The Avengers 5.12 – The Superlative Seven

“The Superlative Seven” loses a little of its luster when the story turns into And Then There Were None on a mysterious island, because most of the seven in question act incredibly illogically. It’s still a very fun mystery, and everything getting to the island is fabulous. Seven experts in physical combat have all been invited to a fancy dress party on an airplane, only to learn that they’ve accepted invitations from different people. And then the plane takes off with nobody at the controls.

The episode is best known for its amazing cast, which includes Charlotte Rampling, BRIAN BLESSED, and Donald Sutherland. Sutherland had been doing a lot of work in the UK in the mid-sixties before he became a big-name film star. In another one of those odd coincidences, Marie and I saw him in the last episode of The Saint that we watched together, just last week. Sutherland and John Hollis play the two villains behind the cat-and-mouse game.

Our son really got into this one, and he was completely convinced that Charlotte Rampling’s character was the mystery killer. He enjoyed it tremendously, and was a little disappointed that he was mistaken. In fairness, however, the villains did cheat.

Oh, one last note: our son didn’t know what the word superlative meant. I told him that it meant magnificent.

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2 responses to “The Avengers 5.12 – The Superlative Seven

  1. In another really odd coincidence, later this same evening, Marie and I saw James Maxwell again, in an episode of Out of the Unknown. I don’t know how this keeps happening to me.

  2. I like “The Superlative Seven” quite a bit, although I am somewhat more favorable towards “Dressed To Kill” from Season Three, from which Brian Clemen’s recycled a big chunk. Both episodes feature some incredibly dodgy plotting, to be sure, but the black & white footage and the setting of an abandoned railway station at night give “Dressed To Kill” a real sinister, eerie atmosphere.

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