This is a fun episode, one of the best to use the Hood so far. I’m not going to complain about overusing the character this time out since the Tracys know from the outset that he’s gunning for the mcguffin of the week, and also since a teaser for series two emerged a few days ago that strongly hints at new baddies coming soon.
This installment is the first written by Peter Briggs, who was one of the writers behind the excellent Hellboy a decade ago. I hope the producers use him again, because it’s a great concept – robbing an underwater maglev train – and I love the one-after-another obstacles thrown at International Rescue and Lady Penelope. I also liked that they brought back Professor Moffat – Brains’ old flame from “Heavy Metal” – and hope that we’ll see her again.
So how’d the kid enjoy it? Well, normally we watch our programs together after dinner, but since we have plans tonight, I mentioned at breakfast that we’d be watching Thunderbirds are Go later this morning. The kid put his bowl away and went straight to the sofa, because he was ready to watch immediately. It didn’t disappoint him. I don’t think that any episode of either this show or the original that features Thunderbird 4, his favorite of the vehicles, has ever disappointed him.
(Note: I can play them, but I’m not presently able to get screencaps from Region 2 DVDs, so many of these entries will just have a photo of the set to illustrate it. Click the image to purchase it from Amazon UK.)