Originally posted by mirageman
Every kid in Britain over the age of 12 must have seen Thunderbirds. Anderson's most succesful show.
UFO was a bit more grown up.
Not too long ago, I watched many of Gerry Anderson's shows that I never saw before, including:
Captain Scarlet (1967 puppet and 2005 CG versions)
Fireball XL5 1962
Joe 90 - 1968
Space Precinct 2040 (1994)
Space 1999 (1975)
Supercar (1961) His earliest show I found....and the only one I can't watch
I didn't see Dick Spanner,PI, The Protectors, The Secret Service, The Investgator, or Crossroads to Crime as I'm still looking for them.
I can see why Thunderbirds was one of the more successful shows.
I also liked Joe 90, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, both versions, and Space Precinct 2040, and I obviously have a lot of respect for Anderson's work to
want to watch it.
But UFO, Terrahawks, and Space 1999 all have space themes and suffer from a common flaw that cause me to not like the shows too much:
In general, the philosophy seems to be shoot the aliens first, and ask questions later, especially in terrahawks and UFO, and to a lesser extent in
Space 1999 where hostility toward aliens seemed more dominant than in other sci-fi series. Space 1999 had potential since it was the biggest budget
sci-fi show ever when it was made, but it suffered from some awful script writing, especially in the second year, when even the actors complained
about the lousy scripts.
In one particularly poignant episode of UFO, an earthling and alien were stranded together on the moon, and they helped each other and formed an
alliance, and after this touching cooperation, the Earthling's buddies showed up and shot and killed the alien. But in almost all the other episodes
I recall they basically didn't try to re-establish this type of friendship and just tried to kill the aliens. However, I can't say that Anderson's
work was alone in that fault, until shows like Star Trek and Star Wars depicted aliens as both good and bad guys.
Finally, with the Space precinct 2040 show, possibly influenced by Star Trek and Star Wars, Anderson got past the hostile to aliens theme, and had
aliens and humans working side by side, and aliens could be both good guys and bad guys like in other shows. But Space precinct 2040 had its own
identity crisis, in that it was unclear if it was a show for kids or for adults, but that aside, it was Anderson's best space-themed show with
The female costumes weren't as sexy as in "UFO", however.