Out on one of the kissy filled “in my car” dates and a man appears in a spacesuit, walking towards you but he’s struggling to reach you all but to collapse and die out on the street. This is a mystery that luckily Department S are called out to investigate and certainly a mystery to bring all the sorts of elimination in their detecting. Why is this dead man in a spacesuit? It becomes an intriguing quest to find out how and why a spaceman has died on the streets of London.
A fantastic story to keep the spy-fi enthusiast happy a few days. I really enjoy the originality of this story and much praise can be handed to the writer Tony Williamson for his step into the suitable style of a spy-fi tv show but giving the audience an ingenius story. Jason King is quite flamboyant but its strange how he can pull off being cool. This episode is quite entertaining for me and is certainly a good watch.
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.