If my suspicions weren't close enough that this would be a soft-remake of SunProbe then this Preview all but confirms it.
The story of a mining core hurtling toward the sun is pretty copypasta from the original series about a scientific mission for a probe to go through a flare in the sun and collect material from said area to study back on Earth.
Which by the synopsis for this episode is just a modernised version.
This will also place a lot of pressure on International Rescue's youngest member. While is an exceedingly gifted pilot, the viewer has to remember that he is 16 years young.
But this is nothing new for Alan Tracy. Even in the original series he had to face situations before where we had to think and act maturely in order to complete a mission or to keep a cool in head dire situations. One Move and you're dead is such an example where his endurance was tested for a whole episode where he had to limit his physical movements so that the ultra-sonic generator would not cause the bomb to go off early on the bridge in San Miguel.
Also this will be the second episode this Season thus far that will primarily focus on him and Thunderbird 3 as Space Race entailed Alan having to keep a dormant space mine occupied whilst a kill-code was sought after from stopping it explode near civilian space-craft and a space station.
Those that remember the original episode will recall that this was the one of the few episodes that gave Tin-Tin the platform to show what she was capable of doing and that she could do the job as well as the Brothers.
Fast-Forward some 50 years and Kayo is in the same position heading into Space to aid in the rescue of the mining core from crashing into the Sun.
And this is what I like about Kayo; she is doing more of what Tin-Tin could have done. In theory it is the same character, but a name change for obvious copyright reasons; which to this day I'm a little surprised that the estate that owns the rights to Herge's Adventures of Tin-Tin have an issue with this Generation's in Thunderbirds and not the incarnation from the previous.
I'm sure this episode will be a 'hot-topic' this Saturday.
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Covering the 1st Thunderbird Series in 50 years with the Build up 'Before the Storm' and After the Storm.