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violetimpudence:

celluloidbroomcloset:

Steed enjoys his role as a carnival barker advertising belly-dancers in “Tunnel of Fear.”

(Memo to the more casual Avengers fans: No, you didn’t somehow miss this one. These are promo stills from one of the lost season 1 episodes)

There’s not even a complete SCRIPT for this one. It upsets me so much. (Also includes some of the more bondage-tastic moments in the series). 

lotsofbrolly:

sysann:

I was looking at caps for a different purpose. But it just struck me that it’s not Cathy who likes to wander into Steed’s bedroom. Vice versa however…

Ooooh interesting ;-)

Reminds me of that scene in The Big Thinker. Steed: I’ll take him into your bedroom. I know he’ll be comfortable in there.Cathy: You’ll do nothing of the sort.

lotsofbrolly:

sysann:

I was looking at caps for a different purpose. But it just struck me that it’s not Cathy who likes to wander into Steed’s bedroom. Vice versa however…

Ooooh interesting ;-)

Reminds me of that scene in The Big Thinker.

Steed: I’ll take him into your bedroom. I know he’ll be comfortable in there.

Cathy: You’ll do nothing of the sort.

This is a fascinating moment. Emma picks up the telephone with the intention of continuing to beat the doctor who killed Paul, but stops when she realizes he’s out cold. There are few, if any, moments when she comes close to killing someone deliberately and for no purpose but revenge, yet she balks at it. She doesn’t lower herself to their level. 

A well planned country weekend retreat. - Chapter Two.

lotsofbrolly:

Author’s note -

Totally SFW, very cute, very romantic…enjoy!!

——

Chapter Two -

He pulled the Bentley steering wheel hard to the left, as he carefully negotiated the large vehicle over the small bridge, which covered the slowly receding stream.

"It’s always wonderful to see the little…

D’awwwww. 

sysann:

The Avengers’ version of damsels in distress. - It’s a shame we can’t really see the eyepatch Cathy’s wearing to finish off the tied up and gagged look and give her yet another small handicap.(And I wonder if Steed looks at the woman on the floor and thinks “better you than me” because he’s been in the exact same position before, during one of Cathy’s “oh there’s another person around, let’s strike first and ask questions later” attacks.)

Whenever I see Cathy’s smile in the “even if i have to hurt you” scene I think of Steed’s “You must be mad.” from Grandeur that Rome was.

Unless of course you count almost any of the Tara King episodes, in which our heroine is usually placed in a position where she cannot talk and therefore cannot be clever or self-possessed.

Steed enjoys his role as a carnival barker advertising belly-dancers in “Tunnel of Fear.”

x-cetra:

Promo announcing the Avengers was switching to color from b&w

…they missed a joke, however. 
"Poisoned?"
"Worse. Served over ice."
*pained look*

sysann:

What strikes me is that Cathy will hold Freckles -who desperately wants to get away- leashed without showing any sort of strain. (I think Freckles might be scared of the hoover sound. But it’s also quite possible that Cathy’s just a strict leash bearer.) Whereas Steed seems to have trouble holding that small dog Emma and he have with them in Hidden Tiger.

I think Freckles was just a nervous dog in general - Steed/Macnee is very gentle with her, but she seems terrified of him. Sheba belonged to Macnee’s girlfriend/future wife Catherine Woodville, and the dog absolutely adored him (he should have kept the dog and dropped the girl…) 

avengerness:

Finally Steed could return to his flat - “To Olga with love” - a small photo fiction

YES! Brodny deserves some love, and Olga and he will be awesome together. I’m 100% behind this. 

sysann:

I love that all she does is tell him that she’ll go get changed before they go to the wine tasting.
Steed: Must you?
—- You really can never tell what Cathy will do next. The possibilities range from kicking or hitting someone, to having a laugh - to just simply choosing to remove temptation. Not that that had much of an effect.

Cathy spends half of her time being turned on by Steed and the other half resisting that impulse. That’s my theory.

sysann:

I love that all she does is tell him that she’ll go get changed before they go to the wine tasting.

Steed: Must you?

—- You really can never tell what Cathy will do next. The possibilities range from kicking or hitting someone, to having a laugh - to just simply choosing to remove temptation. Not that that had much of an effect.

Cathy spends half of her time being turned on by Steed and the other half resisting that impulse. That’s my theory.

lotsofbrolly:

violetimpudence:

[“Emily”]

This is a batty-little-old-lady episode. Whether you like it or not depends on how you feel about batty-little-old-lady scripts. I like them when I’m in the mood for them; other times they make me crazy.

Oh, sure, I realize the actual batty little old lady isn’t really in it much, but her spirit pervades most of the episode and its cornball sense of humor.

If you like that sense of humor, then you can skip the first fifteen minutes of this episode, because it’s just setup to get the handprint on the car. All you miss is some chase scenes and a little exposition.

If you don’t like that sense of humor, then you might as well skip this one entirely, because apart from the goofy bits there is very little to see here.

[As a side note, I shall now introduce the Avengers Chekhov’s Gun Variant (tm): If you have several unimpeachable high-level figures in a room (besides our heroes) when someone says “No one knows who the Fox is,” then one of those people is the Fox. Even Steed admits it. In this case, there are only two such people in the room, so your odds are fifty-fifty. To their credit, they don’t try to hide the Fox’s identity from the viewer for very long at all, which actually makes it more fun.]

There are two bits in this I very much enjoy, although I grant that it’s definitely Dukes of Hazzard school of humor. (If I’m being honest, there are times when I like that sort of thing, but do bear in mind that you never truly escape being from the South.) The first is when Steed completely baffles his partners with the radiator repair, and the second is when Purdey handles both the moonshine and the fighting better than Gambit does, and Gambit gets completely bent out of shape about it.

The “calling all cars” joke is pretty good, but the one in Johnny Dangerously (speaking of cornball) is probably still the all-time champion.

Like you say, you really have to be in the right mood to watch this one. I like it, it’s quirky, funny, and eccentric. I especially like the scene where Steed “fills out the holes”, with fresh eggs, incidentally an actual old trick that works very well. But the “music” lets it down, wayyyy down, for me. It makes it laughable to watch, and over the top. Yes it’s fun, but the music makes it seem more daft than it really should be. It’s just such a shame this is the last ever episode. Poor Steed!!

I am never in the right mood to watch this one, and I have tried on several occasions. To me it’s just stupid. The humor falls flat, the Canadian caricatures are actually kind of offensive, and the plot works so hard to get us to the extended “car chase” that it smacks of over-planning. It’s like a long, elaborate set-up for a very stupid, slightly racist pun.