Sodor’s dark underbelly

By PotatoStew | October 5th, 2005 | 7:42 pm

Watching Thomas the Tank Engine today with my 3 year old, it occurred to me that something’s not quite right on the Island of Sodor. No, it’s not the fact that the trains talk — although it is a little weird that their mouths don’t move. In the episode we watched, Sir Topham Hatt finds that there are too many passengers on the island, but not enough trains to carry them, so he presses Bulgy the double decker bus into service. And that’s where it gets weird.

Apparently, Bulgy got stuck under a bridge a few years back, and since then he’s been relegated to being a henhouse, sitting in a field all day as a home for chickens. This normally wouldn’t be disturbing, except for the fact that Bulgy, like all the other vehicles on the island, is a sentient being, aware of his surroundings and capable of thought and emotion. Imagine if you had a small fender bender, and as punishment you were forced to sit in a field for several years with only the clucking of some egg-laying hens to console you.

Further adding to the insult, consider that Bulgy has a driver. Does he share no responsibility for this? If not, then why does Bulgy even need a driver?

Too many questions. I think I need to hide the Thomas DVD and cue up The Incredibles for the 73rd time.

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