Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 06:38
Location: New Scotland, Canada
Favourite: The New Avengers
Mara wrote:I think Steed actually annoys Cathy, as far as I can tell by the looks she gives him. So what can I say besides that I love Gambit and Purdey even more now? Steed works great with Emma, but it's always a bit more flirtatious than Purdey will ever allow Gambit to be. In literature class, I had this lecture on lolita characters in novels: the woman who's taking advantage of her charm and looks in many ways, and the innocent, (and sometimes slightly naive) sweet girl. I suppose I don't need to explain which characters I thought of first.Timeless A-Peel wrote:If you want my picks for best Cathy, just ask.
I think Cathy finds Steed supremely annoying. Because he is. It does make you love Purdey and Gambit more when you can see their roots and how well they turned out the second time around. Purdey and Gambit flirt, too, but they also have this tendency to start talking about things other than the case, which makes them more well-rounded characters than Steed and Emma--there's more of a sense of their lives and them as people outside the job.
If the Gale era is driving you mad, I'd recommend you go for all the really tense, twisty, gritty spy capers that era does so well. Some of them can be quite grim, but in a good way. My favourite Gales, the few that I've watched more than once (at least until now with the new DVDs), are usually in that category. Have a look at Intercrime (Cathy undercover--in a prison for awhile, no less!), The Nutshell and The Wringer (Steed as a traitor), The Guilded Cage (crime caper), and The Charmers (silly fun, later remade as The Correct Way to Kill. I love Fennella Fielding as Kim--she's fun). Flee in the opposite direction from Immortal Clay (pottery is not exciting--trust me) and my first Cathy The Grandeur That Was Rome. Stuffy boring men are not fun to watch talking, even if they are in a toga. It's a wonder I ever watched a second Gale after that one. But there are gems in there, I promise you. Give t hose a shot.