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There are three incarnations of the fantasy tradition of half-sized humans that come to my mind when I think about halflings. I admit there are more than that worth considering, but my knowledge and experience is limited. For instance, the halflings of Athas in Dead Sun are savage and cannibalist...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review may contain spoilers.

Solo and Kuryakin must break into a vault under a European casino and destroy (yes, destroy) fifty-five million dollars belonging to their arch enemy Thrush. It's a heist episode...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review may contain spoilers.

In video games, "escort missions" are some of the most reviled quests by players. An escort missions usually involves you delivering a person from one location to another. During...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review may contain spoilers.

In this one, the setup is a little different from the usual. Ilya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo are on holiday, but they're eager to fight fascism even on their time off, because th...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review may contain spoilers.

They said it couldn't be done, that the work of a Notary Public wasn't exciting enough to feature in an action spy show. This is the episode that proved them wrong.

This epis...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review may contain spoilers.

This episode has it all: a noir atmosphere, the urgent need to get across a European border, a story mostly set in the confines of a train, a valuable MacGuffin that two separa...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. These reviews contain spoilers.

This episode pits UNCLE against biological weapons, and the opening is both morbid and sobering. Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin are in extreme hazmat suits, communicating only wit...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. These reviews contain spoilers.

Somebody's poisoning the wheatfields of Russia with a fungus delivered by missile. Well, it's delivered by missile shot at water, which opens a hatch on the missile so a propellant...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. These reviews contain spoilers.

This is a good one, showing UNCLE up to its most subversive plot yet. At the order of Mr. Waverly, Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin must deal with a Russian "diplomat" named Kurasov...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. These reviews contain spoilers.

Finally, a proper opening! Instead of the cheerful explanation of what a secret agent is, this episode starts with the beginning sequence I recall seeing when I first watched this...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. These reviews contain spoilers.

Remember Gervaise and Bufferton from Quadripartite, and how Waverly assured Solo that they'd be back? Well, they're back.

This one's a good episode that turns the tables in a...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. These reviews contain spoilers.

Mind control. Sleeper cells. It's the usual spy stuff, and I think probably a fallback UNCLE script.

There's nothing wrong with this episode. It's good, but the plot is a fair...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. These reviews contain spoilers.

They keep the surprises coming. From the title, I was sure that this was destined to be the inevitable The Deadliest Game episode, but as it turns out it's got nothing to do with...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. These reviews contain spoilers.

This episode is the first with any real involvement of Illya Kuraykin, and while he comes across as being really really cool and intriguing, he unfortunately serves mostly as the f...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. These reviews contain spoilers.

New discovery. The fourth-wall-breaking introduction is actually part of the opening titles. They happen again in this episode. I've got to admit, it's pretty tedious to sit throu...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. These reviews contain spoilers.

It surprises me to say this on the second episode of the series, but it's possible that Man from UNCLE hit its peak with the Iowa-Scuba Affair. That's not to say I expect the r...