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PEE Poll: Gerry Anderson Puppet Shows
Thunderbirds   -3 (30%)
Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons   -5 (50%)
Joe 90   -0 (0%)
Fireball XL5   -1 (10%)
Stingray   -1 (10%)
Terrahawks   -0 (0%)
... You for got about ****   -0 (0%)
Total Voters: 10

Tweek

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« on: 07-21-2004 05:30 »

As the South Park thread was starting to get a bit off topic with discussions about puppet shows I thought I'd start a thread about the shows of Gerry Anderson. I'm sure many people here grew up watching them and had their favourites. My favourite was always Captain Scarlet, the puppets were better than those  in earlier shows like Thunderbirds, in fact I've seen more wooden acting in some live action shows  tongue
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« Reply #1 on: 07-21-2004 05:39 »

I'm going for Thunderbirds, 'cause it's the only one I've seen.

Puppets are cool on toast.
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« Reply #2 on: 07-21-2004 08:13 »

Got to be Thunderbirds. I liked Captain Scarlet as well, but it was hindered somewhat by poor continuity and a lack of character development compared to previous GA series. Stingray is more childish fare, but still fun. Of the others I don't really have much experience.
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« Reply #3 on: 07-21-2004 10:50 »

I've always liked Fireball XL5. I have a thing for old black and white TV shows, and teletoon used to show late night reruns of it. It was actually a decent show.
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« Reply #4 on: 07-21-2004 11:13 »

Stingray gets my vote but Captain Scarlet and thunderbirds are pretty cool too.
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« Reply #5 on: 07-21-2004 11:21 »

I've seen a couple of episodes of Stingray which I found kind of boring after the novelty wore off.
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« Reply #6 on: 07-21-2004 11:21 »

I agree with you Tweek, Captain Scarlet had some great action sequences in it, and better effects than a lot of Live action shows of the day, though I'll still watch most Gerry Anderson stuff whenever I get the chance.
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« Reply #7 on: 07-21-2004 11:43 »

I like both Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, whereas I've never much liked Stingray. So I'll go for Thunderbirds.
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« Reply #8 on: 07-21-2004 13:47 »

Don't really like any of them.
I may have watched Joe 90 at one point but everyone's silly when they're younger...  tongue
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« Reply #9 on: 07-21-2004 14:07 »

I loved Captain Scarlet so much. I loved Stingray too, and Thunderbirds  smile But I'll go with Captain Scarlet  big grin
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« Reply #10 on: 07-21-2004 14:17 »

 
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Originally posted by ~FazeShift~:
Don't really like any of them.
I may have watched Joe 90 at one point...
Joe 90 was the one everybody hated when I was younger, especially any child wearing glasses  evil laugh

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« Reply #11 on: 07-21-2004 17:31 »

I have all the Captain Scarlet and Stingray episodes on tape.
I loved all the Supermarianation shows when I was a kid and still love them all now.
A buddy of mine recently bought the Fireball XL5 DVD set which I borrowed and watched three times.
I used to have a pretty nifty Fireball XL5 toy ship when I was a kid. There's actually a company that makes replacement parts for it now. (the windshield, doors, etc)
I have bunch of Thunderbirds Matchbox vehicles from a few years ago, and a Johnny Lightning Supercar.
I actually am looking forward to the Thunderbirds movie. When i was a kid it was the vehicles and and the gadgets that amazed me, more so than the puppets themselves, so I'm glad they were so faithful to the vehicles.
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« Reply #12 on: 07-22-2004 00:21 »

What I remember from my childhood is an animated show called Thunderbirds 2086.  This confused me when I saw Thunderbirds DVDs at the store.  I didn't know anything about a puppet version of the show.  Apparently the basic premise of Thunderbirds was lifted and made into an animated show in Japan.  It was later released here in the early 80's as Thunderbirds 2086.  The animated show made no mention of the original creators, so I don't know if they just wholesale stole the idea or what.
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« Reply #13 on: 07-22-2004 08:18 »

Thunderbirds 2086
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« Reply #14 on: 07-22-2004 08:34 »
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Captain Scarlet.

A mate of mine had a theory about this show. 

The Mysterons were the good guys. 

Think about it, Spectrum were posterboys for jack-booted facists.  Plus, at the beginning of each show the Mysterons would give away their plans, thus getting Spectrum complete the task of scruppering this plan.  To do this, they nearly always had to evolve beyond what they could do initially, usually inventing some contraption or other.

Remember also, that The Mysterons were a benevolent and peace-loving race, until they were attacked by Captain Black.

This theory was told to me while drunk, after some of my band colleagues were involved in a minor car accident.  This inspired a Red:Shift song: "Captain Black".
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« Reply #15 on: 07-22-2004 12:30 »
« Last Edit on: 07-22-2004 12:30 »

 
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Originally posted by Melllvar:
The Mysterons were the good guys.
In hindsight, now that i'm thinking about it, that theory makes a lot of sense.
Plus the fact that Spectrum agents smoked and drank, and probably swore.

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« Reply #16 on: 07-22-2004 19:30 »

 
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Think about it, Spectrum were posterboys for jack-booted facists.

AFAWK, the world of Captain Scarlet was not fascistic/dystopic/whatever.

 
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Remember also, that The Mysterons were a benevolent and peace-loving race, until they were attacked by Captain Black.


That's a good observation...but don't forget, the Mysterons threatened to destroy the ENTIRE Earth in return for the actions of one man (seeing as Black was not firing under orders from the World Government). Doesn't that sort of cost them the moral high ground?

Actually, there was an episode called 'Dangerous Rendezvous' where Spectrum had recovered a diamond pulsator from a Mysteron complex on Mars (as detailed in the episode 'Crater 101') and used it to broadcast an apology to the Mysterons and arrange a rendezvous to negotiate. And what did the Mysterons do? They tried to kill Scarlet, then tried to blow up Cloudbase using the pulsator as an energy bomb! Peace-loving, indeed...warmongering Martian bastards...:hmph:

But a good observation nonetheless.

   
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« Reply #17 on: 09-11-2011 12:21 »

(one quick search later) So does it still cont as a puppet show when they're computer animated? I've just been watching the new (relatively) reboot of Captain Scarlet to see whether it was any good. What's this, action? Violence? One episode features a virus that makes people commit suicide by feeding them images of death and destruction and war until they can't take it any more.

What a great show for kids!

And so it turns out it is any good. big grin

Yay necrothread!
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« Reply #18 on: 09-11-2011 13:50 »
« Last Edit on: 09-11-2011 23:25 »

I’ve seen a few episodes of the animated series and would say it’s an age rating higher than the originals, though I may be applying dated standards. At first I was a bit miffed about the Rhino replacing the good old SPV, but then had to admit that it was more consistent with the re-modelled environment.

The shows I mainly watched were Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet; I was intrigued by the machinery and gadgets. The only really good thing about Joe 90 was the theme tune.
Archonix

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« Reply #19 on: 09-11-2011 14:23 »

Never saw Joe 90. I used to get the Thunderbirds comics they did in the early 90s (just about in the age range then) and I enjoyed the cross-overs they had with Stingray and Captain Scarlet now and then. I always wondered if all these shows were set in the same universe.
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« Reply #20 on: 09-11-2011 15:56 »

(one quick search later) So does it still cont as a puppet show when they're computer animated? I've just been watching the new (relatively) reboot of Captain Scarlet to see whether it was any good. What's this, action? Violence? One episode features a virus that makes people commit suicide by feeding them images of death and destruction and war until they can't take it any more.

Sounds like a cool show. Is it American? Normally the only animated shows that yanks make for adults are comedy. If you want a serious grown-up animation you really have to look to the Orient.
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« Reply #21 on: 09-11-2011 16:52 »
« Last Edit on: 09-11-2011 17:22 »

It’s British, and still rated as a children’s show. But based on the few episodes I’ve seen, there is more direct violence than in the original, and the use of animation has allowed the female characters to be rendered more, uh, realistically. I think one episode was actually scrapped because it was considered too frightening for the target audience.
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« Reply #22 on: 09-12-2011 00:50 »

Marinnnnaaaa

Aqua Marinnnaaaaa.....
coldangel

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« Reply #23 on: 09-12-2011 15:12 »

Graphics look like something off the PS2.
Archonix

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« Reply #24 on: 09-12-2011 21:38 »

Kids show budget. Frankly I think they did rather well given it was made for ITV. They don't have any money.
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« Reply #25 on: 09-13-2011 02:17 »

...I suppose.
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« Reply #26 on: 09-17-2011 02:11 »

It's also about 10 years old now.

Was a very good remake all things considered, quite close to the source material and way better than the atrocity that was the thunderbirds movie.
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« Reply #27 on: 09-23-2011 16:55 »

I actually want to watch Captain Scarlet again now.

I really hope they do a little cameo in Futurama one day, where Amy/Leela/LaBarbera/Petunia/Hatty all pilot space ships that look like the Angel's fighter craft.  Plus it would be funny seeing the last two trying to look like 60s supermodels that moonlight as fighter pilots. 
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