I first learned
about Thunderbirds in 2003, when I saw a
commercial for it on the late TechTV. I thought, "Hmm,
what are those things? Robots? Automatons? Guess I'll
watch an episode and see...."
My initial impression:
"Oh hey, they're puppets. Oh well...oh, COOL! It's just like
Pop-up Video! Okay, maybe I'm not into the show that much, so
I'll just watch it for the pop-ups. And because the guys in
the spectacles is darned cute. How are they making the mouths
move, anyway? That's weird. I wonder how old this show is?
From the special effects, I'd say 1980's, late 70's at the
latest...what? 1965?!!! Dang!" I also wanted to know
why, if Thunderbirds was so darned famous worldwide,
how come I had never even heard of it before now?
The original plan was to
watch just long enough to figure out how the mouths worked
then stop watching. But something happened to change all that:
For one thing, I was slowly but surely falling in love with
Thunderbirds, and Brains in particular. But more
importantly, I went looking for fanfic, as I always do when I
find a new show, and came across LMC's "Quarantine." Mind you,
at this point I was so new to Thunderbirds that I had
to keep looking up which Tracy boy was which, but the story
blew me away nonetheless. It was this story that not only
helped harden my core as a fan, but also went a long way to
inspiring me to write Thunderbirds fic of my own.
I owe it all to you,