[“Mr. Teddy Bear”]
On the whole, this is the first of the Gale episodes which is fully as good as a Peel episode, once you subtract a bit for the generally slower Gale pacing and for Steed’s behavior (see below).
In general I think of Mr. Teddy Bear - the first of our Diabolical Masterminds - as being the inspiration for a lot of the future ones (notably “The See-Through Man” and “You Have Just Been Murdered”), many of whom are not nearly as interesting. Continual efforts to recapture lightning in the bottle?
Much has been made of Steed’s nasty tone in the briefing sequence, but I just read it as tension. He knows he’s sending Cathy into something dangerous and he’s concerned about things going wrong. It’s possible he doesn’t trust her not to screw up, but then, it’s early days and she’s not a professional - at least not yet - so that’s fairly justifiable.
What’s less justifiable is his fussing at Cathy for not getting anything substantial. “You would have done better, of course.” “Probably.” His taunting her after he comes back from the dead is also not good, and he’s lucky she doesn’t knock him through a wall. I suppose we can write all of this off to tension too, since 110 has ordered him to “get” Mr. Teddy Bear without the slightest bit of information to work from, and it’s his neck in the noose. Basically, Steed is tightly wound the whole time, and we have to adjust accordingly.
P.S. Keep an eye out for Henry the motorcyclist, so you can see what Mr. Hairpiece from “Take Me To Your Leader” looks like without his hairpiece.
[“Mr. Teddy Bear”]
Mark Williams and Julie Walters behind the scenes of Bill&Fleur’s wedding
This should have just been put in the movie, as mr and mrs weasley probably dance just like this.
THIS IS GOLD
Joanna Lumley as Purdey - The New Avengers (1976-1977)
Except not, because she never wore that hair style for the show, much to my anguish.
Steed and his indelible fascination with Cathy Gale’s ass.
Oh come now! Don’t be unfair. He’s also very interested in other parts of her body.
There’s a really filthy fic in there somewhere…
*I* was talking about her feet. *nods* Wait, okay. That, too, could become very filfthy indeed. :P —- Maybe there’s just more than one very filthy story about these two that remains to be written?
It is, I think, a general rule of the universe that there are a near-infinite number of very filthy stories that remain to be written about just about any topic whatsoever.
(But it won’t come from me, I’m afraid. I don’t write Avengers fic because I’m just not convinced I could get the voices right. And I don’t write dirty stories in general because I burned out on that about a decade ago.)
Classic cover by Bill Everett from Strange Tales #61, published by Marvel Comics, February 1958.
I think this all bodes well
I dated an alligator.
THERE ARE NO CAJUNS IN FLORIDA.