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Corrected Episode Viewing Order

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    streaky2007

    [1]Jun 30, 2008
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    Many series released on DVD have the episodes arranged in a very different order to the way they were originally aired on TV (such as Gerry Anderson's UFO & Defenders of the Earth). This can be because some TV networks don't care what order the episodes are played, especially when it comes to cartoon shows aimed at kids. However, this means that anyone carefully watching each episode in order will discover complete inconsistencies in the overall plot which can undermine an otherwise excellent show. So here is my watching guide to Centurions to help you better enjoy the series (and I hope the running order will be addressed when this great series finally gets a DVD release).

    Suggested Running Order

    1. The Sky is on Fire

    2. Battle Beneath the Sea

    3. An Alien Affair

    4. Found, One Lost World

    5. Sand Doom

    6. Whalesong

    7. Tornado of Terror

    8. Denver is Down

    9. Micro Menace

    10. Attack of the Plant-Borg

    11. Operation Starfall

    12. Let the Games Begin

    13. Firebird

    14. Cold Calculations

    15. Return of Captain Steele

    16. Three Strikes and You're Dead

    17. Double Agent

    18. Child's Play

    19. Terror on Ice

    20. That Old Black Magic

    21. Max Ray: Traitor

    22. Crack the World

    23. Incredible Shrinking Centurions

    24. Live at Five

    25. The Mummy's Curse

    26. Counterclock Crisis

    27. Zombie Master

    28. Malfunction

    29. Broken Beams

    30. The Chameleon's Sting

    31. Film at Eleven

    32. Hacker Must Be Destroyed

    33. Showdown at Skystalk

    34. The Warrior

    35. Return of Cassandra

    36. Night on Terror Mountain

    37. Merlin

    38. The Monsters from Below

    39. The Road Devils

    40. Traitors Three

    41. You Only Love Twice

    42. Sungrazer

    43. Novice

    44. Atlantis Adventure Part 1

    45. Atlantis Adventure Part 2

    46. Cyborg Centurion

    47. Day of the Animals

    48. Battle Beneath the Ice

    49. The Better Half Part 1

    50. The Better Half Part 2

    51. Revenge

    52. Man or Machine Part 1

    53. Man or Machine Part 2

    54. Man or Machine Part 3

    55. Man or Machine Part 4

    56. Man or Machine Part 5

    57. Zone Dancer

    58. Firecracker

    59. Breakout

    60. Ghost Warrior

    61. Let the Lightning Fall

    62. To Dare Dominion Part 1

    63. To Dare Dominion Part 2

    64. Hole in the Ocean Part 1

    65. Hole in the Ocean Part 2

    Reasoning for the altered running order: MILD SPOILER WARNING

    Introduction of Rex Charger and John Thunder - The three original Centurions meet, and allow to join, Rex Charger and John Thunder in the five-part story "Man or Machine" (Episodes 61-65). In the two-part story "The Better Half" (Episodes 58-59), the Centurions make a big deal of the fact that there are only three of them on more than one occasion, which means that all episodes featuring Rex Charger and/or John Thunder must occur after "Man or Machine Part 5" (these are Episodes 41,42,47,50-51 & 54-57).

    The Destruction of SeaLab - SeaLab is totally destroyed in "Battle Beneath the Ice" (Episode 11). In "Man or Machine Part 1" (Episode 61), Mei Lee says that SeaLab has recently been rebuilt after its destruction, although Jake Rockwell's comments about "remembering it well" suggests that it didn't just happen. However, SeaLab appears in many episodes after "Battle Beneath the Ice" with no explanation as to why it still exists. SeaLab's final appearance before "Man or Machine Part 1" is in the two-parter "Atlantis Adventure" (Episodes 48-49), meaning that the simplest method of re-organising would be to place "Battle Beneath the Ice" somewhere after "Atlantis Adventure Part 2" and before "Man or Machine Part 1" (noting that Episodes 50-51 & 54-57 have already been placed after "Man or Machine Part 5"). I think that placing "Battle Beneath the Ice" just before "The Better Half Part 1" is as good an arbitrary place as any, as it gives a three episodes gap before it's 'remembered' in "Man or Machine Part 1", but it's not so long ago that the viewer may have forgotten all the details of that story.

    Further Tweaking? - I'm sure there are many more arguments for other swap-rounds in the episode running order. I've only just finished watching all 65 episodes after several months, so I'm not prepared to watch them all again straight away to look carefully for other subtle plot or character development discrepancies. My attempt has been to leave the original airing order in-tact as much as possible, and have only changed it where it seems absolutely necessary. I welcome any well-reasoned suggestions for further changes to the running order.

    Original Running Order

    1. The Sky is on Fire

    2. Battle Beneath the Sea

    3. An Alien Affair

    4. Found, One Lost World

    5. Sand Doom

    6. Whalesong

    7. Tornado of Terror

    8. Denver is Down

    9. Micro Menace

    10. Attack of the Plant-Borg

    11. Battle Beneath the Ice

    12. Operation Starfall

    13. Let the Games Begin

    14. Firebird

    15. Cold Calculations

    16. Return of Captain Steele

    17. Three Strikes and You're Dead

    18. Double Agent

    19. Child's Play

    20. Terror on Ice

    21. That Old Black Magic

    22. Max Ray: Traitor

    23. Crack the World

    24. Incredible Shrinking Centurions

    25. Live at Five

    26. The Mummy's Curse

    27. Counterclock Crisis

    28. Zombie Master

    29. Malfunction

    30. Broken Beams

    31. The Chameleon's Sting

    32. Film at Eleven

    33. Hacker Must Be Destroyed

    34. Showdown at Skystalk

    35. The Warrior

    36. Return of Cassandra

    37. Night on Terror Mountain

    38. Merlin

    39. The Monsters from Below

    40. The Road Devils

    41. Zone Dancer

    42. Firecracker

    43. Traitors Three

    44. You Only Love Twice

    45. Sungrazer

    46. Novice

    47. Breakout

    48. Atlantis Adventure Part 1

    49. Atlantis Adventure Part 2

    50. Ghost Warrior

    51. Let the Lightning Fall

    52. Cyborg Centurion

    53. Day of the Animals

    54. To Dare Dominion Part 1

    55. To Dare Dominion Part 2

    56. Hole in the Ocean Part 1

    57. Hole in the Ocean Part 2

    58. The Better Half Part 1

    59. The Better Half Part 2

    60. Revenge

    61. Man or Machine Part 1

    62. Man or Machine Part 2

    63. Man or Machine Part 3

    64. Man or Machine Part 4

    65. Man or Machine Part 5

    Suggested DVD releases (based on Defenders of the Earth DVDs, which also had a 65 episode run)

    Complete Series Part 1

    Disc1: Episodes 1-8

    Disc 2: Episodes 9-10,12-17

    Disc 3: Episodes 18-25

    Disc 4: Episodes 26-33

    Disc 5: Episode 34, extras

    Complete Series Part 2

    Disc 1: Episodes 35-40,43-44

    Disc 2: Episodes 45-46,48-49,52-53,11,58

    Disc 3: Episodes 59-65,41

    Disc 4: Episodes 42,47,50-51,54-57

    Disc 5: extras

    Edited on 06/30/2008 1:35pm
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