Breeding Ground. They're calling him Adam now. Adam isn't getting his human emotional needs met, and so Malzor sends him to the Creche, a human institution for genetically engineered test-tube babies that masquerades as an ordinary school for the gifted. Thus, Adam will get what he needs while helping out the Morthren cause, reporting back human progress on improving itself. Suzanne is called in to help reach the distant Adam, as she is a friend of the director of the Creche. What she sees concerns her, even before Adam starts to rack up a body count. When she returns with her posse to bust Adam out, she finds out what he is and thwarts his mission to steal the children. She does allow him to return to Malzor with all the Creche's records on genetic experimentation, though.
The Good: There are some nice character moments. The Julie's dreaming about flying felt like a very real response to the oppressiveness of her environment. Martin's dream of the loss of his son had a human violence to it that was nice, especially when he shouted "Don't you ever threaten me, bitch!" to his wife.
Suzanne has now made peaceful contact with an alien, as Harrison, Kincaid, and Debi have done before. It's interesting to me that, of all of them, she's last. Somehow she seems the most open-minded about this sort of thing.
I like the continuity with Adam. Also, him manifesting as Patrick, Martin's dead son, is appropriately creepy.
The Bad: Coincidence. Suzanne just so happens to be the godmother to a child killed by the director of the Creche? Boo! It's another symptom of the limitations of the format of S2.
The debate between Martin and Suzanne seemed stilted. It's as if the producers wanted to slam genetic engineering but didn't have a good idea about how to do so.
The whole episode has a bit of a Village of the Damned feel to it that I can't shake. Maybe it's just the subject matter, but it seems a smidge derivative to me.
Another fairly standard S2 episode. A bad coincidence to get us in the door, some attempts to explore social themes, a bit of action. The aims are more ambitious than the execution, but that's not such a bad sin.
War of the Worlds: The Final Season, is available for purchase on DVD. (In fact, this is the first review where I've been able to watch it in high quality, as opposed to crummy YouTube videos. I hope you appreciate the difference in screen grab quality.)
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