In Review: Thunderbirds Are Go – Under Pressure

A heavy metal extraction platform carrying toxic waste at the bottom of the ocean is in trouble. Gordon rushes with Thunderbird 4 when a fire on board the rolling factory damages its steering.

Synopsis: A heavy metal extraction platform carrying toxic waste at the bottom of the ocean is in trouble. Gordon rushes with Thunderbird 4 when a fire on board the rolling factory damages its steering.

Review: This episode sees the return of Ned and his plant who were introduced in the episode ‘Slingshot’ only this time Ned is trying his hand at a job, which is under the ocean as apposed to deep space, but much like with his old job. This new position proves to be just as hazardous to his well being and that of his plant, which makes Ned about the unluckiest character we’ll likely meet. I have to wonder if Ned is going to recur more frequently throughout the series as the hapless worker forever having to be rescued.

The underwater stuff in this episode is beautiful and the model work as ever is outstanding, which is a shame because the actual rescue seemed to be a little by the numbers, but maybe that was because of the bigger plot and the fact that The Hood was involved. It seemed a bit by the numbers, but trying to tell a bigger story. Hopefully we’ll get a better idea of what the Hood is up to in other forthcoming episodes, but for now he seems like more of a pest than a full on villain, but that said allowances probably need to be made with this technically being a kids show.

Lady Penelope and Parker make an appearance as they are tasked with investigating the company responsible for the ocean clean up company, which the rolling factory belongs to. A company, which turns out to be a front for one of the hoods many nefarious schemes.  A fun car chase ensues as Parker and Penelope uncover that something is off via a simple phone call.

Much of the rescuing in this episode is a team effort between Gordon in the submersible Thunderbird 4, which is aided by Virgil in Thunderbird 2. It was nice to see an underwater rescue happen after having come off of a few space episodes, which seemed to play out back to back. And with the underwater stuff looking so good. I’m really hoping that someone gets it in my head to revive Stingray next, which was my favorite Gerry Anderson show.

The only issue I had with this was at times I could not tell who was talking to who when Virgil and Gordon Tracy were talking over the coms. It only happened the once, but it did take me out of the story a little when it did.

8.5
Thunderbirds Are Go - Under Pressure
  • Great model work and loved the under water sequences
  • A moment of ropey voice acting.
  • Story
    7.0
  • Model Work and CGI
    10
  • Voice Acting
    8.0
  • 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. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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