Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fireball XL5

I wish I was a spaceman,
The fastest guy alive
I’d fly you ‘round the universe
In Fireball XL5
Way out in space together
Conkers of the sky. (Conkers is a game like marbles. It definitely sounds like conkers, not conquerors.)
My heart would be a fireball,
A fireball
Every time I gazed into your starry eyes.
We’d take the path to Jupiter,
And maybe very soon
We’d cruise along the Milky Way
And land upon the moon
To a wonderland of stardust
We’d zoom away to Mars
My heart would be a fireball,
A fireball
Cuz you would be my Venus of the stars

Fireball XL5 is available on DVD from (and other retailers of course) and is a lot of fun.

Fireball XL5 is one of at least 5 space ships operated by Space City. Its captain is Troy Tempest, the science officer is Venus, the doctor/comic relief is Professor Matic, and the copilot is a robot, Robert.

Space City Control is run by the grumpy Captain Zero (a precursor to the grumpy Commander Shore of Stingray) and Lieutenant 90.

Occasionally (un)comic relief is provided by Venus' talking pet, a Lazoon.

Fireball XL5 takes off from a ramp...a method of launching that was actually seriously considered for rockets as early as 1945. In When Worlds Collide, the ship takes off via a ramp.

The song lyrics for Fireball XL5 were released as a single and were the only hit its singer ever had!

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