Judging from the preview for this week's preview it's going to be a character-building episode for Virgil of what he has to make do with when he doesn't have Thunderbird 2 to back him up.
That by it's own statement will be disappointing to see International Rescue's Flagship transporter taken out of the picture, but the flip-side to that is it shows what a man can do when he is forced to make do with what he has.
In any continuity of Thunderbirds of the Tracy family; Virgil is always shown to be the courageous member of the team that will do anything to get the job done. And I think in this week's episode will be no exception to the rule.
And one visual spectacle that will be witnessed is seeing Thunderbird 2 crash land in Trafalgar Square, London.
That said; this won't be the first time that she has crash-landed. Those that are young enough to remember the rough landing she made back at Tracy Island from Terror in New York will know that was due to being on fire from almost being shot down over the ocean.
From the Synopsis I know of this episode is that it's a group of anti-technology group sends out an EMP in London and because TB2 was in the air, it's not invulnerable to it.
If you've seen 2006's Superman Returns will know how far an EMP can stretch.
I'm looking forward to this. As Grandma Tracy said
It's not the gear that rescues people. It's the Tracy. - Grandma Tracy
WARNING: WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS
This week's episode review of a re-make of the VERY 1st Thunderbirds episode from 1965.
When you mention a vehicle and story that is almost as synonymous as the Thunderbirds themselves, then you're going to have some very enthusiastic fans practically feeling like time has been turned back to their childhood years as the original episode was dramatic in the 60's as it was when it was when it went through a revival in the early 90's.
Is it just me or does this series continue to get better with each episode?
A remake of Trapped in the Sky not withstanding, I like how it's paying homage to the very first episode of the original series, but adding some necessary changes.
Instead of attaching an explosive to the landing carriage of the mach 6 atomic air-liner in 1965, from the preview of this alone, it appears that the Hood has just straight up commandeered the plane.
Kayo being aboard is referencing Tin-Tin being aboard the original FireFlash on her flight to Tokyo. What she's doing on the flight of the 2015 FireFlash is unclear at this point.
And the passengers being made unconscious whilst "the Captain" walks through the aisle doesn't send warning signals, then I don't know what will.
One noticeable change to FireFlash other than the wing configuration at the stern of the plane is that it's much smaller in scale with only having 2 passenger seats in each row on either side of the plane. You'd think in future they'd expand not compress, right?
That discrepancy aside; I do like the scenario that the writers are going with on this. It's similar but different enough so that this FireFlash story can stand on it's own compared to the original half a century ago.
Also, in the "coming soon" clip that shows a snippet of the next to come, I couldn't help notice how the Foster Brothers have recreated the score from when Virgil used the elevator cars to rescue the FireFlash where we see Alan & Gordon drive the 2015 variation.
That and it's good to see those Brothers have a change from Underwater & Galactic rescues.
Bring on Saturday Morning.
(c) ITV Studios/Pukeko Pictures
A few things I like about this clip.
1: I love how Virgil puts his foot down in wanting to get his Brother out of harms way.
2: The Mole.
3: I love the fact that Pod is also an assembly factory (save for Pod 4) and can put vehicles together on the spot rather than just bring the machinery with no modifications possible.
To me, this is a natural progression of IR's equipment in being able to improvise/adapt to situations if one scenario doesn't work.
This Generation of International Rescue's mining/digger machine is more compact compared to the 1965 counterpart, but that to me kinda makes sense as this allows it to be more mobile and versatile. Which is something that I noticed right away as it exited the Pod.
There is the drawback of not being to accommodate more passengers compared to the original, but that's the trade-off when it's made smaller.
The Thunderbirds being able to be piloted remotely is something I figured they would do. Considering by 2060 remote control tech would be much more sophisticated compared to that of what is capable of currently, it makes sense that the Tracy Brothers would be able to control their ships remotely from short distances.
If they can have an Iron Man suit controlled by remote in Iron Man 3, I don't see why IR can't be able to control their craft in that same manner either.
If this is a sign of things to come from the series and how ITV get us enticed for each episode with sequences like this then I think it's safe to say that we will not be disappointed.
Not sure if the mech-walker suit is inspird by Iron Man's Hulkbuster armour, but there definitely seems to a resemblance. I can see it now; Thunderbirds Are Go: Age of Ultron, lol.
Out of all the Tracy Brothers, Scott & Virgil are the two that seem to be the closest as even in the original series they were the ones watching their backs the most. that's not to say they valued their other siblings less, but they just seemed closer than the rest.
And from the coming soon clip where Virgil is trying to put his foot down insisting he will bail his brother out from the radiated mine is just a testament to that bond.
Thunderbird 2's landing sequence is pretty much similar to it's original counterpart but the addition of the rotating VTOL thrusters is a nice touch Virgil can gently adjust it's landing sequence and tilt the thrusters as to where applicable whereas you if you look at the original variation the thrusters were pretty much in a stationery position and had no means of being rotated.
I like how Razmus was able to make Scott sound really in despair and scramble away from the Iron Man mech suit 44. lol. As that just shows the range he is able to project without into his Alan Tracy voice which is a lot squeakier than Scott's.
I look forward to this for Saturday.
(c) ITV Studios/Pukeko Pictures
I think TV Networks outside of the UK do a much more competent job of making exciting promos for Thunderbirds. ITV did fine with the promos and the accompanying trailer, but it seemed like TV2 had more of an emphasis on putting more adrenaline and excitement into the aforementioned promo below.
What I am enjoy in particular is that it's very similar to the teasers that would play before each Thunderbird episode from back in the day where you're treated to 20 seconds of images before going to the title reveal.
One of the aspects about the original Thunderbirds, or Thunderbirds G1 as I'm affectionately calling it, were the launch sequences. The score that accompanied the launch of each machine made the scene feel bigger, more dramatic and the start of something amazing each week.
So I am posting the Launches of TAG and TBG1 so you can the see similarities and differences between the Generations
AFTER THE STORM: MISSION 01: RING OF FIRE REVIEW
Looking at the Season 1 2 Part Opener for the return of one of the most iconic TV series in history
Covering the 1st Thunderbird Series in 50 years with the Build up 'Before the Storm' and After the Storm.