Thunderbirds are GO! episode 7 – Trains & Celebrity Alligator Wrestling

CAW1Celebrity Alligator Wrestling anime when, this better happen in 45 years Japan!

Anyway, today’s rescue involves a runaway superconductor train in Japan, brakes won’t work, soon to bash into the nearest passenger train, you get the idea.

Since the train can’t be shut down functions are blocked from the outside after John’s attempts to turn the brakes back on, so the train needs to be manually stopped, Scott who is the only one free to attempt the rescue asks for Brains help, not just as vocal support but personal as well, Brain’s response to coming along for the rescue takes much convincing but they head off in Thunderbird 1 to stop it.

From what I remember from this episode, Brain’s was slightly annoying, sure he show’s signs of nervousness and that’s understandable but just talking all the time got real tiresome.

Another thing that’s slightly frustrated in this reboot is the side-character voice acting, for example the train driver never sound’s Japanese, instead he has a Italian wise-guy voice that sounds really out of place.

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However, there was some good stuff in this episode, while I like The Hood a lot, I’m glad that he wasn’t involved in this scenario, instead the cause of it was some kind of rogue AI that John attempted on a while ago & now it’s loose.

As for the rescue, I still can’t complain about this one, so far they continue to be thrilling although I always know that everything is alright in the end, again I just feel like Brain’s ramblings made me dislike bits of the episode.

So another good episode of the reboot, next time we will be heading back to SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE.

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Thunderbirds are GO! episode 6 – Power out, not really something to shout about.

Virgil & Parker have so far been my favorite characters in this current reboot, so seeing them involved in this episode should mean this should be one of the best episodes, right? Well….no, it ends up being one of my least favorites for a number of reasons.

The episode starts off with Virgil & Grandma Tracy heading to London on Thunderbird 2, after some banter all of the sudden both the City of London & Thunderbird 2 suffer a unknown power outage, Virgil somehow manages to land his aircraft on the street without crashing into anything (Yeah, the wasn’t really believable) and starts to worry about his non-working electronic gadgets, however Grandma Tracy gives him vocal support, saying that you don’t need to rely on electronic vehicles or gadgets to save everyone, so with a map & compass, they start to find what caused the power outage.

TB51On the other side, Lady Penelope & Parker are also in London during the power outage & also start investigating, they find posters of a group called ‘The Luddites’ who are a anti-technology group. They manage to find a couple of the henchmen & disguise themselves in order to find out this groups master plan.

Obviously the message to kids here is simple, we are starting to see them grow up in an age of electronic devices that can help people and this has lead to somethings forgetting about physical survival skills, it’s most likely the only reason why Grandma Tracy is in this episode at all, I get it but I wish her character would stop being 75% comic relief, I’m worried that the bad cooking joke will continue through out the season.TB52As for the episode it self, because most of it was on foot, the episode ended up being less exciting on my end, the CG was alright here actually but no cool stuff was shown in this episode I think, even Parker was pretty quiet I’m afraid. The twist at the end was predictable as well.

Ah well, it was alright episode anyway, at least we saw more badass Virgil climbing construction cranes without any safety gear..wait…VIRGIL YOU CRAZY GUY.

Thunderbirds Are Go! episode 3 – Slow and Steady wins the Space Race.

I’ve decided to cover the new ‘Thunderbird’s Are Go’ series due to nostalgia reasons and curiosity, I was a huge fan of the old puppet Thunderbird’s show when I was a kid, so much that most of my childhood video’s show me shouting “THUNDERBIRD’S ARE GO!” because I thought it was the coolest thing ever and hey, I think it still is, the disaster music still give me goosebumps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4mdFtE7UTo

So first of all, my thoughts on the debut episode of this reboot, it was alright, it definitely felt Thunderbird’s in spirit, the launch sequences were fantastic, we had two disasters to deal with, The Hood still looked menacing and Virgil in a mech suit, pumped my fist right in the air I did. vlcsnap-2015-04-12-22h18m12s201However, I did have some concern’s after it, not about the CGI, since I found it to be used alright, it’s more about the pacing, I felt that the show rushed into introducing most of the characters, there wasn’t any time to talk and when it was, it was only around 2 minutes during an hour episode, this was my main concern for the series, sure I understand that this show is geared towards this generation of kids but I just thought they could of slowed down. I had a few more nitpicks like poor comedy & slightly jarring CGI but overall I liked the opener.

Episode 3 is much more focused and dim’s any worry that this reboot will be failure, hurrah for SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

The episode is focused on Thunderbird 3 & 5, Alan is sent to space collect any metal debris he finds, bemoaning that it’s less exciting than doing a rescue, however he notices that he has latched a space nuclear mine and activated it, the mine uses a camera and follows any nearby space shuttle that it finds, it is here that Thunderbird 5’s John Tracy tries to figure out the number combination to disarm this bomb, he finds the digital source but the last digit is unreadable, John most locate the original paperwork from the company building that made the mine bomb, with the help of Lady Penelope & Parker. vlcsnap-2015-04-12-22h13m39s246Unlike the debut episode disasters, this one felt more like a threat, Alan’s attempt to keep the mine from latching onto any other ship was harder than he thought, since there was multiple times that he ran into large fleet of ships, which the mine would easily target any of them, it makes for more tense scenes than the previous ones.

The dialogue felt much more natural as well, didn’t rush to explain situation’s, sure there was the cheesy attempts at humor but I actually thought some of them worked this time, from John’s commands to Brain’s instructions.

My highlight though was Parker’s break-in into the mine companies archive, he gave his best Solid Snake impression and it showed one of the best reason’s why it was a good idea to do this in CGI, it was highly entertaining to see Parker do his spy shite. vlcsnap-2015-04-12-22h21m15s22Lastly, some of the visual in this episode were surprisingly great, mainly the large fleet ones, I hope space episodes continue to be like this.

So yeah, I liked this episode a lot, I was expecting an introductory episode to Thunderbird S so maybe this is saved for next week, so I’ll see you next week reboot, hopefully you give me more episodes like this!