Plot: A remake of the original 1960’s puppet version, Thunderbirds are Go modernises the boys in blue as they fly to the rescue.
There are significant changes from the original. Tin-Tin is now known as Kayo. A mystery surrounding Jeff Tracy is introduced in the first episode – he is missing, presumed dead and not involved with the rest of the series. Braman has had a make-over and is now known as Max. And Grandma Tracy can no longer cook.
Each episode focuses on a rescue and a particular brother as they battle to save people from one disaster or another.
Quote: `It’s not the gear in there that rescues people. It’s the Tracy.`
Opinion: I had my doubts before the series started. The promotions for it looked good, but there were several changes I was unsure about. Within the first episode, however, I knew those doubts were in vain. It didn’t matter that hair colours had been changed when the banter between the brothers was spot on. Throughout the whole series, their relationships with each other stayed true to what the fans accept as canon and provided many laugh out loud moments through their teasing of each other.
The plots of each episode were extremely silly and far-fetched: exactly how it should be. Any else remember the alligator in the bath tub in the originals? There was a moment in each episode that took it that step too far but the plots generally worked. All contained moments that allowed the main character to develop in some way.
The Hood remained the bad guy throughout the series. If you thought he turned up a lot in the originals, it’s nothing compared to now. Nearly every incident was due to him. It is also implied early on he is involved with Jeff’s disappearance. Nothing is then followed up on that throughout the rest of the series though. Possibly a story-arc to be developed in the next series?
To start with, the series was good. Each episode seemed to feature one brother in the spotlight and I assumed that would continue. Issues arose when Alan and John were getting far more screen-time than the others. Gordon barely turned up until the second half and Scott too was severely underplayed. Even EOS – a machine – has more lines than Scott. It felt as if the originals were being compensated for – John was now in every episode and apart from the first episode, there was no Scott and Virgil teamwork that made up the majority of the original series. Once you start noticing how little some of the brothers were on-screen for, it became an annoyance.
The final episode finally had all five brothers working together and ended the series with a bang and lots of squealing (from me, not the Tracys!). In general, the series was an enjoyable one that was a credit to the originals and to the fans. It needs to balance out the characters a little and it will be even better.