Danger 5

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Danger 5
Danger 5 series 2 logo.jpeg
Danger 5 logo starting from series 2
Created by Dario Russo
David Ashby
Written by Dario Russo
David Ashby
Directed by Dario Russo
Starring David Ashby
Sean James Murphy
Natasa Ristic
Amanda Simons
Aldo Mignone
Pacharo Mzembe
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English, German, Russian, Italian, French, Japanese, Cantonese
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 14
Production
Producer(s) Kate Croser
Dario Russo
Cinematography Sam King
Running time 25 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) Dinosaur
Hedone Productions
Distributor SBS
SBS International
Release
Original channel SBS One (Series 1)
SBS 2 (Series 2)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release 27 February 2012 (2012-02-27) – present
Chronology
Related shows Italian Spiderman
External links
Website
Production website

Danger 5 is an Australian action comedy television series which premiered on SBS One on 27 February 2012.[1] It is set in a bizarre 1960s interpretation of World War II and follows a group of five international spies on a mission to kill Adolf Hitler and thwart his plans of world domination.[2] The Men's adventure pulp magazine-inspired series was created by Dario Russo and David Ashby. On 11 September 2014, the Danger 5 crew announced series 2 has been delayed due to unforeseen international news events and the recent ISIS actions.[3] They also released the series two trailer on the same day.[4] The second series eventually began airing on SBS 2 on 4 January 2015, and is based in the mid-1980s.

Project history[edit]

Development[edit]

After the success of the web series Italian Spiderman created by Alrugo Entertainment (Russo, Ashby, Tait Wilson, Will Spartalis and Boris Repasky), Australian broadcaster SBS became interested in turning the project into an interstitial television show.[5] Due to ownership and copyright issues within the production team, the project fell through. Nonetheless, SBS were still interested in Russo and Ashby and in 2009 offered a development deal for a new show.[6] Russo and Ashby submitted three concepts that, regardless what was chosen, they would be happy to make. Danger 5 was the chosen concept, the most ambitious and dense of the three.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters of Danger 5
Actor Character Series
1 2
David Ashby Jackson Main
Natasa Ristic Ilsa Main
Sean James Murphy Tucker Main
Amanda Simons Claire Main
Tilman Vogler Chestbridge ("The Colonel") Main 3 episodes
Aldo Mignone Pierre Main 1 episode
Pacharo Mzembe Main
Elizabeth Hay Holly Main
Fumito Arai McKenzie Main
Shaun Micallef Principal 1 episode
Historical characters of Danger 5
Actor Character Series
1 2
Carmine Russo (voice: Andreas Sobik) Adolf Hitler Main
Robert Tompkins Josef Mengele 1 episode 1 episode
Brendan Rock Erwin Rommel/Desert Fox 1 episode 1 episode
Paul Muscat Emperor Hirohito 1 episode
Greg Marsh Joseph Stalin 1 episode
Marlon Shepherdson Benito Mussolini 1 episode
Craig Behenna Joseph Goebbels 1 episode
Eddie Morrison Hermann Göring 1 episode
Tim Overton Reinhard Heydrich 1 episode
Ben Finn Heinrich Himmler 1 episode
Steve Parker Nikita Khruschev 5 episodes
Nathan Cain Otto Skorzeny/Carlos Mendez 2 episodes
Vince Poletto Juan Perón 1 episode
Daniel Becker Martin Bormann 1 episode
Kade Marsh Adolf Eichmann 1 episode
Mike Gray Franz Stangl/White Death 1 episode
Aaron Melville-Smith Klaus Barbie/Klaus 1 episode
Anthony Rinna Gustav Wagner/Beast 1 episode
Andrew Wallis Alfred Rosenberg/Red Mountain 1 episode
Shaun Micallef Ernst Kaltenbrunner 1 episode

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2012)[edit]

This list is ordered by the original air dates on SBS One in Australia.

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Title Original airdate
0 0 "The Diamond Girls" (prequel episode aired on YouTube) 20 November 2011 (2011-11-20)
Deep in Nazi Germany, Jackson, Pierre and Tucker have been working undercover in Adolf Hitler's favourite bar, the Black Dog, waiting for the perfect chance to knock off the big man, and end the Second World War. Things get complicated when Hitler turns up with a posse of bullet-proof She-Nazis who prove too formidable for even these three seasoned spies. After bungling the assassination attempt, Allied Command give the boys a little extra motivation in the form of two beautiful newcomers, Ilsa and Claire. Jackson, Pierre and Tucker will have to join forces with their reluctant new comrades to form Danger 5 so that they can succeed in their ultimate goal; to kill Adolf Hitler. On their first mission together, Danger 5 discover that Hermann Goring and the Nazis have been stealing the world’s supply of a rare black diamond known as Carbonado, thought to be behind the She-Nazis.
1 1 "I Danced For Hitler" 27 February 2012 (2012-02-27)
A team of Nazi zeppelins abduct the Eiffel Tower and Danger 5 heads straight to Paris to investigate. The team find help from an all-girl team of resistance vixens, but their plans are swiftly hampered by a Nazi task force raid. Ilsa and Claire are taken to a torture dungeon where Josef Goebbels recruits them as part of his dance troupe for Hitler's birthday spectacular. Tucker and Pierre follow the girls to Hitler's private retreat, the Eagle's Nest, and try to mount a rescue mission. Meanwhile Jackson tries to stop the Nazis from stealing the Statue of Liberty.
2 2 "Lizard Soldiers Of The Third Reich" 5 March 2012 (2012-03-05)
American GIs are being decimated by Nazi dinosaurs all over the Western front. Danger 5 heads to Belgium to investigate and has a series of close shaves with a trigger-happy Triceratops and a perverted Nazi Pterodactyl. Claire discovers that the dinosaurs have all been implanted with a mysterious type of crystal, native to Antarctica and Danger 5 embark on a journey to the South Pole. Antarctica proves to be a lost plateau of prehistoric wonder where Danger 5 encounter the bizarre Dr Josef Mengele and his sinister volcano base filled with Nazi dinosaur minions.
3 3 "Kill-Men Of The Rising Sun" 12 March 2012 (2012-03-12)
Allied Air Support surrounding China is being thrashed by Japanese Zero fighters piloted by robot super soldiers and, to make matters worse, Japan itself has completely vanished from the map. Danger 5 sets off in their Danger Fighters to give the Japanese some healthy competition. The Japanese robo-pilots prove to be too formidable even for the Danger 5 team, who are shot out of the sky. After bailing from their damaged aircraft, Ilsa and Tucker find themselves in a mysterious spa-resort while Claire, Jackson and Pierre land amongst the insalubrious surrounds of General Chang’s Burmese Opium Pagoda. Danger 5 must reunite and locate Japan and put a stop to the every growing army of Japanese, Nazi robot soldiers.
4 4 "Hitler's Golden Murder Palace" 19 March 2012 (2012-03-19)
An Allied Agent has uncovered strange happenings at a Nazi-owned casino in West Africa where Hitler is rumoured to be located. After the agent goes missing under mysterious circumstances, Danger 5 is sent into Waheed Al-Quarn to smoke Hitler out of his African cash-hole. Things get complicated when Tucker is captured by Italian Submariners and Ilsa bumps into her ex-husband, Erwin Rommel, The Desert Fox.
5 5 "Fresh Meat For Hitler's Sex Kitchen" 26 March 2012 (2012-03-26)
Allied troops throughout Europe are spontaneously turning Nazi. Danger 5 are sent to connect with Field Marshal Jenkins as he travels out of Switzerland by train after a weekend of R and R at Switzerland's top brothel 'The Palomino'. Jenkins’ entire platoon has recently turned Nazi and Allied Command want him home safe before Jenkins can be turned too. Things turn pear-shaped on the train when Jenkins starts babbling Kraut-speak and has to be put out of his misery. Ilsa and Jackson knock off Reinhard Heydrich, a would-be Nazi jewel thief, in the drinks cart and accept a belt of whisky from a British spy who is not who he claims to be, buying them a one-way ticket to Hitler’s dungeon of occult perversions.
6 6 "Final Victory" 2 April 2012 (2012-04-02)
The world is under attack from invincible, giant Nazi monsters and Allied Command is ready to surrender, when out of the blue they receive a strange telegram from a man called Gibraltar, who claims to be from the lost city of Atlantis. Gibraltar claims that the Atlanteans have developed a weapon powerful enough to destroy the Nazi monsters and all they require is some refined uranium to complete the device. On their way to deliver the uranium to Atlantis in the Danger Submarine, Danger 5 comes under attack from perils of the deep, resulting in Jackson and Claire being separated from the team, feared dead. Ilsa, Pierre and Tucker reach the strange sanctuary of Atlantis and deliver the uranium, however, Gibraltar is not as friendly as he appears to be.

Series 2 (2015)[edit]

Series 2 began airing on 4 January 2015.[7]

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Title Original airdate Viewers
7 1 "Merry Christmas Colonel" 4 January 2015 (2015-01-04) 48,000 [8]
After Colonel Chestbridge is killed in an apparent assassination by Hilter and a wolf-headed man, Allied super-team Danger 5 reunite after years of far-flung obscurity to stop Hitler's ultimate quest for world domination in a 1980s excess-soaked universe of neon, ninjas, discos, dinosaurs, pizza and prom-queens, and save Christmas.
8 2 "Johnny Hitler" 11 January 2015 (2015-01-11) 27,000 [9]
Hitler has infiltrated a high school in the American mid-west in search of a female senior student. His motives are unknown. Danger 5 are forced to go undercover and back to school, where Tucker’s teaching skills are pushed to the limit, Pierre’s coolness is put to the test and Jackson is hunted by a ruby-eyed wolf man with a machine gun and a grudge.
9 3 "Revenge of the Lizardmen" 18 January 2015 (2015-01-18) TBA
Danger 5 are fugitives in Metro City, wrongfully accused of kidnapping high school senior Holly De Palma. Hitler has infiltrated the police and leads the hunt for Danger 5 but little does he know that his own people are working against him: Joseph Mengele and his sinister accomplice Mr. Pedro are plotting a scheme, which involves the return of some scaly prehistoric bad-guys.
10 4 "Un Sacco Di Natale (A Sack of Christmas)" 25 January 2015 (2015-01-25) TBA
Hitler has been taken captive by a cabal at the Vatican. McKenzie attempts to discover the secrets behind Hitler's plan regarding Holly, as Tucker attempts to deal with his trauma related to Claire. Ilsa and Jackson deal with relationship woes. Pierre finds Jesus as Hitler finds a new source of power.
11 5 "Super Dead" 1 February 2015 (2015-02-01) TBA
Danger 5 goes to USSR Land to reclaim Holly from her kidnapper Khrushchev, while Ilsa and Jackson both vie for revenge. Things don't go exactly as planned as Hitler's zombie army comes into the mix and Danger 5 are forced to deal with the consequences of the space-time continuum.
12 6 "Back to the Führer" 8 February 2015 (2015-02-08) TBA
Danger 5 go back to World War II in an attempt to stop Hitler from changing the fabric of time. Ignoring the perils of messing with the space-time continuum, Tucker is dead set on changing the course of history for his own selfish motives while Pierre suffers the consequences. Jackson and Ilsa have a run-in with their past selves and share advice on the future. Meanwhile Hitler is holding Colonel Chestbridge hostage in his mountain lair.
13 7 "Welcome to Hitlerland" 15 February 2015 (2015-02-15) TBA
In the final instalment of Danger 5, the team find themselves in an alternate future where Hitler is undisputed ruler of the universe. In Hitlerland everyone speaks German, everyone loves dogs and worst of all, everything is vegetarian! Danger 5 embark on a quest across space dodging Hitler’s deception at every turn. They encounter old friends, new foes and a talking pelican on this epic quest to save the universe.

Online content[edit]

A prologue web series entitled Danger 5: The Diamond Girls was released weekly on YouTube throughout November and December 2011, in the lead up to the Australian broadcast.[10] Danger 5 was also released on US Netflix in February 2015, and was one of the initial offerings for the Australian Netflix launch in March 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quinn, Karl (17 December 2011). "The Best Shows For 2012". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Inside Film: Film and Television Industry News and Issues for Australian Content Creators". If.com.au. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Danger 5 - Timeline Photos - Facebook". Facebook.com. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "DANGER 5 SEASON 2 TRAILER". YouTube. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Hawker, Phillipa (23 February 2012). "Five Spies All Reich Now". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Encore Magazine - Everything under Australia’s media, marketing & entertainment umbrella.". Encoremagazine.com.au. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Danger 5 - Facebook". Facebook.com. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sunday 4 January 2015". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sunday 11 January 2015". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Maxime Chevalier (19 December 2011). "Streaming Danger 5". Cinema.jeuxactu.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

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