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Invasion of the Earthmen 

"Invasion of the Earthmen" is an episode of The Avengers starring Patrick Macnee, Linda Thorson, and William Lucas. Following up a clue found on a dead agent Steed and Miss King pose as a married couple ,enabling them to infiltrate the Alpha Academy, where they claim they wish to enrol their 'son'. The ... See full summary »

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... John Steed
... Tara King
... Brett
... Huxton
... Emily
... Bassin (as Christopher Chittell)
... Trump
... Sarah
... Grant
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Following up a clue found on a dead agent Steed and Miss King pose as a married couple ,enabling them to infiltrate the Alpha Academy, where they claim they wish to enrol their 'son'. The academy is run by Brigadier Brett and is supposedly for youngsters who possess super-intelligence but it is in reality a training ground for a force who seek not global but extra-terrestrial domination. Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 March 1968 (USA)  »

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This is one of the three early Tara King stories produced by John Bryce. When he was dismissed and producers Brian Clemens & Albert Fennell were brought back in, they completely rewrote two of the shows, which became The Avengers: Have Guns - Will Haggle (1968) and The Avengers: Homicide and Old Lace (1969). This one however survived relatively intact. Notice that Tara wears her blond wig in all three installments. See more »

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John Steed: You should always try, wherever possible, to toss your oponent through the nearest window. Double glazed, preferably. It's more effective. And much more spectacular.
Tara King: I'll remember.
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Early Tara King in blonde wig
10 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Invasion of the Earthmen" was the earliest completed episode featuring Linda Thorson's Tara King, and the American broadcasts accurately followed the production line, as this was shown the week following Tara's official introduction in "The Forget-Me-Knot" (the first episode shot with a brunette Tara). Like "Have Guns-Will Haggle" and "Homicide and Old Lace," you can tell the original footage from the new due to Tara's quickly discarded blonde wig (only three scenes were shot with her a brunette). All three were supposed to be throwbacks to the show's more serious early days, but the lack of polish and overly simplistic story lines rendered them anachronistic, among the worst entries produced during its nine year run. Fellow agent Bernard Grant (George Roubicek, "The White Dwarf") falls victim to a fatal encounter on the deadly obstacle course located at an advanced academy for astronaut training, with both Steed and Tara dodging one death trap after another before foiling the futuristic takeover plans of Brigadier Brett (William Lucas, "Death's Door"). This was the debut for screenwriter Terry Nation and director Don Sharp, the scenes set in the tunnel of fear provide a few intriguing moments, and Tara does have much more to do here than in the other two blonde episodes (faint praise, but this may perhaps be the best of all three). Unfortunately, none of the actors perform with any sense of chemistry, and the painfully low budget makes it look like an AVENGERS version of STAR TREK's "Spock's Brain" (oddly, this was the lone episode where Steed refers to his partner only as "Miss King"). The series did recover quickly, with the next entry, "The Curious Case of the Countless Clues," signalling the proper beginning of Tara's brunette phase (and Brian Clemens returning to the producer's chair).


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