- Am I the only person who noticed the fact that "Sodor" and "Mordor" sound very similar?
- And that Sir Topham Hatt always has his eye on the trains?
- The virtue on Sodor is "being useful," while the biggest vice is "causing confusion and delay." Apparently, verbally abusing trains is A-OK.
- Am I the only person who thinks that sometimes, the trains should just tell Sir Topham Hatt to shove it?
- With all the accidents that happen in just about every episode, how has Sir Topham Hatt's license to operate the railroads not yet been revoked?
- What exactly is the role of the train driver? The trains seem to make all the big decisions. Why do the drivers not put their foot down when the trains are being reckless?
- Am I the only person who abhors the classism inherent in Sodor society? The trains aspire to be "really useful" and bicker amongst each other to get the "most important" of the menial tasks Sir Topham Hatt throws at them. Mr. Perkins, the engine driver who is featured between stories, has a working-class British accent and is sickeningly deferential when Sir Topham Hatt calls on the phone. (And don't even get me started on the exotic "oriental" train, Hiro!) Everyone has their place in society and there is no mobility.
- Speaking of accents, why does the obviously American narrator of the story pronounce "Thomas" in the British way? And I also find it hilarious when he says these typically British phrases (e.g. "Sir Topham Hatt was very cross!") with an American accent.
- Sir Topham Hatt's brother Sir Lowham Hatt was in one episode, and caused the dreaded "confusion and delay." This helped me hate Sir Topham Hatt a little less, and understand why he turned out the way he did, given a childhood spent with this ne'er-do-well. Still, it does not excuse the way he behaves towards the trains. But more importantly, how did some useless nobody like Sir Lowham Hatt become a "Sir"? Clearly he inherited the title, which furthers the case against royalism.
- When will my child finally outgrow this horrible show?
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Inquiring Minds Need to Know: Thomas the Tank Engine Edition
Some things that are particularly disturbing about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine: