Benjamin Townsend, who had earlier written the terrific episode “Heavy Metal,” also scripted this story, in which Virgil has the odd dilemma of having to rescue a rude fellow from a collapsing glacier, a fellow who does not want to be rescued. As the story progresses, we learn that he’s on a rescue mission of his own.
Watching this show, I do occasionally get the feeling that they’re skipping over way too much travel time in these “only seconds are left before everything explodes” nick-of-time rescues. “Relic” has the same issue, but the visceral thrill of seeing the ice start to crack underneath Thunderbird 2 while Virgil is still a couple of thousand meters underground is enough to make you stop quibbling for a few minutes and grab on for the ride. Daniel absolutely loved it, and grumbled at Dr. Peck for putting Virgil in more danger. The final race back to safety had him hopping in excitement.
(Note: I can play them, but I’m not presently able to get screencaps from Region 2 DVDs, so many of these entries will just have a photo of the set to illustrate it. Click the image to purchase it from Amazon UK.)