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5th Mar '16 8:26:56 PM Green_lantern40
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'''''Fireball [=XL5=]''''' is a British TV show following the missions of spaceship ''Fireball [=XL5=]'', commanded by Colonel Steve Zodiac of the World Space Patrol. The show was made in 1962 by Gerry Anderson, featuring {{Supermarionation}}, which would be used again in subsequent shows such as ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' -- this was the first and to this day only Anderson show to be shown on network television in the US (the Fox bastardisations of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' don't count).

It was also the last Supermarionation show to be made in black and white. However, with Anderson's approval one episode has been colorized for a UsefulNotes/BluRay release, suggesting that the rest of the series might get the same treatment if it sells well enough.

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'''''Fireball [=XL5=]''''' is a British TV show following the missions of spaceship ''Fireball [=XL5=]'', commanded by Colonel Steve Zodiac of the World Space Patrol. The show was made in 1962 by Gerry Anderson, featuring {{Supermarionation}}, which would be used again in subsequent shows such as ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' -- this was the first and to this day only Anderson show to be shown on network television in the US US, Creator/{{NBC}} to be specific (the Fox bastardisations of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' don't count).

It was also the last Supermarionation show to be made in black and white. However, with Anderson's approval one episode has been was colorized for a the UsefulNotes/BluRay release, suggesting that the rest of the series might get the same treatment if it sells well enough.
19th Oct '15 9:29:38 AM StiffShots
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* DescendedCreator: Robert the Robot is the only regular character on an Anderson series to be voiced by the main man himself (uncredited).



* RoboSpeak: Co-pilot Robert the Robot. Inspired by series creator Gerry Anderson's visit to a lab that built artificial larynxes for people who'd lost their voices to disease or injury. Anderson himself, in fact, used one such device to voice Robert -- the only time in {{Supermarionation}} history he was one of the voice artists behind the puppets (in addition to Robert, he also provided robot voices in the episodes "Trial By Robot" and "The Granatoid Tanks").

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* RoboSpeak: Co-pilot Robert the Robot. Inspired by series creator Gerry Anderson's visit to a lab that built artificial larynxes for people who'd lost their voices to disease or injury. [[DescendedCreator Anderson himself, in fact, used one such device to voice Robert Robert]] -- making this the only time show in {{Supermarionation}} history he was one of the voice artists behind the puppets (in addition to Robert, he also provided robot voices in the episodes "Trial By Robot" and "The Granatoid Tanks").Tanks," all uncredited).
12th Feb '15 11:42:39 PM Melkior
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* ExplosiveOverclocking: It is actually canon that the title spaceship is not supposed to be run continuously at full power and doing so for a long time will cause the main engines to explode (but the ship itself does not).

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* ExplosiveOverclocking: It is actually canon that the title spaceship is not supposed to be run continuously at full power and doing so for a long time will cause the main engines to overheat and explode (but the ship itself does not).
5th Feb '15 6:46:15 PM Melkior
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** Interestingly, in a print-only story telling how Zoonie became a pet, he is described as having "an incredible intelligence potential in that ugly head of his" so it seems that Zoonie is simply too lazy to bother learning more than he needs to (clue: he's called a lazoone and he sleeps most of the time).
2nd Dec '14 11:50:03 AM nombretomado
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It was also the last Supermarionation show to be made in black and white. However, with Anderson's approval one episode has been colorized for a BluRay release, suggesting that the rest of the series might get the same treatment if it sells well enough.

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It was also the last Supermarionation show to be made in black and white. However, with Anderson's approval one episode has been colorized for a BluRay UsefulNotes/BluRay release, suggesting that the rest of the series might get the same treatment if it sells well enough.
2nd Apr '14 9:26:45 AM StiffShots
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Lt. Ninety dreams he's been promoted to "Space General" and put in charge of Space City. He then proceeds to issue contradictory launch/landing instructions to numerous spacecraft (including ''[=XL5=]''). Not surprisingly for a {{Supermarionation}} show, everything proves to be MadeOfExplodium. [[spoiler:Turns out it was AllJustADream]].

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Lt. Ninety dreams he's been is promoted to "Space General" and put in charge of Space City. He then proceeds to issue contradictory launch/landing instructions to numerous spacecraft (including ''[=XL5=]''). Not surprisingly for a {{Supermarionation}} show, everything proves to be MadeOfExplodium. [[spoiler:Turns out it was AllJustADream]].
7th Dec '13 8:14:49 PM Green_lantern40
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->''"I wish I was a spaceman, the fastest guy alive..."''

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->''"I ->''I wish I was a spaceman, the fastest guy alive..."''
alive\\
I'd fly you 'round the universe in ''Fireball [=XL5=]''\\
Way out in space together, compass of the sky\\
My heart would be a fireball...\\
A fireball...\\
Every time I gazed into your starry eyes...''
4th Dec '13 12:30:24 PM StiffShots
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* FighterLaunchingSequence: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ifS2nP53Zs A pretty awesome one, even by Anderson series' standards.]]

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* FighterLaunchingSequence: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ifS2nP53Zs A pretty awesome one, one]], even by Anderson series' standards.]]
4th Dec '13 12:29:59 PM StiffShots
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* FighterLaunchingSequence: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ifS2nP53Zs A pretty awesome one, even by Anderson series' standards.]]
4th Dec '13 12:25:22 PM StiffShots
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* MovingBuildings: The World Space Headquarters complex incorporates a control tower that rotates for no very obvious reason except RuleOfCool. Not to mention...
** NoOSHACompliance: ...how it doesn't get burned to a crisp every time [=XL5=] launches is a mystery.
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