Karmak, given up for dead by Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, kidnaps Kuryakin to extract his revenge on Solo. Solo must find Kuryakin, who is somewhere in a 10-block area of condemned ... See full summary »
Karmak, given up for dead by Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, kidnaps Kuryakin to extract his revenge on Solo. Solo must find Kuryakin, who is somewhere in a 10-block area of condemned buildings, before 6 a.m. or else the Russian UNCLE agent will die. Written by
[Illya is in the hospital after suffering a concussion]
One more day of bed rest, and you may have to put padding on the walls.
Now, now, no negative thoughts. Think how lucky you are to be here.
Well, you could have been killed jumping off that train with Margo. Instead, you're here getting plenty of rest, you have time for meditation, uh... fruit of the vine, flowers of the field. Exquisite view.
What exquisite view?
[Illya's very attractive nurse enters]
That exquisite view.
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When David Victor issued a directive to the 'M.F.U.' writers following Season 3, he pointed that the problem went beyond that of there being too much comedy, many plots were repetitive with THRUSH out to seize some outlandish new super-weapon each week via 'the threadbare cliché situation of the scientist and his daughter'. Writers were told to come up with something new.
In 'The Deadly Quest Affair', neither Solo nor Kuryakin are on a mission; it opens with Illya in hospital, recovering from injuries sustained on a recent assignment. After Solo has departed, fake medics abduct the Russian.
The trail takes Solo to a 10 block section of Manhattan scheduled for demolition. Here an old ( believed to be deceased ) enemy called Viktor Karmak ( Darren McGavin ) lies in wait, wanting revenge. Teaming up with avant-garde artist Sheila ( Marlyn Mason ), the man from U.N.C.L.E. is hunted like big game. He cannot escape as an electric fence surrounds the area. He must locate Illya before a deadline expires, then the chamber his friend is imprisoned in fills with poison gas...
Written by Robert E.Thompson, author of the same season's 'The Summit Five Affair', this is an exciting episode, with McGavin ( future star of one of my all-time favourite shows 'Kolchak: The Night Stalker' ) enjoying himself hugely as a villain in dark glasses and a pet leopard for company.
Jerry Goldsmith is credited with the score but in fact it was compiled from earlier episodes he had worked on, no bad thing.
There's an amusing coda which reverses the opening - Solo is now in hospital and a tuxedo-clad Illya is looking forward to a night on the town. The look of disgust on Solo's face as a thermometer is put in his mouth is hilarious!
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