TL;DR – A fun trip down memory lane, while learning a thing or two about the International Space Station.
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
The Magic School Bus was one of those shows that I can’t help but think back fondly on. Like I can still remember an episode where they went inside a decaying log for some reason. So when a new episode of the show popped up in my feed, and one set in space no less, I had to check it out, and I got sent back in time and into the future all at once.
So to set the scene, we skip all the standard preamble and start with the Bus as a rocket blasting off into space. Ms Frizzle (Kate McKinnon) is taking the whole group up to the International Space Station. The astronauts are heading back to Earth, so the team is watching over the station until the next crew arrives the following day.
Look, for a show like this, you immediately have to put that logical part of your brain that knows that they would never leave kids the space station like that. Like Ralphie (Matthew Mucci) would never have been let within 400 km of the station. Which is confirmed the moment he accidentally creates a giant tardigrade (not the first time this has happened). Once you push that to the side, the show becomes a lot more fun.
As this is a kids show, there are a couple of things you have to take for granted. The first is that this is an episode that is peppered with facts about the space station. To the point where they will often stop to look to the camera to rattle them off, which I didn’t mind, but it might grate on you. Of course that lesson they got shown at the start of the show is just what they need to win the day. However, for a kids show, they do push the edge of scary when it comes some of the horror tropes they employ, and I always enjoy a Jurassic Park reference. Though even if you didn’t know it was a Canadian production, I think you probably guess it with the Chris Hadfield cameo and the Canadarm2 having a prominent role.
In the end, do we recommend The Magic School Bus Rides Again Kids In Space? Look this is a kids film, and if you are looking for something to entertain your kids for 40 odd minutes where they will probably learn something, then this is for you. Also if you are in for a little trip down nostalgia lane, you might want to give it a watch.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Magic School Bus Rides Again Kids In Space
Directed by – Richard Weston
Written by – David Skelly
Based on – The Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole & Bruce Degen
Music/Lyrics by – Lin-Manuel Miranda Peter Lurya, Steve D’Angelo. Lorenzo Castelli & Terry Tompkins
Production/Distribution Companies – Brown Bag Films & Netflix
Starring – Kate McKinnon, Matthew Mucci, Mikaela Blake, Gabby Clarke, Roman Lutterotti, Leke Maceda-Rustecki, Birva Pandya, Lynsey Pham, Kaden Stephen & Chris Hadfield
Rating – Australia: G;