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2.03 - The Sell-Out

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The Bird Who Wrote Too Much

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:13 am    Post subject: 2.03 - The Sell-Out Reply with quote

Written by Anthony Terpiloff & Brandon Brady
Directed by Don Leaver
Production completed: 9 June 1962

Starring Patrick Macnee and Jon Rollason
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A Touch of Brimstone

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My review:

What, no plot? Loads of filmed exterior location footage which goes nowhere fast (mainly of Steed jumping into cars and zooming about the streets, paying at a parking meter, then driving some more, being followed... Zzzz). This flat story barely breaks into a standstill.

The Avenged?: Some tedious piffle about protection for a French/UK/UN negotiator and a mole in Steed's department. Who knows? Who cares?

Diabolical Masterminds?: Harvey's motivation is the only three-dimensional aspect of the whole tired mess (he has a terminal illness, and wants to provide for his wife). However he is too nasty to be a sympathetic character.

The Avengers?: Steed gets a new boss: 20 years before appearing in Dr Who, Arthur Hewlett (One-Twelve) was already ancient! Jon Rollason as Dr King gets a dull task or two, his nurse Judy (from "Mission to Montreal") appears (but only in a filler, to answer the phone whilst the other actors change sets). There is a nice scene where Steed tries to cajole a grumbling King into helping him: "Do I ever come round needing your help? I don't even know where you live," and (tiredly) "Listen Steed, from now on I'm just going to be a doctor. I'm not going to be anything else. I'm not going be an agent, a counterspy, a gunman, a cover for you, or anything you can use in your business... so you can just leave me in peace." King fights! Not up to Cathy Gale standards, but he performs a nice rugby tackle on the gunman ó then seems to get carried away, as Steed has to prevent King pistol-whipping the poor fellow.

Umbrella, Charm and a Bowler Hat?: Steed wows the ladies at a cocktail party (where he drinks whisky and soda): "What a charming man," ad-libs the rather pale lady whom he has just complimented on her tan (!). Steed's elegance is admired by the French diplomat he impersonates. Everyone makes a fuss of how beautiful Harvey's wife is, but it's impossible to see why (and she drops teaspoons all over the place).

Bizarre?: One assassin poses as a workman, but doesn't know what his target looks like, and decides shooting Steed from a distance is better than when he is just three feet away, only to get jumped by King. D'oh! The chief assassin apparently thinks it's a good idea to try to carry out his task from the centre of a packed press room, in the middle of security at 'London Airport'. Did he expect to get away with it? And, politely, he waits whilst his target completes a twenty-minute speech, allowing Steed to catch up with him. One-Twelve looks on approvingly... or more like he's forgotten his lines. The whole story is dull and lazy.

On Target? (Score): Half a bowler (out of four bowlers), for Dr King standing up to Steed. But even the great Dr King cannot save this one. 1/10.
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How to Succeed... at Posting!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like this one and give it 9/10. The scene with Steed's boss at the start is a touch of class. For me it gets very dramatic for the man trying to make the money; I don't know why I should feel sorry for him but I do!
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Operation E.N.G.L.A.N.D.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably the worst episode Iíve seen so far. Rollason really seems to be mailing it in here. As others have pointed out, the assassin seems really confident of his ability to shoot people in crowded rooms during broad daylight and get away with it. Mark, the traitor guy, seems way too mean to actually be concerned with his wifeís future after heís gone. Even for nastier, rougher Steed, drugging someoneís drink to deliberately make them sick seems. . .wrong. Not sure why 1-12 felt the need to bop Steed on the head if he was just going to let him go anyway; maybe he just doesn't like Steed. Sad The whole thing is just way too complicated and hard to believe.
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