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24 October 2011 @ 07:57 pm
Proswatch - "Fugitive"  
I'm cheating - I've not rewatched the episode, but thought I'd share some notes on it taken from "Shut It!" A Fan's Guide to 70s Cops on the Box by Martin Day and Keith Topping.

Firstly, I just want to say that I love this episode; it features right up there on my list of personal favourites.

Shut It! summarises each episode, then highlights certain themes. Bracketed comments also come from the book; notes beginning with OP are mine. A taste of Fugitive:

Threads: Doyle's silky maroon shirt (with holster over the top, of course!). We also get a lingering shot of his cowboy boots. {OP note - they don't mention the obvious blooper at the end, surprisingly}

Slash Fiction Moment: Doyle leaping on top of Bodie to rip off the explosives.

Laughable Dialogue: Cowley - " Interrogation of Christina resumed at nineteen a.m."(Sincewhen has there been a nineteen am?)
Bodie (on the man he has just shot) "Dead?" Doyle: "Considerably."
Young Woman: "Bobby's free." (Bodie and Doyle look over at the camp-looking hairdresser) Doyle: "Hell, I'm sure he is."

Notes This finally gets going when Bodie is captured, and then bottles its conclusion in a mist of smoke and gunfire. Still, intermittently diverting stuff, and a nice freeze-frame ending.....
There is a mention of the (real life) Italian terrorist group, the Red Brigade. The library books Cowley gives his lads are Medieval England and Chaucer the Poet (for Bodie, who's got a 12p fine to pay on them!) and End of Term and Emma in Love for Doyle (closet romantic!). Inside the library, Doyle reads a book by Gaston Diehl, and we see posters for the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet company, and a book called William Blake and his Followers. There are references to Sleeping Beauty, and another nod towards the Angolan civil war.
Locations seen include Wembley Park Tube station.
Current Mood: amusedamused
byslantedlight: young love (imbeiaiel)byslantedlight on October 24th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oooh, what's the obvious blooper at the end?! If I've ever known, I can't think what it is now... *g*
scouse29 on October 24th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
As far as I remember it is the wondrous change from Doyle's trainers into his boots or ?
The new Salopian: not now doyleconstant_muse on October 24th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: blooper
There's boots to trainers to boots (booted foot finally comes down onj Karen's hand or the gun, can't remember which).

Before that, while waiting for the plane to land, Doyle's sunnies momentarily disappear - although he could have had time to just whip them off and on again...
byslantedlight: young love (imbeiaiel)byslantedlight on October 25th, 2011 08:46 am (UTC)
Re: blooper
Ah, I remember the sunnies one now that you've said it again, don't think I ever noticed the trainers (or if I did I forgot... *g*)!
miwahni: Pros B & D purgingmiwahni on October 25th, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
Re: blooper
It's funny what we do or don't notice. I saw the shoes / boots thing but I hadn't noticed the sunnies at all. And now I'll have to add "Watch Fugitive" to my weekend list of things to do - bit of a hardship, that!
byslantedlight: young love (imbeiaiel)byslantedlight on October 25th, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
Re: blooper
Ah - I remembered the sunnies one, but not whether I've ever noticed the shoes before! I'm usually too busy looking at other things... *g*
The new Salopian: come in 45constant_muse on October 24th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
excellent - thank you!

Don't think I'd noticed 'the Red Brigade', but there was a clear effort to identify Karen with Patty Hearst.
miwahni: pros ray purgingmiwahni on October 25th, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
I'd not picked up on the Red Brigade bit either - looks like a rewatch is in my near future.