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Good, but not the best series
on 16 September 2003
This double video contains all 26 five minute episodes from the fifth series of Thomas & Friends which was made in 1998. Although he never gets onscreen credit, Michael Angelis narrates this, his third series of Thomas. By this point, Britt Allcroft had gained all rights to Thomas and decided to write her own stories with David Mitton, in favour of using Reverand Awdry's Railway Series Books.
Although, there are some solid entries (Cranky Bugs, A Better View for Gordon, Double Teething Troubles, Busy going Backwards and Rusty & The Boulder to name but a few) there are several clangers. These include Baa!, Duncan Gets Spooked, Snow, Bye George and Stepney Gets Lost. The stories have clearly been Americanised - there is crash in nearly every episode!
Some new characters are introduced aswell: Cranky The Crane, The Horrid Lorries, Old Slow Coach, Thumper and Derek The Diesel. Cranky The Crane is made a bit of a regular the others only appear once. This is all very well for the toy franchise but, come on, let's see more of the old favorites such as Henry.
This is definately not the worst series - I reserve that spot for series 3 - but certainly isn't the best. If you're after the classic stories then go for the first two series, which are a lot better.