The Saint

Season 5 Episode 25

The Power Artists

Aired Unknown May 19, 1967 on ITV
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The Power Artists
Simon gets framed for murder after a visit to an artist's studio.

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  • Entertaining enough, but too bizarre for The Saint

    The moment any 1960's show opens to a display of modern art, it's not a good sign - unless you intend to relentlessly lampoon the artwork, a-la The Beverly Hillbillies.

    Unfortunately, The Saint isn't the proper venue for it. The story is an unsatisfactory mix of serious elements (murder and blackmail) and camp humor (a gang of Twist-dancing, art-creating hippies, complete with jalopy proclaiming "Mick Jagger for Premier") that doesn't quite work so well - especially as the blackmailers put Templar in a very compromising situation. In fact, most viewers might feel that Templar's initial motives for hiding the murder from Inspector Teal are not in line with the spirit of the TV character - and the uneasiness of this plot seems to come through in Moore's acting.

    Later on in the episode, we're re-introduced to George Murcell, reprising his role as Vogler from "The Death Game." Thankfully, this episode is more palatable than Death Game, but considering that this is an indirect sequel, these two episodes seem to compliment themselves in how utterly strange they are. He's more over-the-top Blofeldesque here, complete with obnoxious G-Plan wing chair. Eh, it's the '60s, what can you do?

    Munro's character's obsession over her life-sized statues doesn't assist the story, and becomes quite irritating as "George" - one of said sculptures - continually rides in the back seat of Templar's P1800.

    Nevertheless, the episode does have one shining moment of sheer brilliance in humor as the stoic and professional Inspector Teal gets mobbed by a group of crazed hippie girls.

    Is it watchable? Yes it is, but leave it for when you're more desperate for entertainment.moreless
Pauline Munro

Pauline Munro

Cassie Lane

Guest Star

George Murcell

George Murcell

Adolph Vogler

Guest Star

Tristram Jellinek

Tristram Jellinek

Finlay-Thorp Jones

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Simon: Marvelous, isn't it? Give people an inkling of your taste for something, and they think you want it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Like Sir Winston and those gift cigars.

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    • A post in the boy's car: Mick Jagger for Premier
      A post in the boy's car reads "Mick Jagger for Premier". Born Michael Phillip Jagger on July 26, 1943, in Dartford, England, Mick Jagger (Sir Mick Jagger today) is the the lead singer from the Rolling Stones, rivaling the Beatles as the world's most popular rock band, and one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll. Jagger also has acting in movies ("Performance", "Ned Kelly", "Freejack"). Song hits in 60's are "Paint It Black," "Time Is on My Side," "Get Off of My Cloud," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and many others.