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on 10 March 2010
A spin off from the popular Department S series were the character of King dominated the screen, Jason King the series see's the character leading a playboy lifestyle, travelling the world and causing women to swoon left right and centre, but just like when he worked for Department S trouble is never far away leaving Jason to meet each challenge with his usual dashing daring do. It all sounds quite good and in a way it is, But Jason King is a series that doesn't quite work, The stories are sometimes a bit weak with massive gaping holes in the plot, dialog vacuums, some episodes never seem to quite get going, you get the feeling it's all a bit amateurish and meandering. In complete contrast the dialog is excellent, Jason has his usual sparkling wit and lightning fast one liners making me think more than a little add libing goes on. Despite the terrible stories Jason King is a series that does NEARLY work, most of the credit has to be laid at the feet of Peter Wyngarde ( Jason King), Peter really is one of the most intelligent, charming and skilled actors to have graced our television screens, but one man alone can't hold the fort,,,,, but nearly does.
There's a few stand out episodes and the quirkiness and Peters acting makes the not so stand out episodes very watchable, but at the end of the day Jason King doesn't quite cut it, I can't help liking it though, I watch it all the time and would recommend it to anybody who likes there entertainment a little on the weird side.
As for the quality of the DVD, well it's a shame but Jason King was filmed on 16mm film and with a tight budget so the program is scratchy and grainy and prop items keep continually cropping up again and again, watch out for the Mauser with the Telescopic sight, it appears so often it should have got a credit.