Fireball XL5 (1962–1963)
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The Doomed Planet 

While dodging a runaway planet out of its orbit, the crew of Fireball XL5 discovers it is on a crash course to the planet Membrono. Assuming the planet is deserted before the crash, Steve ... See full summary »

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Sylvia Anderson ...
Doctor Venus (voice)
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Commander Wilbur Zero / Saucer Man (voice)
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While dodging a runaway planet out of its orbit, the crew of Fireball XL5 discovers it is on a crash course to the planet Membrono. Assuming the planet is deserted before the crash, Steve discovers after seeing a flying saucer that this planet needs help to avoid the fatal impact... Written by RealLiveClaude

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4 November 1962 (UK)  »

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Patillo's Finest?
17 April 2017 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

This episode is masterfully directed by Alan Patillo and may be his best work in the series.

Just check out the choice of camera angles that create depth when Steve is on the phone or 90 is talking to Zero. This artistry is the type of craftsmanship that makes "Fireball XL5" so memorable today and raises it beyond being "a mere puppet show".

There's plenty of intrigue and mysterious atmosphere on the planet Membrono with great use of plants, smoke and shadows. There's some real suspense created as to what is going on in this episode and the pace never lets up, beginning with the XL5 nearly being destroyed by a runaway planet.

The story of a advanced civilization that has outgrown weapons of any kind and is thus defenseless against the runaway planet is good, and the idea they communicate through Robert adds an additional layer to the story.

All in all, a good example of how well the best of these shows were crafted.


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