where Anglophiles who already have enough books to last a decade can see them). Lo and behold, there were two quotations from the chap who built the folly, both of which were such pure Avengers they had to be shared:

"The great point of the tower is that it will be entirely useless."

Which is great until you read about the sign hung on it:

"Members of the public committing suicide from this tower do so at their own risk."

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Fear Merchants last night - Sadly I only managed to get 1/2 way through before I became bored and turned off. It's not a favourite of mine Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been recording the BBC4 repeats and the other night I was just checking the recording of The Hour That Never Was and ended up watching most of the episode.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched an episode for the first time in ages and went for The Winged Avenger. Not sure what to think of this one. It's a very original episode with a strong parody element, but it feels a bit exaggerated. It doesn't help I'm not really into comics! The mad professor type is fun though, and the integration of drawings in the latter half of the episode is one of those weird ideas that makes The Avengers stand out from most other series of its ilk.

BTW Kim, according to the airdates given of TAF, the Gale episodes weren't shown in the US until the early nineties. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koen wrote:
Watched an episode for the first time in ages and went for The Winged Avenger. Not sure what to think of this one. It's a very original episode with a strong parody element, but it feels a bit exaggerated. It doesn't help I'm not really into comics! The mad professor type is fun though, and the integration of drawings in the latter half of the episode is one of those weird ideas that makes The Avengers stand out from most other series of its ilk.

BTW Kim, according to the airdates given of TAF, the Gale episodes weren't shown in the US until the early nineties. Smile


The early ninties? Wow! There is a very slight possibility that I may have glimpsed an episode or two back then, but I doubt it since I was busy with school, work, and whats-his-name. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timeless A-Peel wrote:
About the ID cards, I always figured that whoever had the serum distributed did the IDs as well. And I think there were multiple entrances with multiple guards, weren't there, such that Steed wouldn't be passing the same guy six times? But I haven't seen it in ages, so I could be dead wrong.


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Hi Timeless, if you watch Killing Steed again you'll see that it's the same guard that lets all the Steeds in, which is why it's so curious as it's never explained that he is in the employ of the villians, and even if he was, Arcos was only expecting one fake Steed to turn up not several, so why would the guard think there was nothing strange about loads of them appearing.

Whoops, there I go intellectualising again. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last ep I watched was "honey for the prince". The last time I watched it was waaayyyy back in early March. Somehow for me the Avengers just don't work when it's the high heat of summer. Most of my activities are outdoors but once the cool autumn weather comes back I'm sure I'll be taking the plastic wrapping off my new DVD Emma Peel megaset to start watching again. Prior to this I was all VHS but now that that format's gone by the wayside I'm finally upgrading Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just recently completed my Avengers DVD collection and right now, I'm watching the Cathy Gale episodes for the first time. Iíve already finished season 2. Next, I will be watching The New Avengers, which I haven't seen yet.

The last episode I watched was: Second Sight.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched "To Catch a Rat" last Thursday night in preparation for this year's Dead Man's Treasure Hunt. Wasn't one of my favourites back in 1976 when it first aired due to the lack of fantasy elements, but - as the first episode of "The New Avengers" I've watched in four years - I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely, particularly all the banter between Gambit and Purdey in the first half. Just a shame that Steed gets side-lined. But watching this again and enjoying it was a real delight.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The latest TA ? I watched on TV TA The Movie with Uma.T.. forgive me.
I watched it the very first time in full length and could bear it indeed and it was fun Wink as long as I do not have to compare it with the old episodes and actors. Nothing compares to the old episodes. I guess you would agree.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

umbrella wrote:
The latest TA ? I watched on TV TA The Movie with Uma.T.. forgive me.
I watched it the very first time in full length and could bear it indeed and it was fun Wink as long as I do not have to compare it with the old episodes and actors. Nothing compares to the old episodes. I guess you would agree.


I still stand by my assertion that the movie isn't a bad movie, it's just a bad Avengers movie. I've seen much worse films the past few years, sadly.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timeless A-Peel wrote:
umbrella wrote:
The latest TA ? I watched on TV TA The Movie with Uma.T.. forgive me.
I watched it the very first time in full length and could bear it indeed and it was fun Wink as long as I do not have to compare it with the old episodes and actors. Nothing compares to the old episodes. I guess you would agree.


I still stand by my assertion that the movie isn't a bad movie, it's just a bad Avengers movie. I've seen much worse films the past few years, sadly.


That's why I don't watch modern films!

I still say it was boring rather than bad. Oh, I wish it had been truly bad, so bad and camp that it was watchable! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If have just recently stopped watching, not permanently that is. But I think I have already seen 20 this years and I started to feel that I didn't enjoy them enough any more. I've had that before and I am now going to abstain until November or December.

I prefer watching one (almost) every week for a period and then nothing then just irregularly now and then watching one.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My last was The Fear Merchants a few nights ago. It goes without saying that I will be looking to get that bad taste out of my mouth as soon as possible.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I re-watched They Keep Killing Steed last night, this time with a much more critical eye, and found myself asking a lot of questions I hadn't thought of before, such as:

If someone you knew suddenly jumped into a lake without warning or provocation, would you just stand there and wait? Yes, it is the Avengers and stranger things have happened, but whats-his-name (please don't ask me to remember things before my third cup of coffee) just stands there and waits while Tara sinks to the bottom. Where's the chivalry?

What is it with the sword bending thing? I don't know why I hate that few seconds so much, but I do. Besides, Tara is too prone to rushing in alone, so why is she waiting for the idiot to help her.

As you can see, I'm not impressed by this guy. If there was any thought being given into giving Tara a love interest, then they could have done much better then him. He's just a little too full of himself and Tara would have dropped him fairly quickly and gone off on her own.

The story line in and of itself isn't bad. I like it. But I see so much room for improvement in this episode, that it no longer fits into my top ten favorites.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just watched Wish You Were Here - working my way through the Tara series having just got the discs. Not seen this one for many years - not one of the best. Got to say Dudley Foster makes an excellent villain - the machine-gun toting "nanny" in Something Nasty... was classic Avengers.

Good though to be watching episodes I don't know word for word having had all the Emma series on video for years and now on DVD with the Megaset.

All the best

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm rewriting all the episode descriptions for Tara at the moment, so I've just watched "Killer".
Having just added an extra screengrab to my TNA pages, the Tara pages are looking pretty sparse with only three shots, so I'll add an additional 2 per episode of the feature image size (full DVD res) once I've rewritten all the episodes - give me a couple of months for that!
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