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"Mrs. Peel, we’re needed,"

Posted June 26, 2015 into Telly by John Birmingham

iO9 has a nice tribute to Patrick Macnee who passed away this week:

In general, John Steed always seemed as though he was ready for anything. Armies of “Cybernauts” (deadly robot soldiers)? Why not. Shrinking rays? Sure. Deadly telepathic mind probes? But of course. The science fiction ideas in The Avengers were frequently far out, but—in a format later copied by Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who—they were always located in present-day England, and connected to the familiar elements of the modern world.

John Steed’s swashbuckling attitude in the face of an endless succession of scientific abominations seemed to suggest that it would all be okay. And his approaches to rapid technological change and shifting gender roles seemed to be of a piece: Either sort of change will be fine, he seems to suggest, as long as you keep your bowler hat firmly in place. (And your umbrella, with its cunningly concealed sword inside.)

14 Responses to ‘"Mrs. Peel, we’re needed,"’

Sparty mumbles...

Posted June 26, 2015
I doff my hat to him.
I have a lot of love for the Avengers, the sci fi and fantasy episodes outdoing Fringe, X-Files, Who etc, and with a unique era defining style.
Was very sad for him when Mrs Peels husband came back...

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted June 27, 2015
Macnee's professional courage in bringing John Steed, the first openly gay action hero, to life will always be remembered.

Halwes would have you know...

Posted June 28, 2015

I've been off this site while I finished the last book. Screw that ending though. The avengers was my favourite series of all time. Diana Rigg the best offsider. There is no way known that Steed was gay. The relationship with the women was always a simmering sexual one.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 29, 2015
I was taking the piss, mate.

Halwes mutters...

Posted June 30, 2015

I thought you might be but I couldn't let it go unchallenged!

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Halwes ducks in to say...

Posted June 28, 2015

On another matter, there were plenty in here crowing about the predicted demise of Abbot. The Libs seem to be looking better placed to win the next two elections every day to me. They have really positioned themselves well by scaring the hell out of the great unwashed with terrorism and attacking Shorten with the royal commission. There is very little real talent in both parties but Labor seem to be the dumbest at the moment. Never underestimate how stupid and greedy Australians are is my rule.

insomniac asserts...

Posted June 28, 2015
I'm expecting an election in September. If Tony wins I'm off back to NZ.

insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted June 28, 2015
I should add that it may be a deportation.

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NBlob reckons...

Posted June 29, 2015
Off topic. Can Daesh form a functioning state? Or functioning enough? Is the Caliphate doomed to Balkanisation, fractionalisation with competing leaders, each with the one true faith and grad rockets. Or will Wahabism 2.0 provide sufficient cohesion around which to accrete a reasonable facsimile of a functioning state. For fear of relativism, many occupants of those lands past experience of governance has featured calcified corruption, episodic despotism & some pretty average standards of civic service delivery. By no means am I suggesting that those people deserve less civil rights, freedom blah blah blah, but they wouldn't be the first to trade such niceties for a few less bombs.

insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted June 30, 2015
How about let them form a state, give them an area in which to live, gather them all together, and then turn the place into glass. Problem solved.

NBlob would have you know...

Posted June 30, 2015
Not an idea without merit. But let's for a moment play with: the next US pres ain't into overseas adventures, the Euros are busy with their own i$$u€$ and no one else has appetite or capacity to unload industrial butt-hurt on the Caliphate.What do we see in 2020?

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted June 30, 2015
Sounds like an argument for keeping Tony on for a few more years. He has the appetite but thankfully not the capacity.

Halwes puts forth...

Posted June 30, 2015
I'd reckon we should arm the Kurds to the teeth
but talk like that would get me locked up in todays Australia. Anyway plenty of people know more about the subject than I. I don't know if we've had discussion in here about the aussie arab on Q&A but I was kind of proud where we had a country that could let any idiot say what they like. I think it may be more dangerous for us not to know what people are saying and how people are thinking. He seems to have been taken way out of context anyway, perhaps for a good headline? I haven't been subjected to the talk back storm that I'm sure many people have endured but even my cursory examination of the bloke kind of makes me think he's just another angry attention seeker who probably gets stoned and reads his own press.

NBlob would have you know...

Posted July 1, 2015
Defence Signals Directorate just got another good reason to monitor the Gothic.

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