Season 23, Episode 13: Panicky Percy
Written By Camille Ucan and Rose Johnson
Directed By Dianna Basso
Despite being a funny and kind engine, Percy is known for worrying about things which can make him a little bit panicky...but through the wise words of his faraway friend Gator, Percy can also be a very brave engine as he goes about his jobs helping his friends on the North Western Railway. Even so after his friend Gator left Sodor to work in the high mountains , Percy is still one to get scared quite easily and it looks like he has let his imagination run right off the rails when his best friend Thomas might have had an accident...let's go go go on a big adventure with 'Panicky Percy'!
PANICKY PERCY: When Percy imagines Thomas having an accident, he causes confusion and delay by getting everyone into searching for Thomas when he is absolutely fine
- The fantasy sequences-with this now being one of the major selling points for the series, this sequence of Percy imagining his best friend Thomas being in danger really played into his extreme panic attacks which we'll get to in a moment very well especially when you consider the many places that Thomas has visited on his international travels-in fact if you take a look at where Percy is imagining Thomas being in danger, you'll see that Thomas is in the Himalayas over in China where he is facing the exact same danger that his friend Nia faced in the 'Big World Big Adventures' movie where Thomas' loud shouting and whistling while trying to apologize to Nia for not listening to her about his friendship with Ace caused an avalanche that nearly sent both her and Thomas falling off the cliffs when he tried to rescue Nia on his own if Yong Bao had not raced to the rescue...a nice little continuity nod and a little something that I like to call 'sweet revenge' on Thomas from Nia!
- The story-while I don't have a problem with the concept of the engines letting their imaginations run being nothing new for the series since there have been both good and bad examples of it displayed throughout the series before and after the international revamp, it all depends on the character in the spotlight and how they are portrayed since it feels like the show staff wanted to see how far they could take Percy's panicking to the point where he runs himself right off the rails in a similar way that the show staff of My Little Pony do with Twilight Sparkle's anxiety fueled freak-outs especially now that she is gonna be the princess of Equestria once Princess Celestia and Princess Luna retire. I know that Percy is supposed to be the timid member of the main cast, but it was through the adventure he had five years ago with his faraway friend Gator back in 'Tale Of The Brave' that he learnt about what it truly means to be brave and it feels like Percy has just completely forgotten the wise words that Gator told him about being brave ever since Gator left Sodor to work in the high mountains...I know that Gator's character arc has pretty much closed within the time that he was on Sodor, but I think he needs to come back to the series since his friendship with Percy was one of if not the strongest element in 'Tale Of The Brave' and it feels like Percy is losing his mind without his friend by his side!
Overall much like the story itself, 'Panicky Percy' is an episode that caused more confusion and delay than it really needed to and that mostly has to do with the main character...I love Percy-he's one of my favorites, but it's been five years since he learned about what it really means to be brave from his best friend Gator and yet it's like he's completely forgotten everything just so the show staff could take his panic attacks to the highest degree imaginable. While not a bad episode since it does have its good moments, 'Panicky Percy' still gets a rating of a 6.5 out of 10.
The Other Big Engine-9.5/10
Gordon Gets The Giggles-8.5/10
Laid Back Shane-8.5/10
Free The Roads-10/10
Heart Of Gold-10/10
Wish You Were Here-9/10
Diesel Glows Away-7.5/10
SEASON 23 OVERALL RATING: 8.65/10