History Series / Thunderbirds

10th Sep '16 7:31:27 AM themisterfree
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** The 2004 movie also dropped this, presumably because nowadays, trying to keep their vehicles and tech under wraps would be far more difficult, what with how technology's advanced- you can't exactly just shoot someone's cameraphone out of their hands. On the other hand, the main plot is The Hood attempting to utilize the Thunderbird craft for his own evil ends, justifying the latter concern.
10th Sep '16 7:21:48 AM themisterfree
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2204 saw the release of a [[Film/{{Thunderbirds}} live-action version]] directed by Creator/JonathanFrakes; unfortunately, Creator/{{Universal}}'s ExecutiveMeddling and being trapped in DevelopmentHell since the 90s turned what could've been an awesome film into [[FanonDiscontinuity something most fans of the franchise would like to forget.]]

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2204 2004 saw the release of a [[Film/{{Thunderbirds}} live-action version]] directed by Creator/JonathanFrakes; unfortunately, Creator/{{Universal}}'s ExecutiveMeddling and being trapped in DevelopmentHell since the 90s turned what could've been an awesome film into [[FanonDiscontinuity something most fans of the franchise would like to forget.]]



* AllThereInTheManual: The recurring villain, The Hood, was never named in dialogue or credits in the original TV episodes, only in publicity materials. Many things about the main character's history, like the Tracy boys' ExpansionPackPast, Jeff's late wife, and the founding of International Rescue, are also never mentioned on the series, and their headquarters was never actually referred to as "Tracy Island." The same goes for specific details surrounding the Thunderbird vehicles and other machines, like their dimensions, speed and other technical data.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The recurring villain, The Hood, was never named in dialogue or credits in the original TV episodes, only in publicity materials. Many things about the main character's history, like the Tracy boys' ExpansionPackPast, Jeff's late wife, and the founding of International Rescue, are also never mentioned on the series, and their headquarters was never actually referred to as "Tracy Island." The same goes for specific details surrounding the Thunderbird vehicles and other machines, like their dimensions, speed and other technical data. (One of the few things the 2004 movie ''did'' do right was actually having the names of The Hood and Tracy Island spoken in dialogue.)
10th Sep '16 7:20:51 AM themisterfree
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2204 saw the release of a [[Film/{{Thunderbirds}} live-action version]] directed by Creator/JonathanFrakes; unfortunately, Creator/{{Universal}}'s ExecutiveMeddling and being trapped in DevelopmentHell since the 90s turned what could've been an awesome film into [[FanonDiscontinuity something most fans of the franchise would like to forget.]]
22nd Aug '16 3:36:10 PM TheFarmboy
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* ChristmasEpisode: "Give or Take A Million". Which doubles as the last episode of the series.
22nd Aug '16 7:19:11 AM Joe32
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The alligators in Attack of the Alligators were played by crocodiles.
** Perhaps they were illegally brought in and released into the wild as an invasive species. A problem with snakes in RealLife.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never see Alan's pygmy alligator again.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never see Alan's pygmy alligator "alligator" (really a crocodile) again.
22nd Aug '16 7:15:35 AM Joe32
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* CoolPlane: ''Fireflash'', a futuristic supersonic jetliner [[http://members.fortunecity.com/wendhausen/BRStarshipsv3/profile/thunderbirds/ships/fireflash/fire11.jpg just look at it.]] Undeniably cool.

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* CoolPlane: ''Fireflash'', a futuristic supersonic jetliner [[http://members.fortunecity.com/wendhausen/BRStarshipsv3/profile/thunderbirds/ships/fireflash/fire11.jpg [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/thunderbirds/images/4/4b/FireflashBirdsEyeView.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20141018180104 just look at it.]] Undeniably cool.



* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: IR's policy of strict secrecy concerning their equipment when the Tracy family could possibly save thousands of lives, not mention make a spectacular profit, by licensing out the designs of their Thunderbird vehicles to the various nations and organizations wanting to augment their own emergency response forces. Presumably, this is to keep IR's equipment unique and the plot complication of keeping that secrecy. Although it's also stated that IR's technology could be used for destruction if it fell into the wrong hands.

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* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: IR's policy of strict secrecy concerning their equipment when the Tracy family could possibly save thousands of lives, not mention make a spectacular profit, by licensing out the designs of their Thunderbird vehicles to the various nations and organizations organisations wanting to augment their own emergency response forces. Presumably, this is to keep IR's equipment unique and the plot complication of keeping that secrecy. Although it's also stated that IR's technology could be used for destruction if it fell into the wrong hands.



* RayGun: Used by the Tracy boys a couple of times and on one occasion the baddy.

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* RayGun: Used by the Tracy boys a couple of times and on one occasion the baddy.baddie.



* WomenDrivers: Played unfortunately straight in "City of Fire" and "Vault of Death" -- although perhaps justified in that she's been driven around by other people her whole life. Averted in later episodes, when Penny actually does learn to drive.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never see Alan's pygmy alligator again.
* WomenDrivers: Justified in "City of Fire" as this was a learning driver and Played unfortunately straight in "City of Fire" and "Vault of Death" -- although perhaps justified in that she's been driven around by other people her whole life. Averted in later episodes, when Penny actually does learn to drive.


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** 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.
22nd Aug '16 5:42:48 AM Joe32
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* {{Spinoff}}: The first movie doubled up as the pilot of the next series, ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons''.

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* {{Spinoff}}: The Due to the prescence of Zero-X in both first movie [[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''.
22nd Aug '16 5:40:48 AM Joe32
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* OneWorldOrder: Possibly. The government is never really explored, but there is seemingly a "World Navy", though whether it represents the entire world is unclear, as it seems to enjoy testing nuclear weapons for no apparent reason. Tie-in material places the show in the same universe as ''Stingray'' and ''Captain Scarlet,'' and it's made clear there is a world government.

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* OneWorldOrder: Possibly. The government is never really explored, but there is seemingly a "World Navy", though whether it represents the entire world is unclear, as it seems to enjoy testing nuclear weapons for no apparent reason. Tie-in material places hints that the show may be in the same universe as ''Stingray'' and ''Captain Scarlet,'' and it's made clear there is a world government.



** Poor Gordon, and his favored 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 favored 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.
22nd Aug '16 5:37:24 AM Joe32
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** In latter-day airings of "Day Of Disaster" (at least on Creator/TheBBC) when Brains dances for joy following the successful rescue of the rocket the line "You... er... don't suppose he escaped from somewhere, do you?" (said by one supervisor to another) is cut out.



** In latter-day airings of "Day Of Disaster" (at least on Creator/TheBBC) when Brains dances for joy following the successful rescue of the rocket the line "You... er... don't suppose he escaped from somewhere, do you?" (said by one supervisor to another) is cut out.

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** In latter-day airings of "Day Of Disaster" (at least on Creator/TheBBC) when Brains dances for joy following the successful rescue of the rocket the line "You... er... don't suppose he escaped from somewhere, do you?" (said by one supervisor to another) is cut out.
22nd Aug '16 5:26:22 AM Joe32
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* The third episode, "City of Fire" has Scott and Virgil collapse when testing a cutting torch powered by a prototype gaseous compound. It is implied that they may have gotten a little high off of it.

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* ** In "The Perils of Penelope" Alan pouts that his brothers are "off to The third Folies" without him, an establishment known in the past for its rather ''[[{{Fanservice}} risqué]]'' costumes.
** The fifteenth
episode, "City of Fire" has Scott and Virgil collapse when testing a cutting torch powered by a prototype gaseous compound. It is implied that they may have gotten a little high off of it.



*** If they bumped this line down to around that scene it would have been perfect.

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*** If they bumped this line down to around right after that scene it would have been perfect.



** At the end of "Attack of the Alligators" we have this line.
-->'''Scott Tracy:''' Now, what would Tin-Tin want to show Alan in the bathroom?
*** It was a tiny alligator.
** In "The Perils of Penelope" Alan pouts that his brothers are "off to The Folies" without him, an establishment known in the past for its rather ''[[{{Fanservice}} risqué]]'' costumes.


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** In latter-day airings of "Day Of Disaster" (at least on Creator/TheBBC) when Brains dances for joy following the successful rescue of the rocket the line "You... er... don't suppose he escaped from somewhere, do you?" (said by one supervisor to another) is cut out.
** At the end of "Attack of the Alligators" we have this line.
-->'''Scott Tracy:''' Now, what would Tin-Tin want to show Alan in the bathroom?
*** It was a tiny alligator.
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