In Review: Thunderbirds Are Go – Fireflash

Kayo is riding aboard Fireflash, a supersonic airliner invented by Brains, but she is unaware that its controls have been tampered with. International rescue notices the plane vanish from their scanners and immediately set about investigating.

Synopsis: Kayo is riding aboard Fireflash, a supersonic airliner invented by Brains, but she is unaware that its controls have been tampered with. International rescue notices the plane vanish from their scanners and immediately set about investigating.

Review: Thus far on the series we have seen really well thought out original stories on the show.

This week we essentially got a remake of an episode titled ‘Trapped in the Sky’. which was written by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson for the original sixties series.

Although this reworked version is not a beat for beat remake of that story it still have all the key ingredients. The Hood still sabotages the plane with it in mind to try and steal it and Kayo is still unable to land the plane without intervention from her friends at international rescue.

In terms of the writing for this episode. It is at its strongest when writer Andrew Robinson deviates from the original story and adds something new.

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Having Kayo put front and centre and highlighting some of her skills is a vast improvement. In the original Anderson story Tin Tin pretty much sat around for best part of 50 minutes. This new version sees Kayo coming blows with the Hood, which was a great way of giving us a little more of her storyline. But we also see Kayo’s spy instincts kick in before that confrontation even happens. At the close of the episode when all looks to be at its worst Kayo shows off how much of a bad ass she is by telling the Tracy brothers to let her attempt to land the plane in the desert. Which is risky as hell.

The various sequences in this episode where Thunderbirds 1 and 2 make rescue attempts are fantastic viewing and justify the reboot. Even though the final rescue is not very believable it was a lot of fun to watch and looked pretty damn cool.

‘Fireflash’ although a wonderful homage to one of the most loved episodes from the original series seems unnecessary given the high quality of writing we have seen in the previous episodes.

Although visually stunning with some good action. Its a mixed bag.

 

9.3
Thunderbirds Are Go - Fireflash
  • Great to see some development for Kayo
  • Unessessary homage to an original episode
  • Story
    7.5
  • Voice Acting
    9.5
  • CGI and Models
    10
  • Incidental Music
    10

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. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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