Oh no, I’ve finished watching through Man from Uncle! I liked season four’s return to spy stories rather than camp stories. There were only two episodes I didn’t particularly care for, but I didn’t hate them. Out of 16 that’s better average than seasons 2-3.
The Deep Six Affair: Napoleon and Illya are great in this episode; Mr. Waverly is wonderful and his exasperation at his agents is the best. I bet Mr. Waverly was the best spy to ever spy, so he doesn’t understand why his agents just don’t get on with it. I also really like that this episode and the following two-parter deal with issues within UNCLE. Plus this episode features a bonus of an UNCLE agent being competent and not getting killed right away!
The Seven Wonders of the World Affair: Its interesting watching this decades after its cancellation, knowing this two-parter is the final story. This story feels darker, perhaps because the preceding episode was more straight-forward. While this episode might have been trying to juggle a bit much, it did bring up the issues of means to an end. Its interesting though that the show ends on questions of how history will perceive the actions of the present and a literal funeral procession.
I would have loved to see this be a full season. Watching through the series, I’m curious how this show would have gone if it was written for modern tv audiences. Especially with the fourth season it would have been nice to have connecting storylines. Imagine if after Deep Six and Seven Wonders the second half of the season had plotlines dealing with the weakening or fracturing of UNCLE, or possibly Napoleon or Illya losing faith in UNCLE and thinking about leaving. Or any number of stories really. Too bad that tv at the time was still kind of procedural. Can a good writer make a modern day Man From Uncle? That would be nice.