Thunderbirds Are Go debuted on Amazon last year, 2015. Amazon took the old Thunderbirds series and gave it a graphical update with CG animation. Beginning November 4 this year, the reboot is back for its second season, kicking off right where the first set left off. Amazon Prime members will have access to the Amazon Video streaming service, including the entire first season for newcomers who want to catch up. Also, unlike season 1’s unfortunate allocation to the 8:00 a.m. time slot, season 2 will air at 3:30 p.m., with re-runs posted at 8:00 a.m. the following day.
The show follows the five Tracy brothers, Penelope, and Parker, as they battle to take down The Hood. Thunderbirds Are Go season 2 will also play out a new character arc for Kayo (who, by the way, has undergone a renaming from Tintin just for the reboot), following her connection to The Hood. Details such as an episode count are unavailable at the moment, but new episodes will be aired weekly, as before. Currently, a total of 78 episodes over three seasons are planned for release, with season 2 beginning at number 27. And, naturally, nods to the original 1965 Thunderbirds series (yes, it’s that old) are dotted throughout the remake.
Other changes from the source material include the removal of violence and most weaponry, save for a few missiles, The Hood no longer has psychic powers, there are some color swapping and a reworking of the Thunderbird ships’ roles in the episodes, and certain characters have been re-imagined to add cultural diversity. Much of these alterations and the handling of the show in general are geared toward bringing in a new audience consisting largely of younger children, rather than going for the nostalgia approach with already-existing fans. New or veteran, you can judge the reboot for yourself on November 4 at 3:30 p.m.
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