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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Feature: Recap on Episode Four of Season Sixteen

The fourth episode of the new 2012 Sixteenth Series of Thomas & Friends aired on Channel 5 milkshake! in the United Kingdom.

This time, it was the turn of Percy and the Monster of Brendam where the incumbent green engine became convinced that there was a Monster of Brendam and so went forth with a search in the fog.
A sizeable cast featured in the story alongside Percy such as Salty, Cranky, Edward, Toby, Henry and company from Butch and Diesel.

In a suprise turn around, Thomas was amongst the set of cameos and had not done such appearance since The Party Surprise back in the Twelfth Series.

Joining Thomas silent wise consisted of Annie and Clarabel, The Fat Controller, James, Gordon, Emily and Stanley.
The episode gathered generally negative reviews who were disappointed with the poor and formulaic storyline, also attacking the meddling of Edward, Henry, Toby and Percy's personalities.

Fans found it pointless for Percy to track down the so called Monster of Brendam through parts of Sodor, even though the myth clearly stayed at the Docks.

With rhymes and repeated circumstances bothering viewers more, dim strands included Henry reversing to find the mystery dangerously in the fog, the term Steamie reinstated and the easy identified end utilizing Cranky as the Monster.
That aside, moments of humour connected with watchers such as Diesel's Whose calling me a monster? line, Keith Wickham's Salty performance and Edward's minor crash.

Another show-up by an LMS Brake Van was also well recieved as was the long-awaited non-speaking role of Thomas, whose face could not be seen when at Knapford Station near the beginning of the show.

Before the airing, three of milkshake!'s presenters proceeded with the usual Thomas, You're the Leader! dance masterclass. However, instead of the studio, Derek Moran, Jen Pringle and Kemi Majeks were on location.
The three also joined by Thomas, had filmed a special insert at the East Anglian Railway Museum for the dance to take place.

TheTopHatts gives Percy and the Monster of Brendam...

Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends continues its run in Australia on ABC2 on Friday February 24th 2012 at 2:55pm with the episode, Bust My Buffers!

Channel 5 in the UK airs the next episode on their milkshake! slot on the same day at 7:35am with Ho Ho Snowman.

For a full list of the scheduling, visit the Dieselworks Turntable Roundhouse on the right hand sidebar for more details.

Thanks to Thomas & Friends Wikia and TheTrainmaster97 for information.

What did you think of this episode? Send your reaction in the comments section just under this post for your verdict.


  1. When I had first heard of this episode, I thought Percy was going to be scared of the monster.
    Edward and Toby were quite out of character.
    However, there were a few lines of dialog which cracked me up, and I liked Butch's appearance and how Thomas (finally!) only made a cameo.
    This episode is probably within the top 50 worst Thomas episodes nonetheless.

  2. Bad, but not as bad as Ol' Wheezy Wobbles.

    There were better choices of engines to replace Edward, Toby and Henry's role. They could have used Charlie or Scruff, not destroy the old engines' wise personalities even further. However, there were some good points which are mentioned in the blog post. 3/10 from me also.

  3. Probably my least favourite episode of the week and Edward and Toby should know better, but I liked how Stanley, Butch, Diesel and Salty appearances in the same episode and Butch interacting with Toby and Percy, just like in Horrid Lorry and fog was good not too thick to see anything like Spencer the Grand. 93DOL youtube