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"Falling Skies" is the fourteenth episode of Thunderbirds Are Go!. It was first broadcast on October 31st, 2015.

Plot

It’s the grand opening of the Estrella Grand Space Hotel, a luxury hotel built using advances in micro technology and construction. Lady Penelope and Parker are attending the event when they are pounced upon by a news reporter asking them if the claims that the building is unsafe and that the technology is untested are true. Penelope tries to dispel the doubts that have arisen, saying that she knows the inventor behind the hotel’s design personally (the hotel's technology was designed and engineered by Brains) and that there shouldn’t be anything to worry about.

Unfortunately for Penelope and the hotel guests, the hotel seems to have sprung a leak in the hull and begins hurtling around in space, out of control. Scott, Alan and Kayo fly up to the hotel in Thunderbird 3 to investigate, the result becoming a rescue of the hotel guests, Kayo meanwhile has her own mission to do which results in the discovery that the hotel’s integral structure has been compromised and is disassembling itself in space.

To make matters worse, Kayo stumbles upon the man responsible - her uncle - The Hood. After confronting him and learning the reasons behind his deception and sabotage of the hotel, Kayo, with the help from Brains, manages to make the hotel fall apart safely before it impacts with the ground below, Kayo herself using the helipod to escape.

The Hood, however, is not so lucky, getting into an escape capsule that blasts off in a random direction with no control and no way of coming back down to earth. For now.

Cast

Book cover

Regular Cast

Guest Cast

Quotes

  • Lady Penelope: "Oh wow Parker, isn't it amazing?"
    Parker: "I'm stunned, m'lady. In all my years, I've never seen anything quite like it. All this luggage for a single night's stay. You've really out done yourself."
    Lady Penelope: "Thank you. You know it's all just for show though, don't you? It's what they expect."
    Parker: "Maybe they could give me a hand with it."
  • Gordon: "Fancy meeting you here, m'lady."
    Lady Penelope: "Gordon, what a surprise. Oh, glad you freshened up for the occasion?"
    Gordon: "I put on a clean uniform!"
    Parker: "Thrilled for you, sir. A momentous occasion for us all."
    Gordon: "Parker, don't you have some bags to carry?"
    Parker: "Oh, I knew I'd forgot something."
  • Kayo: "Are you sure this would work?"
    Brains: "My gut says yes."
    Kayo: "Has your gut ever been wrong?"
    Brains: "So far, no. But I've only started going with it today."
  • Virgil: "That's more like it."
    Gordon: "Oh there will be payback."

Equipment Used

International Rescue Equipment Used

Non-International Rescue Equipment Used

  • Estrella Grand Space Hotel
  • Space Hotel Escape Pod

Gallery

Trivia

  • The existence of Falling Skies was first revealed on the official Thunderbirds website. If registered users were successful in completing each level of The Hood Challenge, a clip from the episode was unlocked.
  • This episode is an homage to Ricochet, with a manned orbiting satellite falling to Earth.
  • This is the first time Penelope and Parker are seen onboard any Thunderbird; in this instance it's Thunderbirds 2 and 3.
  • The Space Hotel is stated to disintegrate over Florida. This marks the first and so far only time that a location in the United States of America is directly referenced in the series.

Goofs

Foreign titles

  • Dutch: Uit de lucht (From the Sky)
  • French: Le ciel nous tombe sur la tête (The Sky is Falling on Our Heads)
  • Spanish: Caída desde el Cielo (The Fall from Heaven)
  • Japanese: 狙われたスペースホテル (The Targeted Space Hotel)
  • Arabic: الفندق المتطور
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