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The Avengers: The Nutshell

The Nutshell, a thermonuclear underground shelter, the seat of government for World War Three, a shell that protects nuts. It seems like a suitable name for a bunker for politicians. The problem is that it was impossible to really create … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Man with Two Shadows

This episode has another memorable opening sequence: a man being murdered by his doppelgänger, who is hiding in the wardrobe. The illusion of the scene is immediately shattered by the lack of a visible wound. I realise that was a … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Undertakers

The Avengers is becoming a series that prioritises unusual ideas over believability, and I have no problem with that at all. A prime example is the moment when a man climbs out of a coffin, grabs himself some supplies, and … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Brief for Murder

Brief for Murder is the first episode of the third season of The Avengers, not that you would know that from the DVD set, which once again goes for a random episode order, as if they threw all the episode … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Killer Whale

The Avengers is a very good series at coming up with interesting locations for stories, so I suppose I shouldn’t complain about this episode being set somewhere unusual, but boxing really isn’t my cup of tea. It wouldn’t be so … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Six Hands Across a Table

Last week we had to bid a fond farewell to Venus Smith, and with her departure The Avengers escaped from a rut it had fallen into: the need to involve one of the main characters through coincidence. Venus never worked … Continue reading

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The Avengers: A Chorus of Frogs

This seems to be a really popular episode, and once again I find myself out of step with popular opinion. That happens so often that sometimes I wonder if my television is showing me the same thing as everyone else, … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Conspiracy of Silence

We have gone from an amusement arcade to a circus, and another reused setting from the first season. But whereas last week’s was a big improvement on the ghost tunnel idea, this episode is considerably weaker than the first season … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Man in the Mirror

I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. …although in the case of Victor Trevelyan, the “man in the mirror” in this Avengers episode, he’s not going to change his ways for anyone. … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The White Dwarf

“When you say a star, you don’t mean a planet?” “No, the word star gets used very loosely.” Does it? If so, we’ve come a long way since the 60s. This is part of a conversation that once again demonstrates … Continue reading

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The Avengers: School for Traitors

One thing The Avengers does very well is to come up with interesting locations for stories. This week we are at an unspecified English university. Unless I missed it, the university isn’t named, but reading between the lines it’s clearly … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Golden Eggs

Having been brought up watching Doctor Who, I am quite used to actors appearing in more than one role, but this takes things to extremes, with Peter Arne back for the second week in a row, playing a completely different … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Warlock

We’ve gone from one kind of magic to another. Last week it was a stage magician with a vanishing cabinet. This week we’re into full on curses and voodoo. You’ve got to feel sorry for poor old Peter Neville, who … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Box of Tricks

The box of the title does not actually refer to the magician’s cabinet that appears frequently throughout this episode, and it’s a good job that it doesn’t, because it’s just about the most boring old magic trick ever, and keeps … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Immortal Clay

Cathy seems to be an expert on everything. Even allowing for how amazing she is, we start this episode with a massive coincidence. Cathy is visiting Marling Ceramics out of a genuine interest, in the preparation of a book she … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Intercrime

We all know that organised crime exists, but I have no idea if there’s anything like the “intercrime” featured in this episode of The Avengers. It seems unlikely, but it’s certainly an entertaining idea for an episode. It reminds me … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Dead on Course

This is Dr King’s third and final appearance in The Avengers and he leaves without fanfare and without having made much of an impression. That’s a shame because his first appearance was excellent, and Jon Rollason is capable of far … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Death Dispatch

Some poor quality stock footage signals that this episode takes place in Jamaica, at least to start with, and from there becomes a bit of a globe-trotter for Steed and Cathy, with Steed posing as a courier delivering important dispatches … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Big Thinker

We start with a slow pan around an impressive studio set, and I don’t blame the director for that. He was probably very pleased with the designer’s work for this one and wanted to show off what he had to … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Traitor in Zebra

At the start of this episode I thought I had put the disk in for Doctor Who: The War Games by mistake, with the opening shot of General Smythe looking thoughtfully out of the window, but it was actually not … Continue reading

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