The Mysterons continue their attack on Earth - the so-called
war of nerves. However, Spectrum is getting wiser and the
tables are turning thanks to its secret weapon, the indestructible
of Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet - the remainder
of the show's first season - show a marked improvement with
each passing episode. It is quite clear that the production
team was still getting used to the CGI characters when the
show started out but by the time we reach disc 4 most of the
'problems' have been ironed out. Scripts, directing, pacing
and the animation are all very neatly drawn together into
a first rate product.
4 wraps up with Trap For A Rhino, Heist and
The Achilles Messenger but no extras.
In most respects the CGI Captain Scarlet is better
than the original - the main improvement being characterisation,
something sadly lacking from the puppet show. The scripts
are also tighter, which is hardly surprising as each episode
comes in at just 22 minutes.
it's here that I have a complaint. Yes, the discs are just
£7.99 each but they contain barely a hour's worth of action.
Why not put the show out on half as many DVDs? A four-disc
set comprising season one's 13 episodes is available with
a RRP of £29.99 which, with on-line discounts, actually makes
for slightly more sense.
quibble aside, the New Captain Scarlet is actually
very good, although there is one thing missing - the indefinable
magic that has given the original Supermarionation puppet
shows their longevity. People will still be watching the puppet
version of Captain Scarlet long after this CGI production
has been confined to the vaults.
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