The New Avengers '77
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I'm a huge fan of the New Avengers but of course most who love the original Avengers series from the sixties have little regard for this seventies version. Watching this final batch of 13 episodes comprising the second season of the show, it's easy to see why. Even I have a hard time defending my favorite show!
The first season was so vastly different to the original sixties incarnation in many ways that it could not easily be regarded as inherently part of the same show. But there was enough style, humor, panache and charm to carry it through and the creation of Purdey (played so wonderfully by Joanna Lumley) was surely enough to keep Mrs. Peel's fans intrigued and captivated. Sadly the promise of the first season simply evaporated in the second, which cannot be regarded as much more than a very, very distant cousin to Steed's original outings.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what the problem is. Certainly it's not helped by there being three very different styles of production throughout the thirteen shows. Six were made and produced in the UK, three in France and four in Canada. The Avengers was such an undeniably British experience that taking the show abroad was never likely to work. Steed always looked out of place in his bowler and with the furled umbrella, even in swinging sixties London, but the dignity of the character and the quirkiness of the format always carried the day. Once placed in Canada or even Paris, he simply looks ridiculous and it no longer makes sense.Read more ›
"Obsession" allows Purdey to show some real emotion and while it is a change of pace to see the avengers in Paris and Toronto, Steed looks dashing wherever he is and there is lots of good interplay between the three characters. Still well worth purchasing.
1) Dead Men are Dangerous
2) Angels of Death
3) Medium Rare
4) The Unicorn and the Lion
8) K is for Kill: part 1
9) K is for Kills: part 2
11) The Gladiators
13) Forward Base
At some points, for some stupid reason, they stuck Purdey in a bad wig! Even Benny Hill had better wigs! The Lion and the Unicorn is a fast paced romp, that show the excellent team work between Lumley and Hunt. But Emily is the episode that really steals the shows. Quite different from most of the New Avengers, this one is play tongue completely through cheek comedy. Emily is a car and the villain accidentally leaves his hand print on the top of an elderly lady car. They can catch the bad guy if they get the car to HQ with the handprint intact Only bad guy is out to stop them. Again, Hunt and Lumley's team works so well for this episode that is a howl.
I great addition to the Avengers library, though they were starting to show the lack of originality in several episodes. Same because they team of Macnee, Lumley and Hunt were really hitting their stride as a team.
The middle has dropped out of the mixture in the oven.
This series is a little soggy throughout. I have watched it several times and for some of the episodes that is certainly more than a little too much. What is missing is not just the quick witted repartit or even the sense of intellectual snobbiness that goes with some of the stories. I even thought that the story with Martin Shaw and future colleague Lewis Collins (of the Professionals) was not that much irony.
No, what was missing most to me was the lack of originality of the story. The Avengers reduced to the status of the very bureaucrats that they had sent up so successfully in the past, although I think that the Mother joke went on far too long. The show just became another boring mundane sort of spy story but just did not meet the bill. Taking the show out of London did not work too well either just as getting rid of the classic cars, although I do remember Gambit's S-type Jag rather well.
Sad end to a once great series but at least Patrick Macnee had some decent parts not like those he would play once in America. For completists only.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While not as good as the Emma Peel years, Purdy and Gambit help make the Avengers still enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by Douglas A. Sommer
Simply, well done. This book is recommended for anyone interested in the Avengers series.Published 13 months ago by robert thomas
I enjoyed these shows when they were seen on television years ago. I have not seen them for ages,its great to be able to watch them whenever I like.Published 17 months ago by Jeff Bussing
Not as good as the original Emma Peel episodes but you'll still be entertained. A fun series that will bring you back to the 70's.Published 21 months ago by S scissors
New avengers, 3 people .. Purdy, Steed, and Gambit ... more of cops and robbers than first series, ok, but liked the Dianna Rigg part the bestPublished 24 months ago by Paul Marguette
Love seeing Patrick Macnee in action again as Steed. Joanna Lumley is great as Purdy. Just a trivia note,Joanna Lumley was the voice of British Telecom voicemailPublished on March 22, 2013 by jhoscout
This is one of my favorite British television series. The DVD is fantastic, no problems, plays well. I'd buy it again and would recommend it to friends.Published on December 3, 2012 by Annie Crenshaw
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