I'd say her look is elegant, not hippie. As a demonstration of their power, I believe it was. Reminds me of the bit in Diamonds Are Forever when Blofeld wants a target for his death-ray, finds that the satellite is currently over Kansas, and remarks that if they strike there, nobody will know about it for years. _______ This Week's 50th Anniversary Viewings 50 years ago this past week. _______ Star Trek "The Alternative Factor" Originally aired March 30, 1967 Stardate 3087.6 My post here didn't really get into the episode at all, but some conversation about it follows. dodge did a pretty good job a couple posts below that of giving a play-by-play of the episode's abundant WTF-ness. _______ The Man from U.N.C.L.E. "The Five Daughters Affair: Part I" Originally aired March 31, 1967 Open Channel Dual Future Bond Villains, Telly Savalas and Curt Jurgens? Open Channel Dual Trek Heroines, Kim Darby and Jill Ireland? Open Channel Dearest Mommy, Joan Crawford? Open Channel D) All of the above. This is one of those two-parters that was made to be a theatrical release, and it shows. The whole thing looks higher-budget that usual, especially the opening sequence...and it's very interesting that they do a chase scene involving gyrocopters so shortly before You Only Live Twice was released. What's more, later in the episode Solo and Kuryakin are attacked by skiers with automatic rifles...two years before On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Savalas and Jurgens, OTOH...alas, neither plays a villain. The opening theme music sounds different from that in the previous Season 3 episodes as well. In-story, Jill Ireland makes quite a stir running around in a bikini. One of her scenes takes place in a club where Every Mother's Son is playing their claim to fame, "Come on Down to My Boat": (#6 US) There's actually a video of the scene from the episode on YouTube, but it's of very poor quality. The episode aired before the single was even released, according to my sources...and it didn't enter the charts until May. Wiki says that it was also used in the opening credits of the theatrical version, The Karate Killers. Perhaps the episode played a role in popularizing the song...it had already peaked on the charts by the time of the theatrical release. _______ Mission: Impossible "A Cube of Sugar" Originally aired April 1, 1967 There we go! Now just change the agent to whom the tape's addressed and we'll be all set! So I was reading something on the web by a guy named Bennett, and he brings up some good points concerning how much the IMF agents know in advance about the place that they're infiltrating in this episode. I'll add the question of how Briggs could have known which cell Rollin would be put in...it looked like there was at least one other besides that one and the one that Deane was in. I don't agree that there was any real criticism of the counterculture here, at least not the American hippie one. Psychedelic drug use would have certainly been topical at the time, but the only social backdrop we see for it here is some sort of Eastern European beatnik jazz club, and the two main characters who are associated with it...Deane and the wife that Cinnamon is pretending to be...are over-30 types. If you want to see the '60s counterculture dragged through the mud, Dragnet 1967 is your show. Is it just me, or does the circular tunnel that Barney and Willy crawl through a couple of times seem to be the same piece as the Horta tunnel in "The Devil in the Dark"? Ah, Willy. Maybe I haven't seen enough of the show yet and am calling this wrong...but so far, in a show whose entire main cast consists of cyphers pretending to be other people, he manages to stand out as the most boring of the bunch. I don't think I've seen him even pretend to be somebody vaguely interesting. It seems that the Decades Binge I recorded skipped the last two episodes of Season 1--"The Traitor" (Apr. 15) and "The Psychic" (Apr. 22)--as well as the Season 2 premiere, "The Widow" (Sep. 10)...so unless those episodes come along sometime in the next five months, I'll be picking M:I back up on the weekend of Sep. 17. Also, I see that Decades will be doing an M:I Daily Binge on Apr. 12...moving forward into Season 4, and still skipping odd episodes along the way...but that means that when the time comes, I'll be able to continue past Trek into Nimoy's next gig. _______ The Avengers "Epic" Originally aired April 1, 1967 (UK) Steed Catches a Falling Star Emma Makes a Movie So the film that Emma is trapped in is about her wedding and death...where's George Lazenby? The problem with a story like this is that it seems to assume that Steed and Peel are well-known figures in their own world, such that somebody like this episode's movie director would target them at all. This episode also reminds me a lot of "The House That Jack Built," but the earlier story was better realized. This one isn't quite as creepy, as Emma is interacting directly with the director and his two actors, whereas "Jack" has her trapped in a surreal environment mostly alone. (There's one other person there, but he's somebody who broke into the house randomly at an earlier date and has been driven insane there.) And IIRC, in "Jack" Emma pretty much figures the way out herself by the time Steed shows up, whereas here she seems too easily stymied by the actors until he arrives to lend a hand. Shades of M:I's "The Train" from a couple weeks back--This episode also ends with a literal breaking of the fourth wall...this time to humorous effect. _______ Coming up next week: Star Trek, "The City on the Edge of Forever" The Man from U.N.C.L.E., "The Five Daughters Affair: Part II" The Saint, "Island of Chance" Get Smart, "A Man Called Smart: Part 1" The Avengers, "The Superlative Seven"