Tuesday, 9 October 2012

S3 Ep.17: Buzz Buzz


Originally Written by
The Rev.W.Awdry

Adapted for Television by
Britt Allcroft and David Mitton

Air Date:

James met Trevor at the vicarage orchard and discovered some bee hives due to the noise. As BoCo came, James puffed away indigently as he doesn't like to be told what to do by a diesel.  As James was to take the express, a bee hive fell down from the porter's trolley and broke open, the passengers ran away and the bees flew everywhere as they need a new home and that was James' boiler. One bee burnt his foot and stung James right on the nose. James tried everything until they gave up and they took the bees back to the hive. The vicar made a joke about James' nose saying that its a pity its not Christmas and calls him 'James the Red Nosed Engine'. Even James laughed but they called the 'bee knees' 

- It's great to see more characters connecting to Trevor rather then Trevor.
- The animation for the bee stinging James

- Shame we never get to see BoCo hauling the express.
- James hadn't done the three things in the story. 

I do enjoy this episode, but why couldn't they keep this for the second season? The book shows Duck not respecting BoCo because he's a diesel, but as he knew Edward and the twins, the pair became good friends. Here, we see that they are already good friends. The opening is nice and it was great to see Trevor talking to more characters then just Edward all the time, minus Thomas. But its a shame we never get to see BoCo hauling the express as mentioned in the book and the three things that James did to get rid of the bees, never actually happened in the book. In the story, we have BoCo taking the express and in the end James went back to the shed in disgrace. 

The episode is alright, but it was in a poor state and it would be better if the episode stuck close with the original story, though they should've kept it for the second season to make more sense with it. 

Rating: 3.5/5