Beth, a worker at the London Embassy, leaves the country for Venice without necessary permission. Fearing that she or some of her knowledge may fall into the wrong hands, John Drake follows... See full summary »
Beth, a worker at the London Embassy, leaves the country for Venice without necessary permission. Fearing that she or some of her knowledge may fall into the wrong hands, John Drake follows to keep an eye on her. He finds her, along with her fiancé and his mother, at a hotel. But when she and her fiancé's mother leave to pay their respects to a dead relative, Drake fears foul play. Written by
Twenty Penguins (Updated by U.N. Owen)
A weak episode because, once again, it relies on a weak female.
"The Trap" is among the weakest episodes in the "Danger Man" series. Its plot relies upon having a very stupid and weak female lead---and this really makes no sense.
Beth Warren is a worker at an embassy. Despite having top secret clearance and a very important job, she just disappears on a whim and ends up in Venice! Drake is sent to investigate and finds that this bubble-headed woman ran off with some new boyfriend. Drake feels for her and gets her superiors to allow her some time off with the guy. However, she unexpectedly disappears AGAIN--this time going to Yugoslavia (not exactly the most pro-Western country at the time) and seems to be heading further behind the Iron Curain, so he goes off in hot pursuit. What's happening? Well, it turns out she's been unwittingly captured by commies AND she's such a stupid idiot she has no idea what's going on! When a show requires a person to behave stupidly repeatedly, this is a hard-sell to the audience. When this same person is supposed to be highly trained and possess a top secret clearance, it's an impossible-sell unless the audience is really, really stupid! Well, I don't think I'm stupid (but who does?!) and I found the whole dumb woman angle to be lazy writing and it irritated me.
By the way, in the IMDb summary, they talk about 'fowl play'. I think they mean 'foul play', as fowl play would have to do with playing with birds!
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