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1.08 - Faces

 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:13 am    Post subject: 1.08 - Faces Reply with quote

Written by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner
Directed by James Hill
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10/10!!! Although Target is my favourite, Faces is the most fun episode to watch. My very favourite Purdey and Gambit scenes are in this one. The cast look as if they had a hoot filming this one, something the viewer can't help surrendering to. Rich.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My review:

http://www.theavengers.tv/forever/newave-9vr.htm#2

"Togetherness. I want to feel that you two absolutely trust, respect and adore each other."

The background of the plot is not elaborate, but it takes a surprisingly long time to set up. Especially considering the tempo of the three previous "face swap" stories in the Avengers canon. Once it gets going there are twists and turns aplenty.

Production: The direction veers between expansively adventurous (Bilston hunted by his "döppelganger" through abandoned streets, then slain above a derelict concourse), and spartan (the refuge hostel is suggested by a rain-lashed sign). The only true fight is a fine melée between Purdey and ace archer Mullins.

The Avenged?: Steed has an "oldest friend" again, "known him since I was so high": Mark Clifford, not to be confused with Mark Crayford in "Dead Men Are Dangerous". Steed has to go against his usual gentlemanly instincts and disappoint Mark's widow: all part of doubling the doubles...

Diabolical Masterminds?: It skips the character development, as the two vagrants conceive the scheme (when did they meet Prator?). Then again, the preamble is already too long and lacks mystery: the story structure is totally unbalanced! None of them are brainy enough to be true masterminds. David De Keyser is the best: affably avuncular with a dangerous fearlessness, and with a nice final scene.

The Avengers?: Joanna Lumley performs very impressively, in a trio of personas; Purdey plans and works alone brilliantly. Gambit's accent is passable to an English ear (the villains don't seem to be Irish). Steed talks of coveting Wendy (his oldest friend's wife) and even claims to have loved her: most peculiar.

Umbrella, Charm and a Bowler Hat?: Purdey and Gambit's interchanges are very amusing, despite a tawdry scene that has Gambit goosing Purdey (or Lolita). Steed's mild disapproval of Gambit's use of a pump-action shotgun is part of a nice in-character scene.

Bizarre?: Did Purdey wear a curly wig when approaching Prator as Lolita? If so, he should have been more suspicious when he began grooming her as a "fake" and found Purdey's hairstyle underneath! Perhaps she found time to get a perm and dye. The mole under her eye must be genuine, and usually partly-concealed with makeup (we can just still see it after "Lolita" becomes Purdey, so surgery hadn't remove it).

Epic?: The threat feels lightweight because the villains seem to be running a business rather than pursuing any ultimate goal. It seems they have infiltrated the secret service for five years just to sell secrets to the highest bidder. And they lack personality, wasting good actors. The story improves on re-watching, with the Gambit/Purdey relationship being particularly good. Gambit mischievously retains his double's role, to find out what Purdey really thinks of him! But since she said in "Target!" that she loves him (he didn't quite hear!), and since she cries real tears here when she thinks he is killed, there's not much doubt. The big mystery is why they don't become lovers, but its fun to speculate on the reasons.

Gambit: "I haven't forgotten about that big kiss."

Purdey: "I haven't forgotten about that little black book!"

The pair exit, bickering...

Steed (to camera): "Irreplaceable."

On Target? (Score): Some weak areas and a few strong ones, averaging out at three bowlers (out of four). 8/10.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5.

Enjoyable, but only averagely so for me I'm afraid. I found the plot a little too contrived.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...why they don't become lovers...Purdey probably doesn't see Gambit as strong enough to tame her ... Steed has a lot of notches on his belt and Purdey may see a challenge to stretch her here Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Myself, I think Purdey did love Gambit, hence her tears in "Faces" when she thinks he has been killed* - not the reaction of a hardened agent to the death of a mere colleague, like the others we see (even ones Purdey was attracted to/dated). It's part of Gambit and Purdey's style to tease each other and play hard to get. That's their form of foreplay - even when it takes years. And you can tell they both know the game.

(*If Gambit ever thinks Purdey's been killed the he turns even more grim and murderous.)
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
Myself, I think Purdey did love Gambit, hence her tears in "Faces" when she thinks he has been killed* - not the reaction of a hardened agent to the death of a mere colleague, like the others we see (even ones Purdey was attracted to/dated). It's part of Gambit and Purdey's style to tease each other and play hard to get. That's their form of foreplay - even when it takes years. And you can tell they both know the game.

(*If Gambit ever thinks Purdey's been killed the he turns even more grim and murderous.)


You take the words right out of my mouth--beautifully put, Franky. Cool Purdey also has a tendency to take Gambit for granted. When she thinks she's lost him, the mask slips and her true feelings come out.
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such an odd episode - I admit that the theme trading identities always makes me uncomfortable, drawing into question whether we can trust our own eyes. This one comes off pretty well, though, and I especially like the confusion between Gambit and Purdey as to who is really who. Draws their relationship in particular into sharp relief - there's an element of distrust between them at times, much like Steed and Cathy much earlier, but a definite underlying affection. In general, the whole episode is a bit like The Man with Two Shadows (how many times has Steed been replaced over the course of the series?). Gambit's accent grates a bit - he sounds like an imitation Barry Fitzgerald, and I do wish that Purdey had the opportunity to just punch him for all the suffering he put her through.

As always, wish that Steed had a bigger part, but that's my own bias - I do like that he more or less gets the last word, telling the audience literally that he's the irreplaceable one in all of this.
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good grief, surely Purdey punching Gambit would be unjustified domestic violence on anyone's terms!
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just think he's so damned smug there at the end, while she's incredibly distressed about having lost him (slight comparison to some of Steed's behavior with Cathy Gale and in Two's A Crowd, but neither of those women burst into tears). I know it's supposed to be about her true feelings towards him etc., however you want to take that, but I like to think that she refused to talk to him for awhile. It was a somewhat unnecessary subterfuge and a bit manipulative on his part - again, shades of Gale-era Steed.

Do they love each other? Perhaps. There's an element of the will they/won't they in the Gambit/Purdey relationship. They're obviously attracted to each other, obviously affectionate, and if she were to ever say yes to him, I think he'd be very dedicated to her.

Purdey, though, is a mysterious character. Given what we know about her past relationships (at least one of them), I wonder if she actually knows what she wants in a man, or if she even wants one at all. There's also a strong attraction between her and Steed, probably because Steed in some ways is the more mature and more stable member of the team. Both Purdey and Gambit are a little closed off, hiding behind their repartee as a way of perhaps avoiding deeper entanglement. I'm not certain whether she trusts Gambit, even if he's shown himself worthy of her trust in previous episodes.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a little bit of Karmic punishment when Gambit backs into the edge of the door (ouch)... He's probably luck Purdey didn't kick him through the window...
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Do they love each other? Perhaps. There's an element of the will they/won't they in the Gambit/Purdey relationship. They're obviously attracted to each other, obviously affectionate, and if she were to ever say yes to him, I think he'd be very dedicated to her.
What have you done with the real Lhbizness! Wink I think that's the nicest thing you've ever said about Gambit.
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Frankymole wrote:
What have you done with the real Lhbizness! Wink I think that's the nicest thing you've ever said about Gambit.


I don't think Gambit is horrible by any means - just a bit of a sexist dullard at times. When he expresses real affection for Purdey, I think he means it. I'm not 100% convinced that Purdey is certain about him, though, because I'm not convinced that she's certain about what she wants, irrespective of him.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...a man, or if she even wants one at all Question Purdey's character would have developed a lot more with a female working partner Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyberrich wrote:
10/10!!! Although Target is my favourite, Faces is the most fun episode to watch. My very favourite Purdey and Gambit scenes are in this one. The cast look as if they had a hoot filming this one, something the viewer can't help surrendering to. Rich.


I've just watched Faces again. Like many other fans, I have for years considered Target to be the best TNA episode, and I guess I still do. It is too close to call though, as Faces is simply SUPERB Exclamation Exclamation Is Faces the best episode after all. 11/10 for this gem. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Faces is the latest episode under review. I'd love to read your reviews once you've had a chance to watch this classic episode. Thanks, Rich. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Faces is the most fun of all TNA episodes, and is a worthy runner up to Target in the best episode stakes. Ludicrous plot developments aside, the fun everyone appeared to be having with this episode is simply infectious. Joanna Lumley displays a wonderful gift for comedy. Her scenes with Gareth Hunt are a delight, and are surely their best in the 26 episode run. Patrick Macnee is a little underused, as he was in most of the first 13 episodes, but he made a convincing tramp here. No easy feat when this is the complete opposite of the sauve Steed. I would have liked a little more involvement with TNA's 'doubles', but what we do have is terrific fun.
Every season had it's double episode. My personal favourite is season 6's They keep killing Steed, but Faces isn't far behind. Episodes such as Target, Sleeper and Faces remind me how brilliant the first block of 13 episodes were. Cool I wish there had been more seasons like it. Faces gets 10/10 from me. Rich.
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