Thunderbirds are Go! hmm

Still not sure if it’s not a complete waste of my time. I don’t think it is. I tend to get hypnotised by the repetitious parts, like when Scott Thunderbird is being conveyed to Thunderbird one, or like when the concrete barrier raises behind Thunderbird 2 before its rockets fire on take-off.

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I watched the first ep a week or two back and was struck by a rather vivid memory of a girl–some girl I knew at some point who, I guess, was mildly retarded but kind of pretty. She had these rather thick glasses, shortish hair and a cowgirl way of dressing. I can’t for the life of me, remember which part of my life I remember her from. Early twenties? Late teens? Maybe – but what I was doing, what social group this was all going on I cannot recall. I don’t know if I’m imagining it but maybe someone I knew a harsh kind of boy calling her a Thunderbird.

I really like how they say, “F-A-B”.

I like how undetached I can remain while watching it. In one way they’re rather monstrous little creations. I think I watched the first couple of episodes in a state of extreme fatigue but during the third episode I happened to notice the thin black strings extending up from the heads of the characters and any last small crumb of ability to relate with the characters disappeared.
It’s written for detachment too. Much of each episode is about vehicles moving around; details that are achingly minute, slow and amateurishly staged.

Yet I feel a kind of pity for the characters when they fall over or are injured. They look so pathetic with their spindly arms and legs.

It’s interesting to note some of the Japanese decor at Thunderbird central. As well as the character, Tin-tin, a supposedly Japanese girl and her father who live with the Thunderbird family.
In the beginning credits it’s stated that it’s ‘filmed in Supermarionation’ Mario as in marionettes, but it makes me wonder if Nintendo were making some kind of hat-tip to the makers of the Thunderbirds when they came out with Super Mario twenty years later.

It was made in England, with a few Americans doing a couple of the characters, but I’m sure that some of them are English people faking American accents, which is really amusing. There’s one guy who sounds like Terrence and Phillip.

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