on 2 March 2002
Avengers 1967 Box Set 4:
This is the last box set of "The Avengers" first colour season. Again it's a great joy to see these lovely episodes again. Although it looks as if they can't avoid the little distortions or encoding errors, sound quality is good considering the series were made in the late sixties. The episode "The Positive-Negative Man" two times suffers from minor splats in the audio. This minor imperfection is also present in "The Forgot-Me-Knot." Overall picture quality is all right, but the image sometimes shows some scratches. I don't think it's disturbing, it merely adds a touch of nostalgia. Picture is sharp and colours are clear. The extras include a wonderful picture gallery and an introduction to Linda Thorson (Tara King). But don't expect too much of the "Follow That Hat" feature or you will probably be a little disappointed. All in all this is a worthy addition that makes your "Emma Peel colour collection" complete.
This wonderful set contains no less than 7 episodes. The 7th, "The Forgot-Me-Knot", is technically a "Tara King episode" but is included here because it's the episode in which Emma's long lost husband is finally found in the Amazonian jungle and Emma and Steed part. This one is particularly memorable because of Emma's words: "Always keep your bowler on in times of stress and watch out for diabolical masterminds." Farewell Mrs. Peel.
The title "The £50,000 Breakfast" has to be taken literally. I know English breakfasts are quite substantial compared to a continental breakfast but diamonds are a bit over the top. But it's the Avengers Series; anything is possible albeit at times highly improbable!
"Dead Man's Treasure" is not the best episode of the series because of a rather thin plot. Still there's much to enjoy: the beautiful countryside, fantastic cars (most of them of English manufacture of course), the gorgeous blond who by coincidence becomes Steed's driving partner and wouldn't you just love to try out that smashing racing car simulator yourself? The infectious score makes this episode one that I like very much. All things considered, good fun! Good fun indeed!
Steed has to find a needle in a haystack and Emma ruins her new leather catsuit (the suit was permanently damaged during stuntwoman Cyd Child's fight scene in the river) in "You Have Just Been Murdered". Needle is a very diabolical mastermind who stages the murders of millionaires several times, until they crack and hand over a million or die. A great episode that features some phenomenal fights!
"The Positive-Negative Man" does remind me of the cybernauts. This one is better than the cybernauts episodes but can't make it in my top ten. Close but no cigar, or should I say spark?
"Murdersville" is one of my very favourites. The idea of a village (Little Storping) full of murderers is absolutely a hood! Many great dialogues, very very funny. Definitely a classic episode!
When I first saw "Mission... Highly Improbable" (a long time ago) I though it was a bit ridiculous to shrink people and cars, but over the years and after seeing it again on DVD I must change my mind: It's all for laughs! The little Steed on the desk calling Emma is very amusing. And the scene where Emma is carrying Steed around in a little bag and comments "I'm not sure I shouldn't keep you like this. After all, it's one way to bag a man" is hilarious..Edwin Meijster, an Avengers fan from The Netherlands.
on 6 August 2014
'Mission Highly Improbable' is probably the best colour episode that Diana Rigg made. The rest of the colour episodes are silly, although she looks gorgeous in them. They are a masterclass in colour grading, costume and production design, but in terms of story they don't stand the test of time.