Question 40 answer

Scott Tracy. Thunderbird One always struck me as oddly pointless. It was a huge and very fast rocket, which would fly at high speed to the scene of a disaster, where Scott Tracy would emerge and tell everyone that International Rescue was on the case, and that since his craft carried no equipment whatsoever, everyone would have to wait for Thunderbird Two to arrive with the tools for the rescue. Would it not have been quicker and cheaper to pick up the 'phone? The only thing Thunderbird One ever seemed to achieve, was to give the local press time enough to arrive and photograph Thunderbird Two as soon as it landed. The Tracy family professed to hate publicity.

Thunderbirds was, in my opinion, a fundamentally flawed programme. Every week, there would be some pressing crisis, and the men of International Rescue would hurry to save people from urgent peril. It was always vital to do something difficult before something disastrous occured, and there was a great deal put on the suspense created by this race against time. Unfortunately, all the characters were string puppets, and one thing which no string puppet can do is hurry. The men of International Rescue never ran. They never even walked briskly. Their top speed was a sort of springy mellow amble. The episodes were very long, and it was difficult to feel any suspense when the characters one saw on the screen were so laid back about the dangers they were in. Mind you, this show still has the best explosions on telly.