Terrahawks - Vol. 1 details
|Starring:||Jeremy Hitchen, Denise Bryer, Windsor Davies|
|Directors:||Tony Bell, Alan Pattillo, Tony Lenny|
Terrahawks - Vol. 1
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Jul 2002|
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Not Gerry Anderson's Best.By Phillip Radden-Rutt from Swindon, Wiltshire , 30 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]After the success of Thunderbirds and Stingray it's hard to see where he was going with Terrahawks. I rented this out of curiosity having vaguely fond memories of it as a kid in the 80's, but as an adult it's hard to see it other than it is. A fairly one dimensional attempt to keep up with the Jones' of other more violent childrens entertainment of the time, like transformers and he-man. The best thing about this series apart from the nostalgia, is the Zeroids Sergeant Major 'Zero' voiced by Windsor Davies a man born to act NCO's at their camp best! If you're a child of the 80's, like me, you may enjoy re-visiting Terrahawks, but probably only the once.
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A cross of Thunderbirds and Captain ScarletBy Metaliant (64 reviews) from Walsall , 24 Nov 2011I can remember watching this as a kid in the 80s and even had a zeroid football....great fun.
I have seen a few of Gerry Anderson puppet shows, most notably Joe 90, Stingray, obvisously Thunderbirds and my most favourite Captain Scarlet but this is one dI can fondly remember.
However, I think personally it looks a bit dated and I would prefer to watch Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and even Stingray, which I wasn't so fond of. It's not terrable (sorry for the pun) but when I saw the puppets in full view, they looked like dwarfs to me and I couldn't carry watching the second episode of the disc.
It was okay to watch for nostalgic value but it did look dated, which i have seen from various 80s shows I have seen recently.
Nostalgic weird but entertainingBy DOGMANGOWOOF (2 reviews) from Chipping Norton , 15 Feb 2009I loved this when I was a kid, and I would say it, along with Danger Mouse, had a formative influence on me. Even today there is nothing else quite like it. And I still love love the Zeroids and Cubes. Also the TerraHawk space ships are still way cool and easily trounce Thunderbirds!
I used to wonder why this was never repeated on TV, but watching these again its clear: the baddies are too scary for small children, there is some mild racism around the japanese character and the show is just plain odd.
A 10 out of 10 for imagination, 9 out of 10 for explosions, 5 out of 10 for plots
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008It is the earth year 2020. Zelda and her android forces from the Planet Guk have taken over the red planet Mars, and are using it as a base from where to launch their planned destruction of Earth. Our only defence is the elite force Terrahawks. I wasn't sure if my son would go for this series as he has long tired of Stingray and Thunderbirds since overdosing on them as a 5 year old (he still has a soft spot for them though and loved the recent Thunderbirds movie). He's now 9 and is totally impressed with Terrahawks. The script and special effects were quite startling when it was first on TV in September 1983, and even as a 27 year old I did watch most of the series. I liked the fact it had a 'smart' Rolls Royce (called Hudson - and being older I got the 'Upstairs Downstairs' gag). It isn't as swish, modern and pink as Lady Penelope's one though. At the time I found the series a bit childish compared to Dr Who, UFO, Space 1999, and Star Trek - which was no doubt the intention of Gerry Anderson. However I did think Zelda was a bit scary. Picture quality on this DVD set isn't top-notch, but it's pretty good and the colour is nice and bold. The special effects are at least as good as GA's other series, if not better.
Anyway, my son totally loves the series, and we are busily going through the episodes. Watching it again I now see it as a bit of an 'inspiration' for the Power Rangers franchise, although Terrahawks itself has many plot elements from GA's Captain Scarlet and UFO. The stories are a bit repetitive perhaps (hardly surprising as there are 39 of them), but who can complain with great characters like: Tiger Ninestien, Mary Falconer, Captain Kate Kestrol, Lt. Hawkeye, Sgt Maj Zero and the Zeroids, the evil witch Zelda, her son YoungStar, sibling CysStar, and their monster's such as the robot 'cubes', Tempo the TimeLord and Yuri the cuddly killer teddy bear. A bit expensive to buy perhaps, but you do get 39 x 25 minute episodes, and my son thinks they would be cheap at twice the price (as he's not paying). So, recommended for today's youngsters - particularly pre-teen boys. Also try the 'Dan Dare' (2001) DVD set, GA's own 'Joe 90' DVD set and the B&W 'Torchy the battery boy' series for that young man in your life.
a great tv seriesBy trevor luckett from England , 29 Aug 2006I remember watching this programme when I was younger, and always enjoyed it. Its great to see it all over again, remembering it as it was
Not as good as I remember!By Rob from London / Cardiff , 25 May 2005I used to love this series as a kid, and spent ages learning how to do an impression of Zeldas son!! After viewing it again I now realise it's a bit rubbish, Professor Ninestein is a total knob and I hate him. The guys a neo nazi dirtbag, he gave zero a 'you are a robot you are worthless' speech, yeah well your a clone, your face looks weird, your disposable and your nothing compared to Troy Tempest.
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