Review by David Paul Hellings
“THE CLASSIC British children’s sci-fi series from the legendary creator of Thunderbirds; Terrahawks is to be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Network Distributing.
Terrahawks: Volume 1 (U) will feature the first 13 episodes, presented for the first time in High Definition from the best available materials, in their original as-transmitted aspect ratio. It will be available to own from 25 July 2016 on Blu-ray and DVD, each RRP £19.99.
Gerry Anderson, the hugely influential creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Space: 1999 made a spectacular return to puppet animation in the early 1980s with an exciting new series co-created with Christopher Burr. Thrilling yet another generation of children (and adults!), Terrahawks introduced a new elite force to defend 21st century Earth against a host of alien invaders.
Led by the heroic Tiger Ninestein, the Terrahawks crew consists of Captain Mary Falconer, his acting second-in-command; fighter-pilot and former pop star Kate Kestrel; the poetically inclined Lieutenant Hiro; and Lt. Hawkeye – the gunner with computer-enhanced vision. Assisted by a legion of charismatic spherical robots known as the Zeroids, they battle a cabal of evil adversaries – none more terrifying than android crone Zelda, the would-be conqueror of all “Earth-Scum”!”
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Terrahawks fans rejoice: Volume 1 has been released. Gerry Anderson’s return to the world of puppets, after over a decade since his library of classic series, was welcomed by fans.
Lacking the dark seriousness of shows such as “Captain Scarlet”, “Terrahawks” returned to the humour of “Thunderbirds” and “Stingray”. It was a show not afraid to be tongue in cheek and reach out for new audiences at a time when animation was the new power on Television. The creator of ‘Supermarionation’ now used ‘Supermacromation’ with “Terrahawks”, but the results still seemed pretty much the same: a fun outing with heroes and villains, the world once again in peril; this time it isn’t Captain Black and the Mysterons, or King Titan and Surface Agent X20, or the “Hood” that provide the threat, but Zelda the alien and her army of cubes, androids and monsters.
“Terrahawks”, with its inspired end credits of a different Cubes vs. Zeroids noughts and crosses game each episode, was playful in tone and the battle between ‘Tiger’ Ninestein and his Terrahawks team to save the planet from the nefarious plans of Zelda and her belief that “Earth scum” are evil and a threat to the universe (not necessarily a misguided philosophy to the neutral alien observer, perhaps?) was amusing more than scary. Back in the day, both in the original and impressive remake, when you saw Captain Black and the Mysterons, they were menacing. Zelda and her crones and machines were pitched at a different level, although, for younger audiences, the sight of the villain was creepy enough!
Minus the collaborative partnership with, by-then ex-wife, Sylvia Anderson, Gerry gained a new, freer perspective, but lost a creative power in Sylvia, meaning that he would never again gain the great heights that their working relationship provided throughout the golden period of the 1960s. “Terrahawks” draws from all of Anderson’s previous series, with characters and vehicles that are similar in design to those from Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space 1999 etc, but this is still a fun watch and strong visually.
“Terrahawks” – Volume 1 is highly entertaining and enjoyable; a great release for fans and still surprisingly full of those easter-egg gags that were clearly designed for the older viewers.
Special features (Standard Definition unless stated):
Geronimo! Terrahawks SFX with Steve Begg and Terry Adlam (HD)
The Composer’s Perspective with Richard Harvey (HD)
Zeroids vs Cubes
FX Trims (HD)
The Price is Right audio episode
Glass Onion music video
Image gallery (HD)
Expect the Unexpected: VHS Version
Script and Annual PDFs
Terrahawks: Volume 1 (U)
Release Date: 25 July 2016
RRP: Blu-ray £19.99 DVD £19.99
No. of Discs: Blu-ray 2, DVD 3
Screen Ratio: 1.33:1
Catalogue no. Blu-ray 7958053, DVD 7954515
Running Time: 325 mins (approx.)
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