It’s a few months since the new reboot launched and the original series is due to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary. This is why in celebration, I have decided, after listing my top ten episodes of Stingray, to list what I regard as my personal top ten episodes of Thunderbirds.
As some of you know from one of my previous blogs (25 Best UK Kid’s Programmes Ever To Be Broadcast), Thunderbirds has led a huge impact on me since childhood and is one such show I shall never erase from my memory. So I thought it would make sense that I’d contribute to the 50th Anniversary. So if we get through this list, we shall be go!
10. The Impostors
This one pictures International Rescue in an extremely difficult situation. Two men disguise themselves as members of the organisation in order to steal top-secret files from a military organisation. Due to the ‘uniforms’, International Rescue get the blame and are forced to remain scarce until Lady Penelope tracks down the frauds, therefore clearing their names. But a spaceman who is attempting to repair his satellite finds himself trapped in space, which requires the help of the Thunderbirds.
The Impostors contains so much conflict that you kinda worry both for the organisation and those they are not allowed to save as a result of the scandal. But of course, they do have a hard think about keeping a low profile. Sure they do keep a low profile, because they’re a secret organisation. I mean, think of Batman and Spiderman and those guys out of the film Kingsmen: The Secret Service. They keep their identities a secret to avoid stuff like pressure, public scrutiny, to allow themselves to live a normal life under normal aliases and to prevent themselves from exposure to their enemies. In short, to avoid public gossip. But what I meant was, International Rescue’s primary purpose is to save people, which is what creates the drama and questions them; should they just let the spaceman die or should they risk exposing themselves to danger.
Another awesome thing about The Impostors is that we get to know a few more IR agents around the globe. While Lady Penelope and Parker are on the case, they team up with Jeremiah, an American hill-billy and Jeff’s old friend, and his mother. At one point, Jeremiah calls the base, which Alan picks up and passes the message onto Jeff, addressing Jeremiah as a ‘hill-billy’, which Jeff humorously explains their brief backstory. We also briefly get to know a bit more about International Rescue and their networks with the various agents worldwide.
Another highlight; Penelope and Parker trudging through the trenches. Hilarious moment, but you’d certainly feel for poor Penny. After all, she is a woman.
9. Lord Parker’s ‘Oliday
An episode from the rather short second and final series. In this one, Penelope and Parker are on vacation in Monte Bianco, the first fully solar powered town. However, once they arrive, a storm erupts and lightning strikes the satellite, causing the dish to be-tumble and point directly towards the town. This may look harmless, but worse to come is that the dish acts like a huge magnifying glass, meaning that when the sun reflects on the dish by dawn, the heat will strike the town, thus killing the residents.
We all know Brains is a pure smart ass. He knows a lot of things in full detail. For instance, in Sun Probe when Jeff mentioned that a rocket was going into orbit in five minutes, Brains corrected him “four and one quarter minute to be precise Mr Tracy”. Hell, he even makes a solid estimation on the satellite dish’s weight (“It must weight a few tons”). Well sometimes, as a result, high intelligence leads to what you could call ‘know-it-all-ism’. First, he and Alan harshly debate who should go down to the dish for inspection. When Virgil sends Brains down to inspect the dish, he warns him not to take too many chances, to which Brains responds “Don’t worry, I know what I’m doing.” I remember when me and the family watched this episode and my mom thought “how rude!” The next moment, Brains is like “why didn’t I think of it before!”, as soon as Virgil informs that the hotel is smoking, so comes with the solution; Scott to use Thunderbird 1 to cover the sun’s relection, and right at the last minute! Ya know, a bit like having Professor Frink working for International Rescue, lol.
Lord Parker’s ‘Oliday is one of the most amusing episodes of Thunderbirds. If you don’t believe me, check out the scene where Parker has to ensure the hotel’s guests are kept occupied, by waking them so early in the morning for a bingo game. Strange I know, but we can’t really blame Parker for this bizarreness, because things do literally hot up in there! Oh and there’s a bit where Brains plays dead! Even fooling International Rescue! No more detail will be given away.
8. Trapped In The Sky
Why do I always love the pilot episodes? Well, this one I think is an extraordinary opening to the show itself. We witness International Rescue’s first rescue mission and first session in operation.
For those who don’t know, this episode sees The Hood waiting for International Rescue to commence operation. Through voodoo interrogation with Kyrano, he finds out that the organisation is all loaded and ready, therefore providing him the chance to expose their secrets. In order to do that, The Hood plants a bomb in an aircraft known as Fireflash and warns the airport crew that the landing will trigger the bomb, thus luring International Rescue into a trap; a trap which involves secret exposure.
Trapped In The Sky demonstrates a mission which goes to show that one is likely to witness certain technical faults when attempting something for the first time. In this case, Virgil uses a set of elevator cars to ensure the Fireflash aircraft lands safely, but one of them goes berserk, forcing Virgil to order the pilots to remain in air for a few moments and bring a spare car. This occurs when the plane is due to face radiation explosion if they don’t land soon. Being that it’s the first episode, the Fireflash crew are unaware of IR’s existence, not even knowing that John the space monitor of Thunderbird 5 has listened in, and try contacting some other organisations for help, each of them failing. That’s before IR step in.
Another plus point; not only those residing at International Rescue’s headquarters i.e. Tracy Island, but all the other main characters are introduced; Lady Penelope, Parker and of course The Hood, and into one cleanly scripted episode as well, in which the plot points link so well together. The Hood drags the organisation into the mess, therefore attempting to expose the identity by photographing Thunderbird 1, triggering the photo alert, leading to Scott to call Penny for assistance, which she does in James Bond-style-ish. And I can’t conclude this position without discussing her badass quote; “We’re going for a little drive!”
7. The Perils Of Penelope
This is one suspenseful, frantic and dramatic episode of Thunderbirds.
In this one, Lady Penelope joins Sir Jeremy Hodge, fellow member of International Rescue, to investigate the disappearance of Professor Borender, creator of a new rocket fuel made from sea water and Hodge’s personal friend, who was last seen travelling on a monorail train from Paris to Anderbad. During the case, they come across Dr. Godber, who wants to know about the fuel conversion formula, in order to boost his wealth. The pursuit leads to the Anderbad tunnel where they find Borender held hostage by Godber, and leading to a final and heart-pounding showdown in the Anderbad tunnel.
The title of the episode says it all. Sure, Lady Penelope occasionally takes on the role of James Bond, firing guns, owning a car filled with explosive gadgets, though mostly driven by Parker and she’s a resourceful character. But she is an occasional damsel in distress. The Perils Of Penelope demonstrates the best scene in which she acts as one. First, Penelope and Hodge are enjoying a drink, but luckily, Parker shoots the glasses, because the drink is drugged, thus saving them. Then he saves them from a locked room full of tear gas. Then as Penny and Hodge arrive at the tunnel, Godber ties Penny to a ladder in the path of the next train to arrive, giving Hodge and Borender a choice; give info of the chemical formula or Penelope dies. Geez how harsh can this jerk get? And I seem to wonder what he would do with his money. No doubt do what Mr. Burns does and purchase a whole company of snow ploughs to use for games of soccer.
The best thing about this episode is the finale. Soundtrack-wise, it starts off quiet with just the ambience of the mono-train in the background, with Virgil and Gordon struggling to figure out whereabouts in the tunnel Penelope is and Godber interrogating the men without receiving an answer. Then as Godber’s assistant informs him that two minutes till the train’s destination remains, music! Fast-paced, energetic, the sort of score to pound your heart and you’re like “c’mon Virgil/Gordon, quick before Penelope gets splattered!” As they do come across Penny, you’d think Penny would state “About time! Where the hell have you been?” To add to the tension, Hodge orders the train controller to stop the vehicle, but the dude is killed by Godber, who then shoots the control panel. As Borender puts it; “That means we can’t stop the train!” A few more breaths and it’s like “Oh my god, Penelope’s gonna die! Aaaargh!”, etc.
Have a look and see for yourself.
6. Atlantic Inferno
Atlantic Inferno was a fantastic start to the second series of Thunderbirds, although alas, it was the last series and a very short one. But the episode made up for it.
This episode centres mainly on the organisation itself. It begins with Penelope about to set for her vacation on her Australian sheep farm. She invites Jeff to join her, considering he ain’t had a vacation for a while. At first, Jeff is reluctant in case any further operations are needed, but his sons agree with Penelope, so Jeff gives in. Scott takes charge as the mission controller, but his leadership skills are tested when an incident in the Atlantic Ocean involving a drilling rig and fire jets occurs.
We all know that Jeff Tracy is the guy in charge of International Rescue, so we can understand his scepticism and his worries on such public events, therefore lacking relaxation. When I first watched this episode, I knew Scott would be the obvious choice for second-in-command, a) because he’s the oldest brother and b) due to his turbo thinking. Being that he is temporarily in charge while his dad is away, we can really feel for this guy. At times, he’s stressed. He also debates whether the event is in need for a rescue operation. If his dad worries about people’s lives, surely he has the right to do the same, hence on the first rescue mission, despite Jeff reckoning that it ain’t too serious, Scott dispatches Virgil, Gordon and Alan to extinguish the fire jet in case anything else happens.
Of course, a second rescue is required when the pressure of the underwater-bed fire proves too much and creates more jets, putting Seascape’s lives in peril. Scott has been reprimanded by his dad for the dispatch despite the low risk of the human life, so decides against it at first. But the emergency gets more serious, so IR once again come to the rescue. Jeff also hears it and decides the organisation need his help.
One other thing I admire about this episode is Scott’s social calls to John, which is not like the contacts you see in every other episode, which are mainly focused on emergencies. Scott demonstrates an interest in how John’s getting on. Quite dramatic, and I sometimes feel sorry for John, considering he’s stuck in Thunderbird 5 by himself and with a limited social life. His responses to Scott are that “it’s a bit quiet up there”. Mind you, this episode was made years before Facebook was invented.
Another high point is how relaxed Penelope is compared to Jeff and her high trustworthy persona. During the final few moments of the second rescue mission, Jeff is about to land on Tracy Island, “Permission to land”, and Scott is like “Permission rejected. Still waiting for the other vehicles”, Jeff is surprised by that response, but Penny calmly reminds him that Scott is handling the situation well.
The message; give your children a chance to experience something.
5. Terror In New York
Well I can’t talk about this episode without mentioning what happens to Thunderbird 2. Seriously, how many of you was traumatised when the navy attacked the iconic vehicle? Answer, I was one of them guys. And by the shot of Tin-Tin’s emotional face, my emotions raised.
But I’ll get to that later, what’s the story? International Rescue have just finished some rescue mission in New York City and are about to set off, only for Thunderbird 1 to briefly hold back and sort out local anchorman Ned Cook who is attempting to expose the organisation’s secrets for a big news report. On the way home, Thunderbird 2 is ambushed by the navy who mistake the vehicle for an alien spaceship, leaving Virgil injured and the vehicle out of action for some time. Worse to come, another rescue in New York is required when the Empire State Building collapses and traps Ned and his assistant Joe underground. Scott manages to get there in Thunderbird 1, but with Thunderbird 2 under major repairs, Thunderbird 4 will require travelling assistance.
Terror In New York is one of the most dramatic episodes of this series. I’ve already mentioned TB 2’s attack, Virgil surveying the damaged parts whilst steadying the vehicle and about to make an incredibly violent landing. And as his lands, various explosions, Virgil emotionally fearing he’ll crash. And I’ve mentioned Tin-Tin. It’s very traumatising to witness. It goes to show that it can sometimes be dangerous to keep a secret identity. We understand that the navy doesn’t realise at first that the vehicle belongs to International Rescue and thinks it’s a UFO, though I have to admit the chief is a bit of a paranoid red-neck. We as the viewers do feel thankful that Jeff informs the navy and the navy eventually ceases the attack. I guess it also makes sense that they help Gordon and TB 4 across the ocean to the danger zone, considering after all, they’re making amends.
Speaking of drama, to add to the topic, things do indeed get emotional when Gordon informs Scott on the time and distance he and the navy are travelling. Time is in fact running out and it makes us, the viewers, pray to god they’ll arrive on time to save Ned and Joe, before they drown. Sure, Ned is a big jerk, having attempted to exposed IR’s secrets and made rude confrontations with Scott. But he’s still a human, as Batman would certainly point out, and it’s IR’s job to save a human life after all. They would be too late to stop a suicide or a murder or a hit-and-run event, but if people are trapped somewhere which endangers their lives, that’s the signal for IR to operate.
Many people were traumatised when the Twin Towers fell during the 9/11 attacks. Some of those people may feel the same way about seeing the Empire State Building fall. I’d feel quite sad if it really happened. But keeping in mind that this episode was produced way before the 9/11 attacks and in this episode, the building does not get attacked by terrorists. It tumbles by accident, due to something that couldn’t be helped. It’s a sad sight to see a landmark building fall, but it pounds our hearts more when Ned and Joe end up trapped underneath and close to drowning. It does show that a human life comes first.
4. Desperate Intruder
Desperate Intruder is probably The Hood’s most prominent role in the series.
What’s the story?; through what I regard as his most torturous magical interrogation with Kyrano, The Hood learns that International Rescue are taking part in an archaeological expedition at Lake Anasta in the Middle East, when in fact, only Brains and Tin-Tin are involved. He also learns there may be hidden treasure in the lake and wants the treasure for himself. As Brains and Tin-Tin meet up with Professor Blakely, The Hood arrives at the location and sees this as an opportunity to terrorise the threesome and lure IR into another trap, not just by revealing secrets, but through colder blood.
And would you believe what The Hood does to Brains? Yes folks, and I don’t think Gerry was referencing Rocky & Bullwinkle at that point, he buries Brains in the sand, some feet away from his caravan and the lake and nowhere near a shaded area. This is like the most painful thing The Hood has ever done in the series. This scene may look peculiar, but it is the most powerfully dramatic scene of the episode. Imagine if you was buried in the sand, far away from shade and water. Adding to the emotions, Brains looks like he’s increasing sun-stroke and is begging The Hood for a bit of water and The Hood is refusing, unless Brains tells him the location of the treasure. Geez, what a nasty guy! This is why The Hood is such a definitive villain. Speaking of torture, I’d say the first scene is the scariest of all the various interrogations The Hood makes to Kyrano, by the way The Hood is really forcing his questions and Kyrano is screaming the loudest he’s done.
I suppose I should talk about the second rescue IR must make. This is when Brains blames himself for causing trouble for IR after discovering that a trap was made for IR, so to make amends goes back to the underwater temple to track down The Hood, thus leading to an awesome and heart-pounding climax. He get’s trapped by rubble from the collapsed temple, Gordon goes down to save him in TB 4, but is distracted through an epic battle with The Hood, who tries to destroy him. Even the torpedoes The Hood fires sounds painful. This is without a doubt one of the greatest scenes in Thunderbirds history! There’s Gordon attempting to save a colleague who’s trapped and has very little time of oxygen left and The Hood distracts him, causing Gordon to fight back and cut valuable time. After the brief battle though, the awesomeness does not end yet. Scott joins Gordon by using a balloon-device to life the heavy stuff off Brains and what really gets us hyped up is when the rope holding the rubble comes close to snapping before Brains can be saved.
Heart-thumping and dramatic, you name it!
Imagine being forced to rescue a celebrity who annoys you so much you want to strangle him/her. Because this is the episode where Alan experiences the ‘torture’. Plus, like on Terror In New York, Ricochet demonstrates another dangerous side of identity secrecy.
In this episode, a disc jockey, known as Rick O’Shea (get it, Rick O’Shea?), hosts a pirate radio station, called KLA, in a small two-manned satellite spaceship. Meanwhile International Space Control launches a rocket via computer, but due to a technical fault, it explodes in the station’s vicinity. As a result, the station is knocked out of orbit. Loman, the engineer susses out the damage, but finds that the explosion has broken the satellite, the inner door is too damaged to re-open and the men are on collision cause with the Earth. Meanwhile, International Rescue have problems of their own; Thunderbird 5 is out of reception and until John and Gordon can fix the panels, the organisation will have to rely on emergency calls through TV or radio, i.e. KLA. With luck, O’Shea raises the alarm through his station and Thunderbirds 2 & 3 take off, despite Alan’s reluctance.
Thunderbirds was produced during the time when pirate radio stations were so common. Ricochet debates the use of pirate stations, as Jeff points out. Of course, presenting a pirate station can easily put one in jail, and we can understand why Rick O’Shea presents his station in an isolated spaceship. And yet the Space Control knows nothing of KLA’s whereabouts, so we can assume their damage to KLA was an accident and they didn’t know they was nearby during the rocket’s explosion. Speaking of radio, I’m also very fond of how Brains discusses chart music and states how repetitive it is nowadays. Personally I tend to agree with him and see not much difference with today’s chart singles, but that’s a personal nitpick.
Another thing great about Ricochet is the conflict and how IR’s communication is limited due to Thunderbird 5’s damaged reception device. This means that Alan and Scott, who are on board TB 3 cannot update Virgil and Brains in TB 2 on the rescues and Virgil cannot contact the base when they hear O’Shea’s voice and spot the falling satellite, during the finale, which means he and Brains assume O’Shea’s still on board and must make their own decision before the ship falls onto the refinery. The way they handle the situation is awesome! They use TB 2 as a bumper car to tilt the ship off course, which is exciting, but also cringe-worthy, each time TB 2 scrapes itself against the ship.
Somehow, I think Gerry Anderson and Matt Groening have some things in common; one of them being that their fictional celebrities behave like jerks (hence Matt Groening’s characterisation of Krusty The Clown in The Simpsons). Rick O’Shea is without a doubt no exception. He moans about Loman’s breakfast cooking, he’s addicted to his shows and demonstrates little interest in science. Plus he even argues with Alan, refusing to leave the satellite, due to his fear of heights. For that, we can’t blame Alan for his frustration on him. He openly expresses his cynicism amongst O’Shea’s shows and thus feels punished when he discovers O’Shea and Loman need rescuing. This is an important theme to bear in mind through this episode, because the ending, without giving anything away will stick a smile on your face, but also question the rights and wrongs of International Rescue.
2. Brink Of Disaster
I have yet to know whether Gerry Anderson demonstrated any political views, but Brink Of Disaster seems like the most political episode of Thunderbirds I have ever seen in my life. And I shall tell you why through a brief overview of the synopsis;
Warren Grafton is a businessman seeking an investment of $40 million (geez!) to extend the building of his cross-country monorail. He enquires Lady Penelope, who turns the offer down and offers the position to Jeff. Jeff, along with Brains and Tin-Tin, join Grafton aboard the train to observe the technology, but they are suspicious that Grafton is a trickster, who has the hots for money. Elsewhere, heli-jets are observing the track; one gets struck by lightening and crashes into the track. As a result, the track is on the verge of crumbling and the brake pipe snaps deactivating the automatic signals, thus putting Jeff, Brains, Tin-Tin and Grafton into danger.
What I was getting at when I discussed politics; Grafton is someone we can easily describe as a capitalist. At one point, Brains expresses his doubts in regards to the ‘too many loopholes’, with Jeff agreeing; “Grafton is more interested in money than people’s lives”. Jeff is of course interested in how the monorail works and whether the signals may go wrong, but Grafton does not provide enough information to convince him and claims that his company’s spent millions on safety devices. Er, is he sure? The next moment, the four discover they’re heading for trouble. Grafton is like “how do we stop this thing?” and as a lefty, I can relate to Jeff’s bemusement (“you should’ve thought about that before”). Message to all entrepreneurs ; if you start a business, ensure it’s 100% operational and not fully prone to risks and hazards. If Grafton was on Dragon’s Den, all the Dragons would declare themselves out without a doubt.
We can most certainly tell Grafton is a fat cat, and also a crook. Earlier in this episode, we see Grafton negotiating with his two criminal colleagues, Malloy and Selsden, who are assigned to burgle Penelope’s mansion. This is one of Penelope’s great scenes in the whole series. As we observe the thieves hijacking FAB1, Parker worries about shooting the car, leading to Penelope giving one of her greatest lines “for one thing you might not succeed, and for another there’s no need”. She’s resourceful, and smart and relaxed. It’s like she’s a female version of Tom Cruise and/or Pierce Brosnan. Earlier on, we see her getting rid of a couple of assassins through a car chase using her gadgets. This episode really defines her character!
Back to the monorail bit. Another great thing about Brink Of Disaster is the climax leading to the finale (I know, I know). We start to worry whether Jeff, Brains, Tin-Tin and Grafton will survive as they’re clinging onto each other, while Brains is attempting to apply the brakes. As it finally starts slowing down, the brakes become pretty violent and harshly vibrate the vehicle. I mean listen to them scrapes! Even the music marks a thrilling contribution! Of course after the stop, they end up dangling from the broken bit of rail. Do I need to mention how emotional Tin-Tin feels? To add to the thrills, following Scott’s instructions to leave the train and use the platform, it collapses before they can do so – a bit of exasperation added there, even Scott must be feeling it!
There’s a similar-ish episode of The Simpsons called Marge Vs. The Monorail, except that it’s of course a comedy and no international organisation is required to rescue the monorail’s passengers. Not to say that Thunderbirds steers too much away from comedy, but elements are more occasional. Both episodes do share the same politics against capitalism leading to death, if you get what I mean.
Brink Of Disaster is a thrilling edition which is well-worth watching!
1. Attack Of The Alligators
And we are go! Now I know what you readers are thinking. A lot of Thunderbirds fans have expressed their positive impression that the production of Attack Of The Alligators involved real alligators (well, youth reptiles, but the team were trying to ensure that their sizes contrasted with the sizes of the puppets). This was like nine or ten years before Jaws came out and I’m sure we all know that the shark is in fact a robot. But we’re talking REAL animals on set. It’s no surprise that the RSPCA was involved in production.
Okay, what’s the story; Blackmer, a businessmen, and Dr. Orchard, a scientist residing in a remote house near Ambro River in South America, discuss business on a new food additive called Theremine, which is decide to enlarge the sizes of animals. Blackmer’s boatman, Culp, listens in and decides to leave with the drug to sell in in order to become rich (geez,what’s it with these jerks and wealth?). But due to his clumsiness, he spills the drug in the sink. As a result, it strikes the river, infecting the residing alligators. This leads to the alligators to wreck havoc. And this is why we understand how strict the RSPCA were about this; the Thunderbirds must fight off the reptiles in order to save the scientists in the house.
We all know International Rescue wouldn’t dare kill anybody and that anybody I’m sure includes animals, because they are after all living things as well as people and, as I keep saying, they save, not kill. While I observe this episode, I understand that the Thunderbirds are not trying to kill the alligators, but are making sure they don’t kill the humans. This episode logically thinks out of the box on this one; TB 1 to use its smoke, diverting the alligators away from the house, and TB 2 to use tranquilliser guns, manned by Gordon and Alan, to put them to sleep. One scene I’m particularly fond of is when the third alligator avoids the tranquilliser darts and heads to the house, Alan comes up with a solution to distract it with his hover-bike, despite Virgil and Gordon’s objections; “Alan, come back!”, (sighs) I love that line. Speaking of; the acting is so great. For instance, when John picks up the emergency call, he’s like “giant alligators?”, a second after that, Scott repeats that line, epic!
Back to the alligator-fight scene, after mentioning TB 1’s bit, the tranquilliser bit and Alan’s bit, I should also mention Culp. He gets in the way of things, limits the communication between Scott and Virgil. Virgil worries about the fact that Scott ain’t responding, but there’s a reason; Culp’s holding Scott at gun point. There’s so much conflict through the alligator crisis. Next thing, we see Culp dropping the vial containing the drug in the water, which means that Gordon, using TB 4, must retrieve it. Next thing, he and us lot freak out when we see a conscious alligator in the river and the music really helps! I should also point out the scene where he washes the drug down the sink, which does indeed cause an environmental problem, and for the animals as well. This is a really important scene to all viewers and especially asks those who throw their garbage in rivers, spill oil without cleaning it up and/or don’t bother to recycle to really think about their consequences.
Attack Of The Alligators is an episode which not only was very well produced, but also indicates incredible scripting, so much thinking about the box, scientific elements and brings forward environmental issues and viewers of any age can enjoy the epic fight between the Thunderbirds and the alligators.
So that was my personal top ten list of Thunderbirds episodes. One important thing to note; for those who ain’t familiar with the series, I would encourage you to try and get hold of the original extended episodes (the ones that run for 50 minutes each). I have also come across the Fox Kids version and the episodes are disastrously shortened to 30 minutes; the soundtrack is altered and some of the most important scenes are cut out, each episode is too rushed for us to appreciate the drama and thrills, even the voices are dubbed and you don’t want that. If you look at the extended episodes, they’re much less rushed, you can easily follow through them, the sound is so in sync and you won’t be like “wait a minute, what have I just scene?”. So go for the original longer episodes. That’s my advice.
Thank you for reading and before I end this post, here are some honourable mentions;
Pit Of Peril
The Duchess Assignment
The Man From MI5
A post based on my personal top ten episodes of Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons will arrive soon.