Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 5 E 10

Release: March 7, 2012

Film: Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)

This review contains examples of:

  • Big "WHAT?!": Critic does this when he finds out that Peter Fonda and Alec Baldwin are in a Thomas the Tank Engine movie, though it cuts off before he can finish it.
  • Continuity Nod: When Critic points out that Mr. Conductor and Junior are actually cousins, he says that if the Mario brothers can be father and son, anything is possible.
  • Critical Research Failure: Not that this is new to the NC, but...
    • If Doug was really confused as to why Alec Baldwin was in the movie, all he had to do was look up Baldwin's Wikipedia or IMDb page to find out he was narrating the US airings of the show at the time the movie was in production. Other Narrators you wouldn't expect to be a part of the show were also Ringo Starr (Series 1-2), George Carlin (US Series 3-4 & redubbed 1 & 2 for later broadcasts), and Pierce Brosnan for a special. Ringo and Carlin even played Mr. Conductor in the show Shining Time comes from as well.
    • One that's pretty bad, since it's plain as day in the movie, but when the NC wonders why Mr. Conductor doesn't just bring a person from the regular world to Sodor, stating that they'd be a giant there capable of crushing Diesel 10 with their feet, it's undermined when you've either watched the movie beforehand and know that they shrink down when they get to Sodor, or you see in the review through the clips that it's explicitly shown after he makes that statement that Lily, Patch, and Burnette Stone all stay within relative scale with Lady and Thomas when they get to Sodor, and are the same size as Mr. Conductor and Jr when they get there too. Yeah, nice pointing something out that you perceive to be a plot hole in the movie that's actually shown visually halfway through, Doug.
    • Also, towards Jr. being Mr. Conductor's cousin or son, anyone who has the same name as their father could have the nickname "Junior" given to them by family to make the distinction between them and their parent when addressing them. That being said, he's most likely Conductor's cousin and not son, given that's how they establish his character's relation to him.
    • Also, a little look into the production history and original plot of the film might've alleviated some of the confusion on the NC's part in regards to the way the film was put together, namely the cut villain and other things altered from when the film was shot to when it premiered.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Parodied. When Mr. Conductor "thanks" the audience for their participation, Critic starts to freak out wondering if he's all Alec Baldwin's delusion.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Critic stated he didn't understand why Sodor in the movie wasn't just a part of the real world, with all trains being sentient with faces, rather than being an alternate dimension. Little did Doug know that in the books the show's based on and the show itself, it's pretty much outright stated, if not just strongly implied, that Sodor's an island off the coast of England and every train is stated to be like the ones from Sodor; sentient with faces and voices.
  • Innocent Innuendo:
    Diesel: I'm gonna destroy her and dominate you!
    Critic: Whoa! Keep it in the bedroom, Diesel!
  • Running Gag: "It's Thomas the FUCKING Tank Engine!"
    • "Fuck yeah, sparkle-sparkle-sparkle!"
  • Shout-Out:
  • Take That!
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: In-Universe. The Critic's biggest complaint towards Peter Fonda's performance is that he's acting like a character in an austere Oscar Bait drama instead of "Thomas the FUCKING Tank Engine!"
  • We Want Our Depressed Guy Back: After Peter Fonda's character is happy once more, Critic wishes he was back to being depressed.

"Because the magic you refused to believe in will get the better of you."