The Saint

Season 5 Episode 17

The Death Game

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Aired Unknown Jan 20, 1967 on ITV
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The Death Game
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Simon tries to stop an alliance between a crime ring and psychology students who plan murders.

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  • Repulsive entry to the series

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    Be forewarned - this episode is right up there with the sci-fi Saint stinkers.



    Besides the fact that the sheer devilishness of "The Death Game" leads one to question how sick one must be in the mind to accept it as "entertainment" (though I must admit, the plot is more original than most of the Saint's spy-genre ripoffs), the set designers succeed in complimenting the appalling plot with endless, over-the-top macabre props and other such oddities. This is made even more stark by the utter complacency for which the faculty of the university has for the "game" to begin with (do remember that Templar is shot at with a gun - and nearly hit with an archer's bow - as part of the "game" during the pre-credits sequence).



    If they were aiming for shock value (it's hard to doubt it), they certainly achieved it - but The Saint is not supposed to be a horror flick, nor a documentary of homicidal college students (once again, for entertainment!).



    Granted, the story (and pacing) returns to something more inline with the usual Saint fare (complete with frivolous computers and the usual, tacky '60s technology, courtesy of the prop shop's Flashing Button department) once the plot moves to Switzerland, but that doesn't negate the repulsive concept from which the episode is based.



    Not worth a second (or first) chance. Even "The Convenient Monster" - with it's apparent plot twist courtesy of the Loch Ness Monster - is more watchable than this piece of flaming rubbish.moreless
Angela Douglas

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Jenny Turner

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Alan MacNaughtan

Alan MacNaughtan

Dr. Manders

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George Murcell

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Vogler

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Ivor Dean

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Inspector Teal

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