Season 20, Episode 16: Henry In The Dark
Written By Lee Pressman
As Kermit The Frog once said, 'it's not that easy being green'...but what if you were as green as a ghost like Henry was in our next Season 20 episode-Henry In The Dark!
After Henry is accidentally repainted with glow-in-the-dark green paint due to a mix-up from Kevin, Henry has all of Sodor thinking that they've seen a ghost train. I'll be honest...after the modern classic that was 'Henry Gets The Express', I thought this episode was gonna suck since we didn't know much about it and sounded like they were taking a step backwards with Henry's character. But I did my best to go into this episode with an open mind and to my surprise...it turned out to be better than I expected!
When it comes to the story, I kept saying to myself that this is what Season 14's 'James In The Dark' should've been because...whereas 'James In The Dark' was formulaic and boring, this episode does everything that it can to be entertaining and informative at the same time with things like the uses for the glow-in-the-dark paint on railway signs-not to mention that this episode is filled to the brim with comedy!
As for the animation, the team at Arc's work truly shone amongst all the darkness of this nighttime episode since I've always thought it would be so cool to see an engine's paintwork glow in the dark and they took every advantage that they could with Henry as the lead in this episode...and it kinda gives a reason why there are some pieces of Thomas merchandise that actually do glow in the dark whether they're the Trackmasters or MINIS.
And when it comes to the characters...ever since 'Henry Gets The Express', it's been so great to have the Henry that we all knew and loved as kids back after so many years and Lee Pressman did a great job as well as Helen Farrall in combining Henry's original and current personalities at the same time of being a cynical worrier-bravo to Keith Wickham for giving another perfect performance!
Overall, 'Henry In The Dark' is a Season 20 episode that truly shines and gets a rating of a 10 out of 10