The first half of series two comes to an end, unsurprisingly, with another big fight with the Mechanic, this time involving the Hood as well. It’s kind of low on shocks and wows; most of Rich Fogel’s story is FAB 1 driving down a gigantic tunnel that the Mechanic has dug, and driving back very fast as his big new device reverses direction. Meanwhile, Virgil and Gordon carry out a very meticulous rescue. I was pleased that they made the choice to pay attention to something so laborious and repetitive instead of the usual edge-of-your-seat bit of grabbing somebody at full speed in the nick of time. Nice change.
Our son loved it, full stop, and asked questions about the Mechanic’s weird technology and wires that are plugged into his back. The episode ends with our heroes left more than a little wrong-footed, setting up some more stories with these villains when series two resumes later this year. About which… I haven’t seen a date for when it’s due back. Probably in September, I imagine, and we’ll write about it here as soon as ITV Studios gets a DVD in the shops!
Rich Fogel had written some of the very best episodes of what fans call “the DC Animated Universe.” It started with the cartoon Batman in 1992 and concluded with Justice League Unlimited in 2006. He cowrote the “World’s Finest” three-parter in 1997. People will be telling stories about how Batman and Superman first met until the last vestiges of our culture are forgotten, but I really and honestly don’t believe this episode is ever going to be bettered. I recognized Fogel’s name on this episode of Thunderbirds are Go and sat up straight. That was after the pre-credit reveal, which is the greatest thing ever.
I don’t wish to give anything away tonight, since most American viewers won’t be seeing this episode until Amazon Prime offers it in April, and even the simplest plot summary will spoil that amazing reveal. Suffice it to say that everyone involved seem to have put the plot together after a marathon session of debating what all can be done with Thunderbird 4, and that there’s a perfectly-timed Sherlock Holmes gag that had me roaring. Our son loved this one, of course, but it’s just possible that I might have loved it more.