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 Steel (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
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 Sapphire (34 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Complex, involved science-fiction series about a special force of interdimensional operatives whose task is to protect the universe from evil forces trying to gain a foothold by disrupting the timeline. The strange energy beings are assigned to cases, when and where needed, and materialise on Earth as humans, each with specialist abilities to ascertain and then solve the problems. The mysteries encountered by Sapphire, Steel and their colleagues include people trapped in photographs, ghosts lost in time, and a dinner party of guests who are all long-dead. Their most-dangerous challenge, innocuous-seeming at first, is a petrol station whose time-line is repeating endlessly - and which turns out to be a major hazard, set by unknown forces, to trap Sapphire and Steel in a closed time-loop forever... Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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The name of the serials that appear here and appear on some DVD releases never show on screen at any time. Creator Peter Hammond has also confirmed that the names were not part of production documents and the episodes were only given numbers. The names also don't appear on VHS releases of the series. It is believed that the serial names were given by fanzine authors to make discussion of series easier, but this has not been able to be confirmed. See more »

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The introduction talks about elements and their atomic weights, but sapphire is a gemstone composed of the mineral corundum, an aluminum oxide, and steel is an alloy of iron, carbon and other elements. See more »

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Sapphire: The first nursery rhyme derives from the time of the plague; and the second one which Rob was made to say also has historical reference. It refers back to the Parliamentary Wars.
Steel: Parliamentary Wars?
Robert Jardine: When Cromwell's troops searched houses looking for people who wouldn't pray.
Steel: Wouldn't pray?
Sapphire: [smiling] Unbelievers.
Steel: [affirmatively] Ah.
Robert Jardine: Don't you know your history?
Steel: I know *mine*, yes.
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Another British sci-fi gem
23 January 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

My taste in science fiction and fantasy entertainment is a strange thing. I hated "Lord of the Rings," but I love a good Godzilla movie. "Doctor Who" is fantastic, "Star Wars" leaves me cold. I think it's fair to say that I like interesting concepts more than expensive special effects, and I'm particularly fond of fantasy entertainment from other countries since it often has entirely different sensibilities from the action-oriented stuff that Americans produce.

So, it's no surprise that I loved watching "Sapphire and Steel" over my Christmas break! Talk about interesting concepts...the whole show is a mass of enigmas, time paradoxes, all kinds of weird and wonderful ideas. And it's not just cold, cerebral stuff; the strangely warm rapport between Sapphire, Steel, and the people they help holds it all together. And you know what? I really like the slow pacing and the stifled feeling created by the use of confining sets. For such a low-budget production, "Sapphire and Steel" is oddly terrifying sometimes, and I've got to give credit to its production team for stretching the TV medium so effectively.

It's more humane than "Twilight Zone," more fascinating than "X-Files," and, like so many other great British shows, it had the dignity to end before it got tiresome! Get out and buy the DVD boxed set now...it's worth it.


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