At last, some real development for Annette Badland’s character in this first part, which takes the obvious Independence Day riff and gives it a WvA spin. Although for much of the episode, she’s the usual batty daft old witch (okay, wizard), certain developments allow a very different side to her to come to the fore – one we saw to a small extent in the pilot, but has been missing since.
Benny also has some bright ideas, and comes up with a plan that might be subject to the law of unintended consequences. Watch the episode carefully – clues are strewn through as to what’s going on that aren’t immediately obvious, but which come together in a good double-threat for the cliffhanger.
There are also some interesting developments on the Nekross ship as a result of the relationship between Lexi and Tom that was formed during the previous story.
Verdict: A fun Gareth Roberts script that sets up a moral dilemma for all the characters in the second part. 7/10