Thunderbirds

Season 1 Episode 23

Attack of the Alligators!

0
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 10, 1966 on ITV
9.4
out of 10
User Rating
14 votes
1

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT

At a research station, an experimental enlarging drug has created giant alligators and trapped the researcher.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Monday
No results found.
Tuesday
No results found.
Wednesday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Some people find themselves surrounded by giant alligators after something went wrong with a special drug.

    8.8
    I was young when I watched Thunderbirds. Really young, parents reading the subtitles young. And that also makes ten years or more that I have last seen this episode.

    As a matter of fact I don't remember much of Thunderbirds, I have got some materials about, used to have all teh little actoin figures, but of the actual episodes I don't really remember much.

    I remember the film we have quite well, but that's probably also the thing I have seen the shortest while ago. Surprisingly enough, though some episodes stuck, and the fact that this one was one of those episodes should tell you a lot about it.

    An episode that just really captured my young heart :Pmoreless
David Holliday

David Holliday

Virgil Tracy

David Graham

David Graham

Aloysius Parker/Brains/Kyrano/Gordon Tracy

Ray Barrett

Ray Barrett

John Tracy

Matt Zimmerman

Matt Zimmerman

Alan Tracy

Sylvia Anderson

Sylvia Anderson

Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward

Christine Finn

Christine Finn

Grandma Tracy/Tin-Tin

John Tate

John Tate

Blackmer

Recurring Role

David Graham

David Graham

Culp

Recurring Role

Ray Barrett

Ray Barrett

Dr. Orchard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

  • TRIVIA (7)

    • TB5 can pick radio calls from the other side of the world made on nothing but a kid's walkie talkie ("Cry Wolf"), but here it is cut off from Tracey Island, its own base. Oddly, no one thinks to use the self-contained radios in the Thunderbirds to contact TB5 for the time being.

    • Scott calls his standard International Rescue sidearm a "ray gun". However the guns of that type (with the red barrell) have always been shown to fire projectiles ("The Uninvited" etc). Only the model that lights up (shown in "The Perils of Penelope") would seem to fit that description.

    • When Scott is preparing to stop the alligators with his International Rescue sidearm, the gun clearly had a red barrell. However, when it is shown in Culp's belt, this red covering is not present.

    • About Scott's gun: From the damage the same type of gun did to the statue in the Pyramid in "The Uninvited", the weapon probably has the capability to "cripple" an alligator as Scott claimed.

    • Scott couldn't have expected to stop a giant alligator with that small gun.

    • Thunderbird 4 usually comes out of pod 4 but for some reason it comes out of pod 6 in this episode.

    • At the beginning of the episode when Mrs Files watches Blackmer's arrival through the house window, the cameraman and his camera are reflected in the glass.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (5)

    • This is the only episode to show Thunderbird 2 landing then taking off, leaving its Pod behind. Previous episodes had TB2 either raise itself on stilts from the Pod or drop it onto water.

    • Parker and Kyrano don't appear in this episode. Although she doesn't appear in this episode, some publicity shots were taken featuring Lady Penelope and the baby crocodiles. During the shoot, a crocodile got attracted to Penny's leg!

    • The stock footage of the thunderstorm was later used for the title sequence of The Prisoner.

    • Although he did not write this episode, Thunderbirds writer Dennis Spooner later reused the idea of an enlargement drug being washed down a sink, causing animals to enlarge for his script for The New Avengers episode Gnaws. In that, a giant rat was substituted for the giant alligator.

    • Baby crocodiles were used for the giant alligators. The RSPCA was anonymously called to the studio during filming for alleged cruelty to the alligators with electric prods. Upon arrival the RSPCA inspector, a Thunderbirds fan, said the animals could withstand a higher voltage and stayed to help.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

More
Less