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Stingray: The Reunion Party (2008)

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Simply Delightful
4 January 2009 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is essential TV viewing for all fans of Gerry Anderson; especially for fans of STINGRAY, in which case this show is unmissable. Unlike episodes of THUNDERBIRDS and some of Mr. Anderson's other works STINGRAY is very rarely repeated on terrestrial UK TV, so to see this recently constructed offering was an absolute delight. It contains clips from previous episodes that are being watched by the male STINGRAY team as they wait for the girls to get ready for a party, so we get to revisit some of the show's popular villains and how Troy first met Marina. I utterly LOVE and adore STINGRAY - it massively influenced my creative development as a child and I was glued to the TV set for every episode growing up, so it was wonderful to see this special 'Reunion Party' one-off. The characters, their relationships, and their interactions, together with the fantastic voice acting talents are simply amazing on STINGRAY, and we get a second look in this stand-alone production to remind us of how good they were. The memories come flooding back watching this of the quality that was STINGRAY. It would be fantastic if STINGRAY could be made into a live action film that genuinely did it justice - unlike the travesty of the 'Thunderbirds' film that bore scant resemblance to Mr. Anderson's creation. Of course the highlight to all STINGRAY episodes was the music, plus opening and closing themes, and the awesome 'tribal' drumming alarm signal as the HQ is lowered into the ground to protect it from attack - we get all this again the 'The Reunion Party' - and THANKFULLY for one very rare occasion on UK TV the inter-programme announcer didn't speak all over the end credits, nor were they shrunk into a tiny box or a strip for the purpose of showing us what was up next in the schedule - HALLELUIAH - this meant we had the full treat of listening to STINGRAY'S famous beautiful closing song, and seeing the wonderful closing images that always accompanied it. I love STINGRAY. Please watch this one-off special when it's repeated again on UK TV as you won't be disappointed - as long as you get to see/hear the full closing credits.


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