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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/15/16

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Kyle’s Choice

thunderbirdssmallToday, Amazon is giving viewers a sneak peek at the 1-hour premiere of its latest original animated series, Thunderbirds Are Go, which is a reboot of Gerry Anderson’s classic 1965 sci-fi series Thunderbirds, except there are no puppets this time around. The show is set in 2060 and follows the adventures of the five Tracy brothers (Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon, and Alan), who run the life-saving International Rescue organization from their hidden headquarters on Tracy Island in the Pacific Ocean. Each brother is in charge of a different high-tech “Thunderbird” rescue vehicle – Thunderbird 1 is a first-response rocket plane; Thunderbird 2 is a supersonic-carrier aircraft with detachable pods to carry people or equipment; Thunderbird 3 is a space-rescue rocket; Thunderbird 4 is an underwater-search-and-rescue mini-submarine; and Thunderbird 5 is a space-communications satellite. Helping the Tracys out on their missions are the boys’ grandmother, covert ops specialist/head of security Kayo, engineer Brains and his robot pal MAX, and London socialite/secret agent Lady Penelope (Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl) and her chauffeur Parker, who drives a pink limo called FAB 1 that has been suped-up with all kinds of gadgets and gizmos.

While this new series is animated, it does pay homage its predecessor by mixing CGI animation with live-action model sets, which gives the series a fun, unique look. While Amazon says the series is aimed at children aged 6 through 11, I think people of all ages can enjoy this action-packed series. Today Amazon is giving viewers a sneak peek of the 1-hour premiere, “Ring of Fire Parts 1 & 2,” and next Friday they will release all 13 episodes of what they are calling the first season. (Abroad, the series has already aired one season of 26 episodes, is in production on a second, and a third has already been greenlighted. Amazon will be airing at least the first 2 26-episode seasons, likely released in 4 batches of 13-episodes.)

I have seen tonight’s 1-hour premiere, and it has the tough duty of setting up this entire world and introducing all of the characters as well as the show’s big villain. While it moves quite quickly, I found it very enjoyable to watch. It has a nice blend of action and humor with a touch of mystery. The animation looks really cool, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the episodic missions and catastrophes the group must deal with in future installments.

On today’s sneak peek, “Ring Of Fire, Parts 1 and 2,” it’s a typical busy day for International Rescue, but a powerful underwater seaquake turns it into a perilous one.

Today’s preview started on Amazon at 3:01AM/2:01AMc earlier this morning.

I’ll also be watching/recording Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Amazing Race, Grimm, Wynonna Earp, Childrens Hospital, and Banshee.
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