It’s a little surprising just how far ahead of our heroes Professor Nero and his gang are. Episode two of this story starts with Col. Buchan revealing himself to “the kids.” He only knows Mike, but he’s been in the area nebulously investigating in disguise, just in time for Ryan and Burke to gas everybody aboard the ferry and steal the gold. All that’s left for our heroes to do is do some spectral analysis to determine what kind of gas it is.
Back at the country house, Nero has all of the gold melted down and recast – a whole lot quicker than I thought this could be done – as frying pans, and then sent back to the port to get shipped to his agents in France. Nero stumps everybody again, even as they’re closing the net, by using a decoy truck. It’s always refreshing to see villains who can think on their feet and stay ahead of our heroes. But then again, three of the four are just “talented amateurs.”
I didn’t mention it last time as that post was a little long, but there’s a really amusing moment in part one when Ryan and Burke are in the back seat of Nero’s gang’s car, and they’re wondering whether these “geezers” who picked them up are really policemen. It’s incredibly similar to a scene in the Doctor Who serial “Terror of the Autons,” which had been shown earlier in 1971. I was half-expecting Ryan to lean forward and ask to see these men’s warrant cards.