Season 23, Episode 8: Chucklesome Trucks
Written By Davey Moore
Directed By Dianna Basso
Directed By Dianna Basso
When Henry decided to move out of Tidmouth Sheds in order to be closer to his work at Vicarstown, a new engine named Rebecca came over from the mainland to help Gordon with his express runs...and although she kept arriving and departing too early from the stations, she has quickly won over the hearts and minds of everyone she meets. But now that Rebecca has mastered pulling the express and being a really useful friend, she faces her greatest challenge yet: learning how to manage the Troublesome Trucks. Who will come out on top, let's find out and go go go on a big adventure with Rebecca and the 'Chucklesome Trucks'!
CHUCKLESOME TRUCKS: The engines fear Rebecca is in for a tough time when she is tasked with pulling Troublesome Trucks.
- 'Trip Down Memory Lane'-as the engines share with Rebecca their first experiences with handling the Troublesome Trucks, that is when one of the major highlights of the episode takes place: recreated flashbacks to the Classic Series...and although Thomas' flashback to 'The Adventure Begins' was just stock footage, getting to see recreations of James' accident with the tar wagons from Season 1's 'Dirty Objects/James In A Mess' as well as Percy passing the danger sign and splashing into the sea from Season 2's 'Percy Takes The Plunge' of which they don't like to be reminded of was truly something to see-we even get a reference to the 'Big World Big Adventures' movie from Nia about how the trucks where she comes from are not as troublesome as the ones on Sodor!
- The fantasy sequences-with this now being one of the major selling points for the series, this sequence of worry from the other engines about Rebecca handling the Troublesome Trucks for the first time was actually pretty intense from being pushed down Gordon's Hill like in Thomas' flashback to smashing into tar tankers from James' and finally splashing into the sea like Percy based on everything that they had told Rebecca about how troublesome the trucks can really be...but I'm pretty sure that the scene of a tar covered Rebecca careening into the sea at Brendam Docks and presumably dying will more than likely please the people in the community that still hate on 'Big World Big Adventures' ever since the revamp first started-guys, it's been over a year...get over it!
- 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 and seeing her enthusiastic kindness and lack of worry win over the Troublesome Trucks with how she joins in on their crazy antics while her friends are the ones having accidents after telling her about how troublesome the trucks could be made for a hilarious experience especially when the trucks question in confusion as to why their tricks didn't work on Rebecca at all...also is it me or did Rebecca enjoy the trucks bumping her a little too much?
Overall, Rebecca wins the day once again...'Chucklesome Trucks' is another shining example of how Rebecca's introduction into the Steam Team was one of the best things to happen to the television series in recent years considering her track record so far in terms of episodes and for that gets a rating of a 10 out of 10.
The Other Big Engine-9.5/10