Fireball XL5 (1962–1963)
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Robert to the Rescue 

Professor Matic founds a planet on his new telescope, though it is not caught on the World Patrol space scanner. Steve, Venus and the Professor take XL5 to the so-called planet, which is a ... See full summary »

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Commander Wilbur Zero / Proton (voice)
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Professor Matic founds a planet on his new telescope, though it is not caught on the World Patrol space scanner. Steve, Venus and the Professor take XL5 to the so-called planet, which is a metal star inhabited by evil aliens, who abducts the crew, and try to get rid of Robert the Robot... Written by RealLiveClaude

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Family | Sci-Fi

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17 March 1963 (UK)  »

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Minus 8 Minutes
9 August 2017 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

If you can skip the first 8 minutes of this adventure, do it. In the first 8 minutes we get too much Zoony, too much weak comedy and too much bad science as the Professor discovers what he thinks is a new planet but ends up being a giant planet sized spaceship. When the mysterious ersatz planet comes into our solar system, Fireball XL5 is sent to investigate. This is 8 minutes in. Then suddenly the episode gets GREAT.

The crew soon finds themselves trapped in the mysterious spaceship and held prisoner by the alien species inside. The aliens plan to erase their memories and turn them into new crew members. It is up to Robert to save Steve, Venus and Matt.

The interior of the spaceship is very atmospheric and mysterious. The music and lighting adds a lot, as well as Bill Harris' crisp direction. Robert has to rescue the crew but first has to rescue himself as he is trapped on a conveyor belt of death. It's too bad they wasted so much time at the beginning of this story. It would have been interesting to find out more about the aliens and why they built this massive ship. But all in all a very fun and exciting adventure...just skip the first 8 minutes.


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