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Thursday, 8 March 2012

Feature: Recap on Episode Fourteen of Season Sixteen

Another Season Sixteen episode of Thomas & Friends transmitted in Britain on Channel 5 milkshake!.

Recieving minimal stints in the 2012 Series, Emily at last took the leading role in Emily's Winter Party Special. It saw Emily's mission to pull a Christmas present train after she recovers The Fat Controller's top hat.
Taking on supporting roles beamed in just Thomas, Henry and Victor. Diesel, Edward, Stanley, Percy, Cranky, Butch and The Brass Band all participated in cameos.

The episode resulted in negative reviews from fans who lambasted Max Allen's script after the success he had with Percy and the Calliope.

The plot was considered very poorly written, being a complete mess, forcing out the Christmas term again with Winter holidays and having to work with weak dialogue.
Emily's character in the story had distanced away leading to her taking on the personality of such few engines like Thomas starring in forumlaic and overly repeated storylines.

It was suggested by several individuals that the script sounded like a reenactment of Topped Off Thomas from the Tenth Series, expect the present one was felt to be much worse.

The inclusion of Thomas playing a part did not bode well with viewers by the time it became more domiant half way through the nine minute show.
Little positives drew up mainly consisting of the extended freight trains seen at the beginning, one of the few improvements noted time and time again for this series.

Especially for a winter episode, the CGI of Nitrogen Studios remained a highlight throughout, notably during the colourful light coverings of Emily and Thomas.

TheTopHatts gives Emily's Winter Party Special...

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 Friday March 9th 2012 at 7:35am with Muddy Matters. 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. I liked Emily and Thomas being lit with the festive lights, it reminded me of the Blackpool Illuminations trams. But the rest was awful

  2. I think this episode is not bad really, it tried to be good. However I agree with the flaws like the episode being a mash up of 'Topped off Thomas' and in my point of view 'Keeping Up With James', with the engine wanting to pull the presents train. Despite the flaws that the episode has, the animation is superb, especially Emily and Thomas being lit up with the lights.

    But in my views it's an OK episode: 3/5

  3. I liked this episode, not bad, can't fault it even though I have episodes I like more than others I am not one to critisize, after all I will be a Thomas fan whatever. Nice to have Emily getting lead role for a change and glad Butch got decent cameo 2:44 just like Topped off Thomas another ep I love, 93DOL youtube

  4. It wasn't the worst Emily episode. One of the few highlights for me was seeing the calliope again ;)

    1. Why do Thomas fans hate it when Thomas himself makes an appearence in epsiodes of his own show? it's strange. :(

    2. because he's used too much, and everybody is sick of seeing him

    3. Try telling that to kids at DOWT events :) He's the hero, bit like not having The Doctor in Doctor Who!

    4. Sort of, except Thomas HAS missed quite a few episodes, but only when the models were being used :)