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Thunderbirds are Go 2.7 – Up from the Depths (part two)

Well, that was ridiculously fun. As Thunderbird 3 gets into a punch-up in outer space, our son was hopping up and down and applauding, and I don’t mind saying that even your cynical and jaded writer let out an exclamation of very pleasant surprise when Kayo finds somebody to put her boot into.

While admitting to being swept up in the edge-of-your-seat thrills, Mommy briefly questioned just how plausible the Mechanic’s crazy technology really is, even in the far-flung future of the 2060s. She did have a less Dr. Science point toward the end, though. The cameras in the original series lingered on all the guest vehicles long enough for kids to really get a grip on what they look like, and they certainly didn’t keep unfolding to reveal new weapons, gadgets, and telescoping arms. It’s probable that big things like the Crablogger in “Path of Destruction” will inspire far more drawings and Lego reconstructions than anything the Mechanic will build. But as for the visceral thrill of seeing these amazing events unfold, I think they do just fine.

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Thunderbirds are Go 2.6 – Up From the Depths (part one)

Years ago, Col. Jeff Tracy was forced to eject from the cockpit of the very first International Rescue craft, a prototype called TV-21, which should bring a smile. Today, a survey team finds its wreckage deep within the Marianas Trench, which is a heck of a coincidence…

Well, this story by Benjamin Townsend is just about the most amazing thing ever. Our son was punching the air as Gordon was being clever and inventive and saving the day. His latest little catchphrase is shouting “PERFECT!” for some reason. Not sure where he picked that up, actually.

Something happens in this episode that has never happened in any Thunderbirds before. We’ve seen International Rescue’s ships get damaged before, but not to this degree. We can’t wait for part two.

BONUS MATERIAL: Parker is kicking down doors and being awesome for Lady Penelope in this episode. I believe, therefore, that the good news that he received at Halifax Bank must have arrived later. You must see this delightful commercial from the team that animated those three half-hour episodes of the original series last year.

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Thunderbirds are Go 1.25 – Undercover

The danger, of course, in going undercover with a metal suitcase to buy a stolen supermagnet is that the bad guy can use that against you! This was a really fun episode by Benjamin Townsend that just kept piling one new obstacle atop each other. We enjoyed the daylights out of it, and, for those who read Saturday afternoon’s post, our son was able to enjoy the entire episode from the safety of Mommy’s lap without accidentally injuring her this time.

Daniel says that the best part of the episode was learning that Lady Penelope can drive, “just like Parker can!”

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Thunderbirds are Go 1.16 – Breakdown

Benjamin Townsend, who had earlier written the terrific episode “Heavy Metal,” also scripted this story, in which Virgil has the odd dilemma of having to rescue a rude fellow from a collapsing glacier, a fellow who does not want to be rescued. As the story progresses, we learn that he’s on a rescue mission of his own.

Watching this show, I do occasionally get the feeling that they’re skipping over way too much travel time in these “only seconds are left before everything explodes” nick-of-time rescues. “Relic” has the same issue, but the visceral thrill of seeing the ice start to crack underneath Thunderbird 2 while Virgil is still a couple of thousand meters underground is enough to make you stop quibbling for a few minutes and grab on for the ride. Daniel absolutely loved it, and grumbled at Dr. Peck for putting Virgil in more danger. The final race back to safety had him hopping in excitement.

(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.)

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