character development of john steed


Box of Tricks

Despite not being one of the better Venus Smith episodes, I like this one. It has a delicious noir vibe, with Steed wandering smoky nightclubs and meeting underworld characters. The whole episode feels like it takes place at night. While the plot leaves a lot to be desired, it makes up for it with atmosphere. Steed’s rough but charming, and does not go quite as far with manipulation as he sometimes does. I’m still at a loss as to why he keeps drafting Venus into these cases, though. 

It might just be me, but I wish that they’d stuck with the slightly more noir edge in later seasons. Steed’s very likable when he gets to wander the underworld - that combination of a well-dressed, obviously posh and charming man more than capable of cutting your throat is a great character device. 

Also: all the ladies love Steed. He has about three women chasing him here.