Finally, another REMAKE/REMODEL challenge from Warren Ellis (who is a very busy book writer nowadays, so it's nice of him to take a moment to host these). This week, THE AVENGERS. No, not the Marvel Comics group, the British spy TV series. Here's the challenge:
"THE AVENGERS. The TV show. (We will disregard the dismal film adaptation.)
The Avengers is a 1960s British television series in the Spy-Fi genre set in cold war Britain. The Avengers focused on John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and his succession of investigative partners working as government agents for the "Ministry". As the series evolved Steed's later partners were high profile, stylish women: Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), followed by Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), and later Tara King (Linda Thorson). Later episodes increasingly incorporated elements of science fiction and fantasy, parody and British eccentricity.
Science fiction fantasy elements (a style later known as Spy-fi) emerged in stories. The duo would encounter killer robots ("The Cybernauts"), and giant alien carnivorous plants ("The Man-Eater of Surrey Green").
The Wikipedia entry for the show is actually very good.
Comedy was evident in the names and acronyms of the organizations. For example, in "The Living Dead", two rival groups examine reported ghost sightings: FOG (Friends Of Ghosts) and SMOG (Scientific Measurement Of Ghosts). "The Hidden Tiger" features the Philanthropic Union for Rescue, Relief and Recuperation of Cats — PURRR — led by characters named Cheshire, Manx, and Angora.
Your job is to redesign, revamp, reinvent, remake and remodel this property into something that would work for the 21st Century.
You have one week.
So what's the patented Sizer remake formula? GENDER SWITCH. Secondary formula? RACE SWITCH. And there you go.
Also; I like putting guys into the same dumbass costumes that women comic characters are forced to wear, hence the unzipped leather onesie on Mr. Peel.