The Cybernauts

Someone is knocking off the competition. Someone who can walk through walls, break down doors, fend off bullets, and break necks with a single "swoooosh." Someone who, perhaps, is an expert in Karate. The futuristic sci-fi episode The Cybernauts is featured in the third week of our 52 weeks of The Avengers series.  This one is quite a classic, in part because it introduces the audience to Dr. … [Read more...]

The Town of No Return

The Town of No Return is the first episode of The Avengers to air in the U.S. The episode opens with a closeup shot of fisherman on a beach, fiddling with his basket and nets, then cuts to a long shot of a blob emerging from the sea. The camera pulls in closer and we learn that the blob is actually a man encased in what looks like an oversized black-plastic garbage bag. Homage to the opening … [Read more...]

52 Weeks of The Avengers

The Avengers, a British television series, made its American debut on March 30, 1966 on the ABC network. The early response of the American audience (and American TV critics) was mixed but, within 6 weeks, ABC renewed its option for more episodes.* It was probably 1967-68 before I discovered The Avengers. I was 5 or 6 years old at the time, but my parents would let me stay up and watch it. I'm … [Read more...]