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.
Covering the 1st Thunderbird Series in 50 years with the Build up 'Before the Storm' and After the Storm.