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Colonel Steve Zodiac pilots the coolest spaceship then seen on British TV, the titular Fireball XL5, and is joined by medical officer Venus, a forerunner of Lady Penelope voiced by Sylvia Anderson, and comedy relief Prof Matt Matic (David Graham). Along for the ride is Robert the Robot, a thinner version of Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet (1956), a character who would soon turn up in Lost in Space (1965). The plots are ridiculous, with typically Cold War-era aliens routinely bent on planetary destruction for no reason, and there's zero attention to even rudimentary astronomy or anything else approaching actual science. Yet the gadgets, vehicles and puppetry are first-rate and the fast-paced, action-filled episodes are relentlessly entertaining. It's a cult just waiting to be reborn, and essential viewing for all Anderson fans.
On the DVD: Fireball XL5 is presented with all 39 episodes (they run 25 minutes each) on five discs. Despite the colourful packaging, the episodes are all black and white, and the 4:3 picture is generally fine, though there are occasional instances of over-compression, which results in artefacting on smooth walls and the like. Some shots look a little soft, but detail is usually strong, making the models and puppets look better than ever. The mono sound is fine, if unremarkable. There are no extras beyond optional subtitles. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
All my life, i have been a fan of Gerry&Sylvia Anderson. I have always marvelled at the vision of these guys. Not only does it bring back to me fond childhood memories of the 60s. Read morePublished 25 days ago by MR A.
Purchased as a gift and it was well received by my husband. Well recieved all round and it is recommended to any Fireball enthusiast.Published 10 months ago by Buzz Read
Fantastic!!!! Hours of innocent entertainment, excellent script and brilliant acting what more could you ask for. Another masterpiece from Gerry Anderson.Published 10 months ago by gary bedford
It is great fun watching these again - I hardly remember them from my childhood (although I know that was a long time ago!).Published 11 months ago by MR R W CHESTER
this was bought for a friend who really I know loved it as he keeps thanking me for getting itPublished 12 months ago by Mr. Barry R. Andrews
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