Rudy Panucci On Pop Culture

Sunday Evening Videos: Captain Scarlet

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“Captain Scarlet” was a 1960’s creation of Gerry and Silvia Anderson, who are mainly noted for their earlier “Supermarionation” series, “Thunderbirds” and “Supercar,” and for their later, live-action series, “UFO” and “Space: 1999.” However, my favorite was “Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons,” which told the story of a war between Earth and a band of aliens known as “The Mysterons.” Earth’s greatest champion was Captain Scarlet, who leads his fellow agents of Spectrum against the wily space terrorists.

“Captain Scarlet” featured more realistic puppets than the earlier Anderson shows, and as you can see, the show had a very special psychotic energy, which can only be found tucked away in the odd children’s program. That’s a techno/rap remix of the theme by Power Themes 90 VHS that you see at the top of this post. After the jump we have a few more clips. Some are music videos, plus you can see the entire pilot episode and a bit of Moonplay.

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1 Comment

  1. Elvis Capone

    The best part of CAPTAIN SCARLET was the cars that turned into robots and stuff. The show was way ahead of its time. SCARLET also delivered a heapin’ helpin’ of burning puppet death and li’l toys blowing up. It’s like porn for nice people.

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