Series 5 - Episode 227½ stars
The Positive Negative Man
by Tony Williamson
Directed by Robert Day
Steed makes the sparks fly
Emma gets switched on
|Set Design||3½ stars|
Another fine story that doesn't quite scale the dizzy heights of true excellence. Nonetheless, it's an electrifying plot that tests your tolerance of mayhem and watt -not. If Ohm-ly they'd made it more over the top. (Sorry about that).
Government scientists formerly associated with Project 90 at
Risley Dale have been suffering shocking deaths - the force of
which has forced them into wall and cabinets. Someone has
perfected the ability to broadcast electricity, with deadly
results. Steed and Mrs Peel traces the culprit: Creswell, the
Project's instigator. In one of the most obvious episodes ever
produced, the obvious villain is in fact behind it all.
Mrs Peel is abducted by being shocked unconscious, but Steed rescues her, having thoughtfully worn rubber-soled shoes. Creswell is brought down to earth, and Hawthorn catapulted into the ceiling by an earthed Steed.
Free again, the Avengers find themselves inseparably magnetised to Steed's Bentley - "Don't fight it, Mrs Peel."
|Morris Minor van||blue||CMF 263A|
|Lotus Elan S3||glacier blue||SJH 499D|
|Bentley 4.5 litre 1927||British racing green||YT 3942|
|Rover P6||powder blue||JLL 376D|
|Ford Thames 800 camper van||orange/white||-|
|Mr Bryant||Peter Haworth(?) V*||Electrocuted/thrown out 12th storey window [prior to episode]|
|Charles Grey||Peter Haworth V*||Electrocuted|
|Maurice Jubert||Peter Haworth V*||Electrocuted|
|James Mankin||Peter Haworth V*||Electrocuted|
|Peter Haworth V*||Steed, Emma & himself V*||Ground self and is electrocuted|
|Creswell V*||Steed||Thrown out window (according to original script)|
Continuity and trivia
- 3:50 - The Ministry has four grades of Ministerial Assistants:
- Most secret
- Top hush
- 4:00 - Top hush grade assistants may also qualify for the special category of "button lip".
- 6:27 - I love the scene where Mrs Peel saucily tells Steed, "Don't forget to return the key"
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- 8:00-8:15 - Diane West drives up in the Lotus and walks towards the Wavel Electronics building.
- 9:05 - Mrs Peel's Lotus has moved closer to the corner in the long shot from the window. At 8:00 it was parked behind the road markings, but now it's parked on top of them.
- 11:10 - That's a painted backdrop dimly visible through the grimy window, intercut nicely with a grimy location shot seconds later.
- 16:28 - There's another painted backdrop outside Creswell's French doors.
- 21:15 - Glorious misdirection of the viewer with the shot of Mankin's white boots.
- 24:32 - Rocky Taylor drives the Bentley.
- 24:34 - Colour shift in the picture due to the back projection.
- 30:23 - Diane West again, driving up to Risley Dale.
- 32:21 - How did Mrs Peel not see anyone when the van was able to drive away sdo quickly?
- 37:07 - Pinewood outdoor street set - used in The Morning After?
- 37:41 - An ordinary makeup insulates a girl against all sorts of things. (smirk) No, not those sort of things.
- 41:10 etc. - Rocky again, speeding down the country roads.
- 46:02 - handheld camera approaching the van
- 46:25 - There's a variation of the Spiderman theme - Laurie Johnson having a joke about "The Positive-Negative Man".
- 46:45 - You can see Rocky Taylor as Steed and Denny Powell as Creswell in the fight scene near the end of the episode.
- 47:10 onwards - The painted backdrop outside the window becomes particular obvious after Denny Powell crashes through it.
- Running time: 49'18"