Season 1 Episode 1

Trapped in the Sky

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 1965 on ITV

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  • International Rescue face their first mission when a new airliner is sabotaged by the sinister Hood. The plane has been fitted with a bomb that will detonate on landing, and Kyrano's daughter is aboard.

    The opening episode of the series is arguably the best. The writers take their time to introduce the premise. As opposed to rushing into action as soon as possible, a great deal of time is taken before we meet International Rescue. The disaster is set up in the first half, and the second half sees the Thunderbirds blast into action. A perfect balance.

    The launches of Thunderbirds 1 and 2 are also excellent. The awe-inspiring grandeur of these scenes are perfectly emphasised here, with the stirring versions of the Thunderbirds theme accompanying the sequences.

    The rescue itself is one of the most daring. The tension is built to breaking point when the Fireflash airliner lands on the elevatior cars. The viewer knows at the back of their mind that International Rescue will save the day. Nevertheless, we still cannot help gasping quietly to ourselves as the plane screeches along the runway. Barry Gray's excellent music has a part to play in this, while direction is the key to building this suspense.

    Ultimately, Trapped In The Sky is a perfectly crafted 50 minutes of television. If you only see one Thunderbirds episode, make it this one.
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