It is entirely thanks to celluloidbroomcloset that I have taken to noticing all the times Tara forgets that her flat has two doors.
[“Who Was That Man I Saw You With?”]
The thing that pretty much ruins this episode for me is that Steed (who is already sort of sadistically relishing Tara’s War Room torments - you just know he’s the one who volunteered her for the job) is so quick to write off Tara. He doesn’t even really try to defend her.
Tara has to frame Steed to get him to believe her, whereas two episodes previously she was prepared to believe in Steed through thick and thin. If the audience doesn’t believe in Tara, that’s their business, but if Steed doesn’t believe in Tara, that’s really unfair to the character. And it just shows the lack of reciprocal standards throughout the King episodes. Feh.
On the other hand, perhaps a little adversity suits Tara. This is a good episode for her, with her continued attempts to crack the War Room, and her refusing to surrender and turning the tables so effectively on Steed. One could only wish she had punched him in the face, along with two or three of the other men in this episode, all of whom richly deserve it.
I had a lot of feelings about this butt as a little girl.
i don’t even need to know the context of this drawing
I find it hard to believe that context of any kind could make this any more magnificent than it already is, but I’d be willing to see any attempts made.
Emma Peel is done with your bullshit.
For those who haven’t seen this episode, this is the “OK, if you insist on a fight, I guess I’ll have to kick your ass” face she makes before doing just that.
Yeah, Emma Peel gets tied up a lot. But here’s the thing: she’s fucking smug about it. She thinks it’s the funniest thing she’s ever seen. She’s wondering when you will be done posturing and actually get down to killing her. She’s got shit to do.
Christian Dior Ostrich Hoods, 1965
Every so often, a show gets tired of doing things the same way they always do it, and they feel an urge to radically change it up a bit. “Wouldn’t it be interesting if our characters were on an alien planet? Wouldn’t it be interesting if our characters were back in the 1880’s tracking down Jack the Ripper?”
I don’t usually have a problem with holodeck episodes as long as they’re used sparingly, but I feel that one rule of them is that the immersion must be total … or if not, you’d better have a really good batch of handwaving ready to go.
This episode doesn’t bother to handwave, and it doesn’t bother to be consistent. It tosses together 1880’s trappings which have a good excuse and/or plot justification (e.g. the hansom), but then throws in random bits which would never be seen in 1968 London, and I ask why the hell they’re there (the flower seller, the knife grinder). Osgood’s mode of dress and home interiors are explained - he’s very clearly a throwback - but are we expected to believe the costume merchant and the hansom guy in their period whiskers are also throwbacks? I think it’s supposed to come off as whimsical; to me it comes off as “couldn’t be arsed to try harder,” a common theme in the Tara series.
I’m not saying I hate it wholesale. I do like the sets, and the little touches like the piano, and I see what they were going for. Unfortunately, the bigger flaw is that the
Jack the RipperGaslight Ghoul plot is not nearly as sinister or exciting as it could be, so there’s kind of a dull hole in the middle of the episode. Steed, Tara, and Mother are fine; it’s the material they have to work with that’s the problem here.
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.