The Sarah Jane Adventures Season 5
Well this is it, all the
Sarah Jane adventures we shall ever have, have been released on DVD.
And there are only three episodes left.
It’s always been amazing to me
the quality of the writing that comes out of this series that frankly
shouldn’t work. I don’t like kids in TV series, I never liked Sarah Jane
that much as a character and the main thing that annoys me about New Who
is earth bound stories which The Sarah Jane adventures
necessarily are. But despite all this there are some good performances
and some great imagination, sure not every episode is brilliant but
there are more hits than misses.
And so it’s with a heavy heart
that we say farewell to this series and it’s star Liz Sladen who was
taken away from us too soon. A great pity then that these episodes don’t
always represent the best of what makes the Sarah Jane adventures so
The first episode on this Disc
is “Sky” when a mysterious thing falls from the sky (seriously
what would series like these be if things didn’t fall from the sky? And
an alien baby lands on Sarah Jane’s doorstep there’s clearly a mystery
to be solved. A cursory melding of classic sci-fi tropes this episode
borrows heavily from both Doctor Who and Torchwood. A warning about what
happens when you try to weaponise a baby, or more accurately give a bomb
enough intelligence to question if it should be working for you at all.
In the end everything hinges on Clyde being able to operate a Nucular
power plant, I feel that it’s somewhat insulting to suggest that its
easier than a game of Tetris but it does move the story along.
The second episode is The
curse of Clyde Langer
A rain of fish, a strange totem
pole in a new museum exhibition and a plot borrowed from a Buffy
episode. Joss Wheadon said that you must put your characters through
hell, otherwise it’s not interesting. In this episode Clyde Langer goes
though the greatest fear of every 15 year old. Losing all their friends
for no reason. The most important thing to do in an episode like this is
to make a point about homeless people and to make children cry. And this
episode achieves that admirably.
The third episode is The Man
who never was.
Then it’s the man who never was,
the last episode of the Sarah Jane Adventures ever and it succeeds in
being both interesting and surprisingly funny. When Sarah Jane gets
invited to a new product launch for the “Serf Board” suspicions are
aroused when the CEO of the company “Glitches” whilst giving a
presentation. Throw in some Jawas and the return of Luke and this feels
like an end of season epp. But much sadder when we realize that the
person we have been rooting for, for the last hour is no longer with us.
We’ll miss you Sarah Jane.
Video: Doesn’t everything from
the BBC look great these days? I think it does. And this is no
exception. Boy they know how to shoot HDTV.
Audio: An inconspicuous 5.1 mix
that neither disappoints nor surprises.
Special Features: Only a
featureette called “Goodbye Bannerman Road” this is a mix of the great
“My Sarah Jane” and some new interviews with Phill Ford and other cast
members with extended bits from Matt Smith yet strangely ignores David
Tennant who had a lot of nice things to say on “My Sarah Jane” it’s ok
but fails to give the closure or emotional punch that you might want.