|Insert Don't Get Lippy With Me 'gag'.
Yup, and it's bigger and better
. Well, actually it's pretty much the same as last year (no bad thing)
but I feel you have to say B&B
whenever a new series or finale
comes along. As a side~note, bigger does not
necessarily mean better
and why people feel the need to up the ante
continuously is beyond me. Anyway and so to the opening SERIES 2 (that's right US readers, 'series'!)
two~parter of THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES
, the factually titled The Last Sontaran
Whatd'ya mean you prefer the flippin' Judoon?
What differentiates this from some of the recent BBC
output for 'youngsters' (that's people younger than me, not hard I know)
is that the cast have a lot of personality and vibrancy which shines through. Refreshing compared to the dog plops
that are SPOOKS:CODE 9
. Even the 'lesser' characters, such as Maria's
parents, are written well but, more importantly, performed with nothing less than vigour and, dare I say, vim
. So (and without wanting to sound like Alan Sugar)
it's with regret that we say goodbye to the Jackson
family, this being their finale
of sorts. Well done to them all! And I think I started to have a thing for the mother. Hhmm, Chrissie....
Oh Chrissie you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my pants, hey Chrissie!
Back to the story. A very solid opener and a neat tale to boot adding to the collective Sontaran
personality. The chap featured here, Kaagh
, had all the attributes you look for in one of those crazy bastids
but, and get this, he had a fancy helmet! It was all compooperised
'n' that. And he went all PREDATOR~like
and invisible! There were some nice nods to the often~overlooked~'cos~it~sits~between~two~classics
, THE SONTARAN EXPERIMENT
- much appreciated by this 'ole
nerd. And did I hear a sound~effect resurrected from THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
? I think I did!
Say 'ello to my little friend!
Not only that but we got a mention of the Battle Of Hoth
. But, as with a number of two~parters, the second half failed to live up to the potential of the first - still good, but not nearly as. Whilst on the negatives, the direction was perfunctory at best
throughout and the 'action' scenes were not realised as well as they should have been. Also, I found the shoehorned (pun slightly intended)
intro with Sarah Jane
and Maria totally
unnecessary - the opening at the Radio Telescope was infinitely more effective. Quibbles aside, it's a top start to Series 2 but next week's sees a monster that was long thought dead, BRADLEY "The Maestro" WALSH
Casting begins on ANOTHER LAST SONTARAN!
'Til the next time,
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