In Review: Thunderbirds Are Go – Runaway

A strange malfunction leaves a superconducting train in Japan unable to stop. Brains comes up with a solution that involves re-configuring the power distribution, but the plan requires Brains to be on the train.

Synopsis: A strange malfunction leaves a superconducting train in Japan unable to stop. Brains comes up with a solution that involves re-configuring the power distribution, but the plan requires Brains to be on the train.

Review: This episode highlights Brains, Scott, John and Alan Tracy as they have to work together in order to stop a runaway train.

The plan that Brains has requires him to leave the relative safety of Tracy Island and leave his comfort zone by accompanying Scott on the mission in Thunderbird 1. Though by close of the story it is Alan, who is confined to Tracy island to do his homework that ultimately figures out a solution that aids Scott, John and Brian’s in their quest to stop the train.

This episode blended a nice mix of comedy and action with some nice character growth for Brains, who has been present throughout the whole series to date, but not really used that much.

I liked the fact that the overall solution to stop the train required a combination of Brains plan mixed in with some input from Alan, who was continually being chastised by his older brothers for not doing homework and John.

Though ultimately the final solution involved John having to play a game with the trains computer systems in order to halt the train. I’m not entirely up on the science of this story and I’m still wondering how John was able to access the trains computers given that Brains had pretty much took a majority of the trains computer apart.

That little thing aside. It still managed to be exciting and fun and the random character at the close of the story complaining that he was going to miss celebrity alligator wrestling made me chuckle.

It isn’t the best episode we have seen thus far, but it still managed to be fairly entertaining.

8.9
Thunderbirds Are Go - Runaway
  • Great to see Brains get something to do
  • Not the strongest episode thus far, but fun nonetheless
  • Story
    7.5
  • CGI and Models
    10
  • Voice Acting
    8.5
  • Incidental Music
    9.5

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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