Thunderbirds 1.19 – The Impostors

This episode introduces another of International Rescue’s field operatives. Agent 47 is Jeremiah, who lives with his Maw somewhere in the Ozarks or someplace. He’s an old army buddy of Jeff Tracy’s, and it’s kind of curious how his sons genuinely do not know who the heck all their field agents are.

We don’t meet any of the others, but all the agents are activated when the world’s military forces start a massive manhunt for International Rescue. Two impostors staged a phony mine rescue in order to tunnel into a top secret base and steal some plans worth $25 thousand million dollars. The general in charge of the operation is like Michael Palin in an episode of Monty Python making fun of a dunderheaded American general, even down to interrupting a satellite station’s repairs just to yell at the astronauts to work faster.

Daniel enjoyed getting to see Thunderbird 3 again. Even with everybody looking for them – I love the corollary to this, suggesting that the media of 2065 is polite enough to leave them alone when they’re not Public Enemy Number One – Jeff decides that they have to try and rescue one of those astronauts. Meanwhile, on Earth, Lady Penelope and Parker have teamed with Jeremiah and Maw to find the two criminals. About the only amusing thing about the hillbillies is the way that Jeremiah pronounces his guest’s name as penn-el-oap. Well, Daniel did enjoy the gag about Maw’s cans of beans secretly being hand grenades.

Last time, I praised her ladyship for being a great action heroine. This time, she’s back to acting like, you know, a girl. She overpacks for the trip with two dozen suitcases, but of course didn’t bring any hiking boots, so she stumbles in the mud in her white high heels.

Wait, last time? Wasn’t that episode 12? Yes, we skipped six episodes because I do not have the complete series, but rather four of the six box sets that A&E released around 2001 instead. Even as that network was transitioning from ’70s detective shows and modern British dramas like Cracker into reality gunk, they were among the first outfits to start releasing TV on DVD, mainly British commercial programs like the Gerry Anderson stuff, The Avengers, The Saint, and Secret Agent. They were all in sets that were priced really high by contemporary standards, but five or six episodes for thirty bucks was what we got at the time. Readers will understand that after buying the ones that I did, I don’t really feel like investing another $40 to get the eleven episodes that I’m missing.

Readers will understand. I hope the kid does! Besides, I spent $45 on just two and possibly three more episodes, as you’ll see in the note below the line…

Incidentally, if you enjoy classic Thunderbirds, check out this amazing project by Stephen La Rivere on Kickstarter to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary: New Episodes from 1960s Recordings. I’m a backer, and you should be, too!

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