The BEST episodes directed by David Elliott

Martian Invasion
star
9.22
39 votes

#1 - Martian Invasion

Thunderbirds - Season 1 - Episode 24

Two skeptical police officers responding to reports of a flying saucer are quickly made believers when Martians chase them into a cave and begin filling it with a mysterious gas. Is the planet under attack? Not exactly, but it may soon be, thanks to an old nemesis of International Rescue. Both the cowering cops and alien aggressors are actors filming a scene for a movie, bankrolled by none other than the Hood! No, he hasn't gone straight; it's simply an elaborate plan to capture Thunderbird 1 on film. When sabotage on the set brings down the side of a mountain around the two actors in the cave, Scott Tracy speeds to the scene, with Virgil close behind. They set out to save the trapped men, unaware of the Hood's involvement. Much like his previous attempts, the plan to photograph an International Rescue vehicle is doomed to failure, thanks to Thunderbird 1's automatic camera detector. Or is it? And what role does Kyrano, Jeff Tracy's trusted servant, play? Despite failing time and time

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Cry Wolf
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8.98
41 votes

#2 - Cry Wolf

Thunderbirds - Season 1 - Episode 18

Scott Tracy is off to Australia to save a young boy that has fallen over the side of a cliff and is now trapped on a ledge, his leg broken. By the time Tracy has landed, however, the boy has made a miraculous recovery and is back on firm ground, and he's talking with another boy that just so happens to be outfitted in International Rescue garb. It quickly dawns upon our hero that the boys were merely playing, and the curmudgeonly Scott scolds both them and their father for drawing International Rescue away from what could have been a real emergency elsewhere. Who would have guessed that he'd be so uptight, especially since the boys didn't do it on purpose? Just as he seems bound to lose the adoration of fans worldwide with his nasty demeanor, Scott reverts back to his usual mellow self and invites the boys to join him on Tracy Island. His plan is to demonstrate how important it is that his family's organization remain free of false alarms, and it seems to have worked. Unfortunately, th

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Path of Destruction
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8.42
41 votes

#3 - Path of Destruction

Thunderbirds - Season 2 - Episode 2

A South American construction project is nearly under way, and the final testing of the newly invented Crablogger -- a powerful forest-clearing machine -- has proven successful. To celebrate the event, and to go over plans one more time, the project leader takes the Crablogger crew out to eat. Had they noticed the deplorable conditions inside the kitchen, the men would surely have passed on dinner and gladly gone to work hungry the next morning. The foreman wisely orders the steak, but the Crablogger crew each chooses the house special. Apparently the only thing special about it is its ability to cause food poisoning. One man gets violently ill before work the next morning, which makes him the lucky one. The other two seem fine and proceed with the project, but it isn't long before they succumb to their illnesses. They both pass out at the controls, leaving the massive machine to gobble everything in its path. When it's determined that the Crablogger is headed straight for a new dam, I

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Day of Disaster
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8.12
94 votes

#4 - Day of Disaster

Thunderbirds - Season 1 - Episode 6

Despite pounding rain and gale force wind, Allington Bridge, swaying back and forth, seems to be holding up in the face of a violent storm. When the storm finally dies down, work crews are dispatched to investigate any potential damage. All tests prove negative, but one cautious supervisor would like to run more. His boss, however, feeling pressure to reopen the bridge, rejects the idea. In order to reach its launch site, a spacecraft bound for Mars must first cross the bridge, or risk having to wait four more years before another takeoff is possible. Allington Bridge is indeed opened to the Martian space probe, but its crushing weight is too much and, one by one, its steel cables begin to snap and unravel. The probe, along with two astronauts aboard, plummets to the water below, where its buried beneath mangled girders and its automatic countdown is activated. Luckily, Brains has traveled to England to observe the launch. He and Lady Penelope speed off to the scene of the accident, bu

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Vault of Death
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8.04
47 votes

#5 - Vault of Death

Thunderbirds - Season 1 - Episode 13

Lord Sulton, an offical with the Bank of London, has enlisted Lady P and her trusted Servant Parker to help orve that their safe needs to be modernized. Though a reformed safecracker, Parker's skill is virtually unmatched and breaking in was no problem. The bank's board of directors acts quickly to install an up-to-date vault, one that removes all of its air to better perserve the documents inside. AFter Lord Sulton leaves (with the only key) for an evening at Lady P's mansion, the remaining employees relaize that the bank workaholic has been looked in the safe, with only a few hours of air left! An emergency call from the bank interrupts Lady Penelope's and Lord's Sulton's dinner. Unfortunately Parker, who had just read that his former cellmate is on the loose! He assumed that it was a robbery that prompted the call and tries to stall for time. Will the employee suffocate before the confusion is cleared up? Parker, assuming the distress call to Lord Sultan was for a robbery cou

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Plant of Doom
star
8.00
27 votes

#6 - Plant of Doom

Stingray - Season 1 - Episode 34

Following the escape of his slave Marina, Titan plots revenge by planning to kill the Stingray crew with a deadly plant that gives off toxic fumes. Meanwhile, Marina is feeling homesick.

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City of Fire
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7.96
48 votes

#7 - City of Fire

Thunderbirds - Season 1 - Episode 15

The tallest tower ever built faces destruction when an out-of-control car starts a huge fire in the parking garage leaving a family trapped inside. Sounds like another day for International Rescue right? Wrong. Brain's new experimental cutting gas caused Scott and Virgil to pass out. Will they pass out during the mission and perish in the fire? Or will they be successful? Find out in... City of Fire!

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30 Minutes After Noon
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7.92
59 votes

#8 - 30 Minutes After Noon

Thunderbirds - Season 1 - Episode 7

On his way home to celebrate his third wedding anniversary, Thomas Prescott is forced into an unexpected detour after picking up a hitchhiker. Upon dropping the man at what is supposedly the home of the hitchhiker's doctor, Prescott finds himself thanked with an explosive device clamped to his wrist and not much time to remove it before it detonates. The hitchhiker informs his confused victim that the key is hidden in his office and instructs him to leave the device in a file cabinet once it has been removed. Racing against both time and the police, Prescott does as he's told, but he's trapped in an elevator while fleeing the now-burning building. International Rescue has been monitoring the happenings and decides that now is the time to spring into action. But have they sat on the sidelines too long? Will they arrive in time to pull Prescott from the bottom of the elevator shaft in which he's trapped, or will the fire prove too much even for International Rescue's advanced equipment?

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Terror in New York City
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7.50
159 votes

#9 - Terror in New York City

Thunderbirds - Season 1 - Episode 4

While on their way back to Tracy Island from extinguishing an oil well fire, Scott and Virgil inadvertently cross paths with the Sentinel, a new naval strike vessel. Mistaking Thunderbird 2 for a hostile aircraft, the ship fires several missiles and manages to connect, despite evasive maneuvering by Virgil. With Thunderbird 2 sustaining tremendous damage, Virgil slips into unconsciousness, barely awakening in time to pull up from his dive and continue toward home. Thunderbird 2 struggles to remain airborne and crashes just as it reaches the island, once again knocking its pilot out cold. Finding himself in the comfort of his own bed, Virgil again opens his eyes at just the right moment, this time to witness a broadcast of the Empire State Building's relocation. Nothing could possibly go wrong with hydraulically lifting a 102-story building and transporting it along tracks to its new destination, could it?

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The Duchess Assignment
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7.39
39 votes

#10 - The Duchess Assignment

Thunderbirds - Season 1 - Episode 21

British royalty cannot seem to distance themselves from scandal, even in the far future. The Duchess of Royston, thanks in part to her excessive gambling, is doing her part to maintain that grand tradition. Luckily, Lady Penelope is on this particular evening at the same Monte Carlo casino, and she notices that her old friend the Duchess is down on her luck. She also notices that the roulette table at which the Duchess is losing her shirt is fixed, and she and Parker set off in pursuit of the crooked dealer and casino manager. They unfortunately are unable to capture the two con men, but do eventually catch up with the Duchess -- now virtually penniless thanks to her addiction -- back in England. She does, however, still own a Picasso (only because it wasn't with her at the roulette table), and it may be the key to regaining some of her fortune. Enter Jeff Tracy, who actually leaves his office for the first time in recent memory. Jeff meets with an old friend who's flush with cash, and

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The Invaders
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7.00
27 votes

#11 - The Invaders

Stingray - Season 1 - Episode 29

The Stingray crew is captured when aliens set up a trap at a weather station. During what appears routine questioning, they unsuspectingly give away vital secrets about Marineville. While Stingray is on patrol, the base is attacked from below. The Invaders are unaware that Troy is aware of the invasion and they are taken by surprise when Stingray comes to the rescue.

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Set Sail for Adventure
star
7.00
30 votes

#12 - Set Sail for Adventure

Stingray - Season 1 - Episode 6

Shore takes up Admiral Denver's challenge that the WASP's of today can't take the rigours of an old-time sailing vessel. Phones and Lt. Fisher are assigned to Denver's crew. When a storm hits, Denver is knocked out and loses his memory and Phones and Fisher are cast adrift in a small dinghy. They are rescued by Troy who has been following in Stingray but, when Stingray approaches the sail boat, Denver begins firing his guns wildly at the sub. Troy, however, succeeds in overpowering Denver who later regains his memory in hospital.

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The Big Gun
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6.00
27 votes

#13 - The Big Gun

Stingray - Season 1 - Episode 17

The Solistan's want to take over the world by destroying the west coast of the USA with their attack sub.(big gun 1) Stingray destroys the sub before it can do any damage. Hungry for revenge, the Solistan's want to destroy Marineville so they launch Big Gun 2. Marineville survives & Stingray follows it back to it's deep sea base & with Marina's help they destroy the Solistan's.

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