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The Champions of ITC,
This review is from: The Champions: The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
Three agents of the "International peace agency" called "Nemesis" suffer a plane crash in the Himalayas on a dramatic return journey from a mission to China. They are saved and healed by an old man from a reclusive Tibetan civilization, and given superhuman powers.
This is the introduction to this classic British series made by ITC in 1968. This series is simply just fun. You cannot take this too seriously because its beauty is that it is pure escapism. To some people it may seem like a lot of nonsense and hokum, but for me the show works because it is tongue in cheek escapist good fun that isn't too bogged down in depressing and serious true to life stories. It also works because it comes from a quality company ITC. The series is well produced with good pace and inventive plots. The stories are outside the box.
There are four main characters. There is the boss of "Nemesis" called Tremayne. Then there are the three agents with special powers that help them to maintain peace in the world. American Craig Sterling, British agent Richard Barrett and Sharon McCready. They have senses that are finely tuned. They can hear, see and smell better than the average human. They also have enhanced strength and stamina. And they all have a telepathic link to each other.
Their boss Tremayne who is based in Geneva gives them assignments that are aimed at avoiding incidents of world tension. The three agents work closely as a team and get into all sorts of adventures. They always keep their special powers secret to protect the anonymity of the lost city that gave them these special attributes.
This gives some light humour as often they have to come up with an alternative explanation to give to Tremayne as to how they managed to complete their mission.
The special powers are more believable than say Superman or The six million dollar man. These powers are on human terms. And these agents are as mortal as the rest of us. They can get hurt and are not invincible.
As the series develops there is character development and there is a strong bond between the three agents.
The title is the champions and each episode we are reminded that "they are champions of law, order and justice".
The series has great production and looks very stylish. The clothes and costumes are smart and have that colour and sharpness characteristic of the sixties. It is the slick, smart, colourful and stylish production that I love about this series. ITC made some wonderful British shows and this is an entertaining slice of nostalgia
This edition was produced by Carlton. The Picture quality and sound are very good, but a better edition, with better picture and sound is available from Network. One advantage of this edition is that there are Subtitles for deaf or hard of hearing. This is something that the Network edition doesnt have.