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Fri 28 Dec 12 #1 
jmaxg
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I was amazed that I got hit quite so hard when I heard he had passed two days ago.

The fact is, this guy was a part of my childhood and I am not ashamed to admit it.

Just the Thunderbirds.......that's all..........they were the best and always will be the best.

Others, I am sure, will come up with other Gerry Anderson shows.

But I don't care...........The Thunderbirds were part of my boyhood and I have never lost my love for the concept.



(Awesome brass at the end)

A guy called Jonathan Frakes actually made the first real-life version of the Thunderbirds film. My advice after that is that if you see Jonathan Frakes on the road, DON'T BRAKE!

"The Thunderbirds" DESERVES to be made as an excellent film. Not just a half-assed attempt.

Gerry Anderson, the creator, is my hero and all I am saying is that if I did a version of a Gerry Anderson film, there is "stuff" that I should be paying attention to.

You get that Jonathan Frakes or do I need to spell it out some more?

Anyway, rest in peace Gerry Anderson.

I have spent many hours and hours under your custodianship.

Thank you.


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Fri 28 Dec 12 #2 
JMK
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I have great childhood memories of the Thunderbirds. RIP Gerry Anderson.


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Sat 29 Dec 12 #3 
sally906
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Loved the Thunderbirds - even went to the studio as a child ( I think it was in Slough? From memory)

Is still on cable here in Oz and an early morning cup of coffee and a Thunderbirds episode is a frequent Saturday starter.

I had a Lady Penelope doll and her car and then matchbox versions of the spaceships.

Yes I was a confused child.


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Sun 30 Dec 12 #4 
jmaxg
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I don't think you were confused at all.

Lady Penelope was actually a great plot device and an important part of the team.

Her intelligence activities were vital to the function of International Rescue at certain points.

I commend Anderson for coming up with the idea.


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Mon 31 Dec 12 #5 
jmaxg
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I actually put "The Thunderbirds" right up there with "Star Trek" (the original series).......both of them just as formative in my imagination.

And altruistic too. Both ideals are about benevolence not involving reward. Not entirely true because it could be argued that endorphins are a form of reward.

But it beats the hell out of the religious view of morality and good conduct.......that it be your "keys to the kingdom" and the ultimate carrot in front of the donkey.

Heavy huh? Yeah, well Jeff Tracy never moralised in my face. Not one episode....ever.

And I never once got the impression that International Rescue would not save my ass, even if I didn't believe in a god.


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Mon 31 Dec 12 #6 
jmaxg
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Speaking of "Star Trek" (the original series), things have changed....

For those of you that like the show but have not seen it for years, you should think about a review.

The thing is that Paramount Studios commissioned a complete redoing of the original series in very interesting ways.

The opening theme, for example, has been totally re-recorded to the extent that the original music script was found and the whole theme got completely replayed in a sound studio, note for note, instrument for instrument by a completely new group. That is now the opening credit soundtrack on all issues of Star Trek - The original series - all three seasons. Including the re-recording of the soprano for series two and three.

The special effects - On all external shots, the Enterprise, all the space shots, and all alien craft and other shots, including Klingon Warbirds and Romulan Bird-of-Prey, have now been computer generated. Planets are now gloriously detailed. All have been scrupulously regenerated and made so real. The physics too have been played with to make it seem more realistic. Again, all three seasons.

The masters of all internal and close up shots have been cleaned up for high definition. You can almost tell what material makes a tunic.

That took guts, but it was money well spent. "Star Trek" (the original series) is now better than it ever could have been before.

Please make an effort to check out this marvelous work.


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Mon 31 Dec 12 #7 
Ajax
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The D Generation parody from around 1985 or 1986.




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Thu 3 Jan 13 #8 
jmaxg
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I saw the stage version. Just as funny.

The D-Generation went on to become "The Late Show" for the ABC Network.

The Late Show gave us Rob Sitch and the "Shitscared" stuntman series.

In America, after that, a guy called Bob Einstein produced "Super Dave" which seemed extremely close to the Rob Sitch idea of a very bad stuntman. It was very well loved.

Rob Sitch went on to help create a production company called "Working Dog" that gave Australia shows like "Frontline" and "The Game" (starring NZ's John Clarke showing how, satirically, we put the Sydney 2000 Olympics together).

"Frontline" got copied straight out by the Canadians. Nobody was ever brave enough to copy "The Game". Both of those shows had one thing in common........being portrayed as if another news unit was filming them.

The first copier of such a technique was a British show called "The Office". Then the British "The Office" was sold lock, stock and barrel to the United States (NBC Network) where they literally replayed the whole format but with US people. Then they invented another show called "Parks and Recreation" based on the same format......as if another news unit was looking in.

I am not sure if "Working Dog" is getting some kick back from any of that, but I hope so.

"Working Dog" then went on to create films like "The Dish" and "The Castle"........both films I own in my DVD collection because they are simply awesome.

Not saying anything about that...........except that it's funny how things end up.


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Thu 3 Jan 13 #9 
Ajax
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Same. I also have the Late Show Champagne edition, which is always worth dragging out. Like a tigerrrrrr.


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Thu 3 Jan 13 #10 
jmaxg
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I revised above


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Thu 3 Jan 13 #11 
jmaxg
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JMK tells me to get over it and besides, it's the sincerest form of flattery.

She's right, but still.

Sacha Baron Cohen is still getting away with "Ali G" and "Borat". He didn't think that up. That was thought up by a comedy writer in Australia back in the 1970s called Garry McDonald and his character, "Norman Gunston".

Same principal applied.......a guy over his head asking questions of the world's elite.

I am just wondering how Sacha Baron Cohen thought it wouldn't be noticed given all the footage already out there.

I am not saying Sacha Baron Cohen is not talented. Because he is......awesomely.

He's just not original.


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Thu 3 Jan 13 #12 
kevg
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You watch far too many TV shows !!


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Thu 3 Jan 13 #13 
Ajax
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He may never have seen Norman Gunston.


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Thu 3 Jan 13 #14 
jmaxg
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You watch too little.

You want your son or grandson to "be like Beckham".

I can't be Jeff Tracy. But I can sure as hell hope that my son will be like Scott Tracy or Virgil Tracy or Gordon Tracy.


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