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.
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I just noticed I have reached 451 followers (the point at which SEDDIs combust? Something like that). Anyways, I wanted to say hello to everyone and that y’all are awesome - and I always love getting responses, comments, arguments, submissions, requests, etc.
A really cool thing (and I mean this sincerely) is the way people can watch the exact same film or TV show or what-have-you and yet come up with dramatically different reactions, even to what you’d think would be very fundamental questions, such as “is this boring or not?”
Comparing notes with fellow fans of “The Avengers” has been great this way. Understand, until recently I didn’t know any other fans of the show to compare notes with, so other than vehemently disagreeing with David Smith’s pages off and on, I was unaware of the spectrum of reaction.
(I don’t see any point in concealing that this woolgathering was inspired by celluloidbroomcloset's reaction to “Take Me To Your Leader.” She found it boring; to me, it stands out in a semi-dismal season by being one of the rare Tara episodes where I'm not bored. Contrast this to “Fog,” which if I remember correctly she rather likes, but which I find has a big hunk of “why on earth should I be interested in any of this” in its center. Is she wrong? No. Am I wrong? No. There’s no “wrong” here, and yet it’s fascinating how we can come up with such different responses.)
Alas, we’re plummeting toward the really grim end of the Tara era, so these differences of opinion are likely about to stop. Of the seven remaining episodes after “Fog,” “Who Was That Man I Saw You With,” “Bizarre,” and “Requiem” are all flawed but have their moments … but “Pandora,” “Thingumajig,” and “Homicide and Old Lace” are three of the absolute worst. I’ve never heard anyone yet admit to liking any of those three. “Pandora” in particular is so bad I’m worried about my ability to rewatch it. I have only ever made it halfway through. “Take-Over” is the only one where we’ll get a nice spot of controversy. I dislike it; a lot of other people are very fond of it.
Yes! That’s the fun of any media: you get a lot of different reactions, and everyone has their reasons.
I do like both Fog and Take-Over: the first because of the stylization and otherworldiness, the second because 1) Steed, 2) villain, and 3) limited Tara.
I can point you to people who like both Pandora and Thingumajig. I don’t understand it and never will.
I hated Take Me to Your Leader. I hated it *so* much. Flames…on the side of my face…burning…
Still trying to decide whether, after TNA, I will wrap around and cap some Cathy Gale episodes. Even in remasters, they are murky and sometimes hard to hear, and I find many of them slow, but there are definitely jewels among the murk.
I guarantee I will have something from “The Nutshell” (the single best Gale episode in my opinion) if nothing else.
Actually I should probably do it if only because I owe those episodes a rewatch, out of fairness. There are many Gale episodes I have only watched once (as opposed to Peel or King episodes, which I have generally watched many times).
I think that the Gale eps improve with multiple viewings (unlike the Tara ones, which seem to get worse) - there’s usually something fun about even the worst ones. In any case, I’d love to read your views and what caps you choose from them.