Ep 21 – Terrahawks

Special Agent Chloe – the dog – is called in to select this week’s adventure for Jack and Katherine. Chloe chooses Terrahawks, and Katherine is left to make her judgement on Expect The Unexpected, the opening story to one of Gerry Anderson’s most bizarre television series.

Returning to the world of puppetry, Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr’s Terrahawks debuted in 1983 with a cast of bizarre characters filmed in Supermacromation, using hand puppets rather than marionettes. The Terrahawks are an elite fighting force tasked with defending the Earth from the evil alien android Zelda and her wicked family of fiendish villains. Led by Doctor Tiger Ninestein, a prickly clone with no time for nonsense, the Terrahawks use their fleet of vehicles and an army of spherical Zeroid robots to fight off attacks from Zelda and her gang of monsters. As the series progressed, the humour which formed the core of the series became wilder and more surreal. The question is, what did Jack and Katherine make of this series?

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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