Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

Season 1 Episode 2

Winged Assassin

Aired Friday 5:25 PM Oct 06, 1967 on ITV
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Winged Assassin
A Mysteron sniper performs an unsuccessful attempt on the forces' new target: The Director General of the United Asian Republic, with Captain Grey arriving in the nick of time, and succeeding in disposing of the eavesdropping gunman. From then on, all personnel from Cloudbase and Spectrum H.Q. – London, along with the recovering Captain Scarlet, and his original partner Captain Blue, are dispatched to protect the Director General at all costs, whom has made arrangements to return to his home country. But the Spectrum officers are completely unaware of the inbound Mysteron-reconstructed civilian Stratojet airliner, the enemies' tool to fix and complete their assassination upon the important international foreign figure.moreless

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  • The Mysterons win!

    While clearly not as strong an episode as The Mysteron before it, it does provide some important information regarding Captain Scarlet and his new powers of retrometabolism which will, of course, be important throughout the rest of the series. Unfortunately for the Director General of the United Asian Republic, the Mysterons succeed in assissinating him, although its more by luck that his plane clipped theirs and crashed rather than any sort of pre-planned action. It's a shame that when the Director General, who we're told rules 200 million people, is killed, we don't get to see the aftermath or the dire consequences that Colonel White mentions. Indeed, we're not even told explicity that he was killed until a much later episode.

    Interestingly, this is only the second episode, but already Scarlet has managed to die three times. Twice in The Mysterons and once here. A solid episode with a few problems but there are better in this series.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)/Airport Tannoy

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)

Martin King

Martin King

Delta-Tango 19 Co-Pilot / Airport Controller

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • The Score: Mysterons kill the Director General. Spectrum: 1 Mysterons: 1.

    • Mysteron Reconstructions: Assassin (unknown/shot by Grey), DT-19 (destroyed in ocean/crashes on runway).

    • Spectrum Losses: 1 SPV. Scarlet is killed but recovers.

    • Collateral Damage: 2 crew and passengers of original DT-19. Director General's plane is destroyed.

    • According to dialogue, this episode is set on July 10th 2068, the exact same date on which "Treble Cross" and the last scenes of "Flight to Atlantica" are meant to be set.

    • The shot of Destiny in the cockpit of her Angel showed the front landing strut of the Angel behind her to be extended when the previous shot of the aircraft flying in formation showed it retracted.

    • It seemed rather pointless for the DT19 to land at the airport and go to the terminal building until it was discovered to be a Mysteron copy. Surely a better plan would have been to keep flying around and crash into the General's plane in mid-air.

    • This is the first time the Mysterons succeed in their plans, although only by luck rather than judgement.

    • If the Mysterons could cause engine failure in the DT19 jet, they should have been able to take control of it at anytime (without crashing and recreating it) to use for their purposes. They should even have been to directly take control of the Director General's plane and crash it without needing the DT19 at all.

    • Dr Fawn says that Captain Scarlet has "retained the ability of retro-metabolism" so he can heal wounds very quickly. This however suggests that other Mysteron agents have the same ability, yet all other Mysterons have easily been killed (usually by simple gunshots or explosions, things that Scarlet has survived) but have remained dead.

    • Colonel White says that The Director General of the United Asian Republic is the elected leader of 200 million people. This would make the title of World President (as shown in "The Mysterons") rather meaningless, as 200 million people would quite a large portion of the world's population.

    • In the scene of Captain Blue, Captain Magenta and Captain Ochre listening to Colonel White's briefing on their mission, neither Captain Ochre or Captain Magenta have their shoulder tabs (the things that flash when they receive a message on their hat radios) on their jackets.

    • When Destiny Angel is the first to open fire on the departing Mysteronised DT-19 commercial jet airliner, she fires one missile, but confusingly two explosions occur.

    • The shot of the DT-19 crashing into the ocean is the not the same one which follows the very next shot of the ocean suddenly exploding.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Mysterons: This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know that you can hear us Earthmen. You will pay for your unprovoked attack on our complex on Mars. We will be avenged. We will assassinate the Director General of the United Asian Republic.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The ambulance seen at the very end of the episode previously appeared in Thunderbirds as the yellow Crablogger command center in "Path of Destruction".

    • The VIP oil tanker previous appeared slightly modified and in a different colour in the Thunderbirds episode "Path of Destruction".

    • This was the first written script for the show by Tony Barwick. He would also write the scripts for 17 more episodes of the series, as he was Script Editor right from the start of the series. Barwick was not new to this type or script-writing as he assisted Thunderbirds Script Editor Alan Pattillo in doubling the length of existing 30-minute scripts. Barwick also wrote the teleplay's for two second season Thunderbirds episodes, "Lord Parker's 'Oliday" and "Ricochet".

    • Like Desmond Saunders, the Supervising Series Director and the director of the pilot, David Lane, who also directed this one episode, was also directing the second motion picture of Gerry Anderson's most popular and cult-trademarked Supermarionation series, Thunderbird 6.

    • The Spectrum Saloon crash seen in the pilot is seen in two different colours: full colour and a blue "monotone", but in this episode however, the whole sequence, seen in flashback footage when Captain Scarlet recalls his death, remains in full colour.

    • Official ITC Recommended Broadcast-Order Number: 2

    • First U.K. (BBC2) Network Airdate: Friday 8 October, 1993 - 6:00PM