Thursday, 29 December 2016

S20 Ep.13:The Railcar & The Coaches


Written by
Davey Moore

Directed by
Dianna Basso

Produced by
Ian McCue 

Air Date:

While Thomas delivers trucks to and from the quarry, Daisy is placed to take Thomas' passengers. However she was rude to Annie and Clarabel by calling them old and wobbly. But they soon got their own back until they learn that two wrongs don't make a right.

- Daisy
- Harwick station
- Annie and Clarabel's cheeky side
- Moral: Two wrongs don't make a right
- Small things turn into big idea
- The Fat Controller punishing rolling stock is something new
- The ending was pretty funny


I for one adore this episode and I do love Daisy. Davey Moore was spot on with her personality of her being highly strung and up herself I'm looking forward to more of her in the future as she has great potential especially with Ryan on the Harwick line as shown in previous episodes.

It's also great how the Fat Controller placed Daisy back on Thomas' branch line during the winter months since the summer season is over. It's a good excuse for her to be on other parts of Sodor aside from Harwick. 

The whole 'first time' thing that was mentioned when she was working on Thomas' line, I think you can say that the people were travelling on her for the first time since they are new to her and she had been away from Thomas' branch line for a while.

Harwick station looks pretty good, even though it was shown in previous episodes. It's small and simple but of course most coastal side stations look like that and it's nice to see that's just a simple sort of station, although I'm rather intrigued on what's beyond the station, maybe a harbour or a goods yard because I hope we see more of an expansion of the line.

It's also good to see the two coaches having more than just being the 'voice of reason' characters. They are not perfect and tend to be cheeky, some good character development but it also add to the moral that two wrongs don't make a right. Probably one of the best things about the episode too is that Moore took a small moment out from the story simply titled as 'Daisy' of her insulting Annie and Clarabel (and Henrietta too) as rubbish and turned into an episode. I bet Brenner influenced him with the small things turn into big idea because it felt like that. 

It's also a breath of fresh air to see the Fat Controller scolding railway rolling stock then an engine all the time. I would love to see the writers taking on the trucks being scolded at by the man in the top hat and their ending was kind of funny and kind of sad too with Diesel but you either feel sorry for them or know it serves them right for making Daisy feel flustered. But in the end it was a fun episode with some interesting characterisation from the three main ones.

Episode Ratings:
Sidney Sings - 8/10
Letters To Santa - 8/10
Love Me Tender - 7/10
The Railcar & The Coaches - 9/10

Overall Rating:

Even though there are more S20 episodes to come and hopefully they come sooner rather than later, that are all the episode reviews for 2016! Be on the look out for the annual retrospective post of the past DVDs that were reviewed during the year 2016!