oday marks the 50th Anniversary of the much-loved TV series Captain Scarlet. One of the many television serials to be filmed under the Supermarionation, Captain Scarlet told the story of an Organization called Spectrum and their ongoing battle against the deadly and mysterious Mysterons from the planet Mars. It was during their retaliation against Spectrum and Earth did Captain Scarlet gain his ability to become indestructible. The whole “war” as it were between Spectrum and the Mysterons was due to a misunderstanding. It was during an expedition on the Martian planet did Captain Black mistakenly took a Mysteron scanner as a form of attack, which resulted in the Mysteron city’s destruction. However before their very own eyes the city is repaired, it is from this very moment the Mysterons declare war upon humanity.
Each episode began with the Mysterons threatening their next attack, their low droning voice would strike fear into the hearts of anyone watching and even though we knew the title character was to survive his next mission, we couldn’t help but wonder if Spectrum or the Mysterons were be victorious in this week’s installment.
Led by Colonel White and a team of specialists. Spectrum’s representatives was an array of colors, hence the organization’s name. They also had their own squadron that was often led by Destiny Angel. The Angels were glamorous and would sometimes act as the damsel in distress.
The members of Spectrum would also have an array of cutting edge equipment and vehicles. One of the many vehicles that fascinated me was Cloud Base, which would later go on to influence films such as Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and the revived series of Doctor Who; the Valiant.
Since the show ended we were treated to a CGI series on CITV called Gerry Anderson’s The New Adventures of Captain Scarlet (2005). For me the CGI series was no way near as good as the original 1967 series. When it comes to Gerry Anderson you think of puppets and the two live-action TV serials Space 1999 and UFO.
And to mark the 50th Anniversary Big Finish Productions have announced a series of audio books and a personal favorite of mine is the up and coming 1:6 scale figurine of Captain Scarlet himself made by the talented people over at Big Chief Studios Ltd, that has me I awe over the accurate detail of the character. So it certainly seems that us fans haven’t been left forgotten and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons still appears to be a household name and entertaining even though it was nade over 50 years ago.
To me Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons will always be a great show. Yes, it looks dated and its all done through puppetry but after a while you forget they’re puppets and to me the stories are very grown up and it is obvious who their target audience was at the time of broadcast.
And now all I can say is S.I.G (Spectrum Is Green).
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