Trivia: There were a lot of changes to the show throughout the second season. Not only was Virgil "re-cast" with both a new head and voice actor (Jeremy Wilkin), but smaller, more lifelike puppet hands were crafted on the marionettes, and the inside of Tracy Island and the Thunderbird crafts were completely redone.
Trivia: In the opening credits, you see a picture of Thunderbird 3 in the background, but Alan Tracy is not flying the craft. He in is fact flying Thunderbird 2 with the steering wheel upside down.
Trivia: The Hood's name was never used in the TV series. It was revealed in spin-off media and promotional materials.
Trivia: The launch of the Sun Probe at the start of the episode is the same event that was seen in the flashback at the start of "Sun Probe". The events of that episode take place one week after the launch, so this episode takes place immediately before. Indeed, this episode and "Sun Probe" can be viewed as the series' only two-part story, although they have never been broadcast as consecutive episodes.
Plot hole: 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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