This time came Express Coming Through which saw Thomas taking Dowager Hatt and very important visitors to a Welcome to Sodor party at Knapford Station. On the way, Thomas made mistakes whilst pulling the express.
With Writer Sharon Miller at the helm for the third time in the season, the episode kicked off with the full clear visual return of Castle Loch. Hiro and Scruff cameod together again after their brief meet in Race to the Rescue.
Following this, Annie and Clarabel pulled by Thomas went passed Farmer Trotter's Farm leading to Percy going through The Fishing Village and James huffing out of Knapford Station.
Part of The Steam Team showed up consisting of non-speaking roles with Edward, Toby, Emily and Henry. In a scene set at the Search and Rescue Centre, Captain, Harold and Butch also presented themselves.
Taking up talkative contributions were the aformentioned Thomas and Dowager Hatt, Gordon, Rocky and The Fat Controller.
The episode took in mixed to positive reviews from fans who once more lamented the recurring decision to bring back Thomas' determination of confidence and later pity.
Another ill-fated response was the same blue engine dropping off passengers to places so as to lighten up the weight of the express coaches he was pulling.
The end of Thomas taking a balloon crate on a flatbed in order to make amends for his sins became an unsuccessful attempt.
However, the expected rhymes and alliterated dialogue were felt to have been toned down to a level and not used as much regularly compared to previous episodes.
More positives found its way to viewers' hearts with continuity of Thomas' eagerness and Gordon's boastful agenda returning the characters back to their original roots.
The above findings were felt to have reminisced the formula of the early days of the Classic Series where nostalgia from tales such as Thomas and Gordon and Thomas' Train seemed to have re-entered the modern episode.
This comparison gave injections of improvements and references involving Thomas hauling the extended set of five coaches, The Fat Controller being aware of Gordon's persona and Dowager's strictness and comedic performance.
Concluding the overall praise left fans considering the story an improvement over Sharon Miller's negative scripts, the whole of Season Fifteen and most of the Animation Series' content.
Celebrating the broadcast was milkshake! with a third dance stint of the Thomas, You're the Leader! song, again using Jen Pringle in charge.
TheTopHatts gives Express Coming Through...
Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends continues its run in Australia on ABC2 on Thursday February 23rd 2012 at 2:55pm with the episode, Thomas Toots the Crows.
Channel 5 in the UK airs the next episode on their milkshake! slot on the same day at 7:35am with Percy and the Monster of Brendam.
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Thanks to Thomas & Friends Wikia for information.
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