THUNDER IN PARADISE 2, the sequel to the made-for-TV THUNDER IN PARADISE, is a throwback to 1950s-style kiddie adventure entertainment like "Sky King", a modestly budgeted action series whose cliched rescue missions and cheap sets took a backseat to the Songbird Plane, a flying machine
worshipped by kids. In THUNDER IN PARADISE 2 it's a super-duper Thunderboat rather than a plane, but everything else is pretty much the same.
In a prologue sequence dreamt by Kelly (Carol Alt), R.J. "Hurricane" Spencer (Hulk Hogan), his daughter Jessie, and Martin "Bru" Brubaker (Chris Lemmon) are blown to smithereens when they choose a manual override option on their boat, Thunder, while fleeing Middle Eastern palace guards. In real
life, Kelly begins experiencing romantic visions identical to those of a handsome Arab prince. Much to the dismay of Spence and Brubaker, Kelly follows her Harlequin romance heart to her dream sheik's kingdom of Tandanasia. When an ogre of a warrior, Bluto (Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake), makes
demands of the prince's father, Kelly's fiance is told he must sacrifice the thing he values most. Mindful of his responsibility to his father, the prince betroths Kelly to Bluto. She calls her friends for help on the eve of the nuptial catastrophe, and they come through.
Spence and Brubaker sail Thunder through a mine field and arrive in Tandanasia. The two-man SWAT team is nabbed at the joyless wedding, but they trick their way out of jail, battle assorted sentinels, engage Bluto in a wrestling match, and then act out another of Jessie's dreams by boarding a
flying carpet. With Kelly in tow, Spence and Brubaker make it back to Thunder, battle the Tandanasians with all the artillery and rocket power their ship can muster, and heed Jessie's dream about the manual override. They let Thunder call its own technological shots, and the trio of adventurers
escape their pursuers unscathed.
With an almost surreal disregard for plot logic or script continuity, THUNDER IN PARADISE 2 alternates between trying to wow viewers with tired action sequences and trying to seduce them with squeaky clean romantic interludes. It's disheartening to see light comedian Lemmon reduced to stooging
for a retired wrestler, and the streamlined Hulk Hogan brings little to the party. More than anything, THUNDER IN PARADISE 2 resembles a supermarionation adventure, like "Thunderbirds are Go" or "Fireball XL-5"; all the principal players here move as if animatronically controlled, except that
they're not nearly as life-like as those old puppets. (Violence.)
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