This movie, unlike its predecessor, “THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO”, is an original, fun piece of nostalgia. If you enjoyed the TV show, this movie was a great gathering of the best characters for a full-length romp around the world.
Brains invents something no one takes seriously – an airship. Yet despite the ridicule he suffers for his insane idea, the company built it. And it’s bound to be a huge success with the wealthy who want to combine a cruise with a flight around the world.
Meanwhile, Brains is given the task of creating a new rescue craft – Thunderbird 6. This means he can’t go on the maiden voyage. So, representing International Rescue on the maiden voyage of the SKYSHIP ONE, Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, her chauffeur, Parker, and a couple of the Tracy brothers, including Alan and the lovely Tin Tin, soon find that the crew of the ship have been replaced by saboteurs. (What would an episode of Thunderbirds be without some good old sabotage?)
But the purpose of the pirating of the Skyship One seems to focus on Lady Penelope for some unknown reason.
Stopping at some of the most exotic locales worldwide, Penny and the boys must discover why she’s being recorded, and what the purpose of the pirates is.
Seems a long way to go just to lure International Rescue into a trap, but hey, this IS a show meant for kids.
Of course the real surprise is the ending, when Airship One seems to be unreachable to rescue the passengers aboard, as it gets snagged on a tower, doomed to fall to the earth, killing all aboard. But the jets of the large, powerful Thunderbirds threaten to topple the huge airship as they approach. Is there a way to rescue them? What will be the new Thunderbird 6?????
This is an absolute MUST-HAVE for Thunderbirds and Gerry Anderson fans. If the 32 episodes they aired is not enough for you, please get this movie! You must also get THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!, but keep in mind this one is more original, and more fun.
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My favourite bits in the movie is – (i) when Brains tells the men that he makes an airship, and then they laugh their heads off, when I see TB1 & TB2 blow up the Black Phantom’s base, and when TB6 is finally launched. This is one of the best Gerry Anderson Century 21 films ever since the launch of the TV series.
the images and sounds are FAB! but the plot falls a bit short and the bad guys are too incompetent to sustain suspense, so it only gets 4 stars. still, a great buy for series fans. it has lots of extras as well, and though i only looked at the one on the biplane flown by alan, tintin & brains, it was fascinating.