‘Life on the Waterdown Railway seems to be going smoothly, until a mysterious electric engine arrives, and trouble seems to be brought in its wake. Is there more to this engine than what first appears? Excitement, intrigue and action ensue in this mid-series finale.’
- The episode was set up deliberately as almost a sequel to ‘From Dusk Until Dawn’, right down to the last characters to talk to each other in that episode being the first to talk in this episode.
- I chose to make Dev-Khan stand out as much as feasible possible, hence the screen face, the modulated voice and the strange design. I still to this day have no idea what type of engine that is. His model, ironically, is battery powered, and doesn’t work consistently for toffee.
- Dev-Khan’s character was rewritten a number of times, some of which including him being a tragic villain and only went haywire from being struck with lightning. This was kind of impractical to film, and I guess I could only really get away with that once or twice. Dev-Khan was also once capable of moving between electrical appliances and other engines. Once again, quite hard to pull off right. The name Dev-Khan, however, was a certainty from the start.
- This episode was rendered at a different frame rate, and looks better for it since the footage is now moving as it should do. Not sure if anyone noticed, but for the past two episodes there was an odd glow around the characters when they moved across the camera. This is hopefully rectified here.
- I think the best sound mixing I’ve done is in this episode, specifically the scene with Atlas first crossed lines with Dev-Khan in Part One. I found the perfect track by Kevin MacLeod, and the sound effects and music mix, fitting the eeriness of the scene.
- I also added in the odd bit of animations here and there to test what it looked like.
- The meeting with the Big Four wasn’t actually in the original story, and in fact was the reverse; Atlas had to travel to Waterdown to stop Dev-Khan. I felt that it would be a greater image of having the tender engines all together and hey look one for each region!
- I used a lot of bookends here and there, so much so that parts of this episode feel like a reverse of the first.
- The credits were inspired by the credits to Thunderbirds, and were originally edited together to the song ‘Rather Be’. I think the incomptech music works much better, and since it was the same music featured in other parts of the episode, it was thematic in a way.
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‘Life on the Waterdown Railway seems to be going smoothly, until a mysterious electric engine...