Tuesday, 2 September 2014

S18 Ep.7: Duck in the Water



Written by
Andrew Brenner

Directed by
David Stoten

Produced by
Robert Anderson (Arc)
Ian McCue (HIT)

Air Date

When Duck gets stuck on some flooded track, James is sent to fetch Rocky to rescue him. But James does not wait for Rocky to secure his crane arm and they end up knocking down a signal before they arrive at the accident site! Without a signal to warn them, the other engines do not stop, and what began as a small accident soon escalates into a much bigger one involving several engines! 

- Some nice humor 
- Good morals
- No accompanying of music during James and Rocky's scene
- Amazing visuals from Arc Productions

- Animation errors here and there

The episode was really decent. There are many great morals for children to learn from such as the importance of signals, admitting your mistakes and that you can't do anything you like all the time, which was said the recent special. Another is the humor, the dry humor arrogance of James makes me laugh and his humor reminds me of John Lennon, same can be said for Reg. But I think the best part of humorous side of the show is this: 
Credit goes to crovansgate7698 (Tom) on twitter for the picture 

Feels like S17 with the cameos of Ducks. 

One scene I definetly like is when James and Rocky set off to rescue Duck. There was no music to accompany the scene and I like when some shows do this, you sometimes can feel the characters' drama by just having no music. Some animes do that to set the mood of that scene. Plus Arc Productions are great with their animation and they are showing some improvements too, the rain going over James' face and the lighting too, the lighting feels real, like Nitrogen's waterfall in S14. Plus the faces and movement of the characters are so fluid and flexible too. However they do suffer from their errors, however these are just nitpicks. One is at the start of the episode, we see Duck's brake can not bring rendered well:  

Even James look confused :P

Plus Duck's footplate seems to have been morphed into the platform. It reminds me of Trainz when you put rolling stock on the route, sometimes if you add rolling stock or engines on the points it'll morph into it making it awkward. But in the end, it's a decent episode with some good morals, not an over the top S5 style crash and some good humor too

Rating: 9/10