ITV’s Thunderbirds reboot inches ever closer to its spring premiere, with the channel releasing the first look at the revamped Tracy Brothers. Fans of the classic puppet version of the show may want to sit down.
The promo image, seen above, shows the five young heroes who fly International Rescue’s fleet of vehicles. From left to right, we have the new-look Scott, who pilots hypersonic rocket plane Thunderbird 1; Virgil, who flies the ever-popular multi-purpose dropship Thunderbird 2; Alan, in command of rocket Thunderbird 3; Gordon, captain of the aquatic Thunderbird 4; and John, commander of the team’s orbiting satellite, Thunderbird 5.
So, two things…. first, why am I getting a Super Sentai vibe here? Second… why wasn’t one of the brothers changed to a positive female role to satisfy the PC crowd…. errrr…. to “provide a positive female role”?
OK, I have my answers. The character of TinTin was, for copyright reasons, renamed to Tanusha “Kayo” Kyrano, and is now serving as security expert, and commands the Thunderbirds S (for Shadow), I managed to catch the first episode via DailyMotion. Not bad, but first episodes of a series tend to be “shinier” than the rest of the series.