Elderly - uniformed - Teuton Von Baden tells colleague Winterluck a tale from his youth when he was a student in Heidelberg over fifty years earlier. A fellow student Cassan was a bully but... See full summary »

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Dean Allen ...
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Elderly - uniformed - Teuton Von Baden tells colleague Winterluck a tale from his youth when he was a student in Heidelberg over fifty years earlier. A fellow student Cassan was a bully but a fine swordsman who one day challenged another youth, Macker, to a fight when he found Macker in bed with his girlfriend. Cassan chose Von Baden to be his second, giving him the perfect opportunity to do away with the over-bearing and unpopular student. As Von Baden explains how he utilized the 'Vorpal Blade' another twist reveals that both old men are in fact war criminals being held in a castle. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 May 1983 (UK)  »

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The Vorpal blade is a mixed bag.
19 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Two elderly gentlemen are sat reminiscing, Von Baden is telling former colleague Winterluck a tale from his youth in Heidelberg. Almost fifty years ago the pair were students, Von Baden recounts the story of fellow student Cassan, a bully and sadist, with a love for the beautiful but dubious Eva. When Eva is caught in Macker's arms, Cassan puts Von Baden up to challenge him, with swords. It's Cassan however that fights, and there's a tragedy in waiting.

The Vorpal Blade is a highly rated and very well regarded episode, I can understand why there's a lot of love for it, good production values, Peter Cushing, a fairly good story, for me though it's just a little bit flat, a bit drawn out. It's a bit Roy of the overs in parts, the scenes with Peter Cushing an John Bailey chatting are great, the rest is just a bit average.

5/10


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