April 5, 2015

C'MON, WE KNOW YOU ONLY WATCHED IT FOR LADY PENELOPE...:

Thunderbirds Are Go, ITV, review: 'wonderfully nostalgic' (Gerard O'Donovan, 04 Apr 2015, The Guardian)

It's wonderful how evocative a simple countdown can be. Just the opening strains of Jeff Tracy (the late Peter Dyneley) booming out the original Thunderbirds' "Five, four, three..." at the start of Thunderbirds Are Go sent me rocketing back across the decades for a wobbly, dry ice-shrouded touchdown in the land of my childhood.

Like so many of my generation, I loved the original Thunderbirds. Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's supermarionation sci-fi masterpiece, which originally aired in 1965-6 but entertained generations through reruns, was perfect entertainment for a child of the Space Race age. My love for it wasn't a full-on passion like the one I later developed, briefly, for Doctor Who.

It was a childish, entirely unanalytical pleasure, as much driven by my desire, and that of my friends, to own, swap and play with the die-cast models that recreated - and made possessable - the Tracy family's brilliantly imagined air, sea and space craft. For me the TV experience was focused purely on lapping up the action - then rushing out to reproduce it, or reimagine it, with my pals.

All of which made watching this revamped version a surprisingly enjoyable experience.





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