There is a bidding war for a Ming Dynasty vase which Gene Bradley outbids the many bidders and takes home the chinese treasure. This vase has a secret that holds greater value than its reputation as an antiquity. Gene looks like he’s playing a double game after a foreign scientist goes missing and Bradley isn’t willing to divulge any information to Mr. Parminter. The auction of the vase was a ruse concocted to instead transfer some very important scientific formulas. Bradley seeks to get his money back and to solve the mystery of the Ming Vase.
I must admit that I will be kinder to this episode. Going, Going.. works in some ways most of the preceding episodes have not by incorporating a more complex storyline, one about a scientist who embeds his formula on a fake Ming dynasty vase, this is by far more creative. Burt Kwouk, guest appears in this episode as a Japanese goverment official and an unfortunate stereotype of asian businessmen. A good episode worth a watch.
Gene is adamant to free Andrei Korony, a renown scientist, from the iron curtain despite what Mr. Parminter wants. The task will be harder than Gene thinks. First to get in then to infiltrate the local village and speak with Korony’s niece to find out Andrei’s whereabouts. Upon speaking with the villagers, Gene eventually finds out where Korony is hiding but he is hiding from some pursuing thugs that are trying to use Gene to find Korony for themselves. Outsmarting these thugs will mean not only find Korony but also to escape without losing his own life.
The iron curtain has long been used as the antagonist mythical government faction that gets in the way of the covert spy. This episode uses this premise for the escape attempt of a known scientist, Korony, from the grasp of the iron curtains soldiers. I felt more comfortable with this episode as it aligned esthetically with a considerable amount of other ITC shows. The overall quality was better than previous episodes but still shines a light on its weak plot and poor execution of the acting crew.
The International Conference on Medicine for Peace has come together, Irena Gayevska, a world renown scientist in nuclear science and radiation, chairs the conference. Irena was once the love interest of a parliament member who wishes for her to be taken back with him to England. However this is not possible in any normal sense since the Russian government is watching Irenas every move. The Protectors are contracted to help Irena’s escape from the governments grasp. The escape is well planned and executed but now to fulfill the contract.
An episode about a talented scientist not allowed to leave the country by her government. I would imagine that this is closer to reality than most stories in The Protectors repertoire. This episode ends almost unexpectedly with an unfortunate outcome. I can appreciate this type of episode because it shows the inevitable fallibility of the Protectors. A good episode with a tough ending.
Harry and the team are hastily forced into work with the KGB. A rogue scientist has stolen a chemical compound that could take out entire cities. Desperation causes the KGB to hire Harry to stop the scientist from allowing the compound to get into the wrong hands or accidentally being released. The scientist, Professor Schelpin, is fed up with society creating weapons to destroy large numbers of people so to show the world its folly he will show the effects of the germ warfare by starting it. The Protectors will need to stop this man from enacting out his rage against the governments of the world.
This episode is about the worlds Balance of Terror by all parties developing the means for large scale destruction in order to compete with other countries. Laurence Naismith plays the fed up scientist in this episode,where his portrayal shows his definite skill in acting. This story grabs at the heart of many of the non violence advocates around the world. A great watch.
The team of Harry Rule, Contessa Caroline and Paul Buchet are the Protectors. They are hired by Freddie Reiwald, a scientist working on perfecting synthetic gold, to find out the reason for the mysterious deaths of all of his colleagues. Freddie wants to fake his own death to stop the killers from trying to get him but this backfires into blackmail. The Protectors will need to stop the skydive before its too late and solve the mystery of the dead science team.
The start of the Protectors is a fun episode. The story about a team of scientist creating synthetic gold is an original concept, one that you could only assume would stir up the criminal possibilities. A nice entry episode but without much background on each of the characters, however was fun to watch. Harvey Hall, an old ITC favourite from shows like The Persuaders, Department S and The Champions, plays the scientist Freddie Reiwald.