Calling international rescue, this is ITV and we have nothing to compete with BBC in the family science fiction department. That’s how it would appear to me anyway. The early Saturday evening slot has been a battleground for some time in the UK. With the trend of remaking and re booting blasts from the past (no pun intended) because this show really does begin with a blast.
In fact you could say it picks up right where Gerry Anderson’s 60’s puppet bonanza left off. Although mostly CGI (something which could put people off) most of the hard-core Thunderbirds fans really liked it. There were plenty of references to the old show keeping those fans in nostalgia city as well as hooking in the younger target audience.
Watching to me felt like the whole concept of Thunderbirds had been re mastered. Including the cool sequences of the Tracy brother’s journey to their numbered aircraft. I know the concept of computer generation compared to intricate models will seem short handed. But the detail was second to none and there was some real sets created. So here we are thrown back into a world of natural and man-made disasters and there is only one group that can save the day. International rescue.
The opening title sequence mirrors the original but this time around every character even the smaller names had much more involvement. Within minutes we were thrown around the globe to various rescue efforts and season length plot lines were spawned and teased to the audience.
Thunderbirds is all about the aircraft and all of the originals were there with some minor updates. Over all I was happy with this reboot/ continuation and will be watching more. But the only disappointment was at the end. It came to our attention that this show would be put out on Saturday mornings, an interesting and maybe idiotic choice. But maybe they see the Saturday morning slot as the big draw.
But there is an online petition to change that, check it out here
The first episode being shown slap bang in the middle of a bank holiday weekend was an imperative and important choice from ITV, hopefully one that will attract more people to their channel swamped by bad singers, Simon Cowell and Ant.