This sixth season is definitely very different from the previous one, whilst the show remains excellent. I don't even mention Linda Thorson - who is of course also different from Diana Rigg, more ingenue and light minded, why not? - but the overall schemes, settings and topics. This sixth season is more urban, than the fourth and fifth, you have less countrysides settings, but that doesn't mean you have not at all. Only less. London districts are widely shown. And weird settings, for instance Mother headquarters, are indeed the main interest in this season, more than in the Diana Rigg's period; you can see that more budget was allowed to those matters. And the science fiction lines also seem to be abandoned, but not entirely, in this sixth season. No Cybernauts, no growing and man eating plants, but that doesn't mean you have not at all. Only less. Espionage was the original scheme of the series, the genesis of this show, in the early sixties, if you remember well. Espionage and certainly not weird or fantasy. So, espionage is back.
That very point leads me to talk about this episode, which provides a pure espionage topic. Except the settings, Mother's, or the bad guy's boxing room headquarters, you have nothing really exceptional, nothing really typical of the series. You would have never seen this very scheme in the two previous seasons. Or maybe, but with other elements "made in Avengers", for instance WHO'S WHO?, with Mrs Peel. And the topic of the main lead accused of something he - or she - did not do, is overused. Nothing new here.
But why not?
I watch the total series in continuity, so it's very easy for me to notice all those details and changes from an episode to another or a season to the next one.
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