The #Bond_age_TV Livetweet Event – May 11, 2016

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Hello again, everyone!

It’s been awhile, but #Bond_age_TV is back tomorrow night with another Avengers/Hawaii Five-0 double feature. First up will be The Avengers, in an episode called The Master Minds. A series of thefts baffles the government, especially as it appears that well-respected members of that very same government are caught red-handed. Steed and Mrs. Peel are called in to investigate. Will they get to the bottom of it? Find out at 9 pm EST tomorrow in the first half of our programming.

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Then, at 10 pm EST, Hawaii Five-0 is featured with the episode Twenty-Four Karat Kill. McGarrett and Five-0 learn that somebody is smuggling gold into Hawaii, and they’re determined to put a stop to it. The episode is the one where Jack Lord first utters the catchphrase “Book ’em, Danno.” So come join the fun and enjoy the Hawaiian scenery as we watch a piece of TV history. Both programs will be livetweeted under the #Bond_age_TV hashtag.  Be here! Aloha!

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The Bond_age_TV Cybernaut Livetweet Event – Mar. 16, 2016

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“What could have done that?” “Well, if we cast our minds back…” “…to a 9-letter word beginning with C…” “Cybernaut.”

Hello, fellow livetweeters!  This month #Bond_age_TV is doing something different. Hawaii Five-0 had, in its 12 years on the air, a number of two-parters which I don’t plan to break up when they come up in the schedule. This presents a bit of a problem, as the Avengers never had any two-part episodes (except in the New Avengers era, which is sadly beyond my perview).  But I wanted to give the Avengers their own time as well, so I shall be presenting, from time to time, back-to-back Avengers episodes that have a common thread. This week I’m starting this tradition with the most obviously episode link in Avengers history: The Cybernauts. These robotic assassins appeared three times throughout the Avengers run, and this week I’ll be featuring their first two appearances. First up this Wednesday at 9pm EST will be their debut episode, titled The Cybernauts. Steed and Emma investigate a series of murders that appear to be the work of a martial arts expert. This episode features such familiar faces as Michael Gough (Batman) and Bernard Horsfall (OHMSS). The second part of the double feature will be Return of the Cybernauts . The Cybernauts are back, thanks to a millionaire bent on revenge ( guest star Peter Cushing.)  Steed and Peel find themselves targets for destruction.  This episode ranks as one of my all-time favourites, and I think I’m not the only one. I hope you’ll join me for this week’s #Bond_age_TV event, with the fun starting at 9pm EST!

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The Avengers/Hawaii Five-0 Livetweet Event – February 2016

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Hello again, everyone!

It’s cold outside, but inside #Bond_age_TV HQ, everything is warming up with our new season of programming. We’re continuing our look at those two venerable TV institutions, The Avengers and Hawaii Five-0. This week’s double feature kicks off with The Avengers episode The Gravediggers. Steed and Mrs. Peel undertake an investigation into strange failures of the British Distant Early Warning system.  The deeper they dig, the situation goes from bad to worse (or is that hearse?).

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The second half of this week’s #Bond_age_TV feature is The Hawaii Five-0 episode Samurai. McGarrett and Five-0 find themselves investigating the death of a witness in a court case against a Hawaiian crime boss (played by Ricardo Montalban). At the same time, they have to prevent his death at the hands of Japanese assassins. I’m not going to lie, Montalban playing Asian is not exactly politically correct, but still, he’s Ricardo Montalban.

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The fun starts this Wednesday at 9 pm EST. Just follow the #Bond_age_TV hashtag. Be here! Aloha!

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The #Bond_age_TV Livetweet Event – January 2016

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Hello, ladies and gentlemen!

This Wednesday marks the beginning of a new season of #Bond_age_TV goodness! We’re kicking off the new season with two iconic series: The Avengers and Hawaii Five-0! At 9 pm EST, we feature the first pairing of John Steed and Emma Peel in the first episode of The Avengers’s fourth season, The Town of No Return!  Agents keep disappearing from a small seaside town in Norfolk, and it’s up to Steed and Mrs. Peel to get to the bottom of it.  Then, at 10 pm EST, Hawaii Five-0 takes over the spotlight as we livetweet the pilot episode, Full Fathom Five! McGarrett and the cops of Five-0 find themselves dealing with conman and murderer who preys on older widows, played by Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). It’s gonna be a great time, so I hope you can join us this Wednesday for all-new #Bond_age_TV fun!

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The Avengers Patrick Macnee Memorial Livetweet Event

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Hello again, everyone.

It has been a rather bittersweet week here at #Bond_age_TV HQ. This past Wednesday, the first appearance of The Avengers in our programming seemed to be a rousing success. It was a fitting tribute to both the show and guest star Christopher Lee. I looked forward to bringing it into the programming full time later this year. It came as a massive shock, then, to find out the next day that Patrick Macnee, the bedrock on which The Avengers was built, passed away at the age of 93. I cannot express how profoundly sad that made me.

Growing up as a fan of spy films and TV, I’d always fantasized about living that life.  But I never wanted to be James Bond; I wanted to be John Steed.  I wanted to wear bowler hats and wield an umbrella. I wanted to be funny and witty and charming, always ready with a quick bon mot. Now, 30-odd years later, I like to think I’m funny, but I’m pretty sure the rest will never happen. This is understandable, though, because no one could be as funny or as charming as Patrick Macnee. There was just something so fun and wonderful about watching him act, you couldn’t help but wish you either were him or knew him. Knowing that such a wonderful talent has been lost to us is saddening, but we know that he left us a legacy to admire, and for that, we must be grateful.

To show our appreciation, this coming Wednesday #Bond_age_TV is celebrating the life and career of Patrick Macnee with a special Avengers double-shot livetweet event. @krissy_myers has graciously foregone her Prisoner livetweet  slot so we can livetweet two early Avengers episodes. First up at 9pm EST will be Death At Bargain Prices. Steed and Emma investigate the death of an agent which ties in to the strange goings-on in a department store. Then, at 10pm EST, we’ll feature What The Butler Saw. There’s a leak in the War Office, with three potential candidates to be investigated. Can Steed and Emma uncover the traitor? Find out by joining us this coming Wednesday, as #Bond_age_TV presents the Patrick Macnee Memorial Livetweet. Please use the hashtag #Bond_age_TV to join in. Also, if so inclined, feel free to use the hashtag #Macnee.  See you there.

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