THESE ARE SOLEY MY OPINIONS AND NOT FROM THE THOMAS & FRIENDS FAN BASE
KEEPING UP WITH JAMES
It was winter and snow lay all around the tracks, the Fat Controller said that the engine who completed first will pull the 'presents train' to all the children on Sodor. James wanted to pull it but he thinks that with Edward being old he would not pull the train. But in the end, James learn that he must go slow and steady when it comes the frozen weather.
- Moral: Slow and steady
- They should put sanding gear in the series more often.
HIT had mentioned that some of the Thomas episode that they've produced between 2004-today have the mention of 'Winter Holidays', which caused the controversy of taking the word 'Christmas' out of the series in 2011 because of the DVD 'Little Engine Big Day Out' from 2007, which has this episode on it by the way. I remember, as I heard, that most people blamed this episode because of it, but giving it a watch, I don't see any harm. Sure there is the appearance of the Christmas tree at Knapford, but it didn't get a mention. It turns out it was the learning segment that caused it, when Thomas was delivering the tree to Peel Station and that Michael Angelis says 'You always see a tree during the winter holidays.' Anyway, I'm not going through a religious debate about it.
As of this episode in my views, its not bad but certainly not my cup of tea. I do like how the episode was given a moral about being 'slow and steady', which was the ending of this episode. But to add some railway realism, they should put sanding gears on the engines. I don't really watch this episode that much when it comes close to Christmas, it is more of a winter themed episode, with Christmas trees around it, but hey shops all over the word put trees up since October so maybe the people behind the sets decided to put it there to make it accurate? I don't know.