Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds (1964)

9 continuity mistakes in Trapped in the Sky

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: As Fireflash makes its first landing attempt onto the elevator cars, the radio control elevator car on the left can be seen to bear the number 4, even before car 3 had crashed and car 4 had left the pod.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When the Hood is taking photographs of Thunderbird 1 at London Airport, one of the photos shows the letter "T" of Thunderbird painted on the red nose cone. All other shots of the craft show the nose cone free of markings.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the episode, Jeff activates Operation Cover-Up to change the wall-mounted pictures of the International Rescue members from the usual pictures of them in their uniforms to ones of them in casual clothing before a doctor who has just examined Kyrano enters the room. However, while he and Jeff are talking, a couple of shots of Scott and Gordon contain enough of the pictures to show that they have reverted back the ones of them in uniform.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When the Hood is taking photographs inside Thunderbird 1, we see a close-up of his hat. On the hat, it says "Airport Police" on the lens, but when we see a full view of the Hood, the words are no longer visible.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Bob Meddings boards the Fireflash and grabs hold of the pipe, the pipe is red both in a long-shot and a shot of him grabbing hold of it. When we see Meddings moving his hands along the pipe, it is now silver.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When we see the Hood's Airport Police jacket, you can see that underneath "Airport Police" there is a five-pointed star, but when we see a close-up of the star in the next shot, it has changed to a six-pointed star.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When the Hood informs Commander Norman of Air Traffic Control that there is a bomb on Fireflash in the videophone booth, you can see that the Hood has one hand on the button panel, but the next shot shows him with both hands on the panel.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Jeff is speaking to Kyrano at the beginning of the episode, he has a letter in his right hand and an envelope in his left, but when Jeff raises his left hand in the next shot, the envelope has disappeared.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Jeff pushes the button next to his seat to do "Operation Cover Up" at the end of the episode he is initially sitting down, but in the next scene he is standing up near the portraits of his sons.

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Mistakes

In order to build up suspense, Virgil and Brains stand on the Crab Logger as its dangerous fuel is pumped out, despite the fact that it is hanging on the edge of a precipice. In fact they could have left as soon as they had plumbed in the pipes to empty the fuel tanks - the whole procedure is controlled by Scott in Thunderbird 1 and they make absolutely no contribution to the operation at all. They do not need to disconnect the pipes; they are left behind and dropped from Thunderbird 1 as planned. They just stand there chatting about how much danger they are in until jumping clear at the very last second. Silly buggers.

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Trivia

Jeff Tracy's five sons were named after Mercury astronauts - Scott Carpenter, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shephard, Gordon Cooper and John Glenn.

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