And now I introduce to you a new feature of my LJ, Snark Notes on Cult British 60's Spy Shows and Other Cultural Phenomena that Endlessly Fascinate Me.
Snark Notes for 1/7/05: Upon repeated viewings, the Avengers
don't hold up so well if you start thinking about the plots. Take this episode, for example. First of all, why would a Ministry of Defence official be that
interested in a bunch of ceramics manufacturers going totally insane? It's not a very nice situation, but I wouldn't think it's that
vital to national security. Sure, there's the whole profitable industry being trashed, but does that fall under the jurisdiction of the MOD? And all of those ceramic manufacturers are easily prone to nervous breakdowns; I don't think that many people would have to enter a mental hospital for over a week if they saw a spider. And really, can you get some sort of machine to process somebody's psychological evaluation to tell you what he is afraid of? The interesting thing about the Avengers is that there are a lot of episodes dealing with the possibility of potentially beneficial technology that's being abused for some diabolical purpose besides the typical 60's battles against communism (i.e. Russia) and other lovely political quandries like that. Certainly it's likely that companies did hire consulting firms to scope out the weaknesses of competitors so that these companies can exploit their competitors, though nowhere to the same extent as the Business Efficiency Bureau. The black and white series had the better storylines most of the time, if you ask me, but the relationship between Steed and Peel is so much better developed in the color series, and the dialogue is even more sparkling.
But on the brighter side, we get Mrs. Peel looking quite stylish. I'd totally steal her wardrobe from this episode if it was possible; the white dress that looks like it has some sort of hankerchief panel underneath is a rather intriguing design. Not only that, but you get some fun lines between Peel and Steed about birds. And among her many other talents, we discover that Mrs. Peel also sculpts as well as paint and play the piano. That, and she has an extremely high fear index; her only apparent fear is the "universal" fear of pain. I must say I agree with that one. We see a slightly harder edge to Steed's character in a few brief moments, though we also get to see him smash a lot of pottery and pose as a very charming efficiency expert as well as a cheerful yet ruthless businessman. The whole overtly elaborate fight in the dirt pit has a lot of really obvious usages of stunt doubles, but the fight in the dark is one of my favorite, albeit brief, end fight sequences. Patrick Cargill is his oozingly smooth yet slimy ruthless industrial mercenaries who gets pushed to the limit (like his performance as number 2 in "Hammer Into Anvil" of the Prisoner
). Still, I don't see *why* all of the villains have to wear sunglasses indoors. Heh, the villains always have to have some kind of quirk on the Avengers
, but it does make them more interesting.
The trivia contest today during class meeting was totally rigged. If we're trying to build some sort of class unity, some sort of collective class spirit, then we're miserably failing. At this point, I honestly don't see why we have to force people to bond. I personally have no animosity towards anyone in my class, but I'm not especially close to some people, and at this point I really think we're running out of time to suddenly make friends with someone we don't know so well during these class meetings. Perhaps I'm taking everything too seriously, though.
And just a little mindless fun from an acquaintance's (sp?) LJ even though I have no idea what Battle Royale is:
Not that I have a grudge against any of you, of course :) And glerf
, I will get you a copy of the Goodbye, Lenin!
soundtrack for Monday.