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Episode of the week

Title: The Giuoco Piano Affair
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Alan Caillou

Synopsis: Taking its title from the classic chess gambit, this episode is a sequel to The Quadripartite Affair. Since Gervaise Ravel (Anne Francis) had evaded capture in the earlier episode, Solo and Kuryakin devise a scheme to lure her into a trap. Jill Ireland (Marion Raven) and John Van Dreelen (Harold Bufferton) also return. Director Richard Donner, producer Sam Rolfe, associate producer Joseph Calvelli and executive producer Norman Felton have cameos during a party scene.*

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Let's face it, they look like they are about to come to blows over Illya, who is blissfully unaware of either of them.

The best thing about this episode were the party scenes and, of course, the lovely Anne Frances, who really stole the show. Jill Ireland's acting was up (down?) to its usual standards. However, if you ignored her, the rest was pretty good.

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* wikipedia
** from Lisa's Frame captures

How to Witness Cassini's Fiery End

Cassini in final approach to Saturn

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet’s atmosphere on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Cassini is ending its 13-year tour of the Saturn system with an intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons – in particular, Enceladus, with its subsurface ocean and signs of hydrothermal activity – remain pristine for future exploration. The spacecraft’s fateful dive is the final beat in the mission’s Grand Finale, 22 weekly dives, which began in late April, through the gap between Saturn and its rings. No spacecraft has ever ventured so close to the planet before.

Here's more info and where to watch it's last few minutes before it crashes into Saturn.
http://earthsky.org/space/cassini-finale-sept-15-2017-how-to-follow-online?mc_cid=a2c28121ad&mc_eid=2df060ed4b

Robert Vaughn Memorial Bench is ready!

The bench is finished and will be sent to Ridgefield Parks & Rec. They are going to store it and install it closer to the dedication ceremony. The dedication brochures have been completed and ordered. Ridgefield's First Selectman will be attending the ceremony and am waiting to hear back from a few other speakers I have invited. Here is the bench and dedication plaque. Thank you everyone who helped make this a reality!


Caption it fun

Reminds me of the last time I went to dinner.

what do you think would be a good caption for this?

Villain of the Week

Name Alexander (the Greater)

Portrayed by Rip Torn



What can you say about this man? He was truly a legend in his own mind and very good at getting what he wanted. He nearly did in Napoleon and Illya a dozen times, but thanks to a little luck and an Innocent called Tracy, they managed to stop Alexander in the end.
I know I've been a bit silent recently, just popping up here or there, only to disappear again.

But I would like to offer my own earnest wishes, to add to all those already expressed, that everyone affected by the treacherous weather stays safe, warm and well.


You still have time to get those images in for a bit of creepy (or not so creepy) Halloween fun over in MFU_scrapbook! Request prompts must be posted by no later than Oct 1st, so it's the perfect time! Don't wait too long or it will be too late!

Update: Robert Vaughn Memorial Bench

The bench is nearly complete and will be making its trek to Ridgefield in about a week. The Parks & Rec department is going to hold it and it will be placed in the park shortly before the dedication ceremony. More on the ceremony at this link.

https://www.facebook.com/events/114531245893093/

Thanks to everyone who supported this. Keeping his legacy alive.

episode of the week

Episode - The Green Opal
Director John Peyser
Writer Robert E. Thompson
Show date October 27, 1963

Solo attempts to rescue a group of people kidnapped and brainwashed by THRUSH. Stars Carroll O'Connor, Joan O'Brien, Nachi Nozawa and Milton Selzer.*


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What I liked about this episode. I loved that Napoleon actually went 'undercover' and in disguise. Granted it wasn't a great disguise and Walter Brach(Carroll O'Conner) saw through it pretty quickly, but Napoleon running around in a tee shirt. Sigh... we didn't get to see that very often. The story wasn't bad, although not the best that Season One had to offer.

What I didn't like - not half enough Illya, but that's just me.

So what say you, cousins?



*Wikipedia


** Lisa's Video Freeze Capture

Villain of the Week

Villain - Count Zark, as wonderfully portrayed by Martin Landau in the episode - The Bat Cave Affair.



This whole episode was sort of short on plot, but who needs it when we have the likes of Martin Landau running around in a cape? He truly saw himself as a creature of the night and tried, unsuccessfully to control bats for the bidding of THRUSH. Let's be real, bats aren't birds.

Besides where else could you get a shot like this and it be totally *um* innocent?



If only Zark has tossed the innocent to the bats instead of Illya...

What did you think about Zark? Was he scary or just sort of silly (thinking back to 1960's sensibilities)?

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