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Fireball XL5 

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Fireball XL5 was part of the fleet of interplanetary rockets protecting Sector 25 of the Solar System from alien invasion under the supervision of the World Space Patrol. In command of XL5 ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Paul Maxwell ...  Colonel Steve Zodiac / ... 39 episodes, 1962-1963
Sylvia Anderson ...  Doctor Venus / ... 39 episodes, 1962-1963
David Graham ...  Lieutenant Ninety / ... 39 episodes, 1962-1963
John Bluthal ...  Commander Wilbur Zero / ... 39 episodes, 1962-1963
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Fireball XL5 was part of the fleet of interplanetary rockets protecting Sector 25 of the Solar System from alien invasion under the supervision of the World Space Patrol. In command of XL5 was Steve Zodiac, and his crew consisted of Venus, a doctor, Professor Matic, the science officer, and Robert the Robot, the rocket's mechanical co-pilot. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Family | Sci-Fi

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TV-PG

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Trivia

Although Supercar (1961) had been shown in syndication, this was the first Gerry Anderson' "Supermarionation" series to appear on US network television (NBC, on Saturday mornings, between 1963 and 1965). See more »

Goofs

In numerous scenes the characters can be seen surviving in space WITHOUT taking the oxygen pills it is often established they need to survive there. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Steve Zodiac: [Lines spoken by Steve and Venus in the opening sequence of every episode, prior to their boarding Fireball XL-5] Okay, Venus?
Venus: Okay, Steve.
Colonel Steve Zodiac: Right, Let's Go!
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Connections

Featured in That Thing You Do! (1996) See more »

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Fireball
(Theme song)
Written by Barry Gray
Performed by Don Spencer
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Star Trek Precursor
30 May 2004 | by radiotesla2001See all my reviews

Loved this show as a kid. It definitely shaped my interest in Sci Fi. Also, the theme songs still strike a chord with me, no matter how dated they are! They are simply great in their tone and straight-forward sincerity.

Also, as a Star Trek fan, I can not help but wonder if Roddenberry had not been influenced by the XL5 design. After all, the saucer section of the original Enterprise was detachable, just as XL5's nose, even though they never showed it in the original series. Mention was made of it once, when Kirk told Scotty to 'Break out of there with the main section, if you have to', or something along those lines, when the machine Val was pulling the Enterprise down from orbit.

XL5 FOREVER!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avaruusalus XL-5 See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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