Within the first few minutes of listening, I was expertly transported to a whole new Anderson universe that I had never experienced before.
Five Star Five was an epic science fiction feature film planned by Gerry Anderson to enter production in 1979. The funding fell through and since then it has only been discussed as a footnote, maybe a paragraph or two in any story about the legendary producer’s work. But now, in 2021, Anderson Entertainment are finally bringing the thrilling Five Star Five adventure to the page and to your ears in the form of a new novelisation and audiobook, adapted by actor and writer, Richard James (aka Officer Orrin in Space Precinct).
Hello all! Just a quick and cheery update today to explain my absence and hopefully serve up some tasty Anderson treats as a penance!
2020 has proven to be about as much fun as one of Doctor Fawn’s lectures on the physiology of the lower primates. This year has been a bumpy one for us at Security Hazard HQ, with the full spectrum of life’s problems filing along one after another, like an endless conveyor belt of Thunderbird 2’s pods… except each pod contained disappointment and a lingering sense of dread, rather than something fun like the Mole or the D.O.M.O.
One day I was surveying my collection of Gerry Anderson themed LEGO models and I realised that I had yet to build anything from Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons. I love the sleek design of the vehicles from Captain Scarlet, but they don’t necessarily lend themselves easily to the more blocky look of LEGO without the use of specialised parts. A better builder than I with a more expansive parts inventory would probably make an easy job of building a LEGO Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle or a Spectrum Passenger Jet, but each vehicle presents a unique challenge either because of its shape or its colour.
For Gerry Anderson fans who are stuck indoors and looking for a little bit of extra entertainment and chat about their favourite TV shows, I’m trying something new. With no plan or agenda, Jack Knoll (one half of the Operation Anderthon podcast, and some Thunderbirds reviews that go on a bit) will be streaming live on the Security Hazard Facebook page on Monday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm GMT for the first time.
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.
Katherine and Jack take their final outing into Supermarionation this week with Joe 90. What will Katherine make of Professor McClaine’s attempts to brainwash his young son, Joe, and sending him off on missions to single-handedly take down the most powerful criminals in the world?
Plunge into the Big Pear with this week’s podcast as Katherine and Jack explore Dick Spanner’s first mysterious adventure. Will the whacky humour win over Katherine or has Jack made another dumb move by showing her this series?
Katherine has been dreading watching Space: 1999. As far as she’s concerned its just too long and too boring. But as the crew of Moonbase Alpha face an apocalyptic nuclear disaster, maybe the drama and tension of this incredible piece of television will be enough to make Katherine change her mind…