Lineup: Secret Agent Roundtable

As you may have noticed, there’s no roundtable discussion this week—after dealing with the eminent threats of Cylons, Peacekeepers and SPACE VAMPIRES, our crew is enjoying some much needed shore leave. However, there’s no rest for the weary, as starting next week we’ll be starting a new topic. We’ve selected another of the medium’s most well regarded genres, this time the world of espionage television. For the next eight weeks we’ll be practicing our cover stories, whipping out all manner of gadgets and disguises, and foiling the plots of every secret society with a threatening acronym for a name.

Our lineup for the next few weeks is as follows:

April 11: The Man From U.N.C.L.E., “The King of Diamonds Affair,” Season 2, Episode 25. Available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.

April 18: I Spy, “Magic Mirror,” Season 2, Episode 25. Available on Hulu.

April 25: Get Smart, “Kisses for KAOS” and “All In The Mind,” Season 1, Episodes 17 and 20. Available on YouTube.

May 2: Mission: Impossible, “The Heir Apparent,” Season 3, Episode 1. Available on Netflix.

May 9: The Avengers, “You Have Just Been Murdered,” Season 5, Episode 22

May 16: Airwolf, “Fallen Angel,” Season 2, Episode 7. Available on Hulu and Netflix.

May 23: Scarecrow and Mrs. King, “Welcome to America, Mr. Brand,” Season 3, Episode 5. Available on Amazon Instant Video.

May 30: Alias, “Truth Be Told,” Season 1, Episode 1. Available on Netflix.

We’ll see you next week as we begin coverage with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. In the meantime, get yourselves in the mood for two months of covert operations with the best cover ever of the profession’s theme song.

2 Responses to “Lineup: Secret Agent Roundtable”

  1. Marty McKee

    “The Town” is a good episode, but not a typical one, in that its off-format structure eschews the most memorable (though formulaic) aspects of M:I: the tape, dossier, and apartment scenes. It also (obviously) gives Peter Graves little to do; in fact, he reportedly fell asleep shooting one scene. Picking from the second or third seasons is a good idea, as they feature the most iconic cast. I would recommend “The Mercenaries,” “The Seal,” or “The Photographer” off the top of my head, assuming you would rather not review multi-part episodes.

    “You Have Just Been Murdered” is a favorite, if for no other reason than it’s the only time we saw Emma Peel wearing leather in color.

    • Les Chappell

      Mission: Impossible was the trickiest one to select an episode for. It’s very likely we’ll pick something else between now and when we finally discuss it. Thanks for the suggestions!


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