Hollywood seems to be addicted to reboots and revivals nowadays, but that doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Debuting on April 22 with 13 episodes on Amazon, Thunderbirds Are Go is proof that nostalgia doesn’t have to be a dirty word.
Having originally played in the UK last year, this latest version of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s 1960s supermarionation series is, as I say in my video review above, pure summer fun coming a bit early. With the same nudge and a wink across the generations of the original Thunderbirds, the 2060-set Thunderbirds Are Go is a good-time ride for a new era of young fans as well as some old timers, with some great kitsch value as the Tracy brothers and International Rescue whip around the world and solar system in those great spaceships doing good deeds. The new series from ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in collaboration with Weta Workshop also isn’t quite as clunky as the original, with CGI and live-action model sets smoothing a lot out.
With just a few updates for a 2016 audience and making things a bit more casual than the class system-heavy original, Thunderbirds Are Go still has the five Tracy brothers — Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon and Alan. Joining them are super genius Brains, security chief Kayo, and Grandma too at the group’s hideaway island in the South Pacific. Gone Girl‘s Rosamund Pike classes up the joint voicing IR’s aristocratic liaison Lady Penelope. Add to that arch villain The Hood, who has a list of demands “right out of a bad movie,” as one character says, and you have yourself a good escapist time. For the die-hards, David Graham is back to handle the voice duties for Lady Penelope’s chauffeur and right-hand field agent Aloysius Parker.
Now, full disclosure: I used to love the repeats of the original Thunderbirds and the movie spinoffs as a kid when I was visiting family in the UK. I’ll admit I had a Thunderbird 2 metal model that I would run around with in my Aunt’s garden, pretending to save someone or annoy the sleeping cats. Thunderbirds Are Go is almost as good as those summer days — and that’s pretty good.
Click on my review above and tell us what you think.