Simon Templar’s Golden Journey

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I’m happy to participate, for the second time since I create this blog, to the Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon hosted by my friend Terence from A Shroud of Thoughts. Last year, I wrote about The Donna Reed Show‘s episode The Caravan. This time, we’re back in the woods, but with an episode coming from another very favourite TV show of mine: The Saint. The episode I’ll explore today, The Golden Journey, is part of the first season.

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In this episode, the notorious Simon Templar (Roger Moore) is in Spain with his best friend’s fiancee, Belinda (Erica Rogers), and her aunt (Stella Bonheur). He doesn’t like her very much, because she is lazy and always complains. As he says, she acts like a “spoiled brat”. Her aunt agrees with Simon Templar, and the two decide to give a lesson to the lady. When she is sleeping, Simon goes in Belinda’s room and steals her money, her passport and her jewels. She then has nothing to live in a foreign country and she’s pretty desperate. After trying to steal an automobile, she’s put in jail, but Simon pays the caution so she can be freed. Simon is going on a hiking trip and proposes her to come with him. She doesn’t like the idea of walking during a hundred miles, but she doesn’t have much choice as she has no money and no place to go. During the expedition she’s constantly complaining (as always), but Simon knows this will be a good way to “tame” her and make her be more responsible, less lazy and appreciate life as it is.

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This episode of The Saint is very different from the other ones as it doesn’t involve a murder or any criminal case, like it normally is the case. As always, Simon Templar is ready to help the others, but, this time, he’ll help a girl being a better person instead of helping an innocent victim. The Simon Templar from The Golden Journey doesn’t play the detective, but a simple backpacker. However, he remains Simon Templar: the handsome man who is ready to do everything to reach his goal, even steal. The mocker Simon Templar, the seductive Simon Templar and, of course, the Simon Templar who always wins.

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I think that’s one of the major facts why this is one of my favourite episodes from The Saint: it’s a plot that doesn’t involve a crime, so it’s very surprising. It’s different and makes us realize that, whatever the subject, this tv show remains great. But don’t get me wrong, I love the episodes involving a crime or a conspiracy. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be one of my very favourite TV shows! That goes without saying. 😉

Of course, the characters make this episode very lively. The contrast between Simon Templar and the annoying Belinda makes it very entertaining. We often wonder how he manages to tolerate her. But, of course, Roger Moore always has to perfect timing as Simon Templar. He is credible, and how can we resist to this low and smooth voice? While being a gentleman (or not so!) he also knew how to play comedy in a very refined way. I can definitely say Simon Templar is my favourite television male character. He’s just sooo cool! Has for Erica Rogers who plays Belinda, well, I must admit I’m not very familiar with her, having only seen her in The Saint. But I must say she does an incredible job as for the evolution of her character. As much as we are annoyed by her at the beginning, we learn to appreciate her, as she becomes, slowly but certainly, a better person.

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I must admit that there’s a thing that always make me laugh in this episode: Belinda starts doing the expedition wearing high heels… but when those [obviously] break, Simon Templar gives her another pair of shoes. These are not high-heels, but cute fancy sandals. Anyway, not the type of shoes to wear for hiking! What was going on in their mind?

But this episode also makes me nostalgic, because of the scene when Simon shows to Belinda how to wash dishes with cold water and dirt. He said he learned that in his summer camp. Well, I did that too in my summer camp, when we were going on an expedition. When you are in the woods, you have to be resourceful!

The Saint’s Golden Journey allows us to see some beautiful Spanish landscapes. However, I don’t know if it was really shot in Spain. Some natural landscapes really made me think of those here in North America. But, anyway, Simon Templar certainly knows how to find the great camping spots. The one next to the beach is just a real dream! Imagine being there, alone with Simon Templar (or Roger Moore). Ouuuuu! 😉 Hard to resist.

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If you want to see something different among The Saint‘s episodes, I think The Golden Journey would be a great example as I just explained why in this post.

If you haven’t seen this episode and wish to watch it (which I highly recommend), here is a link to do so:

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Before leaving you, I’d like you to know how I discovered this TV show. Because people often wonder how a 20 (almost 21) year old girl get to watch old television shows. I must agree, this might be more surprising than watching old movies. Well, a few years ago, my parents gave me a dvd box set with movie star documentaries. Of course, one of them was about Roger Moore. In the documentary, they were talking about The Saint and showing an excerpt alone with the opening credits (which are, by the way, so cool). So, that made me want to see it, and I discovered it was available on a website where I watch tv shows. I was immediately captivated with the first episode and charmed with Simon Templar. As a matter of fact, I often say that this is my favourite TV show. One day, I was watching it and my father saw and said “Hey, you’re watching The Saint!” Believe it or not, he was watching it too when he was young. So that’s a TV show that can interest many generations!

What I like the most about every “Saint” episodes is when Simon Templar is introduced at the beginning and then this little aureole appears above his head and then the opening credits start. It’s simply awesome.

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I ought to thanks Terence again for hosting such a nice blogathon! Of course, make sure to read the other entries, here:

The Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon.

See you soon!

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Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon: The Caravan (The Donna Reed Show)

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It’s finally here! A new blogathon! I missed them so much! This one is pretty original, because today I won’t talk to you about one of my favourite movies, but about one of my favourite TV show episodes for The Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon hosted by A Shroud of Thoughts. For the occasion, I chose an episode from one of my very favourite classic TV shows: The Donna Reed Show. If you have read my tribute to Donna Reed, Donna Reed: What a Star!, you know how much I love this actress and this TV show.

Rated 9,0/10 on IMDB, “The Caravan” is, in my opinion, one of the funniest episodes of The Donna Reed Show. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in for a treat and a good laugh! Summer vacations are coming and the Stones (Donna, Alex, Jeff and Mary) have to plan their vacation. The only problem is that Jeff, Alex and Mary want to do all different things. Donna is the only one who don’t really mind. So, to make it fair, they decide that Donna will be the one who will be in charge of the vacations and have the last word about it. Donna is not really enthusiast, but she’s ready to try her best to make them happy. The next day, Donna is back with a surprise: a big camping car to do a beautiful road trip across the USA. The children and the husband are not very convinced because, as Alex says, “It’s so big!” but after visiting the place, a real rolling house they realized this might be fun. So, here they go, as an happy family, with their sunglasses on their noses. Only, troubles won’t make long to come, especially for Donna for whom it’s not really a vacation because she has to cook and clean everything all the time.

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The Caravan is one of the best Donna Reed Show’s episodes for many reasons. It’s, first, one of the episodes with the best gags. In this episode, each character (except maybe Mary) has his funny moment. My favourite one is when Alex (Carl Betz) can’t go out of his sleeping bag in the morning because the zipper is stuck. So Donna ask to a garagist to help him and the poor Alex is so desperate. Carl Betz really makes his best facial expressions here. The other great touch of fun in this episode is Donna’s narration, especially when she explains that life in a camping car is not that much easy: “Have you ever try cooking at 50 miles an hour? Well, take my word for it, it presents a few problems, especially when the floor is going one way and the spaghetti another.” You might imagine what happens with the spaghetti…

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What I also like about this episode is its burlesque touch. Many lines in this film are funny, but there are also some hilarious physical gags: when Jeff falls off his chair, when Donna tries to close the closets or tries to cook, etc. Of course, the little happy music also helps for the burlesque touch. Another of my favourite moments is when Mary decides to organise a party… in the caravan. She only invites 2 persons (2 boys), but her parents and her brother are also here so they are a little tight in this camping car who seems to be big on the outside, but that is not that much big in the inside. One more time, during this scene, Donna has a bad experience with her cooking. But this time, instead of the spaghetti misadventure, it’s the cake misadventure…

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I also love this episode because it shows us the importance of learning to live with each others even if it’s not always easy. And as always, Donna Stone is the perfect mother who cares so much for the happiness of her children and her husband. Donna Reed was really the perfect actress to play this part and same thing for the other actors (Carl Betz, Paul Petersen and Shelly Fabares). They are always so memorable.

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So, now that you know the main reasons why you MUST see this episode,  you can now watch it! You’ll love it.

Don’t forget to read the other entries for the Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon!