Castle De'ath

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Castle De'ath is nae in the episode "The Cybernauts"! It should nae be uised as the TOPIC for the "The Cybernauts" episode o the Avengers.

"Castle De'ath"

'The Cybernauts' is the third episode o the fowert series o the 1960s cult British spy-fi televeesion series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee an Diana Rigg. It oreeginally aired on ABC on 16 October 1965.[1] The episode wis directed bi Sidney Hayers an written bi Philip Levene.[2]

Plot[eedit | eedit soorce]

An elderly man haes his home broken intae bi an intruder who forces his wey tho the door wi a battering ram an appears tae be immune tae bullets. Steed an Peel investigate. The intruder strikes again, this time a businessman named Lambert in his office, smashing his wey in in the same wey. On the scene, Peel notices the wey Lambert's neck haes been broken wioot bruising tae the face bi the angle o the heid an surmises that he wis likely killed bi teep of advanced karate blow kent as inku of which very few in Europe are specialists in. She visits a karate schuil specializing in it an is lectured bi the bald sensei who then learns she is heichly accomplished at karate herself wi the "skill of a man". Steed visits a Japanese computer businessman an Peel visits a toy businessman. At the karate schuil, "o yama", a 5t dan in judo an 4t dan in karate demonstrates, an fits the bill o the description o the taw intruder, bi his height an explosive strike. Peel recognises the man as the toy businessman.

Steed enters a place cried United Automation an meets a disabled scientist Dr. Armstrong, ainer o the factory. Efter expleenin his gadgets, an employee contacts Armstrong an mentions that Steed haed an aa turned up at the place in which Lambert wis killed. Armstrong gies Steed a pen as he leaves. Steed an Peel veesit the toy factory an diskiver the toy businessman an karate expert haes been killed an a gaping hole of whaur a big man crashed throu the wall. Steed revisits Dr. Armstrong at United Automation, this time hiding, an discovers that the Dr. haes been uisin a robot, a Cybernaut tae kill competitors efter state o the airt Japanese technology, controlled bi a radio controlled pen. The Cybernaut is programmed tae veesit Steed's pen, which is in the possession of Peel, sae is sent tae kill her rather than Steed. Dr. Armstrong discovers Steed is an intruder in the building when the thermostat in the factory is altered. Steed attempts tae ring Peel tae warn her but she leaves afore the Cybernaut arrives. Steed is then attacked bi anither Cybernaut in the factory an presented tae Armstrong. Peel arrives at the factory an Armstrong sends a Cybernaut tae maim her. Steed escapes an enters the warehouse room in which the Cybernaut haes entered an tells Peel tae throw him the pen. Anither Cybernaut (the first wi a "brain") arrives wi Armstrong an Steed plants the pen on the seicont Cybernaut an thay attack each ither an kill Armstrong in daein sae. The first Cybernaut then destroys the ither bi removing its "brain" an destroys the pen. Haein completit its mission, it is then simply pushed ower bi Peel's finger as thay depart.

Cast[eedit | eedit soorce]

Production[eedit | eedit soorce]

Production for the episode wis completit frae 2 Mairch tae mid-Mairch 1965.[3]

Reception[eedit | eedit soorce]

The episode is generally considered tae be ane o the best o the fowert series. Jeffrey S. Miller describit the episode as "a tale of industrial intrigue, with several business executives being violently dispatched by someone of apparently superhuman strength."[4] The Encyclopedia of Super Villains describes the Cybernauts as "powerful androids with silvery skin and blank expressions".[5] The 1998 film The Avengers (film) pays homage tae the episode wi Uma Thurman playin Dr. Peel, a jujitsu expert an specialist in meteorology, "battling a clone duplicate of herself".[6]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Aldgate, Anthony (2 September 2000). Windows On the Sixties: Exploring Key Texts of Media and Culture. I.B.Tauris. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-86064-383-5. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  2. Rogers, Dave (25 April 1983). The Avengers. ITV Books in association with Michael Joseph. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  3. "The Cybernauts". The Avengers Forever!. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  4. Miller, Jeffrey S. (15 January 2000). Something Completely Different: British Television And American Culture. U of Minnesota Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-8166-3240-4. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  5. Rovin, Jeff (October 1987). The Encyclopedia of Super Villains. Facts on File Publications. ISBN 978-0-8160-1356-2. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  6. Britton, Wesley Alan (2004). Spy Television. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-275-98163-1. Retrieved 12 April 2012.

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