The New Avengers

Season 1 Episode 1

The Eagle's Nest

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 22, 1976 on ITV
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The Eagle's Nest
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A British agent is sent to investigate a suspicious monastery on a remote Scottish island, but he is killed by the local fishermen. Then Steed, Gambit, and Purdey are sent to look into their fellow agent's death and to continue his investigation. It seems that at the end of the second world war an aeroplane carrying Germany's Greatest Treasure (whatever that may be) ended up there - and the monks turn out to be not particularly religious.moreless

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  • Nazis await the dawn of the Fourth Reich on a tiny island off the English coast.

    7.0
    That this revived version of "The Avengers" wasn't, alas, going to be up to the standard of the show's great days was immediately apparent from this first episode, for its plot bore a strong resemblance to an early "Man From U.N.C.L.E." segment. In Europe, "U.N.C.L.E.", fun as it was, was usually regarded as a less stylish, less inventive rival to Steed and co. (admittedly, there's no question of its being a deliberate rip-off; the American success of "The Avengers" only came after "U.N.C.L.E." started). The notion of imitating it would have been unthinkable, once. But here, as in that "U.N.C.L.E." episode where Alexander Scourby as Professor Amadeus kept Hitler in suspended animation in his basement, we have the Fuehrer waiting to awaken from decades-long sleep, this time in a monastery full of escaped Nazis. It was well enough done, and the outrageous ending is very funny, but really, we needed a bit more originality.moreless

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