The latest Thunderbirds are Go episode is titled Underground and is written by Benjamin Townsend.
HERE BE SPOILERS!
While I'm not giving the whole thing away. there's one or two things in this review which might spoil some peoples enjoyment of the episode, so if you'd prefer to watch it first I'll quite understand.
The story opens at an airport, with what looks like a steam punk space rocket taking off in the distance. A shady looking character wanders past an exposed rocket engine and a parked up Fireflash.
He talks into his wrist radio to the real brains behind this furtive escapade ( I wonder who that’ll turn out to be, kiddies!)
It’s all a prelude to an undercover sting involving Parker, Lady P and GDF. Even FAB 1 is undercover sporting a set of false numberplates which should have UFO fans jumping for joy and pointing to the screen!
The plot centres around a stolen magnetic repulser, built incidentally by Houseman Industries (nice one, Eddie) ,which the GDF want back and have enlisted the help of Lady P and co.
There’s plenty of action. Kayo gets to showcase her Thunderbird S . Early on in the story she arrives on the scene riding her TBS cycle, looking like Christian Bale’s Batman riding his Bat pod.
I am beginning to think that Kayo is a bit of a big head these days, but may be the ice queen is about to melt when it’s revealed that the baddie, Banino (Voiced by Tomb Raider voice artist Massimo Marinoni ) knows that Kayo has an Uncle Hood!
Is it time for Kayo to come clean and let the Tracy boys in on her secret – I bet she has a word with Grandma first just to keep the tension going!
The annoying Ned Tedford makes a cameo . His accent has me reaching for my Thomas the Tank Engine trainset to throw at the screen. I get the feeling that Ned is going to turn out to Jeff in disguise or something in a later episode, otherwise why would anyone keep bringing back a mad bloke who talks to a plant!
Is Ted really so accident prone, or is he more than he seems?
But in spite of the ups and downs this is a cracking episode. The juvenile bits that cluttered the earlier episodes are fairly non -existent. I could even imagine this episode as a excellent live action entry.
An exciting scene when Lady P uses completely inappropriate footwear to board a damaged GDF Flyer!
In my opinion, for what it’s worth this episode has got to be the best episode to date.