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The Protectors – Set Two


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: B



The Protectors second season was unfortunately, its last.  The writers and producers figured out how to make the show better by not imitating The Avengers as much and letting the show get more serious and to the point.  This was just too late and that cost the series its life.  It tried to move into a new direction of realism that The New Avengers and Return Of The Saint also would try later.  Ironically, they would also only last two seasons each.


To repeat, Robert Vaughn is Harry Rule, joined by Tony Anholt as Paul Bouchet and Nyree Dawn Porter as Contessa di Contini (which felt like as much of a reference to Diana Rigg in the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as it did to Rigg, Honor Blackman and Linda Thorson on The Avengers) to form the private troubleshooting organization in the show, the series is off to a good start in the pilot.  Porter does not have any extraordinary chemistry with either of her male co-stars, but when the show is not trying to be The Avengers, it has some good ideas going for it.  The episodes for this second and final season are:



Disc One:


1)     Quin (with guest star Peter Vaughan)

2)     Bagman

3)     Fighting Fund (with guest star David Suchet)

4)     The Last Frontier

5)     Baubles, Bangles & Beads (with guest star Frederick Jaeger)

6)     Petard (with guest stars Iain Cuthbertson and Ralph Bates)


Disc Two:


7)     Goodbye George (with guest star David Suchet)

8)     Wam (2 episodes)

9)     Implicado (with guest star Peter Firth)

10)  Dragon Chase

11)  Decoy (with guest star Mark Damon)


Disc Three:


12)  Border Line (with guest star Oskar Homolka)

13)  Zeke’s Blues (with guest star Shane Rimmer)

14)  Lena (with guest star John Thaw)

15)  The Bridge

16)  Sugar & Spice

17)  Burning Bush

18)  The Tiger & The Goat


Disc Four:


19)  Route 27

20)  Trial (with guest star Joss Ackland)

21)  Shadbolt (with guest star Tom Bell)

22)  A Pocketful Of Posies (with guest star Eartha Kitt and Kate O’Mara)

23)  Wheels

24)  The Insider (with guest star Stuart Wilson)

25)  Blockbuster (with guest star Peter Jeffrey)



Too bad these shows did not start out as seriously.  From the early shows, you can tell the attempts as wittiness were not panning out, so this should have happened to the series much sooner.  With that said, the series makes for very good viewing today because it is consistent on some levels in delivering what the action genre is supposed to, and it is nice to see Vaughn on another show doing as well as he did here.  U.N.C.L.E. fans can enjoy this until that show finally rolls out on DVD.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 looks good again, with the 16mm stocks (as opposed to 35mm) having less of a problem with varying color quality than the last set.  This means the stocks were improving, they were learning things by trial and error, and these were being stored well over the last three decades.  Rank did the processing and more color richness and range can be seen.  Veteran cinematographer Brendan J. Stafford, B.S.C., stayed on board and the results are some very good-looking shows.  Some 16mm limits can be seen here and there, but it is not as often as the last set.


The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is again nice boost-up from the original monophonic sound that the shows first were broadcast in.  It offers no surrounds, but is not bad.  The theme song is Avenues & Alleyways, the Tom Jones sound-a-like theme song that is an instrumental in the opening and with vocal by Tony Christie in all the end credits.  Extras include a brief stills gallery on DVD 4 only and text biographies on the cast, making this aspect not as good as the last set.  Director John Hough did a terrific audio commentary on the 2,000 Ft. To Die pilot for the first set that could have went on for hours, but could not be asked back due to not being in this set.  Robert Vaughn could have been asked, as well as any of the creative people still with us.  A few left in between the release of the two sets, so those are opportunities missed. 



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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