Saturday, 19 March 2011

Stand By For Action!

Something a bit new for this blog. I've decided to start a marathon viewing of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's classic productions - all the way from Four Feather Falls to Space: 1999. Why? Because I'm mad probably. Some of this will be new to me: (I've never seen Four Feather Falls or Supercar before, and only a handful of episodes of Fireball XL5); some will be like revisiting old friends. But I want to do it in order, and in context, and see if I can follow the development of the Anderson production.

It's often baffled me over the years the way that the "Gerry Anderson production" has come to be seen almost as a genre in itself, that one tv producer can have fans of his own who embrace all his productions as if they're part of a single huge series. Rather than a career in tv production spawning a variety of shows, highs and lows, successes and failures. But maybe I'm wrong - I want to find out...

So, I'll be watching:

Four Feather Falls
Fireball XL5
Thunderbirds (including the movies)
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
Joe 90
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun
The Secret Service
Space: 1999
The Day After Tomorrow

and writing about my thoughts and feelings here on this blog. It'll be interesting to see if I can get to the end, or whether I'll go mad in the process. If it's really successful, I may even go on to Terrahawks and some of the more recent shows - nothing in the world would induce me to watch Space Precinct again though - besides, I don't own a copy.

So, look out for this marathon, or "Anderthon" as I've decided to call it, which will be starting here very soon.

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