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Danger 5!

Okay, so a couple of years ago, the world was introduced to Danger 5, which at the time consisted of just a trailer, and a handful of tiny webisodes designed to drum up interest in a proper series. And there the story ended, for most of us, as the show apparently only aired in Australia. But it's out now on DVD, and episodes, I has them. Just to remind ourselves of the concept, here's the trailer again:

It's glorious, it really is. A walking, talking comic strip, that looks a bit like a Gerry Anderson puppet series made flesh, crossed with those wonderfully crackly black and white cinema serials that the BBC used to air in the school holidays. Flash Gordon and his amazing spaceship-on-a-bit-of-string, battling Ming the Merciless with enthusiasm and a complete lack of logic. That sort of thing. At present there's only six half hour episodes, but a second season has just been announced, which makes me stupidly happy. Anybody who likes old television ought to be entertained by this show. It pokes fun without being unpleasant about it, and the cast is jolly good. As a public service, I shall talk you through my favourite episode (so far - I've not watched all of them yet).

Episode Two:

In a jungle somewhere in the world, a group of Allied soldiers is confronted by a terrifying scene.

Munch crunch munch. Yes, it's:

Oh noes!

There's nothing for it - the boss must give the Danger 5 team their latest assignment. And from then on it's excitement galore!

Nazi dinosaurs!

A dangerous flight into the unknown!

A secret, mysterious world, hidden for millions of years! But what is to become of our heroes?

Will Jackson and Ilsa survive this deadly encounter?

Will Tucker and Pierre escape from the secret jungle tribe of Antarctica?

And will Claire be able to fend off the amorous advances of Adolf Hitler?

Is this too much dynamite?

Exactly what did happen to Tucker's shirt?


Lizard minion!

Will Tucker find his shirt before he runs out of baby oil? And will the team finally succeed in their objective to kill Hitler, or will he evade capture with yet another dive out of a conveniently placed window?

Well, that's one question answered, anyway.

Danger 5. It's weird, it's wonderful, it's got dinosaurs with machine guns. Trust me, you need this in your life. Because who hasn't wondered what the Second World War would have been like if it had been fought in the 1960s, with dinosaurs and robots?

Yes, I know the answer to that is nobody. Shut up.


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Oct. 1st, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, Nazi dinosaurs! Somebody must have done Nazi dinosaurs before? They should have had them in Silver Nemesis and then everyone would have loved it!
Oct. 2nd, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
There really isn't a down side to Nazi dinosaurs. And the following episode is killer robots. This show has all the best ideas.
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