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ShepherdofShark

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« on: 01-06-2010 00:51 »
« Last Edit on: 01-17-2010 23:58 »

I searched "starfleet" and "xbomber" and "F zero 1" but I don't think we have a thread for this, I wonder if anyone remembers it. I loved this when I was about 6.

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Borrowed the box set off my slightly nerdier friend and thoroughly enjoying it. Such good production value for a kids' show.

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« Reply #1 on: 01-06-2010 16:13 »

"StarFleet" in Star Trek is the military and science research arm of the "United Federation Of Planets".  This is the first thing most people think of when they hear "StarFleet".

But yes, there is a protected copywrite of the term "StarFleet", but that doesn't make it the "only" Star Fleet in sci-fi fandom.
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« Reply #2 on: 01-06-2010 23:06 »

This thread mislead me! That show's theme sounded like Chariots of Fire at first. And the puppets looked like Thunderbirds. Also, its name.
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #3 on: 01-07-2010 11:37 »
« Last Edit on: 01-07-2010 11:52 »

I apologize for the confusion, perhaps the chief reason for this is that it never aired on US TV.

As a puppet show, the Thunderbirds is bound to spring to mind but a more correct comparison would be to Terrahawks, since that Gerry Anderson creation, like Star Fleet (or X-Bomber in Japan), used a rod control system from below - not the string system of Thunderbirds and Stingray. Furthermore, Gerry Anderson actually had nothing to do with this show.

That show's theme sounded like Chariots of Fire at first.

Glad you brought up the theme, cause now I get to mention the Star Fleet Project, which was a cover of the UK theme music by no less than Brian May and Eddie Van Halen.
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« Reply #4 on: 01-08-2010 11:01 »

I loved watching Thunderbirds when I was young.

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« Reply #5 on: 01-08-2010 15:03 »

What does Star Fleet have to do with The Federation? tongue
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« Reply #6 on: 01-08-2010 19:28 »

Amen, I have Star Fleet on DVD and it rocks!  Almost incomprehensible sci-fi puppet show, shown on Saturday morning kids TV in the early 80s which features puppet-torture!

I did kinda have a thing for Commander Makara.... wink
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #7 on: 01-08-2010 21:10 »

She was kind of sexy if you ignored the other face on her face.

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« Reply #8 on: 01-10-2010 14:44 »

The torture of Captain Carter was one of the best episodes...  And when you look back at it, it was a kids show with an extraordinarily high body-count...  There was judicious mentions of death and killing...
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #9 on: 01-11-2010 21:08 »

And yet the Alliance is so inept in battle you wonder how the hell they managed to kill anyone.

I'm nearly done with this borrowed box set, but it must be purchased.

Dr Benn is now dead...  cry

(Love how the episode ends with him dead in his chair on the bridge/command centre/whatever they call it).
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« Reply #10 on: 01-12-2010 14:05 »

I think the one thing which lets down the series is that Lamia is so drippy....  Although any episode where they combine to make Dai-X more than makes up for it.
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #11 on: 01-13-2010 19:40 »
« Last Edit on: 01-15-2010 00:27 »

Finished. What a romp! A strange combination of familiarity and yet still not knowing what the hell would happen next (it's been a long time).

If I have one complaint it's that the Dai-X didn't get a chance to get into fisticuffs with the Imperial Master. But I guess F zero 1 needed to do something at the end.

11/10. I might start the whole thing again now smile
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