The Real Problem Of Thunderbirds
Much is being said about whether the Thunderbirds reboot on TV will give stronger roles to women, which is fair enough.
Though I loved the Anderson original its biggest flaw was the secrecy and lack of desire to equip the World’s real rescue services with their great gear. Tracy Island was as secretive as if they were creating war machines for terrorism rather than sophisticated rescue tech. The main vehicles had a few guns, but they were not warplanes or nuclear subs. I always felt the fire brigade, coast guard, etc, deserved to have access to such gear.
Take the one where the Empire State Building collapses – the ordinary disaster rescue services just write the whole thing off and don’t try rescuing anyone – the Thunderbird crew have a monopoly on it all. They hate the idea of anyone copying their machines because they wouldn’t want us rescuing by a local Thunderbird Two with a Mole brought out by the Manchester England fire department – they want to come personally from their Pacific hideaway
Thunderbirds should only get rescue work beyond ordinary needs – in major Earthquakes or mining disasters ordinary brave compassionate people try to get the survivors out by moving rubble by hand if need be – they don’t moan that its impossible until some eccentric reclusive millionaire sends his sons in with what seems to be a flying cement mixer with its wings on back to front.
Thunderbirds vehicles deserve mass production and global distribution / training. The Hood was probably just trying to sort that out but the Tracy selfish streak won’t even let anyone photograph the Thunderbirds – This was like trying to hide a stealth bomber rather than a glorified fire engine.
Image Credit » My TV set, taken by me.