There has been a very bizarre kind of retro movement in several forms of media. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about Robot Chicken, Saul of the Mole Men or Phoo Action, there is a definite obsessive need to revisit the imagery and madness of TV programs often half-remembered from our youth. Nothing, in truth, can touch upon the sheer insanity of somethinf like H.R. Pufnstuf, but Dario Russo and David Ashby’s Danger 5 comes close… damned close.
An Australian program that is heavily influenced by Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds, Danger 5 is a madcap program that not only features over the top toy model violence and absurd animal costumes, but also includes a cocktail recipe in every installment.
Oh… and it’s back for a second year.
DANGER 5 Series 2
Colonel Chestbridge and the Danger 5 team are back! And it’s the 1980s! After Hitler escaped from their clutches at the end of series 1, Jackson, Ilsa, Pierre, Tucker and Claire have tracked him to the era of big shoulder pads and bouffant hair to bring him to justice.
It’s Christmas in the 1980s. Adolf Hitler is alive and has two Yuletide wishes: Danger 5 dead… and the world under his Christmas tree.
Fingers crossed for a helluva Die Hard homage. Created and written by Dario Russo and David Ashby and produced by Kate Croser, Danger 5 will shoot later in the year with an air date yet to be announced. Due to the massive overseas cult success of the show, we expect something better than the fumbled overseas distribution of the first series by original broadcaster SBS last year.
Check out some links to watch the first series below. And remember, kill Hitler.
For your enjoyment, here are the cocktail recipes to date:
Episode 1: The perfect Fruit Madrid
2 parts Grenadine
1 part Chartreuse
Add a pinch of salt and fresh mint leaf
Episode 2: The perfect Carlos Sultana
1 part Dark Rum
1 scoop Vanilla ice cream
Fill with creamy soda
Finish with Raisins
Episode 3: The perfect Chinese Whisper
1 part rice wine
1 part Lychee Juice
Pour over crushed ice
Fill with soda
Episode 4: The perfect Fruiten Kamoon
1 part Gin
1 part Pomegranate syrup
Fill with Pineapple juice
Serve over crushed ice
Episode 5: The perfect Swiss Kiss
2 parts Creme de Cacao
1 part Vodka
Serve over crashed ice
Add milk finish with chocolate flakes
Episode 6: The perfect Beyond Chunderdome
9 parts Vodka
4 parts Grape Fruit Drink
Serve in plastic cups