In Review: Thunderbirds Are Go – Extraction

A seismologist and his son alert the authorities to the presence of a rogue wildcat mining operation, only for the machinery to trigger an earthquake that swallows the equipment - along with the father and his son.

Synopsis: A seismologist and his son alert the authorities to the presence of a rogue wildcat mining operation, only for the machinery to trigger an earthquake that swallows the equipment – along with the father and his son.

Review: This is another fantastic character driven story, which sees a young boy and his seismologist father get trapped inside some illegal methane mining equipment, which sinks into the ground after an earthquake.

The young boy happens to be a huge fan of International Rescue to the point of knowing most of their rescue procedures, which is something that proves useful in helping Virgil and Scott facilitate their rescue.

The story is a fun one that gives the younger viewers something to latch onto in the form of this kid who is easy to relate to. Even for the adults that are watching.

The underwater sequences with Gordon in Thunderbird 4 are some of the best we have seen to date and I especially liked the sequence toward the end where Gordon having rescued the boy and his father has to fly between falling rocks and debris.

As far as story. It isn’t overly complex and doesn’t baffle you with science.

A favourite moment for me is when Brain’s asks the young boy to ping him a sonar signal via his mock up model of Thunderbird 3. Who’d have thought that a model would play such an important part in a rescue.

This series for me seems to be getting gradually better with each week. This has to be the fourth episodes in the past month that has managed to keep my attention and get me in touch with my inner 10 year old.

My one small gripe about this was the fact that we never got to see the boy receive his tour of Tracy island, which he is offered at the close of the episode. It would have been great to have seen that as a nice end note for the episode. But sadly there wasn’t enough time for even a glimpse of this.

9.7
Thunderbirds Are Go - Extraction
  • The involvement of a young boy in his own rescue
  • The fact that we never got to see the boy get his tour of Tracy Island. It would have been a great moment to end on
  • Story
    9.8
  • Voice Acting
    10
  • CGI & Models
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth.

In the past few years he has written for ‘Star Trek’ Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com

When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics.

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One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    5 December 2015 at 6:38 pm -

    Agreed loved the character stuff and the visuals. Maybe they could put the kid’s tour online as a web extra or something.

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