Before the Storm Season 2 : Mission 03
There's a lot to take in as this is the second review I have come across that is outright praising the show in the States.
This was one of the areas where the original was not as successful as it would have liked to have been. And the less I say about the sacrilege that FoxKids did to the show in the mid 90's, the better.
Below is the review from Deadline Hollywood. It's brief and to the point which is what you want with most reviews these days.
I'm putting the clip from IMDB on here as I'm not entirely sure how YT will react to it
Before the Storm Season 2 Mission 2
What I get into this week is something very pleasing with the knowledge that American viewers are really digging this show so much, so quickly.
The review here is the best piece of news that the Producers and fans here in the UK were hoping for in that Mily Dunbar was really bowled over and that their kid was really into it straight away just mirrors what took place just a little over a year ago when that iconic countdown with Peter Dyneley's voice echoing at the start of the show that sent chills down our spines as the legendary Tracy family returned for a new Generation of fans that saw that Thunderbirds Are Go, once again.
Apologies for leaving this late; and according to one youtube viewer; it seems ITV have been paying attention to my spec videos on each Thunderbird in Before the Storm.
While it's pleasing at the notion that ITV Studios may have noticed me; I think it's more of a case of coincidence.
I didn't want to into an ubber long lengthy review, just felt like keeping it as brief, constructive and as honest as possible.
And I think I did that.
Thunderbirds Are Go
It just goes to show that it's not always as easy as it seems to perform a rescue; sometimes there are setbacks.
As is the case here with Scott attempting to pull the Jet out of the dive but ultimately gets Thunderbird 1 pulled down with it.
I think if International Rescue got the job done every single time without any complications, there wouldn't be that sense of tension and danger that is necessary for a suspenseful series.
One aspect that has come into play with this Generation is that like this series incarnation of John Tracy; Thunderbird 1 is playing more of a role in helping a rescue as opposed to just being a recon vehicle and relaying information back to Thunderbird 5 and base and advising his Brothers on what course of action to make. Basically, this Scott does get his fingers dirty more often.
The only thing that the 60's Thunderbird 1 has over this is that that version had more equipment from sonar that could be lowered into the water from the ship, a remote control camera that go into environments of different shape and size that TB1 couldn't and that steel graph poles that were used in the End of the road preventing more rocks from hitting the tractor that Eddie Houseman was in.
This version just seems to use the grappling hook and can be remote piloted by Scott's holo-wrist control.
Now one could argue that I'm reading too deeply into this and that more features and equipment from IR's recon vessel will follow in future episodes.
This Preview really doesn't show much other than Thunderbird 1 and it's rescuee in jeopardy. But all will be revealed on Saturday
Will Contain Spoilers
I mentioned once that Thunderbird 4 almost feels like it's getting the treatment John Tracy received in the original series and be greatly underused. But better late than never as International Rescue's Mini-sub finally returns to action.
I get the impression that the Ned character has a death-wish as this is the second time that International Rescue are coming to get him out of trouble. As if he wasn't annoying enough from slingshot with his whining and condescending tone, it now looks as though that Gordon picked the short straw in rescuing him. I really hope that this is not going to become a "thing" in this series. That'd be on par with the amount of times the show has taken shots at Grandma Tracy's cooking.
What I took away from this preview is that Thunderbird 4 will be getting some much needed screen-time since she has not been used sin the Ring of Fire.
The little to no action that IR's mini-sub has received is almost akin to the relegation of action that John received in the original series. Which is a shame as the 2015 incarnation of Thunderbird 4 showed a lot of potential for the underwater rescues it could perform with the features of rescue pods and grappling arms from it's main body.
I like the Easter Egg nod to the Crab-logger from Path of Destruction. I find it interesting that a toxic-waste transporter would "drive" on the seabed. I don't know the specifics as to how that would be achieved so I'll just leave that be.
In recent episodes the writers have been able to take the suspense factor to a point where the team have to had to use a new approach to successfully complete a rescue that you don't know if each use will work.
Take last week's Skyhook for example where we thought that Thunderbird 2 would be able to complete it but had to withdraw due to the lack of electrical dampers on the weather station, which then followed with Thunderbirds 1 & 3 respectively attempting rescues and ultimately failing due to Langstrom cutting corners that it was left up to Thunderbird 5 to act as a rescue craft, which might I add, had never been done in the original series.
If the show can knock it out of the park again with Under Pressure then it just shows the consistency that has been put into the writing and production of this Generation.
Not since the New York City episode in which Thunderbird 2 got shot down in TBG1 has the Green Leviathan Transport ship been in that much jeopardy. Also, performing a rescue that high in the atmosphere is almost a nod to Zero X from the movie also entitled Thunderbirds Are Go from 1967 and assisting the test-flight of Fireflash which is supposed to be dated 6 months after the first episode; trapped in the sky.
I'm not too keen on Gordon being put in a rescue scenario where once again; Thunderbird 4 has yet to be used again since the Season 1 Opener. But that said Gordon had been on various missions in the past where Thunderbird 4 was not required. The Perils of Lady Penelope and the second rescue in Operation Crashdown come to mind.
Also this will be the second time this Season Thunderbird 2 has been in trouble. And both of them due to a loss of power. Unplugged, due to an EMF and this due to the equivalent of 100 lightning bolts.
Another nod that this reminds me of is a weather station at an elevated height. Not quite in the same manner as Edge of Impact, but it was a weather station monitoring the weather from a height. The difference with this scenario is that this is monitoring the weather at the ultimate extreme; right above the clouds. Give it time in some 40 years and this might be a thing as well.
This has to be the first time that a Pod vehicle has had flight applicability as to the best of my knowledge TBG1 never had any Pod vehicle of that description.
But this Generation is showing the resourcefulness that it's capable of and putting together vehicles on a case by case basis.
And like John's role being expanded I'm glad that Gordon is getting a lot more field action as opposed to his original incarnation where he was just reduced to underwater rescues or just being an extra if Alan or Scott weren't available.
With each passing this week this show is surprising me with what they can do in terms of how escalated a problem can get. Escalated being a key word. Because how many rescues take at that altitude?
On a closing note; I like that the continuing banter that's used. While there was camaraderie in the original series, there was never this kind of humour in their banter between each other, which I think helps modernise the show.
This Saturday, the sky's the limit.
I will be honest; up until this trailer I didn't have any clue of the tone that the series was going to go with and the anticipation was at fever-pitch.
This is something I give ITV major credit for; keeping as much as possible under-wraps.
And then on Friday March 13, 2015; the wait was over!
In the near 60 seconds of the Official Trailer we got to see the updated Thunderbirds in action and the flow of animation of the Tracy Brothers as well.
But the one element that I did not see coming and gave me chills was near the end was hearing Peter Dyneley's iconic countdown as Jeff Tracy and finishing with "Thunderbirds Are Go" as Thunderbird 1 lifts off.
If I had any doubt whatsoever before seeing this trailer, they were quickly demolished by the taster of what WETA workshop had done.
Thunderbirds Are Go, again.
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.
Covering the 1st Thunderbird Series in 50 years with the Build up 'Before the Storm' and After the Storm.