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Old 14th May 2018, 09:01 PM
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Default who is the star of 'thunderbirds'?

'thunderbirds' may have a huge cast of characters and more at the time than 'supercar' 'fireball:XL5' & 'stingray',but which character in the show is the real star? in the original draft of the format the andersons wanted the space monitor john tracy as the star,many claimed it's scott tracy,one source say it's thunderbird 2 which is just a machine & director david lane said in 'made in supermarionation' that lady penelope is the star.thats not true.who really IS the star of 'thunderbirds'? i have a feeling it's jeff tracy because HE was top billing in the pre-publicity & the series actually centred around him as the founder of international rescue & how his 5 sons controlling the thunderbirds through his original visions as a astronaut.
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Old 14th May 2018, 09:11 PM
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I think that's the good thing about the show - the Thunderbirds are the stars.
Jeff may be the main man but his sons feature in more scenes and most of the best footage.
Lady Penelope will also be favourite with many fans but it's a good show because you can't really say any one character is the star.
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Old 14th May 2018, 09:36 PM
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Perhaps this is a question that doesn't have a single answer - the genius in Thunderbirds it that it got the mix between the machines and the characters right, and all the characters were well thought out and that allowed each of them to appeal to different people:

So you could equally wait and see what amazing new pod vehicle would appear each week to save the day, or pretend to be whichever of the characters you most related to (be that Jeff in overall command, Scott running the on-scene rescue, Virgil driving pod vehicles, Brains inventing things, or Lady P being the spy/detective etc).

That said - some of the "guest stars" were clearly the vehicles - Crablogger, Sidewinder, Fireflash, Zero-X

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Old 29th May 2018, 03:57 PM
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The show ain't called 'TRACYS'.
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Old 6th June 2018, 08:51 PM
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The show ain't called 'TRACYS'.
True, and that certainly doesn't sound right.

However it was always about how the Tracy Family helped people using the Thunderbird machines - and when I played "Thunderbirds" as a child with my friends it was always tangled up with "I want to be x because I get to use TB-y" - not just "I want to be TB-y". In that sense both the characters and the vehicles were the "stars" in my view.

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Old 16th June 2018, 09:49 AM
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A semi-related question here, but does anyone know the real world explanation of why Scott was the co-pilot of TB3?

Was it because he was initially seen as the 'main' character, or was it Gerry worried about 'boring' space rescues and thinking 'I'd better put Scott in the rocket too, in case the kids nod off during the launch sequence?'

Surely a more natural fit would have been Tin-Tin.
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Old 16th June 2018, 12:03 PM
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If the primary rescue vehicle required was Thunderbird 3, then there's a good chance Thunderbird 1 would not be required. Therefore it makes good sense that the co-pilot of a space vehicle should be a very experienced ex-airforce pilot!
The only time Tintin is part of the crew is Sun Probe as a mission specialist.
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Old 16th June 2018, 09:45 PM
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Yes, that's correct.

I was more looking for a behind-the-scenes reason.
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Old 16th June 2018, 09:49 PM
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Yes, that's correct.

I was more looking for a behind-the-scenes reason.
Perhaps the film crew reckoned the audience wouldn't buy the idea of a one-man operated spaceship of that huge size given the space launches at that time had far smaller capsules with 2 crew (Apollo hadn't launched by 1965, right? They knew it was going to be 3 man, but it hadn't actually gone up).
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Old 16th June 2018, 11:37 PM
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Apollo test flights did happen in 1965, but they were unmanned with dummy payloads.
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