We've been watching more Man from U.N.C.L.E. on drworm
's computer, and he has been very active in persuading me to write more little review blurbs for them. So here are some review blurbs.
I liked that they had Gypsy characters and portrayed them as actual people with their own political problems and distinct cultural groups instead of curse-casting, fortune-telling plot devices (like they did in The Bow-Wow Affair. So classy). Also, the half-Gypsy guard? Also played two different THRUSH agents, Oregano in The Hula Doll Affair and Eddie in The Dippy Blonde Affair. Rex Holman.
Blonde. Hot. Was in a ton of old TV shows. We notice these things.
Fucking A+++. Cute old Mafia guys! Napoleon concerned about the societal standing of a girl everybody thinks he fucked! Janet Leigh as a hot psychopath! Incredibly cheesecakey catfight! THRUSH officials gettin' their freak on in a totally upper-middle-class fashion! Humorously repressed villain! (This was where Seth observed that all the villains have more consistent character development than the main characters. This is true. I would totally watch a Hitchcock movie about Miss Diketon.)
Mad Mad Tea Party:
Really cute for a first-season episode. I mean, come on, guppies!
What better way to test a security system than with children's toys and tiny pet fishies? Had they been able to work puppies in there somehow, it would have been completely perfect. I even actually enjoyed the plot thread with the "Innocent" (Alice? IDK); she was cute and had an interesting voice and seemed fairly realistic about being pulled into a depressing underground facility and having to be interrogated by a scary blonde.
Felt longer than it was, much like most New Year's Eve parties. The fights were actually sort of lame, but I almost like that more than well-choreographed fights in this show. Seems more realistic. I liked that THRUSH was apparently started by the aging lead lady; explains their equal-opportunity employing policy in regards to women. (Sisters gotta stick together. Except when they're tarting up their teenage girltoys to throw at enemy spies, who are like, "Oh, girlfriend
, that color is all wrong for you.")
Illya doesn't like girls. Napoleon doesn't like the idea of matrimony. There's a guy with Alzheimer's. The "Deadly Goddess" is a little piece of mud and it's basically a huge rip-off of a title. Come on
, where are the human sacrifices? Where are the scary people in robes? Where are the hundred-foot-tall Venus of Willendorfs with teeth where teeth should not be? MUNCLE fails at pulp.
Cap and Gown:
Okay, the teaching machine? We have that at CMU. Every year, a couple of profs decide that it would be easier to use it for some lecture hall class, and every year it doesn't work very well, and every year a few hundred students get graded on a malfunctioning curve and get poison gas squirted into their faces. Technology
I loved this episode. I had absolutely no idea what was going on at any given time, but it completely did not matter. Illya trying to kill Napoleon with a blade-covered spinny block! Napoleon as a prissy nerd with a bowtie! Cheetahs! Archie Bunker in a wheelchair! GUN AIMED AT THE AUDIENCE OH NOES! :O
I actually really liked the beginning of this one. It was very Andromeda Strain
. But mostly what I liked was baby Kurt Russell!
The last time I saw him in anything his character was getting stomped to death by some girls he tried to kill with his car. drworm
and I were making bunny noises after this one. All, "EEE, he has a daddy-crush on Napoleon! And he has an awesome little box with a hand!"
The titular character was so awesome. IDK why, but I like female characters who are petty criminals. And she was very cute about it. Also, I liked the emphasis on the THRUSH characters, partially because MORE REX HOLMAN and partially because, well, I like watching bad guys do their thing behind the scenes.
Angelique is way too hot for Napoleon, and he knows it, and she knows that he knows it. Is there, like, an edition of "She's Not That Into You" for guys? I mean, it isn't even the spider in the carnation (it's, like, everything she says to him
), although that's definitely something you'd do if you were a hot lady spy and trying to passively get rid of a guy who kept hanging around. I've thought about doing that to some guys and I'm not even a hot lady spy. Also, she has a fucking sexy car and I don't know why she lets Napoleon drive that baby. So far as I've seen, he can't drive for shit.
I kind of think Angelique would be one of those straight-esque girls who are like, "Oh, men's bodies are so boring, penises are so ugly," but then are inexplicably still straight and still go out with guys and have sex with them and things of that nature. ...yeah, we were hanging out with Sammi and had this bizarre discussion on body image and attraction (bizarre because Sammi was drunk, I was half-drunk, and Seth was still completely in control of his faculties), and I discovered that some women think that way and that it's apparently a popular opinion with straight women. I do not comprehend this. ¿PATRIARCHY?