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Friday, 9 March 2012

Feature: Recap on Episode Fifteen of Season Sixteen

The third quarter of the Sixteenth Thomas & Friends Series finished airing on the UK's Channel 5 milkshake! before proceeding onto the last week of episodes.

Being limited to small roles and cameos in the latest season, James took on the reigns for the lead in Muddy Matters. James' job was to take sheep to a fair but diverted himself to other tracks for avoiding mud and to keep clean.
The red engine teamed up with Farmer McColl, Thomas, The Fat Controller, Emily and The Photographer to speak in the near ten minute show.

Stanley, Charlie, Edward, Henry, Gordon, Rosie and Belle all appeared at the start in silence. The end of the tale set at the fair featured a whole host of some of Sodor's nation.

The episode's reception led to mixed and negative reviewing as dedicaters became unhappy with Max Allen's formulaic script. This also happend with his previous story just one day back.
The simplistic nature of James choosing a route to trek ahead whilst preventing himself from getting dirty made a poor response due to the general idea being used many times.

The missing sections of mud and puddles in places did not tend to appear in most places and instead were presented during the track intervals. Absence of signalmen and boxes decreased realism on the railway expectations.

While Thomas appeared in a cameo, he later recieved a role half way through which brought up the subject of forced in partings, taking in bad fan comments.
James' one van man load differed very much to the beginning of the story after the many engines passing by carrying extra loads of rolling stock.

Positives mentioned involved a humourous exchange between Emily and James, Belle doing railway work, a worker reading The Sodor Times newspaper and James retaining his character throughout, becoming highly praised.

TheTopHatts gives Muddy Matters...

Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends will return for one more day in Australia on ABC2 during Christmas 2012 with the episode, The Christmas Express. 
Channel 5 in the UK airs the next episode on their milkshake! slot on Monday March 12th 2012 at 7:35am with Whiff's Wish. The Christmas Express will also air in Britain in Christmas 2012.

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 for information and images.

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


  1. 0:04 Wow Charlie doing work for a change, 0:11 Dairy Factory not Dairy Farm lol, nice to see Belle again but why is she pulling trucks? What if emergency came through, I know there's Flynn but that's not point. Flynn is in Welcome Stafford, nice Photographer and Farmer McColl speak and I love James and he is in character, dunno what he was worried about as Photo B+W you can't see he is muddy, 8:36 and good use of CGI 10/10 all round for me and not much repetition, 3:17 why Emily got 3 coachesLOL

  2. I quite like this episode really. It is weird how I always seem to like every episodes everyone else hates (Time for a Story, Wonky Whistle and so on).

    This was way better than the episode that aired on my last birthday though! (Happy Hiro). I had a great day, started by what I think was a great episode!

    I would give this a 5.5/10. It's not excellent, but its much better than a lot of other episodes.

  3. I personally like this episode, it tried its best to be good. Despite that Katy the dog should ride in a brake van, despite that they never have one on James' train. However, it was great seeing longer trains behind the engines and even Belle and Charlie doing some work. So despite the flaws, it's still a good episode.