What happens to Supermarionation if you take away the lavish sets, dozens of background characters, multiple explosive special effects, and the generous financial backing of Lew Grade. Is it still super?
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.
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?
Jack and Katherine journey to Sector 25 of outer space with the Fireball XL5 crew for this week’s episode. What will Katherine make of the devious aliens from Planet 46 threatening to destroy the Earth? And how about that coffee, Venus?
This week, Jack and Katherine get straight down to business and watch one of Jack’s childhood favourites – Supercar. Will its early puppetry and special effects charm Katherine, or perhaps put her off Gerry Anderson’s first ever science fiction series?
Katherine plays her first lifeline and, in what could probably be described as the best possible result, the duo sit down to watch the first episode of The Secret Service. It’s a world of espionage, dodgy diplomats, and gobbledygook – so will Katherine enjoy this Supemarionation/live-action hybrid?
Supercar, the star of the hit Supermarionation series, in LEGO form! Complete with Mike Mercury in the pilot’s seat!
Directed by Robert Lynn Teleplay by Tony Barwick First Broadcast – 15th December 1967 We’ve previously established that most Captain Scarlet episodes fall into one of two categories – either someone is going to be assassinated, or something is going to be destroyed. Well it’s time for me to eat those words because Lunarville 7 doesn’t conform toContinue reading “Captain Scarlet – Lunarville 7”
A celebration of all the creatures which had to be made by the puppet workshop at AP Films to stand alongside their human co-stars without looking too odd.
Many of you will know the name Roberta Leigh for her role in giving Gerry Anderson and AP Films their first television series – The Adventures of Twizzle. This followed into a series of Torchy The Battery Boy. By the end of 26 episodes of Torchy, AP Films had just about enough money saved up to produce a pilot episode for their own series, Four Feather Falls. The formula of a charming idea and great writing along more sophisticated puppetry proved to be a tremendous success for the team who went on to find success with Lew Grade and the creation of Supermarionation.