I.Q., Tracy, Gordo, Phoebe, Trevor, Coach Mitchell,
orders her stooges to bring the real Neville, who is in their
captivity, to the Hollywood sign. There she ties Neville and Ann to the
two legs of the 'H' on
the sign, along with a pair of rockets, preparing to blast them into
oblivion. But James
and the others arrive in the helicopter just in time, utilising the
special effects equipment on board to smoke-bomb and drench Felony.
Furious, she remotely triggers the rockets on a countdown launch. James
picks up Felony's car using a magnetic attachment on the
helicopter, rescuing Professor Braintrust and dropping Felony and her
stooge into a nearby pond. James frees Ann and her father from the 'H',
and the rockets blast off harmlessly. As a reward to Professor
Braintrust for his 'help', Neville gives him a part in the new movie.
He also has a surprise for Ann; he wants her to stay in Hollywood with
him, so he can try to be a real father for a change. James and his
friends depart for Britain and Warfield, having thwarted S.C.U.M.'s
plans yet again.
Review: Clearly envisaged as an offbeat 'fun' episode packed with novelty innovations, Location: Danger has its enjoyable quirks. Firstly, for once, James isn't unconditionally adored by the girl of the week (well, until about three minutes in, that is - i.e., once he's bought her friendship with a stack of expensive gifts). Secondly, the one-hit wonder villain Felony O'Toole (leaving aside the name) manages to be both adequately sinister and mildly witty, with Scumlord's presence reinforcing the former and Professor Braintrust's idiocy complementing the latter. Unfortunately, the episode rapidly descends into arrant nonsense, all on a backdrop of what appears to be a cross between a genuine film lot and a theme park, with no visible demarcation between the two. Numerous shaky plot points go largely unexplained, such as how Felony bagged herself a movie role, why the film production company considers it appropriate to have a genuine fire-breathing robot on the set, and what exactly the Galaxy Weapon is capable of achieving for S.C.U.M. But from the idiosyncratic opener onwards it's fairly clear that we're not supposed to be taking this episode quite as seriously as all that - so perhaps it's best simply to sit back and enjoy the oddity.
Highs: The dream sequence at the beginning of the episode, which lurches between comical and disturbing and hints at intentions of cannibalism by the tribe that has kidnapped I.Q. and Tracy, is just surreal enough to be enjoyable - and is a genuinely intriguing scenario until we discover it's all imaginary. At which point the episode rapidly descends into the product of an even less coherent imagination.
Lows: More or less the entire plot of the episode. Particularly given his advanced senility, couldn't S.C.U.M. have dreamt up an easier way to capture Professor Braintrust than blagging O'Toole a part in a Hollywood movie and kidnapping the Professor in plain view of everyone when he arrives on the set? Meanwhile, self-righteous sniveller Ann Genue is one of the least sympathetic guest girls we've met in the series so far. It's no wonder her father's been keeping her firmly at arm's length.
Lines to Remember: Trevor, once the S.C.U.M. plot is foiled: 'Fellow travellers - my itinerary says...' Tracy: 'Oh, shut up, Trevor!'
Lines to Forget: James flatters his way out of the doghouse with an even cornier line than usual: 'Who wouldn't be happy to see you, Ann?'
Professor Braintrust during the denouement, still utterly delusional and convinced he's in a film: 'If only I had a copy of the script!'
Gadgets & Gizmos: One of his most outlandish inventions to date, I.Q.'s new 'continuum camcorder' plays back events that occurred hours or even days ago. Bet you thought that was impossible; just goes to show. He also has a tie-pin that fires infrared lock-on beams, which seems infinitely mundane in comparison.
Meanwhile, the opening dream sequence features an imaginary gadget: a holographic projector belt that creates multiple images of James. A similar device would be seen for real in the later episode, Canine Caper.
S.C.U.M. on the Surface: Felony O'Toole answers directly to Scumlord in this episode, and unusually is seen conversing with him in person, rather than just via video link. James recognises her on sight as a S.C.U.M. agent and she him, indicating they've met before.
Loco Parenthesis: Coach Mitchell actively facilitiates James and friends' unauthorised escape from school grounds - and at that stage, he's not even aware they're going to be saving the world.
Transatlantic Translation: British schools don't tend to have class pins, as James does here.
O Mother, Where Art Thou: Averted. Highly unusually, Trevor declares while in the grasp of the fire-breathing robot that "Mumsie's going to have a fit" if he doesn't get back to Warfield right away. Not that we actually see her, of course. And Ann Genue's mother is of course conspicuously absent.
Sticker Story: Retitled Danger on the Set, this story reappeared in the Merlin James Bond Jr sticker album.
Notes: If Felony O'Toole is an established Hollywood actress (and her trailer bears that name, so she isn't using a pseudonym), why on earth does she need an additional salary from S.C.U.M.? Moreover, if James Bond Jr recognises her as an international criminal, why don't any of the film studios? Regardless, her acting career is presumably in tatters after the events of Location: Danger - so it comes as little surprise that she never features in the series again.
Phoebe once again demonstrates her helicopter piloting skills, having first done so two episodes earlier in A Chilling Affair.
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