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Encyclopedia > Captain Scarlet
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

North American DVD release
Genre Supermarionation Sci-Fi Adventure
Running time 30 min.
Creator(s) Gerry Anderson
Starring Francis Matthews
Country of origin UK
Original network/channel ITV
Original run September 1, 1967May 14, 1968
No. of episodes 32

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, often referred to in shorthand as simply Captain Scarlet, is a science fiction television series produced by the Century 21 Television company of Sylvia and Gerry Anderson and Lew Grade and first shown in Britain (originally on ATV Midlands, but later the whole of the UK) between September 1967 and April 1968. It used puppetry (Supermarionation) and scale model special effects. This is a DVD cover. ... Supermarionation (standing for super marionette animation) is a puppetry technique devised by the British production company AP Films and used extensively in its numerous childrens action-adventure series, the most famous of which is undoubtedly Thunderbirds. ... Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson are most famous as the production team for several futuristic childrens television shows involving specially modified marionettes, a process called supermarionation. Their most famous production is Thunderbirds, which was produced by their production company, originally known as AP Films and later renamed Century 21... Francis Matthews is a British film, TV and stage actor born 10 September 1927. ... ITVs Logo 2006—present Independent Television (ITV) is the name given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up to provide competition to the BBC. In England and Wales, the channel has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of the broadcasting licences for... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Century 21 (Segle 21) is a political party in Andorra. ... Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson are most famous as the production team for several futuristic childrens television shows involving specially modified marionettes, a process called supermarionation. Their most famous production is Thunderbirds, which was produced by their production company, originally known as AP Films and later renamed Century 21... Lew Grade, Baron Grade (birth name Louis Winogradsky) (December 25, 1906 - December 13, 1998) was an influential showbusiness impresario and television company executive in the United Kingdom. ... The ATV colour logo, used from the start of the colour standard in 1969 until the companys demise in 1981. ... Supermarionation (standing for super marionette animation) is a puppetry technique devised by the British production company AP Films and used extensively in its numerous childrens action-adventure series, the most famous of which is undoubtedly Thunderbirds. ...


The series was one of several of popular science-fiction TV adventure series the Andersons produced in the 1960s, beginning with Supercar and followed by Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, and the little-seen The Secret Service. Scarlet was the first series made after the international success of Thunderbirds in 1964-66. Supercar was a childrens TV show produced by Gerry Andersons AP Films for ATV and ITC Entertainment. ... Fireball XL5 was a science fiction-themed childrens television show produced in Britain in 1962 by the husband and wife team of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson through their company APF in association with ATV for ITC Entertainment. ... Cover from Stingray DVD box set (2001). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Joe 90 is a 1968 Sylvia and Gerry Anderson television show concerning the adventures of a nine-year-old boy, Joe McClaine. ... North American DVD release of the series shows the marionette version of Stanley Unwin. ...

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The story

The basic premise, played out over 32 episodes, was that a special International group, Spectrum, defends the Earth from the insidious plans of the alien Mysterons. In Sylvia and Gerry Andersons science fiction puppet television series Captain Scarlet, the Mysterons are the sworn enemies of planet Earth. ...


On a mission to Mars in 2068, a Mysteron 'city' was destroyed by Captain Black, leading the Mysterons to declare a "War of Nerves" on Earth. The Mysterons have the ability to replicate and then control any person they kill or anything they destroy, through their power of retro-metabolism. They use this power to conduct a war of terror against Earth—primarily aimed at the world leaders, major cities, industrial and defence establishments, and, of course, "Spectrum" and its airborne Cloudbase headquarters. The Mysterons are never seen; their presence is indicated by two circles of light tracking across the scene. Their actions on Earth are always through their replicated intermediaries—often Captain Black, who the Mysterons killed and then revived as their first agent. Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the solar system, named after the Roman god of war (the counterpart of the Greek Ares), on account of its blood red color as viewed in the night sky. ... Captain Black is a fictional character who is the recurring enemy and agent of the Mysterons from the 1960s British childrens science_fiction television series Captain Scarlet, produced by Gerry Anderson. ... In Gerry Andersons puppet science fiction series Captain Scarlet, Cloudbase is the skyborne headquarters of international security organisation Spectrum, resembling a large aircraft carrier, complete with flight deck, that hovers continuously at a height of several thousand feet and can be moved above any point on Earth as needed. ... Earth (often referred to as The Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth in order of size. ...


Captain Scarlet, already one of Spectrum's top agents, becomes their secret weapon after the events of the first episode, The Mysterons. In that episode, Scarlet (whose real name is Paul Metcalfe) is one of two Spectrum agents (the other being fellow Spectrum agent Captain Brown) killed by the Mysterons and then replaced with a duplicate under their control; for reasons never explained in or out of the series, however, when the duplicate falls 800 feet from a tower the personality of Paul Metcalfe reasserts itself in the duplicate, who is immune thereafter to Mysteron control. Not only that, but Scarlet's new body has two new powers: it allows him to sense the presence of other Mysteron duplicates nearby, and if he should be injured or even killed, retro-metabolism will re-create him as good as before. ('Self-repairing' might be a more accurate way to describe this than the 'indestructible' that the series uses, since it is established that Scarlet feels all the pain associated with any injuries he suffers.) For obvious reasons, this advantage is kept secret outside Spectrum, and even Captain Blue is often heard saying "But Captain, you'll be killed!" (Later in the series, the Mysteron duplicates are discovered to be vulnerable to high-voltage electricity, meaning that the same could permanently destroy Scarlet.) Captain Blue is a character in the game series Viewtiful Joe by Capcom. ...


Characters

Spectrum personnel have military ranks and colour based code names (hence Captain Scarlet), headed by Colonel White. Other characters include Captains Blue, Ochre, Grey, and Magenta, Lieutenant Green,[1] and the five female fighter pilots, who have a different collective codename—the Angels—and are individually Destiny, Symphony, Melody, Rhapsody, and Harmony.

  • Captain Scarlet - Real name Paul Metcalfe
  • Captain Blue - Real name Adam Svenson
  • Colonel White - Real name Charles Grey
  • Lieutenant Green - Real name Seymour Griffiths
  • Doctor Fawn - Real name Edward Wilkie
  • Captain Black - Real name Conrad Turner
  • Captain Ochre - Real name Richard Fraser
  • Captain Magenta - Real name Patrick Donaghue
  • Captain Grey - Real name Bradley Holden
  • Captain Brown - Real name unknown
  • Captain Indigo - Real name unknown
  • Destiny Angel - Real name Juliette Pontoin
  • Symphony Angel - Real name Karen Wainwright
  • Melody Angel - Real name Magnolia Jones
  • Rhapsody Angel - Real name Dianne Simms
  • Harmony Angel - Real name Chan Kwan

Note: with the exception of Captain Scarlet and Captain Blue, none of the above real names were actually mentioned on screen. They originate from various licensed spin-off publications. As such, it is debatable whether these names are actually canon, but are generally accepted as such. Captain Black is a fictional character who is the recurring enemy and agent of the Mysterons from the 1960s British childrens science_fiction television series Captain Scarlet, produced by Gerry Anderson. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... In the context of fiction, the canon of a fictional universe comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ...


Puppets

Whether the puppets of the various Anderson series were modelled on real people, and who those real people were, is the subject of some question. Gerry and Sylvia Anderson have claimed that they asked the puppet designers to give the puppets rough resemblances to specific celebrities of the day. Some of the puppets, however, appear to be quite clearly modelled instead on the actors who provided their voices; chief puppet artist Mary Turner admitted that Thunderbirds' Lady Penelope was modelled after Sylvia, a revelation the latter claimed came as a surprise. On Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue and Colonel White were said to particularly resemble their voice actors, Ed Bishop and Donald Gray respectively. (Ironically, although many fans believe the resemblance of Captain Blue and Ed Bishop to be particularly strong, based on Ed Bishop's appearance in Anderson's live-action series UFO, the blonde hair that Bishop's UFO character Straker shares with Captain Blue is Bishop's brunette hair bleached blonde in the first episode, and a wig in subsequent episodes of the series.) The Captain Scarlet character has been said at various times to have been modelled on Cary Grant, Roger Moore, and on Scarlet's voice actor Francis Matthews; while no definite answer appears to be forthcoming, Matthews says that Gerry Anderson went to great lengths to get him to sign on to the production because of his skilled Cary Grant impression. Anderson, however, claims (in his biography) that the impression was Matthews' choice at audition, and whilst it wasn't what had been intended for the character they chose to use it. Ed Bishop (1932-2005), as he appeared in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (where he played the Captain of the Aries 1B space-station-to-moon shuttle, in a role which first featured dialogue: the dialogue was later cut from his scenes). ... UFO was a British television science fiction series created by Gerry Anderson and produced by Andersons and Lew Grades Century 21 Productions for Grades ITC Entertainment company. ... Cary Grant Archibald Alexander Leach (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986), better known by his screen name, Cary Grant, was a British-born American film actor. ... Moore and Curtis in The Persuaders! (1971/72) Moore, Liv Ullmann and Sacheen Littlefeather at the 1973 Oscars Sir Roger George Moore, CBE (born 14 October 1927) is an English actor known for his suave and witty demeanor. ... Francis Matthews is a British film, TV and stage actor born 10 September 1927. ...


As in the Andersons' previous puppet series, the characters' eyes and mouths were operated electronically, but in Captain Scarlet the control mechanism was placed in the puppets' chests rather than their heads. This meant that the puppets no longer needed oversized heads to accommodate the mechanisms and could be built with normal proportions for the first time. In order to enhance the sense of realism further, the puppets were never seen walking, as it was impossible to make their legs move realistically. For this reason characters are often seen standing on moving walkways or even sitting at moving desks, and there are of course any number of futuristic land, sea, air, and space vehicles for them to ride in, such as the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV), the bright-red Spectrum Patrol Car (also referred to as the Spectrum Saloon), the Spectrum Passenger Jet (SPJ), and the streamlined Angel Interceptor aircraft, armed with missile guns, all of them courtesy of special effects director Derek Meddings, his design assistant Michael Trim, and the miniatures unit. The Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, or SPV, is a fictional pursuit and attack vehicle from Gerry Andersons science fiction TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. ... Derek Meddings (15 January 1931–10 September 1995) was a British television and cinema special effects expert, initially noted for his work on the Supermarionation television puppet series produced by Gerry Anderson. ... Michael Trim is an artist most famous for illustrating the cover of Jeff Waynes Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, which depicts a Martian tripod striking down the heroic Thunder Child. ...


SPVs were located around the world, hidden in public or commercial buildings. Upon meeting the staff of a building, a Spectrum agent would show his identification and the SPV would either be moved out for use, or the camouflage which had concealed it (a shack, or a goods container) would collapse to reveal it.


Episode list

  • The Mysterons
  • Winged Assassin
  • Big Ben Strikes Again
  • Manhunt
  • Avalanche
  • White As Snow
  • The Trap
  • Operation Time
  • Spectrum Strikes Back
  • Special Assignment
  • The Heart Of New York
  • Lunarville 1
  • Point 783
  • Model Spy
  • Seek And Destroy
  • Traitor
  • Renegade Rocket
  • Crater 101
  • Shadow Of Fear
  • Dangerous Rendezvous
  • Fire At Rig 15
  • Treble Cross
  • Flight 104
  • Place Of Angels
  • Noose Of Ice
  • Expo 2068
  • The Launching
  • Codename Europa
  • Inferno
  • Flight To Atlantica
  • Attack On Cloudbase
  • The Inquisition

Later productions

The rights of the show were sold to ITC Entertainment, Lew Grade's production company which co-produced all the Anderson shows from Thunderbirds onwards. In 1980 ITC combined several episodes of the original show to make two compilation movies, titled Captain Scarlet vs. the Mysterons and Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars. This second movie was later used for the second episode of the KTMA version of Mystery Science Theater 3000, shown on Thanksgiving Day (24 November) 1988 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.-1... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... A compilation movie, or compilation film, is a feature film that is mostly composed of footage from a television serial. ... Captain Scarlet vs the Mysterons was a 1981 TV movie using re-edited footage from the original 1967 Century 21 Productions puppet series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. ... KMWB (Channel 23 analog, 22 digital) is an affiliate of The WB Television Network serving the Minneapolis-St. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999), usually abbreviated MST3K, is a cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson featuring a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a satellite in space and forced to watch particularly bad movies. ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City of Lakes Motto: En Avant Official website: http://www. ...


Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet

Main article: Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet

A new version of the series, entitled Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet, began broadcast on ITV on 12 February 2005. The series, produced by Anderson and backed by Sony Pictures Television, uses computer-generated imagery (CGI) instead of puppetry, although as a nod to Supermarionation, the show is promoted as being produced in "Hypermarionation". Gerry Andersons New Captain Scarlet (or more commonly New Captain Scarlet) is a United Kingdom-produced computer-generated imagery action-adventure TV series which debuted in February 2005 as part of the Ministry of Mayhem on ITV 1. ... ITVs Logo 2006—present Independent Television (ITV) is the name given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up to provide competition to the BBC. In England and Wales, the channel has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of the broadcasting licences for... February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Template:Diffgggtgerent calendars 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... SPT logo Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is a TV production and distribution company in the United States, and is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ... The pseudopod in The Abyss marked CGIs acceptance in the visual effects industry. ...


The new series has a new version of Cloudbase, called Skybase. Skybase is much improved over the old Cloudbase and now has many more vehicles and weapons onboard. In the new series, Lieutenant Green is a woman (as is Captain Ochre) with an upgraded holo-screen instead of coloured buttons. Colonel White quite often gets out of Skybase to go to conferences. The SPVs have gone through a radical redesign, as has Captain Scarlet's car. The Captain Scarlet music and logo have changed and so has the Spectrum logo. Major scene changes are still accompanied by a musical sting, but not the seven-note "drumbeat transition" used in the original series. The new series also has more romantic subplots, with both Captain Scarlet in the present and Captain Black in the past dating one of the Angels. The original series had also hinted at a one-time relationship between Scarlet and Destiny Angel, and an on-going approchement between Blue and Symphony.


Original novels

Several novels based upon the series were published in the late 1960s:

  • Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, John Theydon (pseudonym for John W. Jennison), 1967
  • Captain Scarlet and the Silent Saboteur, Theydon, 1967
  • The Angels and the Creeping Enemy, Theydon, 1968 (not published under the Captain Scarlet series title)

In 1993, Corgi Books published four episode novelizations for young readers based upon the episodes "The Mysterons", "Noose of Ice", "Lunarville 7", and "The Launching". A pseudonym (Greek: false name) is a fictitious name used by an individual as an alternative to his or her legal name. ...


Trivia

The mid-1980s musical duo Scarlett & Black took their name from the characters of Captain Scarlet and Captain Black. MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ...


The Zero-X mission seen and referred to in the pilot episode ("The Mysterons") involved the same spacecraft seen in the feature film "Thunderbirds Are Go". This is allegedly due to a Japanese model manufacturer paying a sizeable license fee for the Zero-X ship, and expressed great concern that it was only to appear in the one film. The Zero-X (spelling variants include: Zero X or Zero - X) is a fictitious human spacecraft appearing in the Supermarionation series of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. ...


The oft-repeated expression "S.I.G." in the series stands for "Spectrum is Green"; i.e. affirmative, understood, or an indication of a safe and stable situation depending on context. The corresponding "S.I.R." ("Spectrum is Red"), meaning the reverse, is rarely heard. These catch phrases are a common Anderson-ism, like the Thunderbirds' "F.A.B." A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ...


As with many puppets in the Andersons' series, four of the Angels are all allegedly based in appearance on contemporary celebrities:

  • Destiny Angel on actress Ursula Andress.
  • Harmony Angel on actress Tsai Chin, most notable for her appearances in Harry Alan Tower's Fu Manchu films.
  • Rhapsody Angel on model and actress Jean Shrimpton.
  • Melody Angel on singer and actress Eartha Kitt.

To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Tsai Chin as Ling in You Only Live Twice. Tsai Chin (周采芹, also known as Irene Chow) was born to Peking Opera actor Xinfang Zhou in 1937, China. ... Jean Shrimpton (b. ... Eartha Kitt, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1952 Eartha Mae Kitt (born January 17, 1927), is an actress, singer, and cabaret star whose mother was African American and Cherokee, and whose father was a White-American. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Lieutenant" is pronounced "leftenant", as is correct in this British program.

External links


BBCi is the brand name for the BBCs interactive television services. ... This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ...

Gerry Anderson
Television
The Adventures of Twizzle | Torchy the Battery Boy | Four Feather Falls | Supercar | Fireball XL5 | Stingray | Thunderbirds | Captain Scarlet | Joe 90 | The Secret Service | UFO | The Protectors | Space: 1999 | Terrahawks | Dick Spanner, P.I. | Space Precinct | Lavender Castle | New Captain Scarlet
Feature Films
Crossroads to Crime | Thunderbirds Are GO | Thunderbird 6 | Doppelgänger
Companies/Techniques
AP Films | Century 21 Productions | Supermarionation
Notable Collaborators
Sylvia Anderson | David Lane | Barry Gray | Reg Hill | Derek Meddings | John Read

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