History Series / Thunderbirds

19th Jul '16 2:33:09 AM moloch
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* AbsenteeActor: The only human characters to turn up in all 32 episodes are Scott, Virgil and Jeff. As far as the show's stars go, "The Mighty Atom" is the only episode where all five Thunderbirds appear and "The Imposters" is the only episode where ''Thunderbird 2'' doesn't appear (although a fake ''Thunderbird 2'' does).
15th Jun '16 12:37:02 AM NCW8
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There are also three audio episodes recorded by the original cast and released in the Sixties. In 2015 these were used as the basis for three new episodes filmed in Supermarionation style.
9th Apr '16 1:07:43 AM moloch
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* SixthRanger: The final movie, ''Thunderbird 6'' introduces the titular machine - [[JokeCharacter an antique Tiger Moth biplane]] that actually does become [[LethalJokeCharacter quite useful]] in the final rescue.
20th Mar '16 8:47:14 PM PaulA
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* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: TheMovie ''Thunderbirds are GO!'' ends with the disclaimer: "None of the characters appearing in this photoplay intentionally resemble any persons living or dead... since they do not yet exist!"
22nd Feb '16 5:40:47 AM Doug86
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** Using acronyms like FAB, and those seen in other Anderson series, such as P.W.O.R. ('''P'''roceeding '''W'''ith '''O'''rders '''R'''eceived) from ''{{Stingray}}'', was a nod to then-current real life radio practice which required responses to messages to be understandable even if the signal was bad. Oddly enough, the show's use of actual radio practice -- giving directions like "Left-left two degrees" got it wrong, as there should only have been one "left" but two "rights" so as to be decipherable even if all that could be heard was one or two unintelligible squawks.

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** Using acronyms like FAB, and those seen in other Anderson series, such as P.W.O.R. ('''P'''roceeding '''W'''ith '''O'''rders '''R'''eceived) from ''{{Stingray}}'', ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}}'', was a nod to then-current real life radio practice which required responses to messages to be understandable even if the signal was bad. Oddly enough, the show's use of actual radio practice -- giving directions like "Left-left two degrees" got it wrong, as there should only have been one "left" but two "rights" so as to be decipherable even if all that could be heard was one or two unintelligible squawks.
17th Jan '16 8:22:54 PM PetroleumJerry
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* EngagingChevrons: International Rescue setting out on a mission.
17th Jan '16 8:22:24 PM PetroleumJerry
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* EngagingChevrons: International Rescue setting out on a mission.
6th Nov '15 11:31:32 AM Berrenta
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* GoodIsBoring: Averted: a series mostly about rescues, without much of an antagonist and little real conflict has plots just as exciting as its more conventional successor ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons''.
30th Oct '15 8:27:14 PM brichards85
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* BigShutUp:
** In "Brink of Disaster", Jeff does this to conman Warren Grafton when Grafton complains that the out-of-control monotrain is going too fast.
** In "Alias Mr. Hackenbacker", after [[spoiler:Thunderbird 2 disables Skythrust's undercart]], Mason (a hijacker) does this to Madeline (another hijacker) when she protests [[spoiler:Mason's reluctant decision to allow the flight crew to return to London]].
9th Oct '15 1:57:31 PM Tarkas
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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."



* ArtisticLicenseGeography: A few locations and directions are a bit off. Mostly averted with "Trapped in the Sky" with the bland name "London Airport" actually being a case of UnintentionalPeriodPiece, since this was actually the name of Heathrow Airport back in the day, although the dispatcher stating that the villain (the Hood) was now driving up the M1 towards Birmingham is a slight error -- though that motorway does head towards that city, you have to turn off onto the M6 before people would suspect you'd be heading that way for sure. He's also said to be heading in Lady Penelope's direction, although other behind the scenes literature claims that her stately home is in Kent (i.e. on the other side of London).

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: A few locations and directions are a bit off. Mostly averted with "Trapped in the Sky" with the bland name "London Airport" actually being a case of UnintentionalPeriodPiece, since this was actually the name of Heathrow Airport back in the day, although the dispatcher stating that the villain (the Hood) was now driving up the M1 towards Birmingham is a slight error -- though that motorway does head towards that city, you have to turn off onto the M6 before people would suspect you'd be heading that way for sure. He's also said to be heading in Lady Penelope's direction, although other behind the scenes literature claims that her stately home is in Kent (i.e. , on the other side of London).



** Lady Penelope suffers from this in "Path of Destruction". She has to find the one person who knows the complex shut down procedure of the crablogger, an atomic-powered logging machine that has gone out of control and now threatens to destroy a dam and explode, putting thousands of lifes at risks, before it's too late. But despite this, she still can't help but stop along the way to help the victim of a car crash.

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** Lady Penelope suffers from this in "Path of Destruction". She has to find the one person who knows the complex shut down procedure of the crablogger, Crablogger, an atomic-powered logging machine that has gone out of control and now threatens to destroy a dam and explode, putting thousands of lifes at risks, before it's too late. But despite this, she still can't help but stop along the way to help the victim of a car crash.



** ''Thunderbird 1'': silver

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** ''Thunderbird 1'': silversilver and blue



** ''Thunderbird 3'': red

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** ''Thunderbird 3'': redorange-red



** F.A.B. 1: pink

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** F.A.B. FAB 1: pink



** And Jeff:Gold.

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** Brains: bronze (in ''Thunderbird 6'')
** And Jeff:Gold.Jeff: gold -- not in an episode or film, but in an ad for the charity Barnado's.



* ExcessiveSteamSyndrome: The creators made extensive use of steam, smoke, and zero-thrust rocket motors to depict takeoffs and landings in miniature. Rockets in flight were filmed inverted, so the smoke would rise ''away'' from the rocket instead of climbing after it.
* ExpansionPackPast: Nearly all of the Tracy Brothers (who range in age from late to early 20's) had quite interesting careers before retiring from them to join IR full time. Scott served in the U.S. Air Force where he got decorated for bravery, John published four textbooks on astronomy and is known as the discoverer of the Tracy quasar system, Gordon used to be a Olympic champion at the butterfly stroke and served at the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (from ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}}''), and Alan was a successful race-car driver. (His career was briefly revived in the episode "Move and You're Dead".) Jeff also counts; he was a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, astronaut for the Space Agency and the first man on the moon, and finally started his own company.

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* ExcessiveSteamSyndrome: The creators made extensive use of steam, smoke, and zero-thrust rocket motors to depict takeoffs take-offs and landings in miniature. Rockets in flight were filmed inverted, so the smoke would rise ''away'' from the rocket instead of climbing after it.
* ExpansionPackPast: Nearly all of the Tracy Brothers (who range in age from late to early 20's) had quite interesting careers before retiring from them to join IR full time. Scott served in the U.S. Air Force where he got decorated for bravery, John published four textbooks on astronomy and is known as the discoverer of the Tracy quasar system, Gordon used to be a Olympic champion at the butterfly stroke and served at the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (from ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}}''), and Alan was a successful race-car driver. (His career was briefly revived in the episode "Move and You're Dead".) Jeff also counts; he was a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, astronaut for the Space Agency and one of the first man men on the moon, and finally started his own company.


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** Using acronyms like FAB, and those seen in other Anderson series, such as P.W.O.R. ('''P'''roceeding '''W'''ith '''O'''rders '''R'''eceived) from ''{{Stingray}}'', was a nod to then-current real life radio practice which required responses to messages to be understandable even if the signal was bad. Oddly enough, the show's use of actual radio practice -- giving directions like "Left-left two degrees" got it wrong, as there should only have been one "left" but two "rights" so as to be decipherable even if all that could be heard was one or two unintelligible squawks.
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