Review: The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sky part 2 (Series 5 Episode 2)

Can Sarah Jane prevent Sky from being used for the purpose she was grown – as a huge bomb set to commit genocide?

Unsurprisingly, the answer to the above is yes – but there are sufficient twists and turns along the way that you do wonder exactly how it’s going to be achieved. There’s quite a bit of running around the “nuclear power plant” and some quite comic views of how nuclear energy is used (although, to be fair, it’s not that dissimilar to the way that the concept was treated during Lis Sladen’s time on Doctor Who and can be seen as a tribute to the works of Bob Baker and Dave Martin!)

The aim of the story is to reboot the series by bringing in a character nearer to the target audience’s age, and in that regard it works well. Sky isn’t a Luke-clone: yes, like him, she’s a stranger in a strange land, but she knows her own mind, and is clearly going to be a “proper little madam” from time to time, particularly if she doesn’t get her own way. One of the many regrets about the sudden curtailment of the series is the lack of chance to see the character grow properly – maybe a series of audiobooks or novels could continue the gang’s adventures?

Verdict: A new start for a revitalised show.  7/10

Paul Simpson

Check out our review of part 1 here, and our other Doctor Who and Torchwood material here .

 

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