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Recap / Thunderbirds S 2 E 5 Ricochet

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The One with... the falling satellite.

The pirate radio satellite KLA, with its star disk jockey Rick O'Shea, is a popular music source for the young and hip - especially Tin Tin Kyrano. Her obsession with O'Shea annoys Alan Tracy, who thinks himself unable to compete with the flashy DJ.

Disaster strikes when KLA is crippled by a faulty space launch. With its systems damaged and orbit decaying, the satellite tech attempts repairs, but is trapped in the airlock. Desperately O'Shea radios for help, which arrives first in the form of Thunderbird 3, which extracts the technician. Alan attempts to force O'Shea into a space suit and out of the satellite, but O'Shea panics and refuses. Thunderbird 3 is forced to wave off as the satellite enters the atmosphere, and Thunderbird 2 takes over. KLA is on a collision course with a large oil refinery, and Thunderbird 2 prepares to destroy it when they pick up a transmission from O'Shea. Unable to raise Thunderbird 3 and confirm O'Shea was clear, Thunderbird 2 is forced to fire on the satellite, convinced that they've killed a man. On return to Tracy Island, however, it's revealed that Alan managed to persuade O'Shea to don a space suit (accidentally starting a tape of O'Shea's show in the process). Alan refuses to elaborate on how he did this, or whether it's related to the impressive black eye O'Shea seems to have picked up.


  • Almost Out of Oxygen: Loman, the satellite's tech, suffers from this when he gets trapped in the airlock.
  • Buccaneer Broadcaster: KLA is this, In space
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: O'Shea panics when Alan enters the satellite and refuses to go with him. It takes Alan some persuasion to get him to come along.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The KLA satellite just happens to be in the same spot the malfunctioning rocket explodes.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Alan, as usual. His brothers suspect he actually enjoyed punching O'Shea in the face a little, to snap him back to his senses.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Alan does this off-screen to the terrified O'Shea. We later see O'Shea with a huge black eye, but he is nonetheless thankful that Alan did it.
  • Hot Scientist: Professor Marshall.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: O'Shea is probably the biggest jerk International Rescue ever had the honor to save. He clearly cares for the engineer, Loman, though, and shows gratitude towards International Rescue once he's returned to Earth.
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  • No New Fashions in the Future: Apparently, rock music is the latest thing in 2066.
  • One-Note Cook: Honey Crunch Crispies (a sponsor of KLA broadcasts) are apparently the only form of breakfast on board the KLA satellite.
  • Precision Crash: Once back in the atmosphere, the KLA satellite threatens to crash right on top of a big oil refinary.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Since we don't see the complete rescue, everyone believes O'Shea is indeed dead after the KLA satellite crashes. It's not until later we learn he is safe back on Earth, and what Virgil and Brains heard over the radio was just an old recording.
  • Sadistic Choice: Brains and Virgil face one; save the oil refinery at the price of (apparently) blowing up Rick O'Shea in the process, or allow the satellite to crash on the refinery. They attempt to Take a Third Option by having Thunderbird 2 steer the satellite off course and make it land safely in the desert, but this fails.
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  • Vitriolic Best Buds: O'Shea and his engineer have this dynamic.

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