Bringing Thomas back into the lead saw himself in Thomas Toots the Crows where the incumbent engine tried to find ways to disperse crows appearing on Farmer McColl's farm.
Featuring a slightly reduced cast, the two spoke with large roles as were Den, Gordon and Mavis who all took on minor parts.
Passing by with no dialogue brought forth in the opening half minute Hiro, Rosie, James, Henry and later on, Toby and The Troublesome Trucks, back with their faces implemented once more.
The episode lured in negative reviews from fans who blasted the story being deemed a failure over Thomas' chase for two crows throughout. Reviews were at such that opinions of animal based episodes don't gel well with expections.
Non-compliments flowed directing at Dan and Nuria Wicksman's script as rhyming, alliterated lines and double repeating came back to the reigns of poor feedback.
Some positives became noted of Farmer McColl's role model of human activity which happened a number of times in certain places. The inclusions of Den, Mavis and the Trucks saw partically lukewarm reception.
Humour also served as a highlight taking the crows' manic behaviour and the Troublesome Trucks' groans to goodness. A scene involving Gordon and an accidentally painted on moustache proved to be the funniest tidbit.
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Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends continues its run in Australia on ABC2 on Thursday March 1st 2012 at 2:55pm with the episode, Muddy Matters.
Channel 5 in the UK airs the next episode on their milkshake! slot on the same day at 7:35am with Bust My Buffers!.
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