Monday, March 10, 2014

Sapphire and Steel

Last week, we took part of our tax return and ordered this: SAPPHIRE AND STEEL, THE COMPLETE SERIES. The show originally aired in the UK only back in the late 70s/early 80s, but enticed by favorite stars David (MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.) McCallum and Joanna (THE NEW AVENGERS) Lumley, my wife and I became fans via bootleg fan videos in the early 1990s. 

In retrospect, it wasn't a great show. It was a serialized cross between a gothic drama and a DOCTOR WHO style science-fiction story. The episodic nature of the series makes some of the episodes feel overly drawn out to put it mildly and the one note characterizations leave much to be desired. But it's the charismatic leads which carry SAPPHIRE AND STEEL and make it at least a memorable footnote  in the careers of its stars.

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