It’s hard accepting when a beloved show is being given a remake, especially when there is so much charm and love for the original. But, like Postman Pat and Fireman Sam, the Thunderbirds is being given the CGI treatment and the first images have been released.
It doesn’t look that positive.
Scott is okay. He looks like the Scott we know and love. But as a die-hard fan (and not being ashamed to admit it), that is about as good as it gets. John has the wrong hair colour, so does Virgil. Gordon has the wrong eye colour.
And the whole lot of them look like they are the poster to some new boyband, new the heroes that are supposed to be saving the world.
But saving the world looks to be a lot harder when one looks at the new uniform. Lycra, for one thing. And huge bulky sashes that must be against some sort of health and safety considering the work they do – they might have the tools with them but it would be a touch embarrassing not saving someone because they couldn’t crawl through a gap.
Maybe this is all taking it a bit literal. There is no way you could modernise a show without updating things like the uniform. The trouble here is lying in the fact that it looks utterly ridiculous. It’s not even as if they have actors in that could explain the hair colour difference, it is just someone coloured it in wrong. If they play this right, they could keep the original fans on board while introducing a new generation to the much loved Gerry Anderson creation.
However, making errors like that at the beginning is already seeming to get people’s backs up. No one I know has had anything positive to say about the new look of the character. It is all now based on what they do with the actual plot-lines to the stories. If they keep these well, not necessarily true to the old ones but continuing the same themes, then they might just pull it off. If they take the route of the 2004 film, however, and focus only on one character or introduce new ones for no reason, then again it is going to be creating resistance.
I want the show to work. I’m a huge fan of the original despite it being after my time and to have it brought back into the spotlight is of course what every fan wants for their show. But when the film was released, it was a complete disaster. Naturally meaning there is a worry the same thing is going to happen with the show. Modernising something works if the themes of the original are a key factor in the decisions being made and the story being told. It has to be a show about all of them, about family and wanting to save the world, not a teenage boy being a whiny brat and not knowing how to grow up.
Does anyone else have thoughts on the new series?