The Movie


Set in the year 2065 in the underwater world of Marineville, the surface world is united under one government and is at peace. Having conquered the galaxy, man has turned his attention to the exploration of inner space, the oceans that cover three-fifths of the world and provide a vital new source of mineral resources. But this inner sanctum is peopled by many alien races who are hostile to the surface people, whom they see as invaders of their domain. One group, the Aquaphibians, a race of undersea warriors ruled by Titan, have sworn to invade the surface world and destroy the forces of the World Security Patrol, an international organization set up to preserve world peace.[1]

At the hub of this organization is the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (WASP), an ocean police force which patrols the seas of the world, protecting it from enemy threats. WASP's most powerful asset is the sleek and deadly underwater craft the "Stingray," captained by the enigmatic Troy Tempest.[2]


Created by the legendary Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, Stingray was the precursor to Thunderbirds, the smash hit series. Made in 1964, Stingray made television history, as it was the first British television series to be filmed entirely in color - a move designed to ensure an American TV slot. In the UK, the series was initially broadcast in black and white, as the official launch of color television on this side of the Atlantic was not until 1967. However, latter-day repeats of the perennially popular Stingray adventures have been transmitted in their full color glory.[3]

In 1981, four episodes of Stingray (apparently "Hostages of the Deep", "The Big Gun", "Emergency Marineville," and "Deep Heat") were edited together to form a feature-length film version of the series titled Invaders from the Deep.[4]

This is the first of three compilation films riffed on the show put together by the American division of British TV studio ITC Entertainment for US syndicated movie packages. (also see Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars and Cosmic Princess)

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: Joel has received word that this week's movie is Invaders from the Deep from "the guys at the station" (not the Mads).

Segment 1: Joel shows off two of his inventions, a new take on a man-eating plant and a helmet with an airbag for motorcyclists.

Segment 2: Joel discovers one of the flowers on the SOL is sick. He calls for Gypsy to come have a look at it, but she only winds up sniffing the flower, thus getting the virus.

Segment 3: Gypsy is not doing well and Joel and Crow are grossed out by Joel's "reptile thermometer". By segment's end, it appears that Joel, himself, has become infected.

Segment 4: Joel thinks Troy's distinctive walk will catch on and he demonstrates. After asking viewers to call in, Joel shows off one last invention: the electric bagpipes. Joel plays "Amazing Grace" and "Whole Lotta Love". Crow joins Joel at the end to compliment him and they contemplate the nature of the now cleared-up virus and the universe itself.

Obscure References


  • This episode was previously one of three missing episodes (where no fan recording had been discovered). However, a master tape copy of the episode (along with Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars) was found in 2016, and on November 25, 2016, the episode was released on VHX by Joel Hodgson to qualifying backers of the Kickstarter campaign.[5]
  • The title card to the master tape is dated 11/4/88, which is likely the original production date. Joel has also recently mentioned the show originally had no theme song, so this episode was probably produced without the theme, which was created later (as indicated by Joel's hair and jumpsuit), prior to the show's debut on Nov. 24, 1988.
  • Joel can be heard eating popcorn and drinking soda in the theater.
  • Crow is voiced by Josh Weinstein in this episode and joins Joel in the second theater segment.
  • Joel and Crow review the film during the final theater segment as the film's credits roll.
  • Servo does not appear in the episode itself, only in the opening credits. Beeper is mentioned, but not shown, so the remodel and name change may not have happened yet when the episode was shot.
  • The version of the episode released online does not feature end credits.


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