Sep. 13th, 2016

ladybug_archive: (ecks_wye)
Crystal is doing the 30-Day U.N.C.L.E. meme on Tumblr. I wanted to do it too, but as usual, I'd rather answer everything and post as an LJ quiz. So, here it is.

Day 01 – Favorite season - Probably 3, honestly, because that's when things first started getting really hurt/comforty as more of an expected thing and not an occasional thing. Combining that with a good laugh honestly works great for me. Most episodes are not as horrible as many people would have one believe.
Day 02 – Least favorite season - I usually say 2, because of all the seasons, it seemed the most like it didn't know where it wanted to go: comedy or drama. It seemed ... lackluster compared to the seriousness of season 1 or the hilarity of season 3 or the darkness of season 4. There are some season 2 episodes I like, of course, but overall I find it the least appealing season.
Day 03 – Favorite episode - The Suburbia Affair. Season 3 at its most classic, with Napoleon and Illya trying and failing to be domestic roommates. I don't think I've laughed so hard at any other episode.
Day 04 – Least favorite episode - The Colossal Affair. Season 3 at its worst. Although people will say that season 3 always made a mockery of peril and death, this is really just about the only episode where I felt it was done. Illya in the concrete was one of the most WTH moments in the entire series, topped only by Illya trying to stop a giant stink bomb and suffering for it. Just ... WTH. This is the episode I'd want to chuck out of my headcanon.
Day 05 – Favorite movie/two-parter - The Prince of Darkness Affair, because four times the H.M. Wynant content! And he gets the girl! How could I not love it?
Day 06 – Least favorite movie/two-parter - I think the few episodes I still haven't seen are all two-parters, and the reasons I haven't seen them are because of various iffy things in each one. I still plan to see them; I just haven't got around to it yet, especially since I only have them on tape and can therefore only watch them in the living room. Offhand, I think experimenting on cats in The Bridge of Lions Affair troubles me the most, but I am informed that the effects are temporary, so that's good to know. I am also troubled by Janet Leigh's character taking sexual pleasure from people's misery in The Concrete Overcoat Affair, but at least I hear that wasn't quite so expressly stated in the TV version.... However, ignoring the ones I haven't seen and focusing on what I have seen, that would be The Alexander the Greater Affair. The Big Bad is gross, his plan makes zero sense, and Napoleon and Illya are virtually useless in the climax. It was one of the lamest things I have ever seen, and the fact that it went on for two episodes made it even worse.
Day 07 – Favorite member of UNCLE - That's actually hard for me to answer, as I've usually maintained that Mr. Waverly is my favorite. But I've finally come to terms with the fact that Napoleon is my favorite field agent, so now I'm torn between which character to say.
Day 08 – Least favorite member of UNCLE - Any traitorous agent.
Day 09 – Favorite villain - Mr. Ecks in The Odd Man Affair. He's only onscreen for a few minutes, but he and his partner Mr. Wye managed to be thoroughly fascinating to me for many reasons, all of which I've detailed on my U.N.C.L.E. website (which is here, if anyone hasn't seen it and is curious:
Day 10 – Least favorite villain - Probably the guy who unleashed the stink bomb in The Colossal Affair. WTH.
Day 11 – Favorite innocent - Most likely Shari Lewis's character in The Off-Broadway Affair.
Day 12 – Least favorite innocent - I'm tempted to say any character played by Jill Ireland, but I actually liked her character in season 1. Her snappy exchanges with Illya were just great. So I don't think I could give that answer, even though I don't like Jill Ireland as a person. Most episodes I haven't seen for a very long time, and offhand I just can't think of an Innocent I disliked more than any other.
Day 13 – Favorite recycled set/prop/location - The New York street.
Day 14 – Favorite quote - I couldn't give the exact quote, but probably Illya's insistence on Napoleon's innocence in The Summit Five Affair.
Day 15 – Favorite fight scene/action sequence - Bryn Watson and Illya against Mr. Wye in The Odd Man Affair.
Day 16 – Episode you’ve most recently watched - The Secret Sceptre Affair, I think.
Day 17 – Episode you’ve rewatched the most - The Odd Man Affair.
Day 18 – First episode remember seeing - The very first one.
Day 19 – Saddest moment - Illya brainwashed into attacking Napoleon in The THRUSH Roulette Affair. (And the fact that the whole sequence was so badly handled....)
Day 20 – Funniest moment - The attempts to be domestic in The Suburbia Affair.
Day 21 – Most intense moment - Any scene where it looks like their goose is really cooked. (Honestly, I can't seem to pick just one scene as "most" intense above all....)
Day 22 – Defining character moment - Napoleon Solo - Where he doesn't fall for the THRUSH plot or give in to the girl even while under the effects of an amnesia pill in The Nowhere Affair.
Day 23 – Defining character moment - Illya Kuryakin - When he absolutely insists on Napoleon's loyalty and honesty in The Summit Five Affair. That episode, and that scene, finally made me believe in their friendship after being very skeptical for a long time.
Day 24 – Defining character moment - Alexander Waverly - When he shows kindness and concern for Napoleon and Illya in peril in multiple episodes. Also when he shows he's still got what it takes to be an U.N.C.L.E. agent in The Deep Six Affair.
Day 25 – Something you wish you could go back and change - That The Colossal Affair exists. Or at least, that it was so terrible. Maybe with a few scene adjustments, it would at least be tolerable.
Day 26 – An episode you wish you could have been in - I would like to have had Carol Lynley's role in The Prince of Darkness Affair. So much interaction with H.M.! Lucky, lucky girl.
Day 27 – An ‘OMG did that just happen?’ moment - I suppose this means something that happened in a split-second, but I just can't think of one offhand. So I have Illya deadpanning his way through a performance in The Off-Broadway Affair.
Day 28 – Episode you use to introduce people to the show - The Summit Five Affair. Intensity and friendship/partnership squee.
Day 29 – Favorite cast member - Robert Vaughn.
Day 30 – Anything UNCLE related - I wish there were figures/dolls from the show that actually look like Napoleon and Illya. The 1960s dolls look pretty bad, which was not unusual for celebrity dolls in that era. I wish some retro company would make U.N.C.L.E. figures/dolls today.

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