‘Trapped In The Sky’ (TV)



Please feel free to comment on my review.

‘Trapped In The Sky’ is the first episode of the ‘Thunderbirds’ TV series and the first mission of International Rescue. In this tale, 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 the 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 do not 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 had 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 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 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’s usually voiced by Matt Zimmerman. Why did he sound different in this episode?

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, who’s helped by a TX-204 target carrying aircraft.

I have to say, I like the launch music for Thunderbird 1 in this episode. The music would only get used twice in the ‘Thunderbirds’ TV series, including this tale and ‘Danger at Ocean Deep’ later on. 🙂

The Thunderbird 1 lunch music also gets used in the end credits music. Apparently a vocal piece was meant to be sung at the end of the first ‘Thunderbirds’ episode, but it was deemed very unsatisfactory.

The Elevator Cars make their first and only appearance in this episode of the ‘Thunderbirds’ series. They are utilised 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 preventing the Hood getting away after he’s taken photos of Thunderbird 1.

I have noticed a continuity error in the episode. On Tracy Island, Jeff Tracy initiates ‘Operation: Cover-up’ and the International Rescue portraits of his sons get switched to them in normal clothes.

This is when the doctor who comes to examine Kyrano is on the island. However, in certain shots featuring Scott and Gordon Tracy, the portraits are reverted back to the Tracy sons in IR uniforms. 😐

Apparently, ITC’s financier Lew Grade criticised the original 25-minute length of the first episode and ordered for each episode to be brought up to 50 minutes. Thank goodness the decision was made. 🙂

‘Trapped In The Sky’ is a great first episode of the ‘Thunderbirds’ TV series. I liked how we are introduced to the regular characters and how Thunderbirds 1 and 2 get to be used for the first time.

‘Trapped In The Sky’ rating – 8/10

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2 thoughts on “‘Trapped In The Sky’ (TV)

  1. Timelord 007

    Hell yeah, i love the original Thunderbirds tv series & remember watching the show every Sunday at 1:30pm on ITV in the early 80’s, the amount of effort that the late Gerry Anderson poured into his shows & the story’s which were always tense affairs puts most modern day tv shows to shame.

    When the Hoods eyes turned yellow as a kid that freaked me out.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the original ‘Thunderbirds’ TV series. I’m looking forward to revisiting more ‘Thunderbirds’ episodes and adding my thoughts on them.

      I’ve not seen the latest ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ series from ITV, although I know it’s become successful with three seasons already and with guest stars from ‘Doctor Who’ voicing some of the characters including David Tennant and Jenna Coleman. I’m not in a hurry to check them out, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the new ‘Thunderbirds’ episodes. Now the 2004 ‘Thunderbirds’ movie however…well, less said about that the better. 🙂

      Glad the Hood’s eyes turning yellow freaked you out too as a kid. 😀

      Many thanks, Simon.

      Look forward to hearing from you on ‘The Stockbridge Terror’ soon.

      Tim. 🙂



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