This post is the final of this ep. I feel done with it and want to move on eek! So this post is a long one.. and I’ll give us a few days to finish talking about this episode over all before publishing the next post.
Does anyone have a post they’d like to publish before we start walking through the next episode? If so – you are very welcome and send me an email and just let me know. Learjet has two posts we’ll be swooning/ drooling and walking through before we start the next episode – but we can fit in a few more guest posts if anyone is interested in sharing also- just let me know! 🙂
Okay.. Where were we here.. We ended last post in Billy’s office having cracked the Pyramid code- the agency is the pyramid!!!
We then cut back to explosives being put into the pyramid wall..
I notice there is no blue wire!! Oh smk.. I miss those gags!!!
…and Durran looking focused and.. bad. Really bad. I sense he has a personal grudge against the agency.. but you know what? I think smk is right to not bother explaining his full story.. good call on that one. I don’t think we really need to know! [get it.. ‘need to know’ 😉 ]
Back to the Pyramid errr agency in chaos!
Yes we suddenly find there are loads of women working at the agency and they are all being evacuated..
Hey, I hear R2-D2 in the background! tee hee.. okay it’s probably a metal detector but it would have been more interesting..
Loudspeaker: All personnel, this is not a drill. Evacuate to the street immediately.
Lee: Where is Durran going to hit us? How’s he going to get in here?
[what do you think of this camera angle?]
Rupert: No way in unless you’re invited. Just like a pyramid. Bedrock walls, sealed ventilation, low-energy lighting, lasers in the elevator shaft. We got it all.
Billy: Durran knows a way in.
Rupert: I don’t see how. It’s my secret. I was the last one out the day we buttoned her up….
…We needed some way to take out the heavy gear. [? really?]The only weak spot — a little bolt hole…
…Just like the Pharaoh’s engineers did. Ahh! that’s me! Pharaoh’s engineer for the whole damn place — the only one who knows.
Lee: Not any more, my friend.
(Lee gives Rupert a pat on the arm)
[Good to see Lee standing close to Rupert and we actually see Lee treating Rupert like he is the friend we’ve been told he is]
Francine enters the office holding up a kit.
Francine: Atropine. It’s the only antidote for chemical attack.
Lee: For G-S?
Francine: Uh, no, not specifically. For Soviet T-Series nerve toxins, but it’s similar. It might work, it might not.
[I guess this gas is so toxic a gas mask is not enough? but if that’s the case, then why do the baddies only get gas masks? We saw this at the start of the episode. Here!
and no it’s not Darth Vader. I checked.
why don’t the agency have gas masks?!]
Amanda: Rupert, please — this is very, very important. Please, try to remember where the weak spot is.
[Amanda! Just ask TP! ]
Rupert: I can’t remem — oh, yeah. Yeah, I know. Level F, section 17. Lets you out right into the Wisconsin Avenue public garage. Cute, huh?
[what- no gift shop?! A gift shop would have been cuter.. Or the IFF classics library.. oh wait, I guess that’s what the Q bureau’s cover is?! sorry I’m so distracted. focus iwsod! ]
Lee (with drama inducing intensity): All right, everybody — get out to the street!
(Lee starts heading out the office door with his possible antidote.)
Francine: That’s not for G-S!
Lee: It’s all we’ve got. Go on, move it!
How interesting that it’s Francine who tries to make Lee stop – not Amanda. I think we can have a field day with this one.
One thing I can see- Amanda has reconciled the danger of the job Lee does well and truly (remember in Bromfield Hall? “It’s what I do Amanda.”) Maybe this is a bit wet blanket of me when Lee is being so heroic and all, but I thought Francine and Lee trained to do this sort of thing together – remember Murder Between Friends and the drill for an attack on the agency?
and.. Lee!! you can’t go fight Durran without your black jumpsuit!!! and your selfie stick!!
Seems Lee has to have his heroic moment alone – with no Francine or even Amanda to share the glory…
Amanda, and Billy get Rupert moving out of the office while Francine stands there stunned (lol more training for you missy!)
Loudspeaker: Attention, all personnel —
Lee approaches a guard out in the hallway.
Lee: Let me have your weapon.
[I thought I heard Lee say: Give me your weapon please] what do you all hear? I’ve gone with what happy camper heard though ]
Lee cocks the machine gun.. and looks suitably determined..
Do you think it might have been useful to bring a couple of these trained guards with you Lee? nah!!!
Confused voices: Right this way — five minutes — go —
Lee rushes down the hallway ready to fight.
I’m going to pretend he hasn’t just cocked his machine gun and that he isn’t running down the hallway with what could be his finger on the trigger.. (and yes, all the images here are bluuuurrrryyyyy..)
We see Amanda leading Rupert by the arm down the hallway (where’d Billy and Francine gone?)
The chaos continues.. is it just me or is it pretty funny to see the highly trained agency in such chaos? I thought they’d be better organised!
Why are some people going in one direction? and then others are going in the opposite? lol.. I guess this is all designed to up the drama.. but for me it doesn’t quite work. Err nice try though!
Ah! there’s Billy and Francine, they join the throng..
Back to the baddies..
and the wall is loaded up with explosives ready to blow.
I love how we see this then cut to Durran smoking a cigarette.. umm danger danger?!
[Explosions and lung cancer?!]
Durran is very intense and focused. Gee I don’t think even Lee is going to be able to stop him! Right? Nah… who am I kidding?!
The explosives are all rigged up to the detonator.. all is set.
Hang on a minute.
Have another cigarette and give Lee a chance to get down to level F will ya!
Durran holds the detonator..
We cut back to more agency employees running for their lives (why am I reminded of flying high/airplane here?!)
Everyone is leaving.. but Lee? He’s arriving.. alone..
This shot with the massive agency emblem is another big visual huh like the American flag. I don’t mind it..(do you?) because the action is soooo over the top the set may as well be also. It fits!
Cue the action sequence and a whole lot of Lee looking heroic.
KJ is not afraid to package up Lee Stetson heroics!
Let’s see how few words I can use for this action finale?
Wall blows, Lee goes flying..
Release the G-S Gas!!!!
Lee injects his atropine (what a man! ).
Lee wins. the end.
Seriously though.. why does Durran turn and try to escape? Because his gas mask was shattered by the explosion? why was it shattered by the explosion? After all his planning, he goes and makes a dumb mistake like this? stooopid..
I think he was so in awe of Lee Stetson he just turned and ran..
For a baddie that was set up to be such a worthy adversary for Lee.. this is quite disappointing!
[I think the problem was in the opening sequence when they were practicing, Durran was up on a high viewpoint, and not practicing his role.. tut tut Durran!]
There are a couple of visuals here in this sequence I really like.. kudos KJ I love that you gave it a go!!!
Loved this shot:
And.. this shot:
and… this shot:
When it fits within the tone of SMK I love these visuals. I think they can fit within SMK.. but the music and a few of the additions or changes didn’t fit for me.. I’ve already mentioned these so won’t harp on though.
But the visuals and creative shots remind me of Reach for the sky – that had some awesome visual moments and shot composition which were fabulous and still fit within an smk feel for me.. Thoughts?
As much as I’m not a fan of this ep and the high tech weird theme, this action sequence and a few of the individual visuals have been a treat for me. Kudos KJ!
Okay okay.. finishing up the action sequence, the baddies see Durran is full of G-S Gas (and maybe plain GAS) – so they turn and run..
Mercenaries: All right, hurry up! Go! Durran’s down! Leave him! Go! Leave him!
They all jump in their vans and take off. Well.. Durran you did tell them they were not getting paid to get killed
Lee enters the garage through the blown hole and finds Durran down and out. He checks his pulse.
Use to taking orders, these baddies do what they’re told.
I expected to see Billy and Francine there – where did they go?
One last final shot on Lee now it’s all over.. phew! How’s the atropine going there Lee?!
I think they should have given Lee a bit of an injury.. lol..
Notice the shadow on the wall? Another very cool shot – which I didn’t appreciate until I took the stills. I watch the video then look at the stills when writing]
Ouchie.. a bit of a leg ache Lee?
Okay.. that will do for an injury! I guess that’s where he injected himself. Haaa poor Lee has a stick injury! haaaa
So superhuman Lee is actually just a super-human after all..
Note to Agency- order some gas masks.. and replacement atropine!
It’s tag time! The sun is shining on the Pyramid!
Lee, Amanda and Rupert exit the coat elevator.
Rupert: Don’t remember seeing that in the original plans. Would have vetoed it if I had…
[LOL looks like Lee’s ID badge gets sort of stuck on Rupert]
[you didn’t have a need to know Rupert!]
…Never liked gadgets. Everything in this place was the best money could buy. From Ray Packer’s lights, right down to Izzy Eisenstein’s fancy carpet!
Lee: Nothing much changed, huh?
(they all start walking from the elevator to the bullpen)
Rupert: No, of course not. Buildings are like people. The good ones last.
[Given we just saw Good guy Lee possibly dying young to save the agency from the baddies this doesn’t quite fit for me! but I appreciate Rupert has his moment here to enjoy the good work he did engineering it!]
Amanda: I’d say they do, sir; they certainly do.
(Amanda signals Lee as they arrive at the door)
(and yes as usual it’s not a crisp image.. this ep has tested my patience!)
…Happy Birthday, Rupert!
Francine wheels out a cake. Rofl!! Seeing Francine smiling and joining in freaks me out tee hee.. Oh I know why she’s smiling. It’s CHOCOLATE cake!! she loves chocolate
Good to see Glynnis and Lois got an invite too!
Rupert: Great guns! You were behind this, niece?
[Niece? ah yes.. the agency is one big warm fuzzy place that is family and lasts.. excuse me while I gag people.. this is all too much for me!]
Amanda: Well, a little bit.
Rupert: Ah-ha-ha, if I were a couple of years younger, we’d go dancing! Stay out late, too. [oh please. Rupert stop there.. I’ve just been whacked up the side of my face with a cliché. Antidote! I need an antidote! dimples iwsod.. focus on the dimples..]
The whole bullpen hears this and laughs. [I notice Glynnis and Lois don’t really laugh though. I’m with them!]
I just find this exceedingly awkward and irritating! Just focus on the Lee dimples Iwsod.. they’ll fix things!
Amanda: Oh, that’s sweet.
Rupert: That’s just plain good sense. Right, Lee?
Lee: Right, Rupert.
[I guess this is them trying to insert a little romance between Lee and Amanda.. Meh..I would have liked this ep better if we left it back in the garage.. sorry I’m wearing my grumpy pants now! I wont go on – what do you all think of this? Do tell!!!]
Rupert: Hey, gimme a hand, you two. I don’t have as much hot air as I used to have.
(Again we get the requisite laugh from the bullpen.)
[ Aie.. it’s only one candle!!! rofl!!! ]
…Let’s make a wish we can all agree on, hm?
[I think Lee and Amanda’s eyes meet for a moment..]
Amanda: Okaaaaaaay. go!
They all take a massive breath to blow the one candle on Rupert’s cake out. Rofl. and the ep ends there.. good thing too because the next thing that happened was Chocolate Cake went exploding all over Francine from the blast of air.. and she went into a chocolate eating frenzy while the agency alarms sounded and the newly acquired gas masks were distributed. Lee and Amanda looked on in shock that their wish had come true so quickly
Okay. I’m full of plenty of hot air myself!
Soooo what’s the wish they can all agree on??
I’m not going to linger here.. I’ll share a few thoughts in comments.. but lastly..
just a few little observations based on the end credits.
Here’s the first thing we see:
How lovely that KJ was able to direct this and dedicate it to her dad – I can see that the themes about the inter-generations, the elderly etc. would have maybe been close to KJ’s heart with her father’s recent passing.
It makes KJ’s daughterly interactions with Rupert at the end here touching. Though the whole take you dancing thing? I can do without!!!!!
Seems natural to spell Durran with one r.
I saw these final credits when I started writing this ep and had taken all the images (I tend to check the end credits before I start because I want to know who is in the ep etc.) Anyway, so this is where I learned it’s Durran.. and not duran duran.. Though dragon would definitely have been more fun!
Last thought – how interesting that the episode KJ directs has Nooooo Dotty, no Phillip and no Jamie!!!! We could read some things into that!!!
Okay all can’t wait to hear your thoughts- do tell!!!!!!