The ship casts an unimpressive visage with its cobbled together skin of garbage cans, road signs, and miscellaneous debris, but that’s part of its charm. Thunder Road from The Explorers was more than just a vessel with which to sail the skies. It was a symbol of childlike wonder and adventure. Much like my real life attempts to create a spaceship from stuff laying around my house, the ending of the movie was a letdown, but the tone it hits never left me. The idea that a couple of kids around my age could put together a starship and break through the atmosphere was the fuel for many of my adventures in the woods surrounding my family home. Proof positive that looks can be deceiving.