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Western Animation: Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet

Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet is a CGI Remake of the marionette show Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, which debuted in 2005. The new series lasted two seasons (the original only lasted for one), but remains lesser-known than the original due to being Screwed by the Network.

As a nod to the original's Supermarionation format, this reboot is described as "Filmed in Hypermarionation". The basic storyline starts of the same: in the year 2068, Captain Scarlet and Captain Black discover the Mysteron City during a mission to Mars, and Captain Black opens fire when he mistakes a probe for an offensive action.

Thus the Mysterons are now retaliating on Earth with their retrometabolism power, and using Captain Black's clone as their main agent. Captain Scarlet, also recreated as an invulnerable clone, but retaining his original personality and loyalties, opposes them along with the Spectrum organization.


Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet provides examples of the following tropes:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Destiny gets one in episode 2.
  • Achilles' Heel: Duplicates can be detected with a DNA scan. Scarlet's "allergy" to them is also retained, though not consistently applied. The revival shows duplicates' eyes glowing green as well, but the series never makes clear whether this is actually seen "in-universe" or is simply for the viewer's benefit.
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: The Skybase.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Most of the episode "Best of Enemies" has this with Scarlet and Black trapped at the bottom of a lake in a Spectrum Rhino.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • The female Captain Ochre makes a brief debut appearance at the end of season 1, a couple of brief walk-ons at the start of season 2, but by the end of the season had graduated to leading an entire episode ("Grey Skulls") by herself — the only Captain other than Scarlet to do so; even Blue never gets to lead an episode. Several fan sites have suggested that Ochre would likely have graduated to major character status had the series continued.
    • The trope can also be applied to Lt. Green, who in the revival is a more active character than the original version who hardly ever left Skybase, and even to an extent Destiny Angel, who becomes the female action lead and plays a major role in many episodes of the CGI version.
  • Blessed with Suck: To the revival's credit, Scarlet's indestructibility is only called into play in a minority of episodes. It also establishes early on that he is virtually indestructible, emphasis on the "virtually".
  • Cloning Blues: Mostly averted. However, Captain Blue takes longer to warm to Scarlet, and several episodes do reflect on Scarlet's angst at being a "human-Mysteron hybrid" as he is described by a friendly Mysteron in the episode "The Achilles Messenger".
  • Code Name: Unlike the original series, which only on rare occasions (maybe no more than once or twice) referred to the characters by their real names, the revival uses the color codes and real names interchangeably. In one episode Scarlet activates an identity scan that clearly IDs him as "Paul Metcalfe, Captain Scarlet". The original series suggested the real names are usually kept secret, but not so in the revival.
  • Cool Bike: The Spectrum Raid Bike. So much so, an entire episode ("Grey Skulls") is basically built around how cool it is.
  • Criminal Mind Games: Averted compared to the original, as such announcements were, for the most part, done away with.
  • Darker and Edgier: If it's possible, the 2005 version is even moreso than the original, especially once the series establishes that the original victim's memories and personality still exist within the duplicate and can, under some circumstances, be revived. Yet that doesn't stop them from being shot on sight, thrown off cliffs, etc.
  • Dating Catwoman: While it doesn't quite get as far as a "date", Scarlet and Astrid Winters (a friendly Mysteron replicant trying to stop the war, but who shows clear attraction to Scarlet) are headed down this road in the episode "The Achilles Messenger".
  • Die Hard on an X: Destiny Angel vs. a group of Mysteron-controlled pirates in the episode "Fallen Angels". Bad-assery kicked Upto Eleven by the fact she actually isn't aware she's offing Mysterons.
  • Do Not Try This at Home: Interestingly, the 2005 revival has no such disclaimer. Maybe today's kids know better than to jump out of a flying aircraft hangar at 60,000 feet without a parachute?
  • Evil Brit: Captain Black is said to be from Brooklyn — yet he stil speaks with a British accent (which becomes more pronounced when he's being really evil). Might be a Mythology Gag.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: One character is shot in the head by Captain Black at point blank, another is crushed by falling rock, and Scarlet performs a Neck Snap on another!
  • Faux Affably Evil: Captain Black
  • Faux Action Girl: Destiny Angel, at least in the first season; "Fallen Angels" was probably written in response to people complaining about it.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Spectrum-issue firearms appear to be this. An unusual case where Family-Friendly Firearms is definitely not in play; the sidearms at least can act as a Static Stun Gun, but they have an explicitly-marked "Kill" setting that gets used, often.
  • Gender Flip:
    • The male Lieutenant Green from the original puppet series becomes female in New Captain Scarlet, but remains the Token Minority in both.
    • Captain Ochre also became female, but unusually the gender flip occurred mid-series as a male Ochre appears in the first episode, but by the end of the first season Ochre is a woman.
    • One episode introduces a male pilot who is training to become an Angel before the Mysterons get him.
  • Glamor Failure: The remake replaced the opacity to X-rays with a DNA test.
  • Heel-Face Turn:
    • Captain Black's original human personality — that of Scarlet's best friend and Destiny's boyfriend — resurfaces on several occasions, most notably in "Best of Enemies" when being submerged in a sunken Rhino causes the Mysterons to briefly lose control over Black, and definitely in the finale "Dominion" in which Black is manipulated by the Mysterons and led to believe he's thrown off their influence for good.
    • The episode "The Achilles Messenger" introduce a faction of Mysteron society who are opposed to the war and are willing to help the humans. Unfortunately the series never develops this beyond a couple of episodes.
  • Heroic Willpower: Somewhat negated in the revival when it's revealed most Mysteron duplicates retain the original personalities of the victims; however Scarlet is able to retain control for longer.
  • Latex Space Suit: The Angels' flying suits. Skin-tight and shiny!
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The remake is billed as being "filmed in Hypermarionation" in the opening credits.
    • The Mercury Shuttle has a markedly similar launch sequence to Fireball XL5.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The war starts the same way in the remake, except the co-pilot is Scarlet — but only Black overreacts.
  • Recurring Riff: Sadly the makers of the remake either couldn't or wouldn't license Barry Gray's original music, so a new drumbeat, arguably less effective, is used for the transitions.
  • To the Batpole!: Averted and eliminated utterly in the CG remake. If anything the characters sometimes move around too much in the early episodes.


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