Post by dscarter1975 on Sept 14, 2015 21:58:17 GMT
A much needed return to form, written by Stephen Lister who should have been allowed to write more episodes, especially 1 or 2 for the last ever batch of episodes. We have a figure from Bodie's SAS past who is forced to work with him on an assignment involving an Italian terrorist group but all is not as it seems. Like some of the other series 4 episodes, Bodie and Doyle are separate for the most part, but there are some stunning action set-pieces such as the helicopter/car chase across the field, the fake escape from the car and the climactic shootout/fight scene.
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"
I like the action in this one and it is indeed a very exciting episode with plenty going on. That said, I find the plot a little tricky to follow as there is so much going on.
Norman Eshley though, fair play he really does a great job in this and nails this role I think - the only major negative for me is I just can't stick his grey flares and brown cuban heel boots. This has it all, shootings, explosions, bit of banter, mild political angle, helicopters, car chases and Bodie dunking the pretty female in the pig swill - so this one ticks all the boxes.
This one has one of my earliest memories of the series - the car chase between Doyle's Capri and the Triumph 1300. There was definitely a trailer for this episode that showed that indoor car chase advertising the episode on ITV (or possibly a repeat) that I saw in the 80s.
Minder motor spotters watch carefully in this one just before Keller throws Bodie out of the Land Rover - as they turn the corner there is Citroen 2CV parked up with a number plate very close to Arthur Daley's series 4 Daimler:
Overall a very good one that I always enjoy! Plenty of dodgy nasties that Bodie can take on half power!
8/10 - great stuff!
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
Post by bodiesstuntdouble on Jan 23, 2017 16:31:47 GMT
Yep this is a great action packed episode - helicopters, stroppy birds thrown into horse troughs, Bodie blasting boiled eggs with an Armalite and Mr Formile as a hard as nails Hereford Hooligan - what more could men of a certain age ask for ?!
I watched this last night too. Not as good as 'Discovered in a Graveyard' (the second of my double bill), but not far behind.
The snatch was very much straight out of The Sweeney - and as soon as I saw them driving a Ford Granada, I thought "Uh oh!" Norman Eshley made a very convincing ex-SAS man, even more incredible when you consider that he was also playing the Ropers' wet nextdoor neighbour in George and Mildred. And, when we factor in his portrayal of the cowardly cop in 'Taste of Fear', we realise what a good actor he was.
Highlights for me included:
Bodie dunking the girl in the water trough!
The helicopter/car chase.
Bodie crashing through the ceiling. Just a shame we didn't see him jumping from the helicopter!
And the very realistic blowing up of the house. Now that looked impressive! Can't figure out how they did it... did they really blow up and set fire to a real house?
A very good episode with some interesting sub-plots about loyalty, etc.
"What are you two, some kind of music hall act?" "Whatever we are..." "...you made us!" "TA-DAA!!"
I watched this last night as I had a hankering to watch it. Although I had seen the episode before I could hardly remember a thing about it, especially the beginning of it, but it really is an impressive boys own episode, which has everything us overgrown boys* could want in an episode.