Talk about a trip down memory lane, I grew up in the 80's watching repeats of this and other Gerry Anderson shows.
So what is Stingray,a great string puppet show about the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (W.A.S.P.) with Captain Troy Tempest and Lieutenant George Lee Sheridan (Phones) heading up the adventures in Stingray, a state of the art submarine, launched from Marinevilla the main headquarters of W.A.S.P. Lead by Commander Samuel Shore who is assisted by his daughter Lieutenant Atlanta Shore, (voiced by Lois Maxwell,aka Moneypenny,) each episode has them pitted against a different underwater foe or disaster situation,
So this is the complete collection, all 39 episodes spread across 5 disks, top notch quality in terms of the box and artwork, the quality of the program in itself is good quality considering, sure at times you see the strings on the puppets but I still love it.
made in 1964,i watched this a a young boy glued to the tv , joy to see it again. 39 episodes on 5 dvd discs.set in 2016 ,W.A.S.P (world aquanaut security patrol) patrols earths oceans from their HQ base in marineville.led by commander shore,w.a.s.p agents battle against evil with the fearless heroic TROY TEMPEST as captain of super submarine STINGRAY at the head of protecting mankind ,together with his crew mate hydrophonic operator george PHONES Sheridan and the amphibiouse and beautiful marina ,troy battles against underwater enemies the QUAPHIBIANS,the terror fish (machines) and the persuasive power of the TITAN the undersea lord. moderate violence.a must for all boys.........RECOMMEND
Despite its intended UK home market having no colour TV in 1964, Gerry Anderson looked to the future and to selling the series to the American networks, and made ‘Stingray’ in colour. It was a good decision. All 39 episodes of this classic sci-fi series about Troy Tempest (character based on the actor James Garner), his sidekick ‘Phones’ Sheridan and the silent aquatic Marina in their atomic sub Stingray, protecting the human race from malevolent undersea races are presented here on a five-DVD package in their original running order.
Besides the technicolour, other innovations for this series included interchangeable heads for the marionettes enabling differing facial expressions (sometimes just for a few seconds in a scene) and two strong female characters – though Marina doesn’t speak as she comes from an undersea race of mute telepaths! In keeping with most of the action taking place under the sea, the series deploys some impressive blue/green lighting effects and an often atmospheric soundtrack.
Even though no restoration has been done on the original episodes, they still look more than OK. For a TV series aimed at kids in 1964, the storylines are generally strong with bursts of plentiful action as the crew of ‘Stingray’ encounter sentient undersea races both friendly and hostile, but they often have a light touch too. The characters are surprisingly well realised, from the chronically cantankerous Commander Shore to the conniving secret agent X20 who sounds like the actor Peter Lorre, and the series villain Titan whose character seems to be based on Mussolini but speaks like Sir Laurence Olivier.
The atomic submarine ‘Stingray’ is, however, the star of the show. The Andersons sure had a flair for designing futuristic looking machines for their TV series and the sleek, fish-shaped blue & yellow sub is one of the most enduring and memorable.
(and BTW, does Marina remind anyone of Melania Trump? Look closely...)
This is one fantastic show and arguably is as good as it's big brother Thunderbirds. In fact, in some ways I think it's better.
The stories usually fall into 1 of 3 categories: 1. "WE ARE GOING TO DESTROY MARINEVILLE!!!" 2. WE ARE GOING TO DESTROY STINGRAY!!!!" 3. WE ARE GOING TO KILL TROY TEMPEST!!!" Oh no!!!
However this is not a criticism as it's the way they try to do the above that entertains you for 39 twenty-five minute rip-roaring episodes.
The creativity is fantastic but it's the characters that really sell this show. Every one of them is well thought out, something you can't really say about Thunderbirds. My personal favourite being Commander Shore; I'd love to have a hoverchair like his!!!!!!! They are all fun to watch even the bad guys like Titan and Agent X20. Plus we can't forget Stingray herself, a sub which even today looks amazing from when she descends into the water in her pen to her belting out the ocean door. Let the drums roll.
Credit also must go to Barry Gray's music, a great theme tune as well as the rest of the music too. Just need the soundtrack releasing on CD.