The long promised return of half of the Narrow Gauge Engines at last cropped up in Don't Bother Victor!, written by Sharon Miller.
It saw The Thin Controller asking Peter Sam to be in charge of the railway, but the little engine struggles with decisions being made on the way.
The small No. 4 locomotive and Mr. Percival were joined by Rheneas, Victor, Sir Handel, Thomas and Skarloey to speak in the reunion show. Rusty the Little Diesel made a very brief cameo at the beginning but was silent.
The episode reeled in mixed to positive reviews, the majority of which commended Nitrogen Studios' vibrant animation for the Narrow Gauge engines and their railway, partly distracting attention from the writing perspective.
The inclusion of basing the whole place in a Welsh heritage achieved an acclaimed response and was felt to have fitted perfectly. It led to making the returning engines talk with the very accents.
The Wales references started during the opening where Skarloey was seen pulling a few coaches as seen on the real Talyllyn Railway. Greg Tiernan revealed that he and some of the crew visited the railway for research.
Victor visited the little 'uns in the story which had a refreshing change of focus rather than staying in the Steamworks most of his days, that too went down well from the fans.
However the episode was not saved by negative pointers taking place, partly salvaging the third before last show. It was thought to be poorly written and being compared to Sir Handel in Charge and The Green Controller.
The three strikers and repitition were included as was the highly expected role of Thomas appearing, annoying viewers once more to another extreme.
The narration mentioned that Peter Sam fixed his friends when really and proven visually, the crews became responsible for the repairs. This error made receptions of being lazy and unfocused to the piece.
Despite most voices approved, one voice was criticised, that of Sir Handel who spoke in an elder Percy type, utimately not suited by reviewers. Conscientious' of the story's result turned to be an average reprise of the returnees.
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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 final episode on their milkshake! slot on Thursday March 15th 2012 at 7:35am with Happy Birthday, Sir!. 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.
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