Prepare for a trip down memory lane, Thunderbirds fans!
“We have a situation!” exclaims Scott as he bursts into Alan’s room.
Soon they are landing at Lady Penelope’s stately home. The time has come for Parker to teach young Alan to drive!
This is the episode with Penelope’s Great Aunt Sylvia who makes an appearance,dressed, incidentally as the original Lady Penelope, and voiced by none other than the lovely Sylvia Anderson, a treat in itself. But if Sylvia wasn’t enough to take us old fans back to the days of the original series, prepare yourselves for another special guest star – the original, and I mean original FAB 1!
I'm sure the more pedantic fans will be trying to work out where the old FAB 1 and the new one fit in the timeline aspects of things (it did cross my mind) but what the hell, it’s the original FAB 1 (or Fab Zero as Parker calls it, for some reason) in all its glory.
Note the numberplate - just plain FAB now as it's been superseded.
I have to say, in spite of my reservations on CGI, I have to admit the computer rendition of the original FAB 1 looked great. I wonder if we’ll ever see any of the original Thunderbirds making future guest appearances.
There was a couple of other blatant nods to the past – The Lady Penelope teapot (Which does have a twist!) and some very pleasing slight re workings of Barry Gray’s original incidental music.
I imagine there’s probably a few more Easter eggs (or should that be Christmas treats!) in the mix which fans will be desperately searching for.
Has this bust got some nostalgic significance?
For anyone interested in the plot it’s about a Stately Home Robbery!
Needless to say this episode gets an F.A.B. from me.