The Avengers: Season 4, Episode 9

The Hour That Never Was (25 Apr. 1966)

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On their way to a closing down party at an air base the Avengers' car crashes when they swerve to avoid hitting a dog. The air base proves to be deserted and Steed is knocked out. When he ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Gerald Harper ...
Geoffrey Ridsdale
Dudley Foster ...
Philip Leas
Benedict Napoleon Hickey
Roger Booth ...
'Porky' Purser
Daniel Moynihan ...
Corporal Barman
David Morrell ...
Fred Haggerty ...


On their way to a closing down party at an air base the Avengers' car crashes when they swerve to avoid hitting a dog. The air base proves to be deserted and Steed is knocked out. When he recovers he is back at the car but minus Mrs. Peel and the party, when he gets there, is in full swing. It would seem that he has gone back an hour in time. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Unusually gloomy
17 February 2009 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

It is interesting to notice the different amount of seriousness (or nonsense if you prefer to look at it from this angle) that went into each episode. Some do contain many ridiculous moments and unrealistic characters.. Some are more funny than scary and others like this one follow a much darker path.

At the beginning our team has no case to investigate, only a small dog running over meadows and causing Steed's car to have an accident. Steed and Mrs. Peel are unhurt and have their usual kind of witty dialog but as the story unfolds we see more and more strange and gloomy images. If this would not be The Avengers you would think this is some clever made thriller playing with paranoia and amnesia.

The story line reminds one of Town of no Return but the execution is more serious and for an unusual long time we get no clue what this is all about. I was very impressed how late the plot is revealed. It is one of a few episodes where you really don't know what is going on and which generates a good amount of suspense. The idea might not have been new but the way it is developed is absolutely entertaining.

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