An exciting mission to the sun runs into trouble when their retro rockets fail to fire. International rescue springs into action using a two pronged plan to get a signal to the doomed ship....
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An exciting mission to the sun runs into trouble when their retro rockets fail to fire. International rescue springs into action using a two pronged plan to get a signal to the doomed ship. The mission succeeds but suddenly International Rescue discover they themselves are in need of rescueWritten by
The launch of the Sun Probe at the start of the "The Perils of Penelope" is the same event that was seen in flashback at the start of this episode. The events of that episode take place one week after the launch, so this episode takes place immediately before. Indeed, "The Perils of Penelope" and "Sun Probe" can be viewed as Thunderbirds' only two-part story, although they have never been broadcast as consecutive episodes. See more »
A diagram of the Sun Probe from a TV report shows the solarnaut's control cabin within the Probe Module. But we later see that the control cabin is within the body of the Probe Rocket when the Module is fired into the solar prominence. See more »
One of the standouts of the series, and the best of the Thunderbird 3 rescues
Sun Probe is an episode most people think of when it comes to Thunderbirds. It may take its time to set the scene, and the Rocket launch at the beginning is dragged out, but when it gets going it becomes hugely entertaining.
This is the best of the Thunderbird 3 rescues, and it's efforts to rescue the crew are the usual tense moments. I like how the puppets are seen sweating in the heat, it makes the situation more realistic. What makes it even more dramatic, and something that may not have worked, is when the Spaceship runs into difficultly itself, making Virgil and Brains save their own team. This has always worked well in the series, and is used to great effect here.
A great episode and one of the standouts of the series.
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