Dead in a cellar are a pack of costumed specialists. Sullivan knows one of the men who was killed and he knows exactly who to talk to about it. A local neo-Nazi crime racketeer knows a bit more about the robbery, committed by the men, than he’s telling. Another dead body is found but in a car, pushed into the lake. A Young Lady is starting to remember more about the robbery too, but that it happened in her own house. Or is it a delusion? Jason and Stewart secretly investigate the neo-Nazi’s office but were too late and they nearly paid for it. Annabelle finds footage that would explain why the men were in costume but not the real reason. A meeting setup to close in the investigation blows up in Jason’s face. Annabelle, checking into the identity of the man found in the lake, is given a note passed to her by the young lady who knows there was a robbery at her house. The Nazi baton that was so prized by a few people is the clue to the whole investigation but the clue was dangling by a wire.
This particular episode shows an example of creating a story with a crazed direction. I recall this episode fondly with its nazi crime lord, costumed robbers and mafia story lines. Its quite odd. However, Terry Nation did a superb job bringing it all together. I think the most memorable part is the outfit Jason is wearing when he attempts to make his contact.
A tanker on a lone road almost hits an oncoming vehicle, after the near miss, a young woman was seen in the back of the empty tanker. Or was she? Department S is put on the job to explain the dead driver and to find the missing woman. Jason attempts to contact who he thinks was the girl in the tanker but finds her boyfriend. When another tanker is stolen, the urgency to find out the details is strong. Stewart makes a gamble on his hunches and almost loses his hand yet gains an inside perspective. With 2 million sterling being dangled in front of Stewarts face, the trio knew they were on the right track. Annabelle finds a flight with a shiny package coming from Johannesburg and it’s arriving today , will Department S know how the heist will take place? They better or their investigation will be tanked.
When I initially watched this episode, I had trouble seeing where this story was going. The second time around I found that I more enjoyed the acting of the Jason King character with the various women in this episode. I think this, for me, establishes Jason as a suave, charming, sophisticated agent, who could possibly have his way with any woman he comes across. There are some surprising shots that include jason ogling over women in bathing suits, annabelle topless and Stewart in, to use an Australian slang, budgie smugglers. This episode is eye candy for most who would watch and the story does add an international flair to a standard heist.
Covert Operations in a Chinese Research Facility goes well until the very last minute , Craig Stirling, Sharon McReady and Richard Barrett make an escape just barely through the darkness on the plane they arrived on, however they didn’t escape fast enough to stop chinese bullets from damaging the plane.Tremayne and interested parties anxiously await any news from the spy trio.The Himalayas become the only view from the cockpit as the plane succumbs to the bullets. Was that a mirage of a strange old man? Is this a near death experience? The trio come out unscathed and with only hints of injuries that no longer exist and a sense that something extraordinary has taken place. The operation they started and nearly ended still has to be completed, too much riding upon their return. This is only if they can elude a familiar enemy. Another meeting with the strange old man provides understanding for the “extraordinary “ awareness the trio has been feeling every since the crash.
The beginning in title and the beginning for the series, this episode does a fair explanation of the trios “superpowers”. It is strange that all of the interested parties in this episode come together in what seems like an equivalent to a hippies trip displayed on the television screen. I did enjoy the seriousness the actors portrayed amongst the absurd sets and laughable scenes. However the story, in general, interests me probably due to the fact that I will always be a spy-fi nut. This episode could possibly be confusing to some but the idea of spies obtaining special powers by a leader of a long lost himalayan city (a Shangri-La) is innocently original.
Department S investigates the case due to the VIP onboard, the Head of Department S Sir Curtis Seretse, a top level British Agent, Hallet, and a CEO/British Agent, Walsham, with classified government secrets. The investigation is disrupted and at least one of the crew is involved. A Latvian, a faked radio communication and the alone passenger ex-pilot on the plane are the connection points to the investigation. The suspects or suspect are being held and have had their passports taken away but soon they are returned on orders from a particular British Agent.
Jason, Stewart and Annabelle start their own lines of investigation, Stewart looks towards the British Agent and Jason and Annabelle delve into the life of the CEO. This line of inquiry gives Jason a pain in the neck, however a trap laid by Stewart brings out all the culprits and gets them to fly the coop only to be netted.
This is the beginning of the Department S series and appears to focus more on Stewart Sullivans character than any other Department S agent. Peter Wyngarde’s character Jason King would ultimately become the most popular character but doesn’t show his face much in this story. He does, however, reinforce the Jason King the general public knew and loved. This episode is a decent and mystery filled introduction to the series, it allows “Department S” to grow on you by not being so loud and fantastical.