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How The Cold War Was Reflected In Gerry Anderson’s Puppets



Gerry Anderson’s signature supermarionation series’ like Thunderbirds, Stingray and Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons were much more than just puppet shows for kids.

If you look closely there was a whole lot of Cold War anxiety woven into the various series he made.

Sarah wrote about this “puppet state” for The A.V. Club.

To read the full feature go here.

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Hot-Blooded Girls And The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’s Illya Kuryakin

David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin

David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin

The return of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. franchise has been a mixed blessing in the Risky Fuel household.

Particularly because one half of Team Fuel (Sarah) has a deep, borderline “problem” level crush on the original television show’s thoughtful, mysterious Russian spy character Illya Kuryakin, who was played by David McCallum.

In the film reboot Kuryakin is entirely different, a musclebound lurch played by Armie Hammer.

Sarah’s having a hard time accepting the new version of Illya, which may be putting her at odds with a whole new generation of U.N.C.L.E. fans.

She wrote about this quandary in her first piece for The A.V. Club.

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