TV Review: Thunderbirds Are Go S1E1 and S1E2 Ring of Fire Parts 1 and 2

©ITV PlcThunderbirds Are Go catapults the five brave Tracy brothers back onto television screens, where they’ll pilot their remarkable, cutting-edge Thunderbird vehicles from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space, performing impossible rescues across the globe.

The new Amazon Prime series launches with all 13 episodes on April 22, but today sees the release of the one-hour special Ring of Fire Parts 1 and 2. Geared towards kids, there’s more than enough to keep adults entertained as the series gives us an updated vibe to the classic series. I know individuals might wince with my use of the word “updated,” but it works really well here as the show uses CGI while blending it with live-action model sets, new while paying homage to the classic Thunderbirds show. It’s not just the use of live-action models though, the show as pays tribute to the characters and locations of the original series.

From the first segment, the series is an action packed start will of intense situations and scenes where there’s actual tension for the viewers. It’s James Bond’s best action and stunts, but geared towards kids instead. International Rescue feels exactly that, an organization whose role is to save individuals around the world. Not much is explained as far as the specifics, but like a lot of solid adventures we’re just thrown into the action and accept what’s before us.

The story itself is fun, but it’s that updating of the imagery where I’m really impressed. While I watched some episodes of the classic show, the puppetry was a bit too outdated for me, but this blend of CGI and live-action models has a fantastic look about it. There’s just something that’s fun, not sure how else to put it.

But beyond the look, the score of these first episodes really stands out to me as well. There’s something epic about it all and helps create the tension and excitement on the screen.

With that updated look, lots of action, and a decent blend of humor the Thunderbirds Are Go is a perfect show for both kids and adults. I’m looking forward to diving in and checking out the rest of this first season.

Overall Rating: 8.4

The first season of Thunderbirds Are Go will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial.