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This review is from: The Champions: The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
Now some people think its odd how a show that was made at the end of the 60s and aired from 1968 through the early 70s could appeal to someone not born until the early 80s. It was my mother who brought this show to my attention, when it was repeated on BBC 2 on a Friday evening at 6 o'clock during the early 90s. After viewing the first episodes I was hooked.
This series was from the same genre as Man from U.N.C.L.E, Randall & Hopkirk Deceased and also came around the same time as all the Gerry Anderson productions such as Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. All shows that appealed to me as a child.
This series was my favourite though as it had that little something extra. The show focused on three secret agents of the organisation Nemisis, who during a mission to recover a biological agent, during their escape their plane crashes in the Himalayas. Doomed to die up there on the mountains, when all seems lost, a lost civilisation of Tibetan Monks save their lives and are also given special powers such as super strength, speed, agility, telepathy and ESP. The three agents head back to the world where they can use their new powers in fight against villains intent on destruction, drug-smuggling, espionage and kidnapping.
The characters themselves were very interesting, Craig Sterling (Stuart Damon) was the American of the group, very slick and certainly James Bond-ish, the ladies man of the group. Richard Barrett (William Gaunt) was the English opposite of Sterling, very calm, relaxed, calculating and very dry in personality and humour. Sharron Macready (Alexandra Bastedo) was the female of the group, trained in a variety of fields and having the beauty to match her powers that set her high above any other female agent character in any other show. The only flaw is that the amount of time certain characters get on screen is a little biased, Sharron doesn't have too many staring roles, the stories tend to favour Craig and Richard, which is a shame because as a male I'd have rather watched Sharron in secret agent action more often. Especially considering she has tricks up her sleeves in the fight against crime that Craig and Richard don't have, like her ability to hypnotise people.
This show is certainly good fun to watch and lacks any amazing special effects which tended to distract from the story. When ever one of the characters uses their special powers, it's all done by physical means, which in places makes it look funny, rocks can be seen to be made out of polystyrene and doors made out of cardboard for example, but I like that over CGI ladened modern day counterparts.
This boxset is great giving us all 30 Episodes of the show, spread over 8 DVDs. It does lack extras but then again who'd have imagined the show would be released on DVD when it was made 30 years ago. The extras consists of Character Biographies, Trailers and Stills Galleries. The lack of extras can be forgiven for the 30+ hours of actual episodes. So I would certainly recommend this to anyone who likes this sort of show, other people less familiar I would recommend it anyway, after you've seen a couple of episodes you'll like this show as well.