About four or five years ago, I became aware of a remake of the original Gerry and Sylvia Anderson series, “The Thunderbirds”. I’ve been a fan of the show since it aired in America when I was in the 6th grade. And about a dozen years or so ago, the SciFi Channel (now SYFY) aired a pop-up version of each episode. They would point out things like, this microphone is actually a tooth paste cap. And of course, the famous juice squeezer in Thunderbird One’s launch bay.
Then in 2015, the show was rebooted. Wikipedia has the whole history https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbirds_Are_Go_(TV_series) Here is a snippet of what Wikipedia has to say:
A revival of the 1960s science fiction Supermarionation television series Thunderbirds was approved by co-creator Gerry Anderson when Richard Taylor, the founder of Weta Workshop, visited him at Pinewood Studios while he was working on New Captain Scarlet. On 4 February 2013, ITV Global Entertainment and Pukeko Pictures officially announced the revival under the title Thunderbirds Are Go! Production began in June 2013 at Weta Workshop, while the principal voice cast was announced on 30 September 2014.
For those of you who may not know, Weta (named after a grasshopper-like insect common in New Zealand) is the special effects house that worked on “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”, “Xena: Warrior Princess” and the “Lord of the Rings” movies. And Richard Taylor is a big fan of the original series, having many of the original shooting models in his collection.
A friend of ours in England sent me the first season and first half of the second season on DVD. These are region 2, so we would play them on our computer.
For a couple of years, that’s all we could see. But now, with various free streaming services, you can find almost any old show. We found “Thunderbirds Are Go!” on Tubi https://www.apposee.com/com.tubitv?msclkid=d8b8f7e23ae61f8f5605943427fd2daa&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=US-Tubi-D&utm_term=tubi%20tv%20free%20movies&utm_content=tubi%20tv%20free%20movies
And then one day, not too long ago: “Thunderbird Five, we have a situation.” The show was gone from Tubi. An internet search revealed that it was now on Amazon Prime. So now we got the free 30-day trial just so we could finish watching season 2. Season 3 has not been released yet, but it will be coming to Amazon Prime on April 21st. https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/thunderbirds-go-season-three-coming-netflix-april/#:~:text=Season%20three%20of%20Thunderbirds%20Are%20Go%20premieres%20on%20Prime%20Video%20April%2021st.&text=If%20playback%20doesn’t%20begin%20shortly%2C%20try%20restarting%20your%20device.
And I find it interesting that “Thunderbirds Are Go” has been around since 2015, has been aired on several streaming platforms and abroad, yet now it’s suddenly an “Amazon Original”.
I also recently received the book, “Filmed in Supermarionation”. It’s about Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s history with puppetry from “Twizzler” to “Secret Service”. It’s a companion book to the documentary of the same name. While it has lots of pictures, it’s mostly text. It’s going to be a long and interesting read.
On a side note, Kris and I are big animation and anime fans and we follow several voice actors. It’s an interesting note that David Graham, who voiced Parker in the original series, came back 50 years later to voice Parker again. And Sylvia Anderson, who voiced Lady Penelope, came back for one episode to voice Lady Penelope’s aunt.
Also, Kris is especially good at recognizing voice actors’ voices. She found something familiar about Grandma Tracy’s voice. After some research, she found that the voice actor for Grandma Tracy is Sandra Dickenson. She also does the voice of Granny Jojo on one of our favorite Cartoon Network series, “The Amazing World of Gumball.”
I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Granny Jojo is the matriarch of the Tracy family. I can’t unhear that now.
148th blog completed.
Second Steampunk screenplay: 158 pages. ß A little shorter.
First Steampunk novel: 73,675 words.
First Steampunk screenplay: Need to update with notes from the novelization.
Second Steampunk novel: 0 words.
Third Steampunk screenplay: 38 pages.
Tried a new recipe yesterday, Baked Meatballs Parmesan https://www.facebook.com/eatitorgohungry5/posts/pfbid0FtBMXxw4jzpvUVjTrExDYdUKtiPMPpwXD7oVW5NBobzkTmUNsqHBLQ5Sq6HqrAvBl
“These were very good. The recipe calls for two jars of pasta sauce. Dennis used about 1 ½ jars of Neuman’s Own Socorooni. Could be served over pasta. Probably would make a great meatball sub.” – Vincent Reinhart.
And today, Crockpot Taco Soup https://www.eatingonadime.com/crockpot-taco-soup-recipe/?fbclid=IwAR2hNxhFzNiITAQrO6sgnpB7PB3c7U1NXL5QKRS7EO9UD_xMqz0E2Lcq5rM and Billion Dollar Buttery Biscuits https://www.recipeboy.com/billion-dollar-buttery-biscuits/
“The soup was really good. A bit spicier than Kris expected, but that can be adjusted by what kind of taco seasoning you use. Dennis likes the hot and spicy kind. And the Biscuits… Oh, my, the Biscuits! Light and fluffy, probably due to the 7-Up. These things literary swim in butter as they bake. Time to double up on the cholesterol medication.