Saturday, 6 September 2014

S18 Ep.10:Thomas and the Emergency Cable

THESE ARE SOLEY MY OPINIONS AND NOT FROM THE THOMAS & FRIENDS FAN BASE

THOMAS AND THE EMERGENCY CABLE
Written by
Andrew Brenner

Directed by
David Stoten 

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

Air Date:
5/09/14

Plot
Thomas is on his branch line when a passenger pulls the emergency cable and he has to stop quickly. But it turns out not to be an emergency at all, but a bird watcher who has spotted a rare bird. To make matters worse, Clarabel has a wheel flat after being dragged along with her brakes on. So the next time Thomas sees the bird watcher he refuses to stop to collect him, but he soon learns that that is not the right thing to do.

PRO:
-Moral: Emergency brakes are only used for emergencies
- Some nice human interactions
- Thomas getting comeuppance 

CON:
- Annie being the brake coach

This is another of Andrew Brenner's 'small moments into big ideas' stories'. It teaches children about what emergency brakes are. The human interaction between the engines and human is decent, hope that they keep on with it in the future. Plus with the premise, it was nice to see Thomas getting his comeuppance at the end. But there is one gripe I have and that is Annie being the brake coach. As stated in 'Thomas and the Guard', Clarabel can take passengers, luggage and guard. The latter is the one in the brake coach, which is Clarabel and Annie would only have the brakes through a brake pipe while all the equipment for Clarabel would be attached to her, plus it was even in the description of the episode that Clarabel was one who've suffered. The way Annie was braking was very illogical, even with a railway consultant for the series. But still it didn't damage the interest I have with the episode and it shows that you don't need escapades all the time in the series. 

Rating: 9/10


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