Ep 15 – The Investigator

It’s time to watch one of the strangest Gerry Anderson productions ever committed to film. Jack and Katherine sit down for a viewing of the 1973 pilot, The Investigator. This film is Jack’s guilty pleasure, and Katherine has to bear the brunt of a lot of nerdy analysis and now you, dear listener, get to share in her pain…

In 1973, Gerry Anderson devised a new series for NBC which would combine Supermarionation with live action and called it, The Investigator. Shot entirely on location in Malta, the pilot episode sees John and Julie acting upon the instructions of a mysterious alien intelligence known as the Investigator. They are reduced to one-third human size and given a special car and boat to track down art thief Stavros Karanti. The production was beset with issues and the finished product was supposedly such an embarrassment to the Andersons that they never showed it to NBC. The pilot has never been broadcast and is only available on the Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson DVD. Jack and Katherine are ready to give their report on this mysterious Anderson oddity…

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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