When I was working on the schedule for content uploads, I had a spot free to which I offered the choice to my mother as today is her birthday. After several weeks of changing her mind, she "chose" this (by that I mean she suggested it and I said "I have to start working on it, no more changing your mind"... Of course there's another one which I turned down for now so... one review at a time...), forceful padding aside, lets see how this not Thunderbirds holds up, Rescue Heroes Season 1+2 (I'm having trouble finding season 3 somewhere I can obtain it to review).
So what's the story, the show focuses on a selection of heroes, each with their own skills, gear and puny names that, sadly, were tradition for kids shows then and even now, rescuing people (encase the title wasn't a giveaway) from natural disasters including fires, floods, storms and more. The concept itself is fine, however it means that there isn't any kind of flowing narrative, which is made worse when there's character development. The other big problem with this is that the second season feels more like a full reboot rather then a continuation (and the back story episode highlighting how the organization was formed doesn't help prove otherwise). The plots for individual episodes also have a Deus-Ex Machina to them at points because the world this is set (which is supposed to be modern day earth) looks like the most unstable planet in the galaxy. Except for in episode time changes, its impossible to get a sense of flowing time so you could believe that seven episodes could be seven months, days or even hours in some cases. It's not helped when some of their ideas are Deus Ex's as well. Last I checked, a few rocks and small explosives couldn't form a Tidal Wave, let alone one that can stop one that's been traveling for hours.
|Oh come on, I can't be the only one to see it... can I?|
Animation wise, the first season suffers from animation errors by way or wrongly coloured characters. I thought the days of three Starscreams on screen were gone at this point by sadly I'm wrong. Its not as obvious in the second season (at least I didn't notice any) but that doesn't mean that the second season is perfect. When I said that the second season could be passed off as a full reboot, I wasn't kidding as the animation style is completely different. While some characters benefit from the changes and the equipment looks much better in this design, it doesn't make up for how jarring difference is, normally shows ease into changes this drastic, that's not easing into anything. The two styles are down to opinions as to which one is the better but for me, the first season's animation is slightly better as the characters stand out more, it's down to personal choice though. Music wise, I genuinely couldn't bring attention to any track if I tried, they all feel bland which, for a action themed show, only fades into the background.