Monday, October 20, 2014
Review - Sapphire And Steel
Someone recommended this series to me on another thread and I found 5 of the 6 'Assignments' on youtube. I saw the DvD collection years ago at Borders and passed it by thinking the show was going to be some kind of Avengers/Man from Uncle amalgamation, but it is nothing of the kind.
This is an amazing surreal series. It has the Prisoner sense of oddness but without the frantic pace. In fact the show is sedate. It is also eerie, charming, slightly humorous and menacing all at the same time. There is a sense of Lovecraftian horror lurking throughout each episode. Sometimes the eerieness is in the dark corners, but other times it creeps out of the most brightly lit and mundane rooms or objects.
I wasn't able to get the Assignment 4 video working on youtube (which is a shame because the description sounds especially creepy) but the other 5 are there. (The show is done a serial that when combined tells a 2 or 3 hour story in the way that Doctor Who used to do).
Probably a little slow and oddball for eveyone's taste, but I loved the show. If you run any kind of game that involves the odd and bizarre there is a wealth of inspiration in this series.