Picks and Pans Review: Thunderbirds
Fox (Saturdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)
The upstart network adds another feather to its Saturday morning cap with this revival of the '60s kids' classic. That series, about a cadre of 21st-century aeronautical heroes, now edited down to half-hour episodes, employed "supermarionation," an elaborate process of puppetry developed by Englishman Gerry Anderson.
The adventures of these futuristic flyboys are still wonderfully hokey looking and absolutely distinctive. The whole cast—maniacally intense-looking marionettes with bad hair—seem to have been cut from two molds: The younger puppets all resemble Montgomery Clift; the older ones bear a remarkable likeness to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
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