History Series / Thunderbirds

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.
2nd Oct '15 7:25:23 AM TastySauce
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Every week, some monstrous disaster would occur, and the boys (primarily Scott and Virgil) would pilot their awesome Thunderbird aerospace craft to the scene, moving at speeds that would make an aeronautical engineer drool. Scott would get there first, survey the situation, and call back to Virgil, who would then arrive at the scene with the right equipment loaded into the cavernous interior of ''Thunderbird 2''[='s=] "pod". Amongst other things, a drilling vehicle (Mole) or an underwater rover (''Thunderbird 4'') could be loaded into 2. In fact, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbirds_machines the other wiki]] has a list of the ''many'' bizarre vehicles deployed.

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Every week, some monstrous disaster would occur, and the boys (primarily Scott and Virgil) would pilot their awesome Thunderbird ''Thunderbird'' aerospace craft to the scene, moving at speeds that would make an aeronautical engineer drool. Scott would get there first, survey the situation, and call back to Virgil, who would then arrive at the scene with the right equipment loaded into the cavernous interior of ''Thunderbird 2''[='s=] "pod". Amongst other things, a drilling vehicle (Mole) or an underwater rover (''Thunderbird 4'') could be loaded into 2. In fact, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbirds_machines the other wiki]] has a list of the ''many'' bizarre vehicles deployed.



This show is a classic in its native Britain, and around the world. The first season was such a success that it was decided to make a full-blown movie before production began on the second season; the result was ''Thunderbirds Are GO!'', wherein the Tracys must rescue an imperiled Mars rocket after a scrape with the [[ScienceMarchesOn local lifeforms]]. Expected to be a blockbuster of ''James Bond'' proportions, it performed poorly at the box office.

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This show is a classic in its native Britain, and around the world. The first season was such a success that it was decided to make a full-blown movie before production began on the second season; the result was ''Thunderbirds Are GO!'', wherein the Tracys must rescue an imperiled imperilled Mars rocket after a scrape with the [[ScienceMarchesOn local lifeforms]]. Expected to be a blockbuster of ''James Bond'' proportions, it performed poorly at the box office.



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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80s band {{Fuzzbox}} 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



* {{Zeerust}}: Kind of inevitable, considering the show was made in the 1960's. The ''Thunderbirds'' themselves, particularly ''1'' and ''2'', were based on aircraft and prototypes that were state-of-the-art at the time; TB 1 on the [=MiG=] 19 and 21, along with a series of X-planes, and 2 on experimental lifting-body aircraft. All other kinds of high-tech machines have clicky panels, big shiny microphones and chrome-plated-chrome. And not to mention; reel-to-reel tapes are still fully in use in the the futuristic world of the Thunderbirds, while things like the internet, mobile phones, tablets, pocket calculators etc. are not present at all.

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* {{Zeerust}}: Kind of inevitable, considering the show was made in the 1960's. The ''Thunderbirds'' themselves, particularly ''1'' and ''2'', were based on aircraft and prototypes that were state-of-the-art at the time; TB 1 on the [=MiG=] 19 and 21, along with a series of X-planes, and 2 on experimental lifting-body aircraft. All other kinds of high-tech machines have clicky panels, big shiny microphones and chrome-plated-chrome. And not to mention; reel-to-reel tapes are still fully in use in the the futuristic world of the Thunderbirds, while things like the internet, mobile phones, tablets, pocket calculators etc. are not present at all.all.

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12th Sep '15 8:58:43 AM StFan
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* CutAndPasteTranslation: The redubbed half-hour version from Fox Kids, as well as the truly hideous ''Turbocharged Thunderbirds''.
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