“Danger 5 – Season One and Two” (2012-2015)
Created by: Dario Russo and David Ashby
Featuring: David Ashby, Sean James Murphy, Natasa Ristic, Amanda Simons,
Aldo Mignone and Pacharo Mzembe
Stalin:“Come, Natalia, Hush. Take refuge in my mustache.”
Released this week onto DVD is “Danger 5 – Season One and Two” (2012-2015), this was an Australian action comedy television series. It is set in a bizarre, campy, 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. The first series is nominally set in World War II but uses a style more akin to pulp TV spy series. The titular Danger 5 are a small group of Allied agents who are tasked with stopping various schemes overseen by Adolf Hitler. Each episode sees an intentionally alternate historical version of a major Axis person come up with a bizarre plan more in line with a TV or comic book villain of the fifties or sixties.
Despite how honestly ridiculous it is it is a fun show to watch, and it becomes our version of what so many shows in the 60’s were kind of like. Danger 5 gives us a true throwback series that we can sit back and enjoy without having to think too much. There is pretty consistent action, and the characters themselves are all humorous and enjoyable. Since the group is international, some of the characters speak in subtitles, which adds to the fun and cheesiness of the show. We have Ilsa, who speaks Russian, and of course, the recurring character of Hitler, who only speaks in German. Yet it is done seamlessly, and actually adds to the spy feeling of the show.
Surely, there must be controversy that goes along with Danger 5, and this would focus on the guts to make Hitler a comedic character in a series. But it is not intended to offend, it is simply providing us with an alternate view of things, the whole while having tongue planted firmly in cheek.
I Danced For Hitler: 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.
Lizard Soldiers Of The Third Reich: 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.
Kill-Men Of The Rising Sun: 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.
Hitler’s Golden Murder Palace: An Allied Agent has uncovered strange happenings at a Nazi-owned casino in North Africa where Hitler is rumoured to be located.
Fresh Meat For Hitler’s Sex Kitchen: 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’.
Final Victory: 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.
Merry Christmas Colonel: After Colonel Chestbridge is killed in an apparent assassination by Hitler 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.
Johnny Hitler: 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.
Revenge of the Lizardmen: 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.
Un Sacco Di Natale (A Sack of Christmas): 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.
Super Dead: 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.
Back to the Führer: 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.
Welcome to Hitlerland: In the final installment of Danger 5, the team find themselves in an alternative future where Hitler is undisputed ruler of the universe.