Miss King is abducted whilst visiting an antique shop and wakes up in a room beautifully furnished in a style from fifty years earlier. She is addressed as Pandora. Steed follows a lead ... See full summary »

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Miss King is abducted whilst visiting an antique shop and wakes up in a room beautifully furnished in a style from fifty years earlier. She is addressed as Pandora. Steed follows a lead which takes him to retired World War One agent Lasindell, the love of whose life was called Pandora and bore a strong resemblance to Miss King. It is a plot by his greedy relations to make him divulge the location of his fortune or else Pandora, alias Miss King, comes to harm. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Kidnapped to 1915
23 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode sees Tara kidnapped by a two men and a women who seem determined to convince her that she is actually a woman named Pandora and that the year is 1915. To this end they keep drugging her and telling her she is due to marry her beloved soon. While she is missing Steed tracks down the only clue; a piece of paper referring to 'Fierce Rabbit' found where she was snatched. It turns out Fierce Rabbit was the codename of a retired agent who worked during the First World War; Steed tracks him down and learns that he was actually the third agent to use that codename. There is still no explanation as to why an old agent would be involved in kidnapping Tara. Eventually we learn that her kidnapping isn't anything to do with her work; she merely looks like the woman an elderly man was once engaged to and his dastardly nephews think finding his Pandora will get him to say where his treasure is hidden.

Most episodes of The Avengers are rather light in tone but this one is quite dark; the idea of kidnapping somebody to the past may be the sort of story we have come to expect but Tara's constantly drugged state gives the story a much darker tone. Linda Thorson does a particularly fine job portraying Tara's confused state; she really makes the viewer believe in her predicament. Guest stars Julian Glover and James Cossins do good jobs as the kidnapping nephews and Dad's Army's John Laurie is enjoyable as the first Fierce Rabbit Steed tracks down. The final revelation regarding the treasure may not be a total surprise but it still works nicely. Overall a good episode with a darker tone than we've come to expect.


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