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Joe 90

CEREBRAL DOWNER after the Supermarionation splendour of CAPTAIN SCARLET. Speccy twat Joe Maclaine gets into a spinning wicker basket thing (called “The Big Rat”, for fuck’s sake) which then enables him to download “expert knowledge” so he can join MI5-style agency WIM, become top international blonde superspy, fight crime and dispense derring-do. A flop, all told, not least thanks to there being no demented vehicles with gadgetry a-plenty, plus episode titles like “International Concerto”, “The Unorthodox Shepherd” and “Business Holiday”.



  1. Enoch Sneed

    July 25, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Erm, it was WIN (World Intelligence Network), not WIM. OK, I’ll just get my anorak…

  2. Glenn Aylett

    July 24, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    The one people seem to remember the least as Jerry Anderson wanted to move on from Supermarionation and make UFO, but this isn’t to say Joe 90 is bad, far from it, as the series was just as well made as its predecessors and had an ace theme tune. I kind of remember one where Joe ends up in the Soviet Union and steals a 2000 mph plane.

    • THX 1139

      July 27, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      I wonder if Mathias Rust saw that and it gave him an idea?

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