That title makes little sense since arks are boats. But it was yet another sweet episode... with animals.
I’ve said this previous reviews, but it bears repeating. The team can’t complain about fans wanting a railway documentary yet turn a show about railways into nature documentaries. Don’t get me wrong, I like this one, but they’ve been using animals as a crutch far too often this season. It’s as though they’re being transparent about how threatened they are by Paw Patrol. If you want to make an animal based show, no one is stopping you. But the familiarity of these episodes is breeding contempt. At least for me.
Like I say though, I do still like this one. It’s another sweet, heartwarming episode that’s actually rather funny. Especially when the animals arrive in the sheds. Who knew one of the most entertaining dynamics this season would include James and an ostrich?
One thing I really like is that, although they’ve been hit and miss, Thomas’ worldwide experiences are having a practical use back home, meaning they’re not completely pointless. I’m sure a lot of fans will squeal “But Donald and Douglas!” but the Sodor episodes have enough of a bloated cast as it is. They don’t need more characters to add to the pile.
Also, the lesson of helping those less fortunate was just lovely. With so many people struggling these days due to greed or stupid decisions based on xenophobia and lies, it’s also more important than ever to help others if you can.
I saw a complaint about the joke with Henry and the Fat Controller, saying “it says a lot about how they’re treating Henry!”. To that I say: it’s a joke as old as time. If you wanted a moment that was indicative of Henry’s treatment, look at Forever and Ever and how handwaved his absence from Tidmouth Sheds was.
It’s probably not saying much, but this is the one of the best episodes of the season. It’s funny, it’s charming, it’s heartwarming and it has a great lesson. You really can’t ask for more.
Rating: Great (10/10)