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The Protectors Season 1 Episode 22: Chase

Chase Title Shot

Harry and the Contessa are on a holiday at a lodge that the Contessa owns when a missing diplomat comes knocking on the door. The diplomat is obviously hurt and huffed but that is because he is being chase by a group of men and dogs, but the last place the diplomat was, was South America. Harry is chased out by the group of men trying to get the diplomat, this leave Harry shot and bleeding all over the forest. The contessa knows something is wrong and looks for Harry around her old stomping grounds. It will be difficult to save the diplomat and themselves from this mess.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is a change in location for the series being out in the forest. The story of a missing diplomate that has been taken hostage and moved to the other side of the planet is far less believable. However I did enjoy this show and would love the change in scenery more often.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 2 March 1973

Directed by Harry Booth

Written by Brian Clemens

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Douglas Perston- Donald Eccles

Gardner- Patrick Magee

Kurt- Keith Buckley

Vent- Tom Chadbon

Gromeld- Gertan Klauber

Second Tracker- Grahame Mallard

Ingrid, Gardner’s Secretary- Izabella Telezynska

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The Protectors Season 1 Episode 21: …With a Little Help from My Friends

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 A woman collapses at the door of Harry Rules apartment. She asks Harry to come with her because of a very urgent letter she received. Harry is forced into an assassination job of the Turkish President under the threat of physical danger. The rest of the Protectors are alerted so they begin to take measures to stop this blackmail.  The elaborate plan has taking place but the score still needs to be settled in order to find justice for those close to Harry.

Personal Synopsis

A story of hostage taking but a personal one. This episode shows Harry taking a route he wouldnt by assassinating a President. Of course he is prepared. Jeremy Brett makes an appearance as Kahan and is superb. A good episode to watch purely cause of the large cast.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 23 February 1973

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Written by Sylvia Anderson

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Suki- Yasuko Nagazumi

Chino- Anthony Chinn

Laura Rule- Hannah Gordon

Persuer- Roshan Seth

Kahan’s Henchman- Marc Zuber

Butler- John Gatrell

Kahan- Jeremy Brett

Johnny Rule- Daron Barnham

President- Martin Benson

President’s Aide- Saeed Jaffrey

Doctor- Desmond Jordan

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The Protectors Season 1 Episode 20: Vocal

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A horrible mishap has left Paul blind. Now Paul is being put up in a hotel to hide out until his sight is restore and he can identify the smugglers. The sly crooks found a way to trick people into believing that one of them is Harry and this is how they have devised a plan to make Paul be quiet. The trick is in place at Harry’s place with lives at stake but the climax relies on the voice not the brute.

Personal Synopsis

Another great episode from the Protectors. I found this story fun to watch. The trick of mimicking Harry’s voice was a fun touch to this mystery and actually gave Nyree and Tony a chance to have their own episode together. One of the better episodes in this season.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 16 February 1973

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Brian Clemens

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Suki- Yasuko Nagazumi

John Azon- David Buck

Gregg- Ian Hogg

Vickers- Shane Rimmer

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Strange Report Episode 8: Report 2475 Revenge: When a Man Hates

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Outside of prison awaits the loving wife of a convicted criminal with dreams of starting a new life together.  This is only a dream since the thought of revenge is the main focal point of her husband. Strange is made aware of a burglary at a gunsmith with a connection to Strange himself. The authorities are worried that someone is trying to take Strange out due to his history of putting criminals in prison. The wife of  the release criminal is becoming more and more suspicious about the activities of her husband and seeks to find out what is going on. Murders of a judge and prosecutor clearly point to the revenge being taken out by the released criminal. Its now important for Strange to find him if only to save his own life.

Personal Synopsis

This story is a classic theme of revenge towards the law enforcement whom put the criminal behind bars. The failure to blame oneself and blame others is a common act in human nature but rarely does it have such ramifications. The episode is filled with great performances by Rosemary Leach as Mary Hanson and by Julian Glover as the eccentric criminal James Hanson.  I found the story interesting to watch but its style is in the “dunnit” form where both sides of the story are played out nearly simultaneously leaving very little mystery as to what will happen.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 9 November 1969

Directed by Charles Crichton

Written by Martin Hall

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

James Hanson- Julian Glover

Mary Hanson- Rosemary Leach

Inspector Jenner- John Thaw

Churchill- James Cossins

Mrs Rogers- Gabrielle Hamilton

Brinkley- Alfred Bell

Secretary- Geraldine Sherman

Michael- Wade Barker

Bill- Richard Beaumont

Antrobus- Llewellyn Rees

Office Boy- Stephen Whittaker

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Strange Report Episode 3: Report 2641: Hostage – If You Won’t Learn, Die!

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Some Chinese officials are in London to oversee a contemporary art exhibit when one of the officials is kidnapped.  Now the Chinese government is demanding the release of the kidnapped official, but the sentiment towards Chinese throughout the UK is complicated at best. There are UK citizens that have been kidnapped by the government in China and only a few have been released. The Chinese government is weighing down pressure to find this rogue kidnapper and release the prisoner back to them. Strange is asked to be an intermediary investigator by the Chinese government.  The kidnapper is a released prisoner who was tortured by the hands of his Chinese captors and is mentally capable of killing his prisoner to right the wrongs that was done to him. The treatment he received served as the fuel to force his views on the hypocrisy of the Peoples Republic of China’s rhetoric. Strange and the crew need to get to the kidnapper before he goes too far and creates an international incident.

Personal Synopsis

A great story of a man who received horrible treatment by the Chinese and could not live without the influence of that experience in his everyday life. It is unfortunate that people treat each other so without any concern of what becomes of the person who is treated so badly. This episode does have racist leanings but still hits the intriguing story of a man suffering from PTSD (if not actually identified). I enjoyed this story and was interested throughout the whole episode. I think this story is an interesting “real life” story to even todays Foreign relations in which we should have a fuller understanding of the wrongs all of our countries have to done to others.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 5 October 1969

Directed by Charles Crichton

Written by John Kruse

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Blake- Kenneth Haigh

Sung Lee- Ric Young

Mrs. Deeds- Peggy Thorpe-Bates

Roger- Peter Craze

Chief Superintendent Cavanagh- Gerald Sim

Ho-Chai- Robert Lee

Doctor Ward- Lockwood West

Mr. Watkins- Geoffrey Colville

Labratory Assistant- David Ashford

Miss Blake- Nan Braunton

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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