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"I fail to see why you're still laughing, Virgil. I just don't like mice, that's all."
— Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward

"The Mighty Atom" is the fourteenth episode of Thunderbirds season 1, first broadcast on 30th December 1965.

PlotEdit

A year after The Hood's first attempt to steal the secrets of an Australian nuclear power plant ended in disaster, he's ready for another go - but, this time, with a very different, and utterly unorthodox, approach...

Having stolen a new anti-espionage device called the "Mighty Atom" - cleverly guised as an ordinary-looking pocket mouse - he uses the high-tech little creature's photographic acumen to secure detailed images of an atomic plant in the Sahara Desert.

Flush with his new success, he elects to take his nefarious plans one big step further - by deliberately sabotaging the installation, to lure out International Rescue...

StorylineEdit

Main article: The Mighty Atom/Storyline

TranscriptEdit

Main article: The Mighty Atom/Transcript

CastEdit

Regular CharactersEdit

Reporter-Atom

Eddie Kerr

Guest CharactersEdit

Collins (2)

Collins

Cameo RolesEdit

Guard-Mighty

The GRU Guard

International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

Non-International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

LocationsEdit

Plant

The Saharan Atomic Station

TriviaEdit

  • The Mighty Atom is noteworthy for being the only series episode in which all five Thunderbirds craft appear (excluding the feature films).
  • It's also the only episode in which all of the series' major characters appear (the Tracy (7) and Kyrano families (3, including The Hood), plus Brains, Penelope and Parker - 13, in all!).
  • Originally a half-hour episode filmed in late 1964, it was extended in mid-1965.
  • For subsequent 'cliffhanger' formats broadcast in some countries, the first installment ends with The Hood gloating in his temple that the secrets of the world will soon be his.
  • The Target Carrying Aircraft first seen in Trapped in the Sky returns, and is used by the Australian Atomic Station workers to escape from the nuclear explosion at the start of the episode.
  • The Conference Hall's exterior set makes an appearance, and would go on to be reused in Cry Wolf, The Impostors, and Ricochet as entirely different buildings.
Coventry-paper-TMA

Coventry Evening Telegraph (Sample front page).

  • The newspapers seen rolling off the presses after the radioactive cloud is blown away are actually copies of the Coventry Evening Telegraph.
  • One of the very few times Thunderbird 2 is seen flying without a pod.
  • At the meeting with Professor Holden, The Hood has assumed the guise of one 'Professor Langley'.
  • This is the only episode where the first line of text ("The") is in a smaller font size than the next line of text ("Mighty Atom").

GoofsEdit

Main article: The Mighty Atom/Goofs

Foreign TitlesEdit

  • French: Sabotage à l'usine atomique
  • German: Die Supermaus
  • Spanish: El poderoso átomo; El átomo poderoso (DVD)
  • Italian: Nube sull'Australia
  • Dutch: De geheime foto's (TV) De machtige atoom (VHS, DVD)
  • Japanese: 原子炉の危機

ReferencesEdit

  1. According to IMDb.com, John Tate voiced "various characters" in this episode.