Thunderbirds

Season 2 Episode 2

Path of Destruction

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 09, 1966 on ITV
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A South American construction project is nearly under way, and the final testing of the newly invented Crablogger -- a powerful forest-clearing machine -- has proven successful. To celebrate the event, and to go over plans one more time, the project leader takes the Crablogger crew out to eat.

Had they noticed the deplorable conditions inside the kitchen, the men would surely have passed on dinner and gladly gone to work hungry the next morning. The foreman wisely orders the steak, but the Crablogger crew each chooses the house special. Apparently the only thing special about it is its ability to cause food poisoning.

One man gets violently ill before work the next morning, which makes him the lucky one. The other two seem fine and proceed with the project, but it isn't long before they succumb to their illnesses. They both pass out at the controls, leaving the massive machine to gobble everything in its path.

When it's determined that the Crablogger is headed straight for a new dam, International Rescue is called to the scene. They arrive in time to cut through the machine, but lack the knowledge to initiate the shutdown sequence.

Penelope is called in to contact the Crablogger's inventor. She unfortunately encounters nothing but trouble along the way, whether it be from a stubborn security guard or an accident victim she feels compelled to assist. Will she be able to get the code from the Crablogger's inventor, who is by now at home fast asleep?

She'd better, because the fuel in his creation is potent enough to blow 50 square miles sky-high, taking Brains and Virgil with it. Can International Rescue stop the deadly Crablogger in its tracks?

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  • The first and last episode featuring the first supermachine in the series since Sidewinder

    7.6
    What stands out for me in this episode is definitely the Crablogger.



    A magnificent mechanical beast, the Crablogger is like a mobile Lumber Mill, and the hazard of the machine after the crew fall unconcious is a constant reminder of health and safety, especially in resteraunts.



    Although the Crablogger was never used again in THUNDERBRIDS, a similar looking machine recently appeared in an episode of DUCK DODGERS in 2004, entitled THE NEW CADET, so this episode must have some influence over a majority of people.moreless
Jeremy Wilkin

Jeremy Wilkin

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

Jeremy Wilkin

Jeremy Wilkin

Peterson

Recurring Role

David Graham

David Graham

Jim Lucas / Simms / Sanchez / Manuel

Recurring Role

Ray Barrett

Ray Barrett

Jansen / Security Guard

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Lady Penelope was very insistant on helping the road accident victim at the possible expense of the mission, but in "Vault of Death" while under similar circumstances, she showed no thought at all for the driver she herself rammed off the road.

    • When Parker pours Penelope a glass of sherry, the close ups of his human hand show he places the glass directly onto the table, but the wider shots of the puppets show the glass on Penelope's placemat with no time for it to have moved.

    • Crablogger designer Jim Lucas lives at 75 Sunnigale Road, Eppington Wood East, Somerset according to the card that Penelope finds in the personnel files at Robotics International, but she reads it out to Parker as "20 Hazlemere Gardens, Iresham".

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  • NOTES (5)

    • The Crablogger control vehicle would later appear in several episodes of Captain Scarlet as an ambulance.

    • The red Crablogger refuelling and pickup vehicles would later go on to appear as a VIP transport oil tanker in Captain Scarlet.

    • The IR mobile crane vehicle that Scott drives in this episode would later go on to appear in the Captain Scarlet episode "Seek and Destroy" as a fire truck.

    • Alan, Gordon, Kyrano and Grandma don't appear in this episode.

    • Simms previously appeared as Clayton in "Day of Disaster." Manuel was previously General Bron in "Edge of Impact" and Jeremiah Tuttle from "The Impostors" can be seen as the guitarist in Sanchez's restaurant but minus his glasses.

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