Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

Season 1 Episode 23

Place Of The Angels

Aired Friday 5:25 PM Mar 08, 1968 on ITV
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Place Of The Angels
Once again, the Mysterons crypic threats make Spectrum believe they are targeting the Angels for a second time, but it isn't actually one of the Angels, it's one of their home cities. Or so Spectrum thinks...

A report is received from a biological research station on the outskirts of Manchester, England, regarding the theft of the phial of the K-14 virus. This is a revolutionary and brand new strain that has the capability to kill 10 million people. Captain Scarlet and Captain Blue start a timed race to find the station's research assistant suspected of the theft, who is the only person to be granted access to it, Judy Chapman.

Assessing that the force's target is the Boulder Dam of Los Angeles, which the city's name stands for "The Angels", Scarlet places his indestructible life on the line to recover the phial, although he soon faces imminent death.moreless

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  • The Mysterons intend to destroy LA...

    This episode is only 1 of 2 where women were killed and then taken over by the Mysterons. The killing occurs when Captain Black parks a fuel tanker across a stretch of road, so that the female victim crashes into it, then the tanker explodes. Just shows how ruthless the Mysterons were, gender didn't stop them from committing horried murders.

    The Mysterons intend to introduce a lethal compound into the surrounding waters of LA.

    About halfway through, Scarlett and Blue get a health scare after chasing the Mysteronised woman, only for her to dump her car and brake the seal of the compund, resulting in S and B returning to Cloudbase for isolation and testing from Dr Fawn (another character under-used).

    Captain Black wears his leather jacket in this episode, which suits him much better than that hideous pullover with an orange rim round the neck. He's still very scary though...moreless
Francis Matthews

Francis Matthews

Captain Scarlet (Paul Metcalfe)

Ed Bishop

Ed Bishop

Captain Blue (Adam Svenson)

Janna Hill

Janna Hill

Symphony Angel (Karen Wainwright)

Donald Gray

Donald Gray

Colonel White (Charles Grey) / Captain Black (Conrad Turner) / Voice Of The Mysterons

Cy Grant

Cy Grant

Lieutenant Green (Seymour Griffiths)

Liz Morgan

Liz Morgan

Destiny Angel (Juliette Pontoin)

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • The Score: Los Angeles survives. Spectrum: 19 Mysterons: 4.

    • Mysteron Reconstructions: Judith Chapman (killed in car crash/falls from resevoir).

    • Spectrum Losses: None.

    • Collateral Damage: 1 civilian car, 1 tanker, 1 security guard.

    • That viral mixture is extremely volatile; when Dr. Denton first stirs it up, it is a deep red. When he pours it into a test tube, it comes out clear. When Judith Chapman pulls the tube (phial) from her purse near the end of the episode, it is red again and remains so to the end.

    • Captain Black, as in other episodes, broadcasts his voice into Judith Chapman's head, "relaying instructions from the Mysterons". And, as with other episodes, the instructions are limited to "You know what you must do", which don't seem particularly helpful.

    • Captains Scarlet and Blue are sent back to Cloudbase under quarantine. Colonel White asks Lieutenant Green if the sickbay has been prepared. Dr. Fawn must have been a little taken aback, considering that he was standing right there and was surely better informed on the subject.

    • Judith Chapman vanishes after the "accident", leaving a broken container behind. It's only after Dr. Denton determines that the virus was not in the container that it occurs to Colonel White to institute a red alert and a massive search for the missing Chapman. They should have resumed searching the moment she disappeared.

    • When Captain Scarlet ejects from the Spectrum Passenger Jet, the view into the cockpit showed no one inside, but Captain Blue was supposed to still be in there flying the plane.

    • The sign outside the research center read "Biological Research Station", but Lieutenant Green calls it the "Bacteriological Research Center".

    • Chapman killed a security guard using the mechanical hands from the testing room, but there was no reason for the guard to be sat inside the testing room with his back to the glass.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Mysterons: This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know that you can hear us Earthmen, and have not forgotten your unproved attack. To prove how useless it is to resist we will destroy the Place of the Angels.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The Friday April 29th 1994 UK TV premiere of this episode on BBC2 was delayed by 10 minutes when the live coverage of the 1994 World Snooker Championship semi-final between Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis overran.

    • The Mysteron threat in the script was to "destroy the population of the City of Angels".

    • The script for this episode gives the title as "The City of Angels".

    • The helicopter that sprayed white power over everything in this episode was originally built as a search and rescue craft for the film Thunderbirds Are Go in which it helped to locate the survivors of the first Zero-X crash.

    • The airliner used by Judith Chapman in this episode previously appeared as the ill-fated RTL-2 jet in "The Cham Cham" episode of Thunderbirds and would later go on to appear as the bomber used by Captains Blue and Ochre in "Flight to Atlantica".


    • "Los Angeles" is actually a shortened version of the city's name. It was originally called Nuestra Senora, Reina de los Angeles, de la pequena porcion: Our Lady, Queen of the Angels, of the little portion.