Just finished watching "Swarm", the third episode of "New Captain Scarlet" to be transmitted. When Destiny and her squad of Angels shoot down an enemy aircraft on a collision course with Skybase, a swarm of metal-eating wasp-like insects are unleashed and attack her interceptor. Scarlet rescues her but she unwittingly returns to Spectrum HQ with one of the little critters in her clothing!
The creatures cocoon Lt. Green when she goes off-duty, in a scene reminiscent of the one missing from the original "Alien" movie. They tap into her brain to discover the logistics of Skybase and avoid the possibility of detection that would arise through connection to the computer system. Scarlet and Destiny become trapped together in a lift for over an hour as the swarm begin to take over. After escaping their confinement, they discover, when Destiny accidently knocks over a jug, that water is the Achilles heel of the insects.
The episode is excellently realised despite the absense of Captain Black so early in the run when it would’ve been better, after the opening two-part story, to firmly establish him as Scarlet’s nemesis. That error is undoubtedly down to the carelessness of the broadcasters and not the producers. ITV have a long history of not broadcasting episodes of Gerry Anderson series in the order in which they were intended!
Everyone is impossibly beautiful with an emphasis on the curves of the female characters very noticeable especially when Destiny is either in her cockpit or climbing down ladders which, no doubt, makes it sexist but is in the nature of these things in a financially competitive market.
All five Angels now launch upon danger, instead of only three of the five in the original series, which suggests they are all on duty all of the time which isn’t logical! Lt. Green is seen going off-duty and sleeping in this episode, and we meet her stand-in, so when do the Angels get any time-out or sleep? If they do, who replaces them?!! That would mean too many characters and is obviously a concept contrivance. Great fun though and I’m looking forward to the next episode, whichever one they show!?!