Friday, July 30, 2010
Review: War of the Worlds, the series ep 29
Perhaps sensing a kindred spirit, she reaches out telepathically to Blackwood and they form a bond. Eventually, she conspires to make physical contact with him by convincing the Morthren that she needs to select her materials in person, then slipping away. This contact puts strain on the relationship between Harrison and Kincaid, who is rightfully distrusting of non-human life. Seft gets recaptured (or goes back willingly, the story's a bit of a muddle), and is released again as a ploy by Malzor to find her human contact. His plan works, and our team is pinned down by Morthren fire. She and her son transcend to a higher plane, which allows our heroes to escape.
The Good: There's some. I rather like the aliens in this episode. It's cool to find out that, indeed, they've done this sort of thing before. As always, the performances are solid, especially from Julian Richings, Catherine Disher, and Denis Forest. Richings had a nice moment during the battle where he gave the order to fire and crouched, while his men let loose.
Harrison has now made peaceful contact with a non-human life form, one that wasn't based on deception as was the case with Katya and Quinn. Over the course of this season we'll see Kincaid, Suzanne, and Debi each do the same. It's nice to see, and will pay off in the final episode of the series.
The Second Wave.
The confrontation between Kincaid and Blackwood near the end of the episode was well done. Kincaid's perpetual distrust and Blackwood's optimism were bound to come into conflict sooner or later.
The Bad: This story seemed jumbled and confused. Seft's first contact with Harrison must be a dream or a telepathic outreach, but there's nothing actually in that sequence to suggest so. Seft slips away, then gets recaptured, but it isn't clear how she accomplishes this.
Suzanne gets shot in the arm during the final firefight, but her injuries are minuscule, just a tiny patch on her shoulder. I've heard of glancing blows, but that's crazy.
Finally, Harrison's 'love' with Seft seems way too fast. They dream of each other, meet, he plies her for information... there's no soul there. I do like the crystal she gives him in the end, though sadly I don't think it shows up again.
So, Seft of Emon. An episode with plenty of potential, but it seems to have gotten lost somewhere on the editing room floor. Had they been a bit less ambitious, I think this could have been a quite good episode, but as it is it doesn't really hold together.