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March 2017



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Since it came up again recently--

For those of you who didn't know, a good chunk of the first season of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is available for free on AOL video, along with a few of the later episodes.

Warning: It's cracktastic.

Although my personal favorite episodes, "The See Paris and Die Affair" and "The Odd Man Affair" are not available, some serious second-tier contenders are. "The Terbuf Affair (okay, I love it for the body cavity search joke)," "The Girls of Nazarone," "The Never-Never Affair," "The Quadripartite Affair," "The Deadly Games Affair," and "The Shark Affair" are all great places to start. "The Project STRIGAS Affair" offers Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner in their first appearance together (Two years before Star Trek) and that one and "The Fiddlesticks Affair" pretty obviously set the mold that Mission: Impossible later exploited so successfully.

Of later episodes, well, the color seasons exploited camp, and you have to go in knowing it, but "The Bat Cave Affair" has Martin Landau doing the world's worst intentionally awful Dracula, and "The Concrete Overcoat Affair" (a two parter) involves, among other things, Janet Leigh cast, shall we way, somewhat against type as an exceptionally creepy sadistic psychopath.

Yes, that Janet Leigh.

Yes, that was not-too-subtly-implied sexual abuse and/or rape.

But, you know. David McCallum on a leash. Also, the most unconvincing catfight in the history of television.


So ...

How far are you into "The Prisoner"?
I love Secret Agent and find The Prisoner kind of tiresome.

I realize this makes me completely weird.
Hee, I've heard so much about that show.

...but I think I'll stick to reading "Hammered" for now:P 'tis really good!
Thank you!
A bit off-topic, but 2 links you might be interested in:

For your recent adventures with math: neurolearning on: developmental discalculia, and helping kids learn math through a variety of interventions.

For your recent adventures with V. S. Ramachandran: cognews on: the neurology of self-awareness, with some interesting Ramachandran links.
thank you!
all I can say is YAY!

eep! this is great news! ^_^ I've been wanting to watch it for some time now, but Netlix doesn't have it yet (and the alternative options require effort, psh). so - even if it requires the use of my nemeses, ie and aol - this is most excellent.
Netflix has it not because it is not on DVD.

So yay! AOL for a change.

My wife had an intense crush on McCallum as a young girl. She still gets somewhat misty when she sees him now.

(moves cat from in front of laptop)

You do know Robert Vaughn lives in Ridgefield, CT, right? Did you see when he read the phone book on Letterman? And apparently he slept with anything that moved in Hollywood. MAy still do so in Ridgefield.

Now, analogous to what you said about Emma Peel: who would want to be or do either Vaughn or MacCallum?
Yes, I did know.

Isn't that kind of an impertinent question?

(Actually, I wanted to be *Illya*. Not McCallum. Characters are not actors.)
Oh, excellent. I was introduced to the series through The Man From U.N.C.L.E. books my dad had. The first one I read was #4, "The Dagger Affair," in which U.N.C.L.E. and THRUSH teamed up. I was forever after confused about THRUSH being the bad guys.
Sigh. Mac users get no love. No spies for me.

(Unless I wanted to watch at work. Which would be bad. For many reasons.)
boo. *g*
The Man from UNCLE will remain undiminished in the cloudless skies of my memory. I don't expect to tarnish that memory by actually seeing the damned show again. Yes, I am old enough to have seen it first time around. Thursday nights indeed.

I'm afraid that Ilya has mutated into Ducky, and right now that's the way I like it (even if Mark Harmon couldn't mime to Robert Vaughn in a coal cellar with the lights out)

As for Modesty Blaise, Charlie - Monica Vitti reminds me of Alexandra Bastedo (out of... arggh, name escapes me, with Tony Curtis and Roger Moore...) astonishingly sculpted looks, an accent that could kill at forty paces and the acting ability of MDF. Absolute codswallop of the highest order.
It's okay.

Like ST:Tos, MfU holds up.