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4.0 out of 5 stars Avenging A New Decade!, 20 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The New Avengers (8 Disc Collector's Edition Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
The trouble that The New Avengers has is that it is sometimes compared rather poorly to its' predecessor. I'm a huge fan of both series, and what you have to get your mind around is that this is different. This is the seventies, there's a whole new style and edge to the world, and the show reflects this while still trying to keep some of the whimsy that made the Avengers such a success. Bottom line, this has Patrick Macnee as John Steed, so this must be the Avengers.

The remastered quality of both DVDs are excellent, and we get to see just what a major series this must have been at the time, it cetainly holds up a lot better than a lot of the old ITC shows. It takes Patrick a little time to find his feet in this as, due to the advent of Gareth Hunt as Mike Gambit, he has a little less leg work to do in the first series, but the charm and grace of an older Steed is there to see, and particularly in the second series, we get to see him just a little world weary at times. One he's there, Patrick still makes him the cunning old fox that he always was.

It's nice to hear the voice of the late Gareth Hunt speaking about his role and time on the show in the extras (of which I wish there were more) as he has often been downplayed. Mike Gambit was the typical seventies man of action, and the in the earlier episodes was often dressed to come over as a sort of rougher edged working class Steed. The main action of the first series was really his, although it has to be said that with Steed's increased role, his character suffers a lot in later episodes.

Joanna Lumley looks and performs beautifully. She actually manages to give the character more than is written for (really the script is more Tara Kind, whereas she is definitely Emma Peel in attitude). At times she is clearly loving what she is doing, and the chemistry between her and the two male leads means that show has a definite twinkle.

As for the episodes, frankly the series has two or three total duffers; Gnaws, Emily and The Gladiators, but a lot of the scripts are corkers; Eagle's Nest, Tale of The Big Why, Obsession, Angels of Death, Three Handed Game, To Cath A Rat, Cat Amongst The Pigeons and Forward Base all spring to mind. The rest are all visiaully striking at the very least (Target! and Sleeper being prime examples) and in one we have a definite contender for a top ten episode in the whole Avengers pantheon in Dead Men Are Dangerous.

Definitely worth a trip!
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2014 21:25:23 BDT
I enjoy the "Gnaws" episode.Its like a nod to exploitation cinema of the time.Giant marauding bugs and animals rampaged across cinema screens during this period.From "Jaws" through "Empire of the Ants","Food of the Gods","Grizzly","Orca","Giant Spider Invasion","Tentacles" and countless other cinematic gems,the "Gnaws" episode was an homage to what its target audience(young males)where going to see at the movies.Watched it again last night actually and smiled broadly as Purdey served up the radioactive tomato at the end.......!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2014 23:20:04 BDT
Oh I get the homage totally, in and many ways it has a good basic script, it just looks so obviously cheaper than the rest in places. Bit like the Doctor Who story The Power Of Krull from the same era (which too had a giant monster) where the sets do literally wobble in places and you can see the join on the sets. Lets it down a little for me.
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