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The Avengers: Epic (1967)
bimDate: Saturday, 12/Jun/09, 3:30:48 AM | Message # 1
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Country: United Kingdom Director: James Hill Starring: Diana Rigg, Patrick Macnee, Peter
Wyngarde, Isa Miranda,
Kenneth J. Warren, David
Lodge, Anthony Dawes Music: Laurie Johnson Epic is a bizarre little
episode in The Avengers.
Although there is a simple
plot, the way it unfolds is
not very linear and
confusing. It's meant to be that way. We are on a
journey with Emma Peel
(Diana Rigg) and really we
don't know where it is going.
But let me start from the
beginning. The episode opens in the film
studios of a famous film
producer and director, Z.Z.
Von Schnerk (Kenneth J.
Warren). With him are
actors, Stewart Kirby (Peter Wyngarde) and Damita Syn
(Isa Miranda). They are
auditioning an actor for a
role in a film. They decide
that the auditionee has what
it takes for the role, so Kirby pulls a gun and shoots
the man dead. You see the
role is that of a corpse. Next Von Schnerk needs a
leading lady for his film,
and after a secret screen test,
he chooses Emma Peel. To get
her to the studio, Kirby
disables her car, and when she goes to use it, he just happens
by in a taxi. Emma gets intoi
the back of the cab, and for
her trouble is gassed and
passes out. When she wakes,
she is on a film set in what looks like a lounge room. As
she investigates her strange
surroundings she moves from
one set - and one set-piece at a
time. Firstly she strolls past a
church where she is invited to
'the wedding of Emma
Peel'. From a hilltop,
dressed as a priest, Kirby
calls to her. She walks up the hill, only at the last second,
to be pushed down the other
side, where she rolls down to
a funeral service. Her name is
written on the coffin, and
each of the tombstones in the cemetary has her name too. Next she is in ancient Rome
and has to do battle with
Kirby, who is now a
Legionnaire. The variations
and sets continue. We have
the wild west, incorporating a shootout in a saloon; then
World War I, with Kirby as
a German soldier in the
trenches; and Emma is even
attacked by a red Indian.
All the while, as these strange scenes go on. Hiding
in the wings is Von Schnerk,
and he is filming everthing
that Emma does for his
latest movie. The film that Von Schnerk
is making is called The
Destruction of Emma Peel.
Why he wants to destroy
Emma is never really
explained, but I guess it doesn't really matter. This
is one wild ride and is not
really meant as a cohesive an
linear tale. It's one strange
and slightly surreal set-piece
after another. As an episode of The Avengers, it must be
considered one of the
silliest, but at the same time
it is very enjoyable and
showcases both Diana Rigs's
brand of iconic sixties cool and Peter Wyngarde's brand
of sixties excess. They
compliment each other. Naturally Steed comes to the
rescue just in the nick of
time as Emma is on a conveyor
belt, heading towards a
spinning saw blade. There are
a few more gags to round out the episode - because this is a
comedy, and then we can be on
our merry way - it's over. As I mentioned at the outset,
this is a strange little
episode. Added to the
mayhem described above there
are some crude sight gags like
a 'meanwhile back at the ranch' inter-title, and even a
scene where Emma imitates
the MGM roaring lion logo.
These only serve to heighten
the sense that what we are
seeing is not's all smoke and mirrors, much like
the movie industry.
chounsonyoDate: Sunday, 12/Jun/10, 4:35:58 PM | Message # 2
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dami nman hehehe .. XD usta kau bim ?????
bimDate: Monday, 12/Jun/11, 3:13:26 AM | Message # 3
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Ok lang po, kayo po jess? smile ang hirap pag busy na po noh?:) namiss ko ang KP..
jepjepDate: Friday, 12/Jun/29, 2:52:57 AM | Message # 4
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Hahaha, Tawa to the Max...:D ,<3

You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
Yiddish proverb
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