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bootsandbowlers:

Steed pulls out the charm so fast, it’s like 0 to 60 in .5 seconds. And how could you possibly suspect that face of anything dishonest?

bootsandbowlers:

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"Do you suppose they’ve a few unoccupied rooms at the moment?"

"Yes, why?"

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"Well, I was thinking you could get the keys, and…"

"You can’t be serious.”

violetimpudence:

[“Mission … Highly Improbable”]

So, as regular readers may have noticed (irregular readers are encouraged to get more fiber in their diets), there is some disagreement between myself and celluloidbroomcloset about this episode. I like it. She hates it.

I will say this: I’ve probably watched this episode, oh, fifteen times over the course of my years at sea, and each time, Chivers (Francis Matthews) gets a little less tolerable. He’s abrasive and boring at the same time - quite a trick. If you also didn’t like Shaffer (Ronald Radd), I could see why there would be slim pickings indeed in this episode for you.

However, I do like Shaffer - he makes me smile in every scene he’s in. I think the difference for me between Shaffer and Brodny is that the latter is everyone’s fool and doesn’t realize it, whereas Shaffer is aware that his life is a pathetic circus and he’s not happy about it. He’s grumpy, sardonic, hung over, disgusted with everything, and it’s very entertaining to watch. Obviously, mileage varies. (“Another medal! … For bravery! … Conspicuous bravery!”)

As for Steed and Peel going through the motions tiredly, I don’t see it - but then, I may just be blind in that direction. I complained about a decline in the scripts toward the end, but I never noticed any particular decline in the quality of their performances. Maybe others can tell that Rigg was exhausted and disgusted. I can’t.

I love the situations where a very small person has to somehow provide assistance to a full-sized one. I love Steed doing a lance charge with a nib pen. I love the cheesy giant-sized props. I don’t put this on my list of great episodes, you understand, but I don’t consider it an unmitigated disaster by any means.

I’ve made my feelings about this episode known, so I won’t repeat (too many of) them here. I don’t think that Rigg seems exhausted by any means, but this suffers from many of the same problems that would plague the Tara King era and end the show: namely, an unbelievable script that not even the leads can believe in or pretend to care about. I think the plot’s ridiculous, and not in the good Avenger-ish way, but in the “what the fuck were they thinking?” way. The villains in particular are uninteresting and non-threatening - and why would they be, with a goddamn shrink ray? 

However, I don’t hate this as violently as 3/4s of the Tara King episodes, of which the only redeeming factor is Macnee (with sideburn accompaniment). So there’s that.  

Hmph. This is one of the two Peel episodes I actively dislike. The only saving factor is that it’s not Tara and her blank stare and slow, breathy delivery of EVERY SINGLE LINE that we have to suffer through.

15 Female Action Heroes Who Can Kick Some Serious Ass

One of the sites I write for decided to do a “kick-ass female action heroes” list. I managed to sneak a certain catsuited lady in there. And, no, it’s not Black Widow. Thought others would be interested. 

I don’t think Emma really wants to work on art. I think she just likes using power tools and destroying things. 

I don’t think Emma really wants to work on art. I think she just likes using power tools and destroying things. 

“Once we decided they’d had a wild, swinging love affair … or they knew they mustn’t so much as touch each other or they’d burst into flame. We had to motivate it somehow for ourselves.” -Diana Rigg

cariheart:

looklikegarycooper:

Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith in “Evil under the Sun”

Best scenes are of the jabs between Diana & Maggie, IMHO

They definitely have the most pop. They’re having a lot of fun together. 

cariheart:

looklikegarycooper:

Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith in “Evil under the Sun”

Best scenes are of the jabs between Diana & Maggie, IMHO

They definitely have the most pop. They’re having a lot of fun together.