Tag Archives: A War of Nerves

“Situation in which opposed parties maintain a tense, contentious relationship.”

Seems to be the case more often than not these days.


With news of the new spending bill, my day is going a lot better than Foyle’s.

Nice overhead shot of Foyle/Michael Kitchen seated with an open leg cross, a departure from his customary leg cross:

How should men cross their legs? The J Norman Post lifestyle guide answered the question — back when the POTUS was a man of respect and a model of propriety befitting the office he was holding.

Peter Capaldi plays the communist leader Foyle is ordered to investigate in A War of Nerves. Who will be the next Doctor Who? Came across some discussion from 1996 about how Michael Kitchen would have made a good Doctor.

Iconic words.

From a review by tendays komyathy posted on swapadvd.com:

“My name is Foyle. I’m a police officer.” No badge is shown or papers presented while so introducing himself. Such would be superfluous though as Kitchen’s Foyle, in mannerisms, demeanor, as well as the way his carries himself, makes it rather apparent that he is in law enforcement.

Blurry smile.

Foyle deep in thought.

Capping off an awesome day of hiking at the Grand Canyon with these impressive age lines of a different sort.

dancesabove said:

There is a very crisp, definite way that he often moves his eyes and head — pdx144 calls it “the eye thing.” 

abjectadmirer said:

…then there’s the lip thing and the inside cheek thing and the knee thing and the pivot thing and the tie thing and the buttons of the waistcoat thing and the brim of the hat thing…

And my perennial favorite — the smile thing.

pdx144 said:

I’m trying to breathe; yes, abjectadmirer and KF, and all that too.  Oh, and when he’s just standing there doing absolutely nothing but being.

QE members certainly do have sharp eyes.  One of them pointed out the scene in A War of Nerves in which MK does the gear shifting for HW after she dislocated her shoulder, so I had to see for myself, and sure enough, there it was.  Too bad the storyline called for Milner to be in a sling rather than Sam, as HW clearly could have used one.

According to HW, she and MK shared the driving duties again for S8.

pdx144 said:

Totally underestimate the MK fans. We watch his every move.

Which is probably why he stays off screen unless he’s acting in a role.

Michael Kitchen’s pivot-smile combo. Swoon.

Hard-landing pivot.

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Michael Kitchen blinking his incomparable eyes.

Hmmm, since my enthusiasm for the The Four Beauties doesn’t seem to be matched by most, I’ll give it a break and post instead on my favorite partners in crime fighting — looking down, looking up, and looking at the boss’s tongue? I wish all three could be together as a team again in Series 8.

Foyle displays more than a touch of irritation while dealing with his bombastic superior, Commander Rose, who has ordered him under false pretenses to investigate a visiting Communist agitator.