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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Thunderbirds Are Go is an updated version of the 60's marionette-style classic about a futuristic family with lots of cool vehicles. It's full of action, with some intense, edge-of-your-seat moments and a series of plot twists and villains. It's easy enough for younger viewers to follow, yet layered in a way that can get older viewers thinking as well. While scenes are gripping (buildings falling, underwater earthquakes), there's no bloodshed.
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What's the story?
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! is a remake of the 1965 classic featuring marionette-style puppets. This updated version follows the classic story of the five Tracy brothers who form the core of the International Rescue team. They're each equipped with their own cutting edge vehicle that can traverse the globe, reach the deepest parts of the sea, and travel into space all with the purpose of helping others. Supporting characters help the Tracy brothers with their missions to restore peace and order, especially when villainous characters are acting against them.
Is it any good?
The show, which uses a mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets, has a fresh new style when compared with the pretty dated original puppets. However, the Tracy boys are easily recognizable and true to their original personalities and characteristics. The stories are layered so both young and old can enjoy the story and action, which occur in each episode of Thunderbirds Are Go without too much explanation.
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Families can talk about which character is their favorite in Thunderbirds Are Go and why. Who's the most important supporting cast member? If one of the characters were to turn out to be a bad guy who acted as a spy, which would you think it would be, and why?
Kids: Which character is most essential to keeping the team focused on the mission? Which character is most like you, and in what way? Which character could not be replaced without messing with the dynamics of the whole team?
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