Episode 15: Action!
"What's going on here? What's happening to me?"
Gene arrives in Scotland and is immediately knocked out and taken away to an underground car park to be brainwashed by the chauffeur. Said chaffeur is actually a member of 'an anti-militant group who pretend to be non-violent', in this case by brainwashing our man Bradley to murder a top army officer...
'Gene Barry and Barry Morse as Mr Parminter', who this week is mostly helicopter-watching.
Natasha Pyne (Ann Somerby), John Collin (John Campbell), David Lampson (Carl Bruner), Alexandra Bastedo (Lola Wells), Bob Cartland (Peter Maller), Cec Linder (General McCready), Karl Held (Major), Hugh Walters (Pestrade), Paddy Ryan (Zenn), John Dunbar (Police Inspector), Stuart Sherwin (Driver), Norman Atkyns (Shopkeeper).
Uncredited - David Graham as the voice of the police inspector.
The first and only Adventurer script from Brian Clemens, of The Avengers and The Professionals...
Barry Morse. Yes, our second lead does some directing work on the side. Hopefully he got paid more for that, as he does a terrific job here, even getting in a Man from U.N.C.L.E. style switch-pan, which is a sign of the highest level of classiness.
There's some location work at Waverly Station, where Gene's fans gather, and then there is a big house and another big house and some fields too. No idea whether this is really in Scotland or not. I'd lean more towards not, though...
Again, no mission. I miss the crazy infodumping of the first few episodes...
Not much to say here. Gene isn't above sneaking away from his fans, and we also learn that he apparently served in the army at some stage in his long and varied life, but that's about all.
Parminter makes a few phonecalls as he checks up on Gene's disappearance, and then gets a trip to the morgue, but otherwise he doesn't do much.
Oh, oh, Diane...willl I love you, I will, always...
No Gavin, quelle surprise - however Parminter seems to have a an army Major on hand, played by Karl Held. Said Mr Held appears to have done a fair bit both this side and that side of the Atlantic throughout the sixties and seventies. British series he's been in include Strange Report, Space:1999 and Return of the Saint, whilst he appears to have had larger parts in American series like Mission: Impossible, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. and The Incredible Hulk. He's also the only Adventurer guest artist to have featured in the original Star Trek...unless I'm wrong, which has happened before.
Anyway, his career seemed to have hit some sort of block in 1991, with a bit part on that L.A. Law episode where Rosalind Shays fell down the elevator shaft, but IMDB reports he's in some film or other this year, so that's alright then.
Not much fashion to note here (it's bad, obviously, but not notably bad), and the standard end-of-episode fight scene happens off-screen. All we get to see is one of Gene's patented fist-slaps...
It's this episode that this line comes from, with the old friend being General McCready. He's a General, and...stuff.
Gene's kidnappers consist of John Campbell (posing as a chauffeur), Carl Bruner (director/producer and seemingly in charge of the operation), Lola Wells (Gene's leading lady, playing 'The Countess'), and two other guys whose names I can't remember. What they want is unclear and their plan is insanely complicated, so obviously they're perfect Adventurer villains.
PARMINTER - "The Scottish police just found Gene."
MAJOR: "Found him? That's great. Where?"
PARMINTER: "Face down in a ditch...dead."
"Dead? That's great too!"
GENE: "Are they for love in Blackpool?"
ANN: "Oh, yes!"
GENE: "Where you from?"
Boing! Wah wah wah waaahh...
Ann 'Stalker' Somerby discovers Gene's empty car, and notes that he has disappeared. Ooh er...
"This scene has to have pace and mood..."
Evidently Gene's army of waiting fans knew that he would be smuggled out through a side exit, but they still wait out the front anyway. The fools.
Ann apparently has x-ray vision - she can deduce exactly what Gene is wearing and what he's doing whilst he's in a car in front of her.
Bruner's accent seems to switch between English and Australian without warning.
The baddies are escorting Gene to be brainwashed when one of his fans (played by Hugh Walters) stops him and asks for an autograph, whereupon he gets carried away to be killed. That's not good thinking, baddies, if you want to be inconspicuous. And anyway, there's a great big brainwashing machine right there - why not just make him forget all about it?
Oh, and apparently Gene has given Vogel 'great pleasure'...mmm hmm.
Ann is meant to be close behind Gene's car at the start of this episode. Cut to Gene, and the back-projected road behind him is clear for about a mile.
Near the end of the episode, we have some more bad dubbing...or maybe we're hearing his internal thoughts?...as Gene cries "I've gotta find that reporter!" I'd also like to know what Alexandra Bastedo's line is as the baddies toast their success, I can't make it out...
Also, this episode is in pretty bad condition, with vertical lines throughout. Or maybe that's just the strings...
Um...no, not a lot. Except this.
However, it's time for another classic moment from The Adventurer files - this time from the second episode, Return to Sender. You can view this scene in both its original format and in its revised format.
I quite like the different positioning of the writer and director credits for this episode. Very stylish.
Ann's not a very good reporter, is she? She follows Gene's limo in a bright white car, and doesn't even think to drop back a little when it arrives at the mansion, proceeding to wander around the grounds loudly reporting on everything in great detail. ("1.25p.m. Subject on castle terrace, drinking what appears to be coffee.") So, not just x-ray vision but general super-vision, given that she can judge the contents of Gene's cup from about a mile or so away. She does have binoculars, but-
"Or maybe tea!"
Perhaps not, then. In fact, the girl seems just a tad unhinged. She's a stalker, that's what she is, and Gene's just asking for trouble by taking her off for an 'exclusive interview' at the end of the episode...
I quite like Gene's 'hypnotised' performance in this episode - kind of both childlike and drunk. Oh, and Alexandra Bastedo should never be not-blonde.
This is nice. OK, it's still terrible, but...it's terrible in a different way to normal. It certainly makes a change from the usual Adventurer fare. Gene gets repeatedly gassed into submission, which is good, there's a nice bit of mystery and a good guest cast. Yes. I like this episode quite a bit.
|"Yes General, I agree your chicken impression is very good, but maybe now isn't the right time..."|
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