Written By Davey Moore
Directed By Dianna Basso
Some engines on the Island Of Sodor give diesels a bad reputation and no engine better exemplifies this than the sinister shunter himself Diesel. Being the first diesel engine to arrive on the North Western Railway, Diesel views himself and any other diesel as highly above the steam engines and believes that all diesels are "revolutionary" while also claiming diesels should be "rough and tough" as an excuse for bullying the other engines particularly towards Thomas and Duck...but it looks like he may have found a way to light up the night! Let's go go go on a big adventure as 'Diesel Glows Away'!
DIESEL GLOWS AWAY: When Diesel hides from the other engines on Sodor, his plans backfire and he gets a surprise
- The fantasy sequences-with this now being one of the major selling points for the series, this sequence of both steam engines and diesel engines getting emotional about not being able to find Diesel in order for him to help them out only to be surprised and overjoyed to see their 'really useful friend' when Diesel appears out of a giant cake really played into Diesel's egotistical behavior of proving how really useful he can be quite well in my opinion to make for a really humorous experience...on top of that, Stanley gets another speaking role ever since Season 22's "An Engine Of Many Colours" along with Owen ever since Season 18's "Long Lost Friend" and the biggest surprise being that Norman finally gets another speaking role in the series after six years since Season 17's "The Frozen Turntable"-Mattel, seriously make an episode about Norman...he's a character who is in desperate need of development! You gave it to Paxton and Sidney, why not complete the trilogy?!
- The story-while it starts off just being a rehash of Season 18's "Disappearing Diesels" like I had originally thought going into the episode, it soon becomes a jumbled up mess of a role reversal rehash to Season 19's "Diesel's Ghostly Christmas" (my favorite episode from that season!) while bringing back the glow in the dark paint concept from Season 20's "Henry In The Dark" and the concept of Diesel needing to change his ways in order to make friends from throughout Season 21 with episodes like 'Springtime For Diesel' and 'A Most Singular Engine'...granted it was funny to see that Paxton and Nia (who actually worked great together in my opinion) weren't fooled by Diesel's glow in the dark ghostly appearance while embarking on their own mystery investigation in a nod to Season 22's "The Case Of The Puzzling Parts" and even getting involved with the glowing paint in order to get back at Diesel, all that it managed to do was make that glow in the dark TrackMaster pack that featured Diesel canon in the series-I know that Thomas is only still around because the toys sell so well, but toys should be the byproduct of a franchise...not the other way around!
Overall...while the story to 'Diesel Glows Away' is a jumbled mess, it still managed to be a pretty alright episode throughout the delightful duo of Paxton and Nia who like I said earlier work really well together. So for that, 'Diesel Glows Away' gets a rating of a 7.5 out of 10.
The Other Big Engine-9.5/10