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The complete first and second series of the New Captain Scarlet. Captain Scarlet is the indestructible hero of the Spectrum agency, at war with the evil Mysterons. Even though they managed to kill him with a self-made weapon, the Mysterons rebuilt Scarlet as an invincible human replica to infiltrate Earth and lead their war against our planet. But Captain Scarlet's human psyche survived, took control of his human body, and now this indestructible hero leads the fight against the evil Martian invaders. Includes all twelve episodes from the each series.
The Captain Scarlet Series 1 & 2 Slip Case is an eight-disc box set containing all episodes from the first two series of the show. “Captain Scarlet” is a children's science-fiction gem, created by the mastermind behind such classic television programs as “Thunderbirds” and “Space:1999”. First produced in 1968, the show takes place in the year 2068, when a group of omnipotent invisible beings called Mysterons have taken over Earth. Captain Scarlet--the top agent of the human's security force, Spectrum--is the only one who can save them.
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The animation itself is good - not quite up to 'Avatar' standards, more like a good-quality computer game perhaps, but the characters' movements are entirely realistic thanks to the use of motion-capture technology. The voice artists do a very good job - and whilst at first it seemed odd not to hear Francis Matthew's dulcet tones as the lead character (Captain Scarlet a.k.a. Paul Metcalfe) I quickly got used to Wayne Forester. Perhaps the most startling revision to the character is that he now seems to be English-American, though still born in Winchester.
Captain Black is the consumate villain of course - and the new series version is no exception. One major difference is that his backstory has undergone a complete revision - he is no longer Conrad Turner, but Conrad Lekon of Greekdescent, and with a criminal family background. However, he still retains his British accent, so I'm not quite sure what was going on there! We are also allowed to feel a little sympathy for Conrad - in one episode (and I'm not going to spoil the surprise by telling you which one) we catch a glimpse of who Conrad used to be before the Mysterons got hold of him.
There are many reasons to like this new version of an old favourite, but for me it has to be the realism (no more jerky strings), the overall feel (it still feels like a Gerry Anderson production - and he was involved) and the extra dimensions given to the characters' personal lives. Will we ever see a live-action 'Captain Scarlet'? I don't know (although its something I've wanted for a long time!) but if we don't, 'New Captain Scarlet' makes a more than acceptable substitute. Recommended.
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