Series 5 - Episode 188½ stars
by Philip Levene
Directed by Sidney Hayers
Steed relives a nightmare
Emma sees daylight
|Set Design||4 stars|
This was in a five-way tie for the #5 spot of my top episodes, pipped at the post by The Joker. It is one of the finest of the season and well worth you're seeing.
Government officials trying to attend a peace conference have
been having disquieting dreams, which become reality with
The Avengers are called in to ensure they do finally attend, but the next official tells Steed of a missing button on his butler jacket, and seeing a lion before he died, all of which come true. The Avengers babysit the next man to fill the post, but all three feel a sting on their necks and fall asleep, troubled by nightmares. It's all a plan of Becker, an Eastern European observer at the conference, and his cohorts, but Steed and Emma individually find the storage area where the delegates have been drugged and brainwashed. Stapley is exposed as the inside man, the bandaid on his cheek covering no wound and he dies by one of the of deaths predicted in the dreams - crushed by a chandelier.
Mrs Peel predicts a visit to the theatre.
|Bentley Speed Six 1926||British racing green||RX 6180|
|Daimler Majestic Major Limousine||black, champagne upholstery||AUV 719B|
|Alvis TE21 limousine (or maybe a TD21 Series II)||blue||CAN 972D|
|Austin Princess 3-litre Limousine by Vanden Plas||black||147 BZX?|
|Austin Princess 3-litre Limousine by Vanden Plas||black||-|
|Bedford pickup||red & white||-|
|Jaguar S-type||white||LMJ 109C?|
|Lotus Elan S3||glacier blue||SJH 499D|
|Sir Andrew Boyd||Jepson V*||Run down by car|
|Jepson?? V*||Emma||Karate blow (this is according to the original synopsis).|
|Alfred Becker V*||Steed||Fires bullet through hole in target.|
|Stapley V*||Steed, Emma, Haynes & himself V*, sort of)||Crushed by falling chandelier|
Continuity and trivia
- 3:07 - This was the first episode produced without the "Steed does this, Emma does that" subtitles.
- 6:50-7:43 - There's colour shift in the close-ups due to back projection.
- 7:00-7:40 - Stand-ins were used in the actual driving shots & long shots, Patrick Macnee & Diana Riogg are in the close-ups with back projection of passing scenery.
- 7:24-7:42 -
- 8:10-8:40 -
- 10:00 - The same newspaper as seen in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station" is being read by Sir Andrew Boyd in the back of the limo with Steed. Note that both the front and back pages carry the same headlines.
It wasn't the same page when first given to him by Dalby however!
In Dalby's hand...
A Funny Thing...
- 10:00-10:35 - There's colour shift in the close-ups due to back projection.
- 12:30 - tall dark str. / back of car
- 15:01, 39:42 et passim. -
- 18:52 (bluray) / 17:42 (dvd) - we see the shadow of the boom mic on the ceiling
- When Steed is walking to the car with Lord Melford, he's suddenly in a different navy suit that is never seen again after this short scene - was it Macnee's own suit?
- 18:48-19:20 - There's colour shift in the close-ups due to back projection.
- 28:35-29:10 - There's colour shift in the close-ups due to back projection.
- 31:30-31:40 - There's colour shift in the close-ups due to back projection.
- 34:04 (bluray) - we see the edge of the lighting gantry above Steed's 'ceiling'
- 33:38 & 35:03 - We see a close-up of the target Becker is shooting at as Steed arrives (33:38), but when Steed goes to change the target we discover that none of them has the same pattern of bullet holes as first seen. (35:03).
- 46:02 et passim. - Diana Rigg does some of her own stunts in the fight scene and at the end of it (47:08) she's limping as she rejoins Steed. It's the kick at 46:56 that does it, a lot of the rest of the sequence is Cyd Child sparring with Terry Yorke.
- 46:32 - Patrick Macnee and William Lucas, however, have stunt doubles do all their dirty work except the close-ups that were filmed after the master shot was compiled - Joe Dunne for William Lucas and Paul Weston for Patrick Macnee.
- 46:50 - the order of the delegate placenames on the table changes during the fight sequence.
- Running time: 49'19"