‘TRAPPED IN THE SKY’
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‘Trapped In The Sky’ is the first episode of the ‘Thunderbirds’ series and the first mission of International Rescue. In this story, the Hood plants a bomb in the super-powered airplane Fireflash.
Unable to land, the Thunderbirds must rescue Fireflash and stop the bomb from exploding. Can International Rescue achieve this when they use three Elevator Cars for the Fireflash aircraft to land?
I first saw this episode as part of the ‘Thunderbirds To The Rescue’ compilation on VHS. It contained both this episode and ‘Operation Crash Dive’. I also heard an audio cassette version of this episode.
This is of course the Hood’s first appearance in ‘Thunderbirds’. He doesn’t appear in all the episodes of the series, which makes it interesting since the International Rescue team don’t know about him.
It was tense and scary when the Hood made contact with his half-brother Kyrano, causing him pain and headaches. He’s able to do that by contacting with Kyrano via his statue inside his exotic temple.
I was also scared when the Hood has glowing yellow eyes, which he uses to knock out people and when he gets angry. His origins and motives for wanting International Rescue’s secrets are not clear.
This episode also features the first appearance of the Fireflash airplane, which is considered a great air-craft. On its flight from London to Tokyo, Tin-Tin, Kyrano’s daughter is aboard the Fireflash plane.
This episode is by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the creators of ‘Thunderbirds’. It makes sense to have them write this episode, considering they created the series and they don’t write all of the episodes.
The Hood informs London Airport Tower about the bomb inside the Fireflash via an anonymous threat. The Hood is also pretty renowned for is his masks of disguise like the Master in ‘Doctor Who’.
The guest cast includes Commander Norman of London Airport Tower, voiced by Peter Dyneley. There’s also Captain Hanson voiced by David Graham and his Fireflash Co-Pilot voiced by Ray Barrett.
An interesting point to note is that for this episode only, Alan Tracy is voiced by Ray Barrett. I found that strange, as he was usually voiced by Matt Zimmerman. Why did he sound different in this one?
In fact, many of the voice artists featured in ‘Thunderbirds’ perform more than one character in many of the TV episodes. This includes Peter Dyneley, David Graham, Ray Barrett and so many more.
There’s a failed rescue attempt on the Fireflash before the Thunderbirds arrive. This is attempted by volunteer Bob Meddings, voiced by David Graham, with help from a TX-204 Target Carrying Aircraft.
I got to say, I like the launch music for Thunderbird one in this episode. The music would only get used twice in the ‘Thunderbirds’ TV series including this TV tale and ‘Danger At Ocean Deep’ later on.
The Elevator Cars make their first and only appearance in this episode of the ‘Thunderbirds’ TV series. They’re used to help Fireflash to land, although there seems to be a fault with the third vehicle.
This episode features the first appearance of Lady Penelope and Parker in their Rolls-Royce vehicle of FAB 1. They help with stopping the Hood getting away after he’s taken photos of Thunderbird 1.
‘Trapped In The Sky’ is a great first episode of the ‘Thunderbirds’ TV series. I liked how we’re introduced to the regular characters and how Thunderbirds 1 and 2 get to be used for the first time.
‘Trapped In The Sky’ rating – 9/10
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