Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–1968)

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Series cast summary:
Francis Matthews ...
 Captain Scarlet (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
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 Captain Blue (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Donald Gray ...
 The Mysterons / ... (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Cy Grant ...
 Lieutenant Green (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jeremy Wilkin ...
 Captain Ochre / ... (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
 Captain Brown / ... (29 episodes, 1967-1968)
Paul Maxwell ...
 Captain Grey / ... (29 episodes, 1967-1968)
Elizabeth Morgan ...
 Destiny Angel / ... (28 episodes, 1967-1968)
Sylvia Anderson ...
 Melody Angel / ... (28 episodes, 1967-1968)
Martin King ...
 2nd Policeman / ... (27 episodes, 1967-1968)
Janna Hill ...
 Symphony Angel / ... (26 episodes, 1967-1968)
Gary Files ...
 Captain Magenta / ... (25 episodes, 1967-1968)
David Healy ...
 Commodore Goddard / ... (21 episodes, 1967-1968)
Lian-Shin Yang ...
 Harmony Angel (15 episodes, 1967-1968)
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A misunderstanding on Mars provokes an alien race called the Mysterons to declare a war of nerves on Earth. Throughout the series, they continually make terrorist threats and attempt to follow through with their ability to create obedient duplicates of anyone they kill. Their key opponent is the international intelligence organization, Spectrum, whose agents are code-named according to various colours. Their top agent in this war is Captain Scarlet, an agent who was subjected to the duplication process, but was still alive at the time. As a result, his clone was able to shake off the Mysterons' control, but leaving being him indestructible and able to survive any wound. Together with his partners, Captain Blue and Spectrum's fighter squadron, The Angels, the now immortal Captain Scarlet must constantly struggle to thwart the Mysterons' ever present threats. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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Captain Scarlet is indestructible. You are not! Remember this. Do not try to imitate him!

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According to Gerry Anderson on the DVD commentary for the Pilot episode The Mysterons were written as an invisible enemy because Gerry didn't want to offend any aliens if life were ever found on Mars. See more »

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[repeated line]
Captain Black: This is Captain Black, relaying instructions from the Mysterons on mars. You know what you must do.
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Two versions of the closing credits were produced: early episodes use a mostly instrumental theme, while later episodes feature an actual theme song (both are based upon the same melody). See more »

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My Favorite Supermarionation
26 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

CS&M's American-broadcast predecessors (Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds) prompted novelty, fun, and no small amount of wishful thinking on the part of this frustrated model railroader. Thunderbirds to me at least became a pleasurable engineering-problem-of-the-week. But CS&M was different, far different.

Invisible yet palpable evil was afoot. Characters that looked a lot more human got snuffed. Intentional catastrophes abounded or were openly threatened. And to confront this was SPECTRUM, sometimes arriving not quite in the nick of time.

It may have aimed for the kids, but it was adult fare, at times delivered with genuine style and suspense. (I suspect the producers later chose to tone things down, hence Joe 90 and The Secret Service.) And at all times it was delivered with outright craftsmanship, a superb meld of direction, stories, voice acting and characterization, photography and editing, production design, sound and musical score, and in-camera special effects.

If you're new to Supermarionation, don't mind the puppetry, kit-bashed models, tabletop explosions or rolling backgrounds, overlook the occasional wire and slot in the pavement, and just watch a show that has style. Because everything is scaled-down but filmed as realistically as practicable you'll get drawn into it faster than you think. For a sampler view the episodes "Winged Assassin," "Big Ben Strikes Again," "Manhunt," "Operation Time," "Shadow of Fear," "The Heart of New York," "Fire at Rig 15," "Traitor," "Noose of Ice" and "Attack on Cloudbase."

I don't quite know when I'll view the CGI successor series, but I suspect tastes have changed over time. CS&M's original premise has unquestionably grown spookier. Suffice it to say I've seen nothing like this before or since. Be surprised, and enjoy.

(UPDATE: I gradually view the new series' episodes. Though its imagery can dazzle, given the choice between "Hypermarionation" and, as another user puts it, "the luxuriously sedate menace of the 1967 original," I still prefer the latter.)


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