Thunderbirds: Season 1, Episode 1

Trapped in the Sky (30 Sep. 1965)

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The Hood plants a bomb aboard the Fireflash. Can International Rescue bring the airliner down without using its landing gear?



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Episode cast overview:
Peter Dyneley ...
Jeff Tracy / Commander Norman / Interceptor One Pilot (voice)
Sylvia Anderson ...
Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / Air Terrainean Guide (voice)
Scott Tracy / TX 204 Co-pilot (voice)
David Holliday ...
Virgil Tracy (voice)
David Graham ...
Gordon Tracy / Aloysius Parker / Brains / Kyrano / Captain Hanson / Lieutenant Bob Meddings / Fireflash Passenger / Crash Tenders / Doctor (voice)
John Tracy / The Hood / Alan Tracy / Fireflash Co-Pilot / Assistant Controller / Harris / TX 204 Pilot (voice)
Christine Finn ...
Tin-Tin Kyrano / Airport Tannoy (voice)


The Hood plants a bomb aboard the Fireflash. Can International Rescue bring the airliner down without using its landing gear?

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Virgil remote-controls two elevator cars while driving a third to cushion the crash-landing of the Fireflash aircraft. On the craft's initial landing one of the elevator cars suddenly breaks free and slams into a row of parked planes, destroying them. This scene came about because during filming one of the model cars indeed broke free and slid off the miniature runway. The special effects crew and Gerry Anderson both agreed that this "gaffe" would work in the context of the story, so Anderson wrote this setback to International Rescue into the plot. See more »


In several shots from beneath Thunderbird 1, seen while the Hood takes photographs of the aircraft, the vehicle's markings show the "T" of Thunderbird painted on the red nose cone. All other shots of the craft show the nose cone free of markings. See more »


Commander Norman, London Airport controller: Crash crews return to standby positions! Let those aircraft burn! Fireflash is carrying passengers, they're not!
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Airport 1965: The Fireflash
18 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This first episode of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds deals with a criminal - The Hood - placing a bomb on an aircraft and International Rescue must go on mission number one to save the airliner and all on board.

Trapped In The Sky - is the hour that nailed Thunderbirds, this is it, best episode of the series and even better than the two Thunderbird motion pictures! Why is it so good? From Jeff Tracy's deep voiced talk of "Boys, I think we are in business", to Scott Tracy's more unique voice tones, to the now topical storyline involving a bomb on a plane, to the miniature effects of Fireflash, to the corny Fireflash pilot saying "I saw her too, she is kind-of cute", to the first ever wonderful visions of the Thunderbird aircrafts, to the ex-Stingray models partly seen sitting at the airport, to the more straight faced way (compared to other episodes) that the hour presents itself in, and finally, that almost non-stop run of quality Barry Gray music. That is why. Stingray might be my favourite Gerry Anderson series, but I have to admit that Thunderbirds did just a bit better in the music department and Trapped In The Sky is a show case for that music. Wonderful stuff.

If you want a short taste of Thunderbirds, without sitting through the whole series, then this is the episode for you, this hour has all that is Thunderbirds...but as I said, a bit more straight faced and epic-ish than the following episodes.

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