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(Kagaku Kyūjo Tai Tekunoboijā)
|Genre||Action, Science fiction|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kimio Ikeda|
|Original network||Fuji Television|
|Original run||17 April 1982 – 11 September 1982|
Thunderbirds 2086 is the English dubbed version of the Japanese anime series Scientific Rescue Team Techno Voyager (科学救助隊テクノボイジャー,Kagaku Kyūjo Tai Tekunoboijā),loosely inspired by the original Gerry Anderson Supermarionation series Thunderbirds . The English dub was produced by ITC Entertainment,the original production company for Thunderbirds, although it is not officially recognized as canon because Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson were not involved.
The series includes music and sound effects from Thunderbirds and Anderson's other series Stingray , Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons , Joe 90 , UFO, and Space:1999 .A total of 24 episodes were produced,but only 18 were broadcast on Fuji TV in 1982.
The series takes place in 2086 and chronicles the adventures of TechnoBoyager (a portmanteau of "Technology","Boy",and "Voyager"),a rescue team called the "Thunderbirds" who work for the International Rescue organization (in the Japanese version,the two entities are the same).
Unlike the original International Rescue,which was small-scale and family-run,TechnoBoyager is a vast organization with numerous branches controlled by the Federation - this series' equivalent of the United Nations. Although the English version is called Thunderbirds 2086,the Tracy family,who ran International Rescue in the original series,is not mentioned. In the English version,the Thunderbirds name is used referring to the team,while in the original series,the name merely refers to their vehicles. The animated series otherwise has notable similarities to the original,with most episodes revolving around a natural or man-made disaster that the TechnoBoyager/Thunderbirds team must investigate and help resolve.
Unlike the original series,Thunderbirds 2086 also has an ongoing story arc revolving around a breakaway independence group known as the Shadow Axis,led by the mysterious Star Crusher. There is a strong suggestion in the series that Star Crusher is not human and may be some kind of alien.
Japanese voice cast
English voice cast
Similar to the original show,the team's headquarters is an island in the Pacific. Its main building is a huge pyramid containing an entire city inside. It is known as Arcology. Like the original International Rescue,a space station in orbit is maintained to monitor mayday calls. TB-6 is the space station in this series,similar in concept to Thunderbird 5. Both Arcology and TB6 are home to thousands of people.
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There are 17 vehicles,each with a different purpose and characteristics. The craft's name contains abbreviated designations "TB" such as TB-1,TB-2,etc. In the original series,TB was an abbreviation for "TechnoBoyager." In the English version,it stands for "Thunderbird."
Oddly,the introductory dialogue in the English version describes the characters as cadets,while all of the episodes rank them as captains. Grant Hanson is the senior captain in charge of the whole group.
The vehicles are described to a party of school children visiting Arcology in the episode "Child's Play"(except TB-8,11,14 (Mentioned Only),15,and 16). The remaining vehicles are shown in the 1983 Annual.
Commander Jared Simpson (same name in the original) is the commanding officer of the team and gives the heroes their missions. He is the "Jeff Tracy" figure of the animated series. He has a nephew,Skipper Simpson (Paul in the Japanese original),a young boy who idolizes the Thunderbirds and hopes to one day join their ranks.
The original run of Thunderbirds 2086 in Japan was cancelled after only eighteen of its twenty-four episodes aired in 1982. The remaining six episodes were finally aired during a 2008 rerun of the show on the Home Drama Channel.
In total,only three countries broadcast the show in its entirety:the United States in 1983,Australia in 1984,and Malaysia in 1985. The 1986 broadcast in the United Kingdom fared worse than the original Japanese broadcast,being cancelled after only thirteen episodes aired. Around 1985,Spain aired Spanish dubs of four episodes under the title Pájaros Trueno 2086.
|No.||Title||Original air date||Prod.|
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|1||"Shockwave"||17 April 1982||01|
|The thunderbirds must save a space bus full of children after an explosion at a power station,but problems arise when underwater missiles are launched for "Operation Shockwave",Leaving Dylan,Kallen,Jesse,and Little John to use Thunderbirds 7 and 8 to disable the missiles.|
|2||"Cloudburst"||24 April 1982||02|
|After a meteor shower damages a weather satellite in the South Pacific,massive storms explode all over the ocean. There are heavily populated islands in the southern seas,and the Thunderbirds will have to act fast to evacuate and rescue the populations in peril.|
|3||"Firefall"||1 May 1982||03|
|International Rescue set out into space to rescue the captain of the space colony Rosa-Dante,but this puts Dylan through memories of when his friend once saved his life.|
|4||"Fear Factor"||8 May 1982||04|
|The Thunderbirds encounter a scientist and his alienated son,who suffers from fear of being in space.|
|5||"Fault Line"||15 May 1982||05|
|Dylan and Kallan must use Thunderbirds 1,4,and 13 to rescue a friend of theirs as they become trapped in a fault line where magma is about to spill out into the ocean and right underneath an oil refinery.|
|6||"One of a Kind"||29 May 1982||06|
|Grant's mental conscience is put to test when the thunderbirds are sent to a severe forest fire,where a biologically engineered stag is on the loose.|
|7||"Child's Play"||5 June 1982||07|
|During a tour of IRO Headquarters,two young boys who idolize the Thunderbirds wreak havoc when they mistakenly launch Thunderbird-1 and crash into a building.|
|8||"Shadow Axis"||12 June 1982||08|
|Kallan is captured by the Shadow Axis,an organization that follows the orders of Star Crusher,leaving Thunderbirds 4 and 13 at the bottom of the ocean.|
|9||"Computer Madness"||19 June 1982||09|
|While Jesse and Little John handle repairs on Thunderbird 6,the remaining Thunderbird Team must travel to the moon to de-activate a supercomputer.|
|10||"Kudzilla"||3 July 1982||10|
|The thunderbirds must deal with a large acid-spitting plant in space,Leaving Kallan in Thunderbird 9 to collect samples of the plant's DNA to create an antidote.|
|11||"Nightmare"||10 July 1982||11|
|Dylan and his brother Danny head out in Thunderbird 10 to a space station where all people are terminally ill and under the influence of Star Crusher.|
|12||"Snowbound"||17 July 1982||12|
|The thunderbirds head out to rescue a trapped monorail during a snow storm,leaving Dylan to get inside the buried area,and Grant removing the snow in Thunderbird 5.|
|13||"Big Deal"||24 July 1982||13|
|The solar system's largest company,Asteroid Mines Inc.,has suffered a series of sabotages on its mining ships carrying the rare material cryolite. The Thunderbirds are sent to investigate and uncover a plot to take over the company itself.|
|14||"Thunderbolt"||31 July 1982||14|
|Star Crusher sabotages a huge atmospheric flying air carrier,the Thunderbolt,with an explosion aboard the vessel that disables its controls. With the 1+1⁄2-mile-long Thunderbolt never being designed to land, the Thunderbirds have to develop a safe runway for the ship to prevent it from crashing down into a heavily populated city.|
|15||"Guardian"||14 August 1982||15|
|The thunderbirds must use the help of a dying space traveller to stop a spaceship carrying the traveller's cryogenically frozen brother.|
|16||"Space Warriors"||28 August 1982||16|
|Dylan joins The space patrol to track down a renegade rider who is on the run.|
|17||"Sunburn"||4 September 1982||17|
|This episode is based on the original Thunderbirds episode "Sun Probe". The space observatory Sunbeam is on a failing orbit into the sun, The Thunderbirds race there to repair the booster rockets, While Grant is aboard the Sunbeam, Kallan attaches the new rocket to the hull in Thunderbird 1, Jesse and Little John in Thunderbird 2 to clear the damaged areas but this leaves Dylan on a dangerous task by flying Thunderbird 17 into the sun itself to release a massive amount of energy from a large solar flare.|
|18||"Star Crusher"||11 September 1982||18|
|Star Crusher lures the Thunderbirds to a construction site where the Prototype Engine For The newly built Thunderbird 18 is undergoing final tests, but trouble ensues when Thunderbird 2 is Hijacked and heading towards the waterfall, Jesse uses Thunderbird 12 to lift Thunderbird 2 out of the water.|
|19||"Crusader"||10 September 2008||19|
|The Thunderbirds are given the role of environmental conservationists and thus sent on an unusual yet vital mission; A deadly dose of the illegal Agent Ultra chemical has spilled into the Pacific Ocean, threatening to wipe out the Aqua Institute of near-extinct wildlife.|
|20||"Metal Head"||17 September 2008||20|
|A promising visit to Vancouver turns into a fight for survival when the Science Minister and his crew become trapped within Metal City. The domed compound is under the control of Metal Head, an experimental 'living' computer forged from a portion of Dr. Budd's mind. The Thunderbird team must put their ingenuity to the test and find a way to bypass Metal Head's massive Droid army and rescue the hostages.|
|21||"Stardive"||24 September 2008||21|
|Dylan is transformed from rescuer to rescuee when a disaster strands him on board the Centaur spaceship alongside Kristen Elliot, a rival pilot from the Blue Angels squad. With the ship locked on a decaying orbit towards Jupiter and air running out, the pair must put aside their differences to stay alive. Could their rivalry evolve into something more?|
|22||"UFO"||1 October 2008||22|
|A humongous comet is on a direct collision course with Earth, and will wipe out the entire planet in less than twelve hours. The Thunderbirds must head into action and do everything they can to save their home one last time.|
|23||"Mindmeld"||8 October 2008||23|
|Lieutenant Sarah McBeth has been haunted by mysterious visions ever since her arrival on Moonbase Omega. Visions that lead her to a crystal compound buried near the colony. By removing a portion of the crystal, she releases a thousand-year-old evil that has the power to manipulate even time itself. The Thunderbirds must find a way to halt the indestructible force before it can reach Earth.|
|24||"Trial"||15 October 2008||24|
|A race of highly evolved beings have been watching countless civilizations for millions of years. Humanity has become their latest test subjects, and they must decide whether the species pose a threat to the universe. It's up to the Thunderbirds to convince the beings that Earth has evolved beyond its savage past.|
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