In Review: Thunderbirds Are Go – Rigged for Disaster

A great guest character in the form of Doyle and a strong, but entertaining environmental message to boot.

Synopsis: Lady Penelope, Parker and Kayo arrive on the scene of a massive semi-submersible ocean oil rig to decommission the polluting relic, but Malloy has other ideas.

Review: This episode has a very strong environmental message attached and pretty much beats you over the head with it, but while doing so. It still manages to entertain. I loved the opening shot of the fishes swimming in the sea, which bookended the episode at the beginning and end.

The story opens up when Lady Penelope, Parker and Kayo arrive on the rig to inform the foreman Malloy that Lady Penelope now owns the rig and is decommissioning it in order to convert it into a solar energy plant. When she seems to have most of Malloy’s work crew on board with her plans and makes a friend in Doyle who has been having strong reservations about her job in oil. Malloy does all he can to sabotage Lady Penelope’s plans, which includes putting the lives of his work crew in jeopardy while making a run for it.

Due to Malloy’s resistance in combination with a number of other factors. The Rig begins to collapse in on itself and Doyle, Parker, Lady Penelope, Kayo and Virgil in Thunderbird Two much work together in order to save some of the trapped workmen from going down with the rig.

This was a really cool episode and although the environmental message was far from subtle, by no means preachy, it may well inspire a young kid somewhere to eventually grow up to work in the field of solar energy, which can’t be a bad thing.

I enjoyed how Thunderbird Two and Kayo’s Thunderbird S were combined and used to enable the rescue. The thrill was in the build-up and several failed attempts by Thunderbird Two on its own.

The character of Doyle was really strong and likable. I hope that we get to see her again in a future outing because she seemed to work really well alongside Kayo and the other team members.

Overall. A solid and entertaining half hour of television with a strong environmental message,  but done in a fun and engaging way without being overly preachy.

Thunderbirds Are Go - Rigged for Disaster
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Ian Cullen is the founder of 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: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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