This is an Avengers blog (British TV show, not the superheroes). Expect anything to do with John Steed, Emma Peel, Cathy Gale, Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, and Honor Blackman. A bit of The New Avengers, 1960s/70s things, and just a touch of overheated Gothic literature for good measure. I pretty much cover my own interests du jour, but welcome requests for gifs, photosets, screencaps, and fanfiction. In fact, I love requests! I try to keep my commentary balanced, but I do have my (sometimes strong) opinions about characters, episodes, and relationships, and I will express them. I always welcome respectful, friendly debate. All fanfiction by celluloidbroomcloset: Creative Commons License
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I actually love the cinematography in this one. There are lots of close-ups and a number of nicely framed shots. 

There are two chess sets set up - Steed is sitting at one in the foreground, and Mrs. Peel is standing at one in the background. They both pick up chess pieces at the same time - Steed picks up a white and/or grey one and Mrs. Peel is holding a black one. 
It’s a very small moment, and almost unnoticeable because our vision is largely directed towards Steed in the foreground and maybe the speakers in the middle ground. But there’s a subtle effect at work: Steed and Mrs. Peel moving not quite simultaneously, but in complement to one another. In contrast to Steed and Cathy, who often walk into each other, or Steed and Tara, who are often shown with him in the superior position while she looks up at him, Steed and Mrs. Peel unconsciously respond to each other’s movements, giving the impression of them behaving not just as a team, but as two halves of a single entity. 

There are two chess sets set up - Steed is sitting at one in the foreground, and Mrs. Peel is standing at one in the background. They both pick up chess pieces at the same time - Steed picks up a white and/or grey one and Mrs. Peel is holding a black one. 

It’s a very small moment, and almost unnoticeable because our vision is largely directed towards Steed in the foreground and maybe the speakers in the middle ground. But there’s a subtle effect at work: Steed and Mrs. Peel moving not quite simultaneously, but in complement to one another. In contrast to Steed and Cathy, who often walk into each other, or Steed and Tara, who are often shown with him in the superior position while she looks up at him, Steed and Mrs. Peel unconsciously respond to each other’s movements, giving the impression of them behaving not just as a team, but as two halves of a single entity. 

I’ve heard it said that Emma is haughty and self-important in this episode when she makes fun of Steed’s intellectual abilities, but I think that’s a gross oversimplification of an episode that directly addresses various types of intelligence. Steed is never an idiot and Emma never says that he is: she makes fun of his failure on examinations to prove himself a genius, ones that she has to do for him. But it is Emma’s intelligence that’s ultimately used against her and everyone else at RANSACK.
It also presupposes that Emma isn’t just teasing him, something these two do almost constantly.

I’ve heard it said that Emma is haughty and self-important in this episode when she makes fun of Steed’s intellectual abilities, but I think that’s a gross oversimplification of an episode that directly addresses various types of intelligence. Steed is never an idiot and Emma never says that he is: she makes fun of his failure on examinations to prove himself a genius, ones that she has to do for him. But it is Emma’s intelligence that’s ultimately used against her and everyone else at RANSACK.

It also presupposes that Emma isn’t just teasing him, something these two do almost constantly.

I would like Martin Scorsese to be interested in a female character once in a while, but I don’t know if I’ll live that long.

Meryl Streep pulling weeds (via cyberqueer)

(Source: tarntino)

violetimpudence:

Me: I’m not convinced Steed actually made it all the way through Eton. I imagine him having been expelled for fleecing the other boys at cards or some such.

L.: You mean…like Patrick Macnee?

I’m told he was actually expelled for bookmaking and selling pornography (note for those who don’t know: Eton is for boys 13 to 18 years old!), which, if I’d put that down for Steed, might have been dismissed as too unbelievable!

After watching Steed in the Cathy Gale episodes, I think it’s very believable that he’d get expelled for bookmaking and pornography. Personally, I think it’s something to be proud of.

bootsandbowlers:

A horde of uniformed soldiers, or John Steed?

NO CONTEST.

daystarsearcher:

I swear, every Emma Peel episode of The Avengers is basically just Steed springing challenges on Mrs. Peel unexpectedly because a) he knows she will rise to them, and b) he knows she’ll “punish” him for it later.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

He does that to Cathy too, but it’s mostly to piss her off.

violetimpudence:

I’m not convinced Steed actually made it all the way through Eton. I imagine him having been expelled for fleecing the other boys at cards or some such.

[“Have Guns - Will Haggle”]

This one was made from the salvaged bits of the Bryce episode “Invitation To a Killing,” plus some new material, which is why some scenes don’t quite match (day turning to night suddenly and so on). In this one the best bits are Steed/King scenes - yes, actual banter! - and Tara is in pretty good form, making smart decisions and showing that red card again and beating up multiple attackers in a warehouse while wearing a really astonishing pink fur coat. Steed gets a nice tense little burglary scene. There is also a good exchange where Steed tries to spare Tara’s sensibilities and she’s having none of it.

JS: We’ll know as soon as the doctors have - well, as soon as they’ve done what they have to do.
TK: You mean after the autopsy, after they’ve dug the bullet out.

The problem is that everything in this episode that’s not Steed or King is pretty boring, and the ending sequence with the dynamite is a complete misfire, so to speak.

You mean…like Patrick Macnee?

Tara’s in good form right up until she gets handcuffed to the goddamn explosives.

Steed wins this round. 

(I just realized I may have inadvertently interfered on violetimpudence’s turf in the captioning department. Sorry!)

celluloidbroomcloset asked
I missed it the last time, so I would love a hand this time!

idlesuperstar:

I will try extra hard for a good deal for you:

Wow this is the best film The Archers never made: Marius Goring, Michael Redgrave and Wendy Hiller. Brit-tastic. :D

Hmmm…I guess I’d shag Michael, go to the pub with Marius, and marry Wendy. Didn’t think it would fall out like that, though…