Ep 11 – Thunderbirds

In this F.A.B. festive edition of Operation Anderthon, Jack and Katherine are ready to take on the biggest Anderson series of them all: Thunderbirds. From lemon squeezers, to palm trees, to Katherine’s controversial comments about Thunderbird 2, this week’s podcast has it all!

Thunderbirds are go for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s most successful television series, viewed by generations of children all over the world. First broadcast in 1965, each hour-long episode of Thunderbirds demonstrated the daring exploits of the International Rescue team, led by millionaire ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy. His five sons, Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon, and John would perform outstanding rescue operations using their incredible Thunderbird machines, launched from their luxurious secret base on an island in the South Pacific. Ably assisted by scientific genius, Brains, his assistant Tin-Tin, and London agents Lady Penelope and Parker, International Rescue would go to every effort to save lives in the air, on land, underwater, and in outer space. Thunderbirds is praised for its outstanding special effects and Supermarionation puppetry, as well as telling thrilling tales which mix action with great charm. Jack and Katherine are about to give you their personal F.A.B. appraisal…

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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3 thoughts on “Ep 11 – Thunderbirds

  1. I’m an American in my mid-twenties, and actually just discovered Thunderbirds a few months ago. I’d heard of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson through being a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000. I decided to look into Supermarionation in more detail after reading on TV Tropes that it inspired the way that Wallace (of Wallace and Gromit) uses machines to get into his motorcycle. I’ve only seen a few episodes of Thunderbirds, and none very lately, but I like the style of it. It has a cool look. I’ve really enjoyed reading your reviews, both for episodes I’ve seen and ones I don’t feel like watching (don’t want to spoil the ones I may decide to watch someday!). As with other shows I like, I have fun reading reviews, trivia, etc. Haven’t seen any of the other Anderson shows yet.


  2. Howdy. I’ve read all the Thunderbirds reviews, and now listened to this, and a big deal is made more than once about “closing the door” of Fireflash, and later, Zero-X. It seems to me that if the door(s) were closed there would be absolutely zero light available, and whoever was doing what would be unable to see anything. Of course, having some sort of maintenance lights built in, or giving the character a flashlight (or better yet, a head lamp) would solve the problem, but, as the scenes are presented, none of these seem to be available, so the door stays open. At least that’s how I see it.


    1. Thank you for commenting and giving us an interesting point of view! I had never considered the lighting before. I agree that as the scene is presented, the natural light from the hatchway is the only way Bob would be able to see. As you suggest though, one would hope someone at London Airport would have thought to have given him a flashlight!


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