and Steel ADVENTURE
The scene: a disused railway station cum hotel. A man, George Tully,
is setting up a tape recorder and other equipment designed to record
any ghostly visitation. He appears to have been here for some time.
Into the middle of his "psychical investigation" appears a slim blond
figure (very elegant in long dark coat, which covers a dark-plum coloured
velvet jacket!). With typical Steel tact, he tells Tully, "You'd better
pack up your junk and leave"!
During the course of this adventure, Tully sometimes helps, sometimes
hinders, and ultimately is the lever enabling Steel to rescue Sapphire
from the dark force at work.
Tully is played by Gerald James, on leave from the National Theatre,
where he was a regular cast member. His gentle, bumbling innocent, with
his carpet slippers and thermos flask, is a real plus in this show;
Tully is an excellent foil to both Steel (though slower witted, he surprises
Steel with his intuition) and Sapphire, who responds to his evident
admiration. A number of characters from the past appear. First, a young
soldier who died in the first world war, then an airman, and later three
men who died in a submarine. They are being brought there by the "dark
force", which appears as a dark mass, and which feeds on resentment.
Events move fast in this story. First, Steel has to rescue Sapphire,
then she has to rescue him, then he has to rescue her and Tully (and
that is only episode two). This adventure contains one of the few instances
of Steel showing fear, although moments later, Sapphire is able to say,
"You're enjoying this, aren't you?" As more characters appear, the dark
force becomes stronger, feeding off their resentment. The force appears
to create "holes" in time. When Sapphire and Steel step into one of
these areas, their clothing changes to a different time period, and
it is difficult to move away and back to the "present".
In this adventure we discover that Sapphire can do a "spot analysis":
holding Tully's hand in hers, she can discern what it is composed of,
deciding he is definitely human, and even give his life-expectancy.
(Some nice, dry, humour here, as Tully misunderstands Sapphire's motive
in holding on to his hand. Having asked Steel what is her relationship
to him, he is told, "business associate"!)
episodes = 6
||P J Hammond
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