Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thunderbirds are Go!

Today, Carolyn and I had a few friends over: high-school buddies Ted Bleaney and Gillian Clinton, and our dear friends Marcel Gagné and Sally Tomasevic for a day of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

We put in episodes of Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, and UFO, and watched them on our big-screen TV. It was loads of nostalgic fun, and quite interesting to watch the Andersons' Supermarionation technique develop from the primitive Supercar to the incredibly lifelike Captain Scarlet.

I chose episodes that were highly regarded at online review sites:
  • Supercar: "What Goes Up" (Episode 4)
  • Fireball XL5: "Robert to the Rescue" (Episode 21)
  • Stingray: "Stand by For Action" (Episode 17)
  • Thunderbirds: "The Uninvited" (Episode 5)
  • Captain Scarlet: "The Mysterons" (Episode 1)
  • UFO: "The Man Who Came Back" (Episode 16)
Had we had time, we would also have watched an episode each of Joe 90 and The Secret Service, but our dinner break at Swiss Chalet took precedence. These were the episodes I had queued up, though:
  • Joe 90: "Breakout" (Episode 23)
  • The Secret Service: "School for Spies" (Episode 11)
All in all, a great day!

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At September 14, 2008 10:39 PM , OpenID scrumble said...

Fantastic! I love the Andersons' work, although I've only ever seen Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. I agree that Captain Scarlet had the best supermarionation but Thunderbirds will always be my favourite. Probably about time to revisit it!


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