Remington Steele (1982–1987)
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A former TV actor, obsessed with the superhero that he once played (the very one whose virtues Ms. Holt used to create Remington Steele), has been accused of killing the arrogant young ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Maxwell Donahue / Atomic Man
Detective James Jarvis
Jennifer Davenport
Tom Harrison ...
Steven Spooner
Bernie Kuby ...
Theodore Mooney (as Bernard Kuby)
Gammy Singer ...
Hazel (as Gamy L. Taylor)
Security Guard #1
Security Guard #2
Stuart Mabray ...
Jackson Beck ...


A former TV actor, obsessed with the superhero that he once played (the very one whose virtues Ms. Holt used to create Remington Steele), has been accused of killing the arrogant young producer/director of an upcoming movie in which he will not be playing the hero. Written by Marko

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15 January 1985 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Remington Steele: Mildred, I'm worried.
Mildred Krebs: Ms. Holt?
Remington Steele: Uh-huh. Usually, she's the logical one, I mean, everything by the book, allowing precious little time for emotions to creep in and cloud her perceptions. Now look at her - she trading "blings" and "blergs" with an homicidal actor.
[Laura hangs up the phone and heads for the front door]
Remington Steele: Laura, where are you going?
Laura Holt: To meet Max.
Remington Steele: Laura, the man is dangerous. He's already wanted by the police for murder!
Laura Holt: "The Fugitive"!
Remington Steele: [Misunderstanding her meaning] Yes, the fugitive ...
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Fun exercise in cosplay
13 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

This episode about a TV superhero (modeled after the old George Reeves TV series and featuring music lifted from John Williams' memorable theme for the Chris Reeve movie version) is an enjoyable, lightweight episode, filled with movie/TV references.

It is interesting because it reveals something I had long wondered about, certainly dating back to when I avidly watched weekly that British import "The Avengers". Mrs. Peel's rubber costuming was sexy but at the time I didn't realize it was aimed at British fetishists, just as Honor Blackman before her (I didn't see her at the time, only later, as her work wasn't exported) appealed to Brit males hung up on dominating females. So this innocent seeming show is really a paean to dressing up in cosplay fashion, no longer a fetish decades later when superhero and comic book adaptations have taken over the movie and to a lesser extent the TV industries.

Early on there is a minor scene between Laura and Remington in which he catches her watching an old episode of "Atomic Man" on tiny hand-held device that resembles a kaleidoscope -forerunner of portable DVD players and more recently any old smart phone or tablet for streaming. The novelty of this device merely underscores the folly of including "up to date" technology in a movie (or in this case TV show) as it will be dated almost immediately, whereas older films especially period pieces (costume dramas or adventures) do not date because so easily because they are purposely set in the past and not trying to be "hip". The cell phone alone (endlessly featured on screen or even a plot crutch as in the "24" series) dooms the majority of contemporary filmed entertainment to such a fate.

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