Sunday, 21 April 2019
Thriller: Lady Killer
Thriller is one of those series which is described as legendary by some, and since it is an anthology series, you can often find it described as mixed. Lady Killer is the first episode, and it's excellent, despite embodying virtually everything I dislike in television of this era! For a start the three main characters are played by very familiar faces indeed, and it is a little strange to see Robert Powell with Tara King and Agent 99! What saves the situation here is that both women play roles which are quite different from the roles in which I am familiar with them. Feldon in particular plays a character who very successfully turns the tables on her nasty piece of work husband, played by Powell. He gets the lack of emotion required by his character exactly right, and the calculating way in which he plots is really quite chilling. Thorson's role requires a certain naivety, so of the three my opinion is that her character is least successful because she reminds me personally too much of Tara King's hero worship of Steed. This is of course entirely personal and other people may not see the role like this.
Just one or two criticisms. The first is a plot weakness, because while the episode manages to be gripping to the end, from before the middle it is very obvious that Tanner is going to come a cropper, the only question is how it is going to happen. There are also some weaknesses in his characterisation: a man who marries his second wife without telling her about the first is asking for trouble. I have a criticism of the technical production of the Network DVD boxed set, which is that at the end of each episode it begins playing another episode. Somebody wasn't concentrating when the episodes were remastered and then they weren't checked properly before being released.
In other news it has been a glorious weekend here and I have been bare chested for the first time this year.