Danger 5

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"Hitler's days are numbered, because Danger 5 are on the case."

Ever imagined what would have happened if an international team of secret agents had fought Hitler in the 1960s? If not, that's no surprise, but David Ashby and Dario Russo somehow dreamed up this eccentric premise and went crazy with it.

Developed by the creators of Italian Spiderman, Danger 5 is an oddly compelling action/comedy set in a bizarre, Alternate Universe based on 60s and pulp fiction cliches. It features the Danger 5 team directly assigned to thwart Hitler's diabolical plans, which involve anything and everything from Japanese robots to Nazi-controlled dinosaurs.

Danger 5 began with a short series of prequel Webisodes available here, followed by a full television series broadcast on its parent network SBS. The TV show can be viewed online in Australia, or is internationally available as a DVD boxset. If you like shows that are uniquely, weirdly, raucously fun, this is worth a look.

Tropes used in Danger 5 include:
  • Achilles' Heel: The otherwise invincible Carbonado-enhanced soldiers are vulnerable to diamond bullets.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of sixties cinema and TV, pulp fiction, and also specifically, old Japanese sci-fi.
  • Air Vent Passageway: "My God. There's Nazis in the walls!" This being in a secure bank vault.
  • Alternate History: World War Two in The Sixties.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: In Episode 4 of the miniseries, Goring shows off several women enhanced in a similar fashion to Hitler's Carbonado bodyguards, but using different gemstones. None of them are quite as bulletproof.
  • Amazon Brigade: Hitler's Bodyguard Babes. The French Resistance in "I Danced for Hitler".
  • Ate His Gun: A Running Gag in "I Danced for Hitler".
  • A-Team Firing: In episode one, the main protagonists and antagonists fire directly at each other to no effect other than killing every single random mook/bystander by accident.
  • Anachronism Stew: WWII in the 60s with dinosaurs and mechanically enhanced soldiers.
  • Atlantis: In "Final Victory"
  • Bad Guy Bar: In the first episode, the Black Dog, where Hitler and the Nazis chill out.
  • Brainwashed: Allied soldiers are being turned into Japanese robot-soldiers in "Kill-Men of the Rising Sun"
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Ilsa in "Lizard Soldiers of the Third Reich"

Jackson: Get off me, you crazy tramp!
Ilsa: There was something in my head!
Jackson: You've always got something in your head!

Claire: I'm sorry, Ilsa. If I only had the nerve to sleep with Mengele he would never have put that thing in your head.
Ilsa: All you had to do was sleep with him? (tries to throttle Claire)

  • Beauty and The Beast: Mengele is about to shoot Claire, when his dinosaur-headed servant stops him. "I love her!"
  • Bilingual Bonus: Ilsa's dialog in particular contains a few gems, from bowdlerized subtitles to entirely untranslated cursing.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: Ilsa only speaks in subtitled Russian, the rest of the Danger 5 team speaks English, Hitler and various goons speak German, and everyone understands each other perfectly.
    • All in all, the series contains correct English, German, Russian, Italian, French, Japanese, and Cantonese. This is a result of being from Australia's premier multilingual channel, which prides itself on its linguistic diversity.
  • Bottle Fairy: Ilsa

(On the verge of being eaten by a T-Rex) "And I always thought I'd die of alcohol poisoning."

"Professor Johann Filk of the International League of Sciencemongers. I am a scientist. A man of science. I've been practicing science on this plateau for nearly 10 years."

Rommel: You've had amnesia for two years?
Ilsa: Yes. After I was hit by the mortar in Stalingrad I wandered through Europe with a group of priests until a magician brought back my memories, then I came to find you.

  • Eureka Moment: Any time Danger 5 suddenly realise they're amongst the enemy.

It's not plugged in. (sees the socket pins on the power cord are shaped like a swastika) My God, it's a German plug!

Claire: [winking] [subtitle: Stay on mission. We can handle ourselves.]
Tucker: [winking back] [subtitle: What?]

"I'll take Double Jim Bourbons on the rocks. ... No, two of them."

"My God, they're weapon-proof."

"And as always, KILL HITLER!"

Pierre: Tucker. How is that Vodka Marconi, my friend?
Tucker: Satisfactory.
Pierre: <concentrates and stares at the cocktail, which begins to bubble>
Pierre: How about now?
Tucker: Above satisfactory!

  • Pulp Magazine: Goes so far as to spoof this on its website, where the pulpy pastiche articles are treated as factual news stories on the Danger 5 'verse.
  • Retraux: Core part of the show's appeal.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The show's entire premise. Over-the-top taken Up to Eleven - from Goebbels stealing the Eiffel Tower to build a birthday present for Hitler, to sexually transmitted nazism, to people having animal heads for no apparent reason...
  • Remonstrating with a Gun: The eagle-headed colonel's Sit Down Gun. Naturally he makes a point of pointing it at Claire.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: Kilroy in "Final Victory"
  • Room Disservice: "Red wine with chicken?"
  • Rule of Cool: Drives the plot.
  • Running Gag:
    • Dying characters passing on to Pierre the recipe for "the perfect <some cocktail>".
    • The fake advertisements at the end.
    • The eagle-headed colonel picking on Claire in every briefing.

Claire: That's a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
Colonel: No, Claire, that's a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Try thinking first before you open your mouth.

KILL HITLER!

Mengele: I am a scientist -- a man of science.
"You always were a joking man, Glenn. A man of jokes."

You hit a woman!
I hit a Nazi!