At the risk of getting monotonous, we have lost another great talent – and this one strikes
home to us sci-fi geeks. Gerry Anderson, innovator of “Supermarionation” and creator of “Thunderbirds”, has died at the age of 83.
If you don’t know him, it’s hard to get across the appeal. Though the puppetry work was questionable, even before the days of CGI, “Thunderbirds” became an icon to sci-fi lovers everywhere, starting in England. With the meager pickings of televised sci-fi in the mid-1960s, “Thunderbirds” picked up viewers quickly on both sides of the Atlantic, and soon became so iconic that the phrase “Thunderbirds are Go!” quickly entered the pop lexicon.
Gerry also created “Space: 1999”, the tale of our moon blown out of orbit by a nuclear explosion and becoming, in essence, a space ship wandering the universe. Though it lasted only two seasons from 1975 through 1977, it developed quite a following, and despite the death of one of the regulars, Barry Morse, there has been ongoing discussion of a sequel or follow-on series and movie. Other titles he was responsible for include include “Stingray” and “Captain Scarlett and the Mysterions”.
For we who love British sci-fi, Gerry will never be forgotten.