History Series / Thunderbirds

8th Jan '18 2:08:36 PM Midshanks
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* AnInsert: Human hands pressing a button for a puppet character. The series also liked to use cutaways to get around the problem -- you'd see, say, Parker holding a cigarette when Penelope would ask for a light, then cut to another shot, then to Penelope holding the lit cigarette. One episode takes this a step further by having a human hand holding a pen in the foreground with a couple of puppets in ForcedPerspective in the background.

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* AnInsert: Human hands pressing a button for a puppet character. The series also liked to use cutaways to get around the problem -- you'd see, say, Parker holding a cigarette when Penelope would ask for a light, then cut to another shot, then to Penelope holding the lit cigarette. One episode "Thirty Minutes After Noon" takes this a step further by having a human hand holding a pen in the foreground with a couple of puppets in ForcedPerspective in the background.
8th Jan '18 2:07:35 PM Midshanks
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--> '''Bank Manager:''' Let's go back to the old design; at least that took him two and a half hours to open it.

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--> '''Bank Manager:''' Let's go We could do worse than going back to the old design; at least that one took him two and a half hours to open it.open.
8th Jan '18 2:06:00 PM Midshanks
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--> '''Bank Manager:''' Let's go back to the old design; at least it took him five hours to open it.

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--> '''Bank Manager:''' Let's go back to the old design; at least it that took him five two and a half hours to open it.
1st Jan '18 10:08:33 AM moloch
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** Alternately, Thunderbird 1 looks more like it was based on the Fantastic Four's Pogo Plane, both being tail-sitting rocket-assisted takeoff aircraft that switched to horizontal flight after takeoff; Marvel comics were not widely available in Great Britain in the 60s so the resemblance would not have been immediately obvious.

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** Alternately, Thunderbird 1 looks more like it was based on the Fantastic Four's Pogo Plane, both being tail-sitting rocket-assisted takeoff aircraft that switched to horizontal flight after takeoff; Marvel comics were not widely available in Great Britain in the 60s so the resemblance would not have been immediately obvious.
12th Nov '17 5:32:44 PM ClintEastwood
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* RecycledInSpace: A lot of concepts were RippedFromTheHeadlines sixties tropes given a futuristic spin. For example, pirate radio ships being anchored outside national waters became pirate radio spaceships outside Earth orbit, and Concorde became Fireflash.
10th Nov '17 1:37:07 PM themisterfree
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* {{Homage}}: Travel website Orbitz briefly had a series of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoLUpnvZ8Qo commercials]] dubbed ''Destination: Orbitz'', with Anderson-esque puppets helping people with travel- the lead puppet was voiced by Creator/MauriceLaMarche and they even had the insert shots!



* HoverBike: International Rescue has severak of these at its disposal for navigating around a danger zone. [[note]]In reality, they were introduced to reduce the amount of walking the puppets would otherwise have to do on screen.[[/note]]

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* HoverBike: International Rescue has severak several of these at its disposal for navigating around a danger zone. [[note]]In reality, they were introduced to reduce the amount of walking the puppets would otherwise have to do on screen.[[/note]]
12th Oct '17 12:40:13 PM RedScharlach
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Punk/new wave band The Rezillos released a song "Thunderbirds Are Go" in 1978, extolling the praises of the series -- "the TV show that's never been beat."

80s band Fuzzbox released a single "International Rescue" as an affectionate [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF0aHzNtYsk tribute/parody of the series]] that made it to number 11 in the charts

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Punk/new wave band The Rezillos released a song "Thunderbirds Are Go" in 1978, extolling singing the praises of the series -- series: "the TV show that's never been beat."

" 80s band Fuzzbox released a single called "International Rescue" as an affectionate [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF0aHzNtYsk tribute/parody of the series]] that series]], which made it to number 11 in the charts
UK charts.



** And Jeff: gold -- not in an episode or film, but in an ad for the charity Barnado's.

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** And Jeff: gold -- not in an episode or film, but in an ad for the charity Barnado's.Barnardo's.



* CrazyJealousGuy: Alan doesn't quite like it when Tin-Tin shows interest in another man. This is best seen in "End of the Road", when her old friend Eddy Houseman comes to visit her, and "Richochet", when she turns out to be a great fan of Rick O’Shea. Ironically, in both episodes Alan ends up having to rescue the men he doesn't like.

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* CrazyJealousGuy: Alan doesn't quite like it when Tin-Tin shows interest in another man. This is best seen in "End of the Road", when her old friend Eddy Houseman comes to visit her, and "Richochet", "Ricochet", when she turns out to be a great fan of Rick O’Shea. Ironically, in both episodes Alan ends up having to rescue the men he doesn't like.



* HoverBike: International rescue has multiple of these at it's disposal for navigating around a danger zone. [[note]]In reality, they were introduced to reduce the amount of walking the puppets would otherwise have to do on screen[[/note]]

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* HoverBike: International rescue Rescue has multiple severak of these at it's its disposal for navigating around a danger zone. [[note]]In reality, they were introduced to reduce the amount of walking the puppets would otherwise have to do on screen[[/note]]screen.[[/note]]



* NoOSHACompliance: Pretty much the raison d'être of many episodes. It's almost as if Gerry Anderson decided the most dangerous thing about the 2060's were that it is populated by [[TooDumbToLive idiots]]

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* NoOSHACompliance: Pretty much the raison d'être of many episodes. It's almost as if Gerry Anderson decided the most dangerous thing about the 2060's was that they were that it is populated by [[TooDumbToLive idiots]]idiots]].



* {{Spinoff}}: Due to the prescence of Zero-X in both first [[TheMovie movie]] looks like it was doubled up as the pilot of the next series, ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons''. However, it isn't really confirmed in-series as the Thunderbirds never showed up in ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons''.

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* {{Spinoff}}: Due to the prescence The presence of Zero-X in both the first [[TheMovie movie]] looks like seems to make it was doubled double up as the pilot of the next following series, ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons''. However, it isn't really confirmed in-series as the Thunderbirds never showed up in ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons''.



** Poor Gordon, and his favoured ride, ''Thunderbird 4''. His skills as a diver and submersible pilot were not useful as often as he might have liked. Most of the times he was called out on a rescue he was riding shotgun with Scott or Virgil as generic backup, and despite being a Tracy brother he was less important to the plot than Tin-Tin, Brains, or Penny almost all the time. TB 4, despite being a main-line vehicle, was the size of a van next to a fleet of giants, and was overshadowed in importance by many barely-seen robotic pod vehicles, like the Mole. On the few occasions when there was danger at sea, he really did shine. Gordon was recognised as the best marksman on the team, though, and was often utilised when something needed aiming, eg. firing the cable from ''Thunderbird 2'' into the Zero X in the first movie.

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** Poor Gordon, and his favoured ride, ''Thunderbird 4''. His skills as a diver and submersible pilot were not useful as often as he might have liked. Most of the times he was called out on a rescue he was riding shotgun with Scott or Virgil as generic backup, and despite being a Tracy brother he was less important to the plot than Tin-Tin, Brains, or Penny almost all the time. TB 4, despite being a main-line vehicle, was the size of a van next to a fleet of giants, and was overshadowed in importance by many barely-seen robotic pod vehicles, like the Mole. On the few occasions when there was danger at sea, he really did shine. Gordon was recognised as the best marksman on the team, though, and was often utilised when something needed aiming, eg.e.g. firing the cable from ''Thunderbird 2'' into the Zero X in the first movie.



** Perhaps it wasn't flying a full Mach 6, it's reactor would probably need a lot of maintenance for it to be pushed to the limit so often. Wouldn't a plane travelling a full Mach 6 top speed be in danger of hitting multiple objects and damaging the plane, but then again it should have decent radar too.

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** Perhaps it wasn't flying a at full Mach 6, it's 6; its reactor would probably need a lot of maintenance for it to be pushed to the limit so often. Wouldn't a plane travelling a at full Mach 6 top speed be in danger of hitting multiple objects and damaging the plane, but plane? Although then again again, it should have decent radar too.
2nd Oct '17 9:24:40 PM intastiel
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* ImprovisedLockpick: In "Vault of Doom", a Bank of London employee is inside a new airtight vault when it gets sealed for the day, so the Thunderbirds team race to tunnel through reinforced concrete to rescue him. Happily, Lady Penelope's manservant Aloysius Parker is a former safecracker. He asks Lady P for a hairpin, which defeats the lock and opens the vault door in seconds.
--> '''Bank Manager:''' Let's go back to the old design; at least it took him five hours to open it.
27th Sep '17 7:26:46 AM Joe32
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* OddlySmallOrganization: Well, saving the world is a family business.

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* OddlySmallOrganization: Well, saving the world is a family business.However, it was established that International Rescue has agents ll over the world.
8th Aug '17 4:24:42 PM ClintEastwood
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* HowWeGotHere: The episode "Move - And You're Dead" begins with Alan and grandma stranded on a bridge with a bomb. While ''Thunderbirds 1'' and ''2'' are on their way to save them, Alan recalls how they got into this situation in the first place (which takes up most of the episodes time). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because Jeff is asking him how he got there in full detail to keep him concentrating, so he doesn't fall unconscious from heat exhaustion and fall to his death, if not triggering the bomb's motion sensor.

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* HowWeGotHere: The episode "Move "[[Recap/ThunderbirdsS1E20MoveAndYoureDead Move - And You're Dead" Dead]]" begins with Alan and grandma stranded on a bridge with a bomb. While ''Thunderbirds 1'' and ''2'' are on their way to save them, Alan recalls how they got into this situation in the first place (which takes up most of the episodes time). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because Jeff is asking him how he got there in full detail to keep him concentrating, so he doesn't fall unconscious from heat exhaustion and fall to his death, if not triggering the bomb's motion sensor.



* IsThisThingStillOn: in "Cry Wolf", while Alan gives the two boys a tour around Tracy Island, he greatly brags about his own role in piloting ''Thunderbird 3'', and describes Scott (who always comes along as co-astronaut) as being merely his subordinate. Unfortunately for him, the intercom on the cart they are in is still on and Scott hears everything Alan says. However, he plays the game along and promptly starts addressing Alan as "sir".



* IsThisThingStillOn: in "Cry Wolf", while Alan gives the two boys a tour around Tracy Island, he greatly brags about his own role in piloting ''Thunderbird 3'', and describes Scott (who always comes along as co-astronaut) as being merely his subordinate. Unfortunately for him, the intercom on the cart they are in is still on and Scott hears everything Alan says. However, he plays the game along and promptly starts addressing Alan as "sir".



* ThemeTuneCameo: Virgil plays the theme song on a piano at the end of the pilot episode.

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* ThemeTuneCameo: ThemeTuneCameo:
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Virgil plays the theme song on a piano at the end of the pilot episode.
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