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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

THUNDERBIRDS: Pit Of Peril

Starring Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley, David Graham, David Holliday, Shane Rimmer
Directed by Desmond Saunders
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

When an experimental army vehicle becomes trapped in a subterranean pit, International Rescue dispatches Scott, Virgil, and Brains to rescue the army pilots.

Gerry Anderson and crew deliver another well-designed adventure in this installment, which has the teleplay placing several characters in high-stakes danger, as tremendous heat surrounds the fallen vehicle, hospitalizing those who airlift down to try and tether the craft to a cable.  Although we know they're inanimate puppets, the tension is still palpable thanks to the anguish in the voice actors' characterizations, singed costumes, and the clever placement of the puppets' hands over their eyes.  It's these little individual touches that really make Anderson's world come alive.

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