Sunday, June 23, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: Thomas & Friends - Gordon Gets The Giggles | #BigWorldBigAdventures

Season 23, Episode 6: Gordon Gets The Giggles
Written By Becky Overton
Directed By Dianna Basso

Gordon's important position as the engine who pulls the express has made him extremely proud, pompous and self-important with a good reason too since he is the fastest engine on Sodor which can make him inclined to boast and act like a bully to the smaller engines on top of a great hate for pulling goods trains...but it looks like Gordon may have laughed his express-pulling duties away forever and it's driving him insane. Let's go go go on a big adventure for what is sure to be a very silly ride on the express when 'Gordon Gets The Giggles'!

GORDON GETS THE GIGGLES: On Sodor, Gordon becomes very worried when he gets a serious case of the giggles after Rebecca gets herself into a sticky situation

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PROS:
  • The story-while the concept of 'tough and serious engines having soft sides' is nothing new for the series especially with episodes like Season 20's "Diesel And The Ducklings' and even in other shows like in the recent My Little Pony episode 'Sweet And Smoky', getting to see writer Becky Overton really ham up Gordon's character of trying to keep his serious composure while laughing out loud at Rebecca's sticky mishap at the start of the episode really helped to give this episode some strong comedy from Gordon calling himself 'Big G' as well as the dramatic lighting when Gordon goes to the Steamworks to get help from Victor and Kevin...to quote Iago from 'Aladdin', 'ohhhh boy...he's cracked, he's gone nuts'!  But speaking of Rebecca, next topic!
  • Rebecca-I've said it before and I'll say it again, Rebecca is an absolute gem to have on the Island Of Sodor with her seeing the best in everyone along with her enthusiastic kindness despite being clumsy at times whether it be constantly bumping into Sir Topham Hatt like in her debut episode back in Season 22's "Confusion Without Delay' or here in this episode where she goes from bumping into honey jar flatbeds to almost crashing into Thomas to smashing into vegetable flatbeds of which I swear Mattel is gonna jump on the opportunity to make merchandise out of this particular moment and yet she just laughs it off while getting on with her work.  Also, GordonXRebecca ship confirmed...one of the few ships within the community that I can definitely agree on!
  • The fantasy sequences-with this now being one of the major selling points for the series and while I would like to thank this episode for making me remember my deep fear for clowns, this sequence triggered by Gordon's fears of being a silly engine because of his inability to stop laughing at Rebecca's mishap from the start of the episode certainly did its job in capturing how silly Gordon could be by juggling balls with his funnel and especially with the help of Mr. Bubbles and his bubble machine...but like I said before from my experiences, my deep fear of clowns made this particular fantasy sequence tough to get through!

CONS:
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Overall for what sounded like a very odd concept from the start, 'Gordon Gets The Giggles' still managed to be a pretty great episode for our first adventure back on the Island Of Sodor and for that earns a rating of an 8.5 out of 10.


Grudge Match-9.5/10
Batucada-9.5/10
Gordon Gets The Giggles-8.5/10

SEASON 23 OVERALL RATING: 8.5/10

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