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TB - The Revolution

"The Revolution" is a comic-strip story originally published in TV Century 21 Issues 130 to 136, 15th July to 26th August 2067 (1967). It was written by Alan Fennell, and illustrated by Frank Bellamy.

The atomic ship "President" leaves New York on her maiden voyage. In Nicaragua, International Rescue survey the canal that the "President" will sail through en route to Australia. They are unaware that the journey is about to be sabotaged by local revolutionaries...

PlotEdit

July 15th, 2067 sees the atomic ship President depart New York on her maiden voyage to Australia. High above, in Thunderbird 1, Jeff and Scott watch the launch before heading home via Nicaragua, so they can examine the new canal that the President will be sailing through. Meanwhile, in the nearby shanty town of San Casas, revolutionaries are plotting ways to make the government notice their plight - and they decide that the best way to do that is to blow up the President...

The revolutionaries travel from village to village looking for like-minded people to aid them in their cause. The leader, Juan, outlines his plan - the canal will be blocked, and the crew and passengers on the President will be ordered to disembark before the ship is blown up. However, some of his comrades do not share his vision, and the next morning, they take the tanker that Juan had planned to block the canal with, and ram it into the President's bow...

The crew of the President lose control, and the liner crashes into the bank, completely blocking the canal. Juan and his friends, however, decide to go ahead with their plan, and the rebel leader orders that the passengers and crew be ordered to disembark. His comrades, however, threaten to shoot anyone who leaves the ship, and so Captain Thomas reports the situation to the World Maritime Agency. The communication is picked up by Thunderbird 5, and Jeff sends Scott out to the danger zone in Thunderbird 1. Upon his arrival, Scott discovers that the President has dammed the canal, and that the water levels are rising...

The President of Nicaragua is prepared to send in troops to deal with the revolt, but Jeff contacts him directly and advises him to call them off. He agrees, and grants International Rescue 24 hours to deal with the situation. The rebels watch as the rising water levels flood the nearby village of San Pedro. Scott is on hand to save the villagers who were unable to evacuate in time - but suddenly the weight of water bursts the north bank of the canal, sending a tidal wave cascading across the plateau...

Thunderbird 2 is launched, as the President begins to become unstable in the water. Juan and the rebels watch as Thunderbird 2 arrives, and launches Thunderbird 4 from its pod. Thunderbird 4 inspects the President, which shifts its position again, crushing Thunderbird 4...

Thunderbirds 1 and 2 attach lines to the President, to pull it off of Thunderbird 4. Juan, unable to stand idly by any longer, dives into the water to rescue Gordon. The President is pulled back onto an even keel, but Juan's followers are still plotting against him, and have gone to the army, warning them that the rebels are being aided by International Rescue...

The President is secured, and Virgil uses Thunderbird 2's grabs to repair the breach to the canal. The government troops open fire on the area, but Gordon leads Juan and his loyal followers to surrender to them. The attack is halted, and the traitors are arrested. The breach in the canal is repaired, and, as the water level begins to rise, International Rescue head for home.

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