So, we're back to where we started? Knowing that we are going to have to wait 5-6 months before the remainder of Season 3 can be finished feels slightly inconvenient since we only just got back to this Season.
Furthermore, it has been revealed that Lee Majors has expressed interest in voicing Jeff again if the Studio decides to do a 4th Season.
Now, when a man who is voicing a character that has been a pivotal part of the show, even though he has been absent for the first 2 Seasons, speaks volumes.
That, and ITV Studios only just got the new Toy deal with Bandai, which will feel like a wasted effort since they just acquired this new deal only to have it short-lived if the speculation comes to pass that Season 3 will be the last.
Now, on one hand you can make the argument that I am saying that out of bias because of my love of the show. You would be right in that regard. But, the flip-side is that this show is popular not only with the adults and the kids who grew up with the original re-runs in the 1990s, but this Generation of Children absolutely adore this show and now they have heroes that they can look up to.
The likes of Scott & Virgil Tracy were heroes to children in the 60s, 90's and 2000's because of how they were written.
So, it's very rewarding to know that these characters are looked up to by this Generation.
There are some things that were built to last. Thunderbirds is one of them. I don't think Gerry Anderson had any idea of the longevity of this Franchise when he originally aired the first series in 1965.
Let's just hope that this isn't the show's last hurrah.
Before the Storm Season 2 : Mission 03
Before the Storm Season 2 Mission 2
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
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.
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.
(c) ITV Studios/Pukeko Pictures
Covering the 1st Thunderbird Series in 50 years with the Build up 'Before the Storm' and After the Storm.