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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

THUNDERBIRDS: Trapped In The Sky

Starring Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley, David Graham, David Holliday
Directed by Alan Pattillo
(actor & director credits courtesy

International Rescue launches its first rescue mission when they discover an atomic bomb has been planted aboard a new passenger jet.

A very strong pilot sets the stage for this series from Gerry Anderson who built a career making exciting action series like this one starring marionettes and impressive model vehicles on miniature sets.  Those who would label this a simple "puppet show," couldn't be more wrong, as Anderson and his team's attention to intricate details creates drama, suspense, and thrills, despite the limitations of his wooden "actors."  Although character development is secondary to the action sequences, name another action series in which that wasn't the case.

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