Another brief overview of the latest TAG episode, Slingshot, hopefully without giving too much away.
This is a Thunderbird 3 story, featuring Alan and Kayo.
There's also a very brief glimpse of Thunderbird 5 's space elevator.
The episode opens on the asteroid 21 Lutetia, a real asteroid that had a fly pass by the Rosetta probe in 2010.
A mining station on the asteroid is manned by a scouser called Ned who sounds like Ringo Starr (shades of Thomas the Tank Engine! ) and talks to a plant named Gwladys, which I'm presuming is named after the home supporters Gwladys Street end at Everton F.C.'s Goodison Park ground.
Following a solar storm, the mining drill (looks familiar!) goes wild and causes the Asteroid to spin out of control. Cue International Rescue and an episode that takes some small inspiration from the original Thunderbirds story , Sunprobe.
What do I think? It's a TB 3 story with precocious Alan Tracy so it's not going to be a favourite with me. I did find myself mesmerised by Ned's scouse accent and the occasional Liverpool reference , thank you very ,very, very , very much!. I was waiting for him to say "alright, Wack!"
Overall though, it's a another fun episode which I'm sure the target audience will enjoy.