If I knew then what i know now / I'd know a whole lot more. / I kissed the ground she walked upon, / And now my lips are sore.
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All paintings and sculptures by arrangement with Comora Gallery.
Paintings by: Roger Bruinekool, Louis Bunge, Frank Bunts, Reeman K. Butts, Max Cole, Keith Crown, Darrell Forney, G. Ray Kercic, Douglass McClellan, Ben Norris, Paul Parnish, Jack Stuck, Kenneth Wynsma
Sculptures by: Roger Baird, Dave Elder, Gerald Gladstone, Ken Hassrick, Shiro Ikegawa, Ward Kimbell, William Minshew, Jr., David Tompkins See more »
This dreadful Season 3 episode initially looks as though its going to be tremendous fun - Mr.Waverly, Solo and Kuryakin are on a golf course, where they rendezvous with a THRUSH agent dressed as a hippie. He has brought along a sample of a new kind of gas. Before he can say more, THRUSH men open fire on them ( their golf cart has a built-in machine-gun ). The U.N.C.L.E. gang takes refuge in the bunker. Managing to dodge the bullets, Illya whips the clubs out of his golf bag, and blasts the THRUSH boys ( yes, folks, it doubles as a cannon! ).
So far so good. But once the credits are out of the way, the main plot kicks in and it is the absolute pits, taking Solo and Kuryakin to Greenwich Village in search of a gas that causes people to hiccup themselves to death. Frustrated artist Mark Ole ( Robert H.Harris ) is behind the sinister scheme.
Like a lot of television shows at that time to depict hippies, this one is hopelessly wide of the mark, being written by middle-aged men with no real understanding of the movement. They were unable to see beyond the long hair and bizarre fashions. Much of the dialogue is of the 'far out, man' variety, making it a real chore to sit through. Depicting hippies as evil thugs probably confirmed the prejudices of those viewers who believed all such people were Communist sympathisers.
When Solo is nearly killed by a razor-tipped skateboard, he casually picks the thing up, running his finger along the edge of the blade, not apparently giving any thought to the possibility that it might be poisoned.
One of the beatniks is Stanley Ralph Ross, writer of the 'Catwoman' episodes of 'Batman' and an occasional contributor to this show.
Sabrina Scharf is devastatingly sexy as conceited THRUSH agent 'Mari Brooks', as is Sherry Alberoni as struggling artist 'Sylvia Harrison'.
Some pleasingly abstract paintings and sculptures on view, but overall this belongs on the 'should never have been made' list.
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