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Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

Season 1 Episode 6

White As Snow

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Aired Friday 5:25 PM Nov 03, 1967 on ITV
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When a radio station relay and communications satellite is recreated by the Mysterons and its course altered towards Cloudbase, Colonel White orders it to be destroyed before it collides with the aerial base.

Infuriated at his superior for disregarding the lives of the men on-board the satellite, Scarlet declines the opportunity to be the temporary commander-in-chief of Cloudbase, and therefore, the offer is handed to the honoured Captain Blue.

Leaving for a surreptitious destination, which only White has told to Lieutenant Green about, and with harsh instructions not to publish it to anyone at all, he arrives on board the USS Panther II submarine, with the alias Robert Snow, where shortly after one of the ensign officers is, with intent, murdered and reconstructed by the Mysterons in their newest play of vengeance to kill Colonel White.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Not great.

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    An attack on Colonel White, the commander of Spectrum, ought to have been a little more exciting than this. As it is, the episode ended with a plain old shot out between Scarlet and the Mysteron, although White confusing the sumarine crew with talk of court martialling the apparently dead Scarlet were quite funny. Oddly though, White said he didn't want to risk other Spectrum lives or Cloudbase when the Mysterons attacked him, but he didn't seem to have any problem with endangering the lives of the submarine crew. That said, the arguing bwteen Scarlet and White over the destruction of the TVR-17 was nice and shows that not even our heroes agree with each other all the time and it was nice seeing Blue in charge of Cloudbase. Interestingly, Ed Bishop, who voices Blue, would go on to play a similarily commanding officer of a secret organization fighting aliens in UFO. This episode starts off well with the attack on Cloudbase, but ends quite poorly, which is a shame.moreless
Francis Matthews

Francis Matthews

Captain Scarlet (Paul Metcalfe)

Ed Bishop

Ed Bishop

Captain Blue (Adam Svenson)

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) / Rhapsody Angel (Diane Sims)

Paul Maxwell

Paul Maxwell

USS Panther II Captain

Gary Files

Gary Files

Ensign Soames / Disc-Jockey Bob Lynn

Recurring Role

Martin King

Martin King

TVR-17 Control

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • The Score: Colonel White survives. Spectrum: 4 Mysterons: 2.

    • Mysteron Reconstructions: TVR-17 satellite and crew (destroyed in re-entry/destroyed by Rhapsody Angel), Ensign Soames (drowned/shot by Scarlet).

    • Spectrum Losses: Scarlet is killed but recovers.

    • Collateral Damage: Original TVR-17 and crew are destroyed.

    • When Colonel White is being lowered to the submarine, you can clearly see that the harness is around his chest, with his arms outstretched, but as he comes down the last few feet, he is gripping the harness strap with his hands.

    • The ground controller says that the TVR-17 will be landed at 1400 hours, but a few seconds later he says 1900 hours, before they decided to change it to midnight.

    • Surely the submarine captain would have checked to make sure everyone was safely inside the vessel before ordering it to dive.

    • Reconstructing the TVR-17 DJ (and presumably the rest of it's crew) seemed rather pointless given that he wasn't needed to fly the satellite as it was under the Mysterons control the whole time. He wasn't even needed to keep the music playing as the Mysterons could have done that as well.

    • The Mysterons have been shown in previous episode to be able to directly affect machinery, so instead of recreating the TVR-17 and crashing it into Cloudbase, they could have just taken over Cloudbase itself, switched off it's engines, and watched as it fell to Earth. They would have suceeded in killing Colonel White, and would have wiped out most of Spectrum in the process leaving Earth defensless.

    • Strangely, the Mysterons needed Captain Black to manually crash the TVR-17 instead of just taking control of it directly like they have done many times before.

    • Colonel White leaves Cloudbase so that he doesn't endanger the lives of any other Spectrum personnel while he is a Mysteron target, yet he doesn't seem bothered about risking the lives of the crew of the submarine.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mysterons: This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know that you can hear us Earthmen. We also know of your pathetic attempts to defend yourselves. Our next act of retaliation will be to kill the commander-in-chief of Spectrum, Colonel White. Do you hear Earthmen? We will kill Colonel White.

    • Colonel White: Is that chair to your liking, Captain? No, don't get up.
      Captain Scarlet: Yes, Sir... uh... no, Sir.
      Colonel White: This is an operational base, not a rest centre!

    • Mysteron Ensign Soames: We will be avenged, Colonel White!

    • Lieutenant Belmont: (referring to the indestructible, but shot Scarlet) Sir, I don't think you appreciate, that the man is dead.
      Colonel White: That's no excuse!

  • NOTES (8)

    • The tune broadcast by the TVR-17 satellite is named "White As Snow" after this episode and was composed by Barry Gray. It would go on to be heard in "Special Assignment" and episodes of Joe 90 and The Secret Service.

    • The exterior shot of the TVR-17 control center would be reused for the hospital in "Operation Time".

    • The World Navy's submarine USS Panther II that Colonel White boarded was originally built for the Thunderbirds episode "Atlantic Inferno". It would go on to appear in Captain Scarlet's "Flight to Atlantica" and in several episodes of Joe 90.

    • The helijet used by Colonel White previously appeared several times in Thunderbirds.

    • First U.K. (BBC2) Network Airdate: Friday 19 November, 1993 - 6:00PM
      Official ITC Recommended Broadcast-Order Number: 6

    • The smiling head for Colonel White is used for the first time in this episode, but unfortunetely rarely features itself in following episodes. The second time it is seen, is in the episode "Model Spy".

    • The TVR-17 Disc Jockey is named Bob Lynn, which is in fact named after this episode's director, Robert Lynn.

    • The scenes involving the Disc Jockey at TVR-Control, Captain Black engineering the TVR satellite's destruction and the following recreation were late additions written into the script. The original script simply featured the Mysterons using their influence to seize control of the TVR satellite.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The USS Panther II featured in this episode is probably named for the US Navy vessel of the same name. The USS Panther was built in 1889 and decommissioned in 1922.

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