After his successful stint in Express Coming Through, Gordon returned to the forefront, this time in his own story rather than a supporting lead.
Bust My Buffers! from Sharon Miller, reigned in Gordon to resist wearing a Diesel Engine type buffer beam after breaking his own in accident at Brendam Docks when facing off against Diesel.
Largely hamming in a big cast of Diesels, Gordon and Diesel's speaking parts were added on to the likes of Mavis, Den, Dart, Salty, Arry, Bert and Thomas supporting the show.
Cameos sporadicated to levels from Percy, Edward, Henry, Toby, Henrietta tailing with Rosie, Emily, Norman and Paxton in tow.
The episode was rewarded sets of positive reviews praising the concept of the rail and safety rules being mentioned and used whilst commending entertainment value.
The strictness of Mavis and Salty's moods were felt to be a strong point in order to prevent a negative backlash of non-railway realism alongside a lead character's ignorance.
Den and Dart's time took credit from fans over using the sort of engines or Diesels to connect Gordon's knowledge that replacement buffer beams were the way forward to go through a day. The two also provided moments of comedy.
A shot of Gordon going under the bridge near Ffarquhar Station greeted by a small boy and a male near the end reminisced memories of the Classic Series opening title sequence from viewers minds.
But the story did not halt a significant number of mistakes being found such as describing buffer beams as buffers, which created a major factual error and happend at many points throughout.
Tagging along came very minor alliteration joined by a couple of rhymes where even Gordon's dialogue became criticised for being weak and often repeating several so called catchphrases, like the occasional, O the indignity!.
Also spotted were the unexplained changings of positions of Gordon venturing back and forth teamed up with the more silent brief ecounters from Norman and Paxton. Thomas small appearance took up a forced in inclusion.
TheTopHatts gives Bust My Buffers!...
Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends continues its run in Australia on ABC2 on Friday March 2nd 2012 at 2:55pm with the episode, Whiff's Wish.
Channel 5 in the UK airs the next episode on their milkshake! slot on the same day at 7:35am with Percy and the Calliope.
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