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5.0 out of 5 stars Rocket fuelled fun, 20 Oct. 2003
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This review is from: Fireball Xl5: The Complete Series [DVD] [1962] (DVD)
I picked up a cheap video of XL5 some weeks ago in a charity shop and it brought the memories flooding back so I just had to buy this DVD. This series is in my opinion the best thing Gerry Anderson did (hmm murmers of disapproval at the back there!). It is just so awesome. The fact that it is in black and white does not detract from the quality of adventure, excitement and fun at all. Something I always found a little lacking in Stingray and T-Birds.
As a child it captured my imagination and I can't wait to watch it with my toddler...I remember building my own XL5's out of lego ... and it certainly fired my desire for reading sci fi novels in later years.
The spaceship was and still is the coolest ever to appear on TV (as mentioned in the synopsis for the release), and seeing the shot of it's tail fin under dark and stormy looking skies at the beginning of each episode is awesome. The way it took off running down the launch track was great although I always wondered what happened to the little truck that flew off the end of the track once the spaceship had taken off!!!
Steve Zodiac the hero space pilot is so cool and Venus...what a babe! Robert as well has a certain robotic flair with his monotone robotic voice "On our way ooommmmeeee!".
A truly essential purchase and a long overdue release on DVD. Now what about Supercar????
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Initial post: 13 Dec 2011 15:06:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Dec 2011 15:08:26 GMT
Adrian Balch says:
(quote)The way it took off running down the launch track was great although I always wondered what happened to the little truck that flew off the end of the track once the spaceship had taken off!!!(unquote)
..there was a heap of them lying in the dirt at the end of the track waiting to be recovered!!!!

(quote)Now what about Supercar???? (unquote)

Supercar is also available as a boxed set! I have this also which is superb!

Posted on 27 Sep 2014 19:22:13 BDT
J. E. Holmes says:
I've got to agree Fireball was the best.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2015 15:42:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 May 2015 15:45:16 BDT
Joey says:
The way Fireball XL5 took off along that ramp was based upon some rocket planes style of launch, while the booster that speeded up the ship then discarded immediately XL5 lifted off was not unlike the recoverable boosters on the Space Shuttle jettisoned just after lauch - hats off to Gerry Anderson & his team !

Fireball XL5 had a certain magic about it - being space exploration it was both (then) very topical plus looked so 'cool' (the b/w film didn't matter as space was black anyway !)

this show didn't have the rather naff 'romantic' angle of 'Stingray' (Troy, Marina, & Atlanta) presumably meant to grab the girls too - hence the dreadful closing song sung by Gary Miller but XL5 was somehow more exciting and adventurous even if Zoony was a bit weird !

Don Spencer's closing song seemed far more apt

in it's way this show set the groundwork for later proper space based shows like Anderson's UFO and Space:1999 maybe even more so than the mega praised 'Thunderbirds' (I always liked XL5 & Capt. Scarlet more)

note actor Paul Maxwell, later a SHADO submariner in UFO's 'Sub Smash' episode voiced the ultra cool Steve Zodiac

Good to see a colourised episode included here - maybe they will do the entire series one day ? - tho' in b/w it retains a certain magic...

I still have some XL5 annuals hidden away in the attic somwhere
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