The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Season 2, Episode 1

Alexander the Greater Affair: Part One (17 Sep. 1965)

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A mysterious U.S. industrialist, Mr. Alexander, steals a new type of nerve gas from the U.S. Army. He leaves behind a small tablet with the number eight on it. Solo and Kuryakin investigate... See full summary »



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A mysterious U.S. industrialist, Mr. Alexander, steals a new type of nerve gas from the U.S. Army. He leaves behind a small tablet with the number eight on it. Solo and Kuryakin investigate, with the help of Alexander's ex-wife Tracey, who seeks Alexander to sign her final divorce papers. The trio finds Alexander's parents working like slaves at a Greece rock quarry with the number five painted all around. After freeing the parents (and avoiding Alexander's thugs), they travel to a temple where they are captured by Alexander. It turns out Alexander plans to take over an Asian nation, breaking each of the Ten Commandments along the way. Written by Bill Koenig

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One of the characters is a teacher named "Mr. Kavon." This is probably an in-joke, because there was a popular TV show at the time called Mr. Novak (1963) (Kavon spelled backwards), which was about a teacher. See more »


Alexander roasts two marshmallows on a double-pronged skewer, then offers them to Tracey. She pulls the one on the left, but only the outer charred layer slips off leaving about half of the inner core of the marshmallow still on the tip. The tight shot shows only her and the skewer in front of her. The skewer begins to move out of the shot with one-and-a-half marshmallows still on the dual tips. The next camera angle shows Alexander holding his marshmallow in one hand and in the other hand, an empty skewer without Tracey's leftover marshmallow core. See more »


Illya Kuryakin: Good hunting.
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Edited into One Spy Too Many (1966) See more »

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Season two Stumble
8 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. – The Alexander the Greater Affair Pt 1– 1965

This is the 30th episode of 1964 to 1968 spy series, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. The series ran for a total of 105 episodes. The first season was filmed in black and white with the remainder shot in colour. Robert Vaughn plays agent Napoleon Solo while David McCallum plays Illya Kuryakin. Leo G Carroll plays Mister Waverly, the boss of the secret agency known as U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law & Enforcement) Their main enemy is THRUSH, an organization out to take over the planet.

The first season of MAN FROM UNCLE was filmed in b/w, and all the better for it. This episode, the first of the second season blasts onto the screen with garish colour and a rather silly story. As a fan of the series, I was expecting more.

UNCLE gets involved with one of world's wealthiest men, Rip Torn. Torn steals several canisters of a US Army nerve gas. Torn plans on using the gas to help him take over the world. While doing so he intends to break all of the Ten Commandments. Also in the mix is Torn's ditsy ex-wife, Dorothy Provine. She is chasing Torn to try and get the divorce settlement papers signed.

UNCLE agents McCallum and Vaughn pursue Torn to Athens and around the Greek Islands before finally returning back to the States. There are bottomless pits, swinging blades and numerous underlings with murder on their minds here. It really does not work very well.

Part 2 is not much better with the chase ending up at a farm in Virginia. Torn plans on killing the leader of an East Asian country. Then he can use the country as a base of operations for his world domination plans. Of course UNCLE manages to foils Torn and his evil plans.

Not a winner in my books, though I must admit that Miss Provine is always a hoot to watch in anything. A better story and less comedy would also have helped.

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