The Good: Let's see. While the episode isn't great, there are some nice details in there. Perhaps my favorite bit was the wonderfully pornographic quality to the commercial that was embedded with subliminal messages and used to reprogram the executives into murderers. It feels uncomfortable to watch, no, with the pounding music and the sensual imagery? The link between sex and violence has been touched on before in this series, and it's nice to see these themes explored further.
I like the team taking the initiative, by bringing down an alien probe device. That we saw one so prominently last week is good continuity. I also like how nervous Kincaid was before his date. He's so tough, and yet so vulnerable. Adrian Paul has really sold me on the character, no mean feat given how much I miss Ironhorse.
Speaking of, Roy Thinnes does a great job as the wonderfully self-assured and charismatic clone. One touch I enjoyed; even after the clone was killed, his idea of a name-change for Hardy Galt Industries, to Hardy Galt Worldwide, was carried out. Cute.
That Van Order was a video messiah wasn't that important, he had a strong physical presence. That being the case, why even bother to do it?
The alien ploy makes little sense. Why clone a motivational speaker, then have him convince an advertising CEO to blanket the world with subliminal messages, then go to the trouble of grooming a human partner? Wouldn't it have been easier to just clone Hardy Galt and be done with it?
Oh, and of course, coincidence. If you're going to have the gang bag an alien surveillance device, then why have Kincaid know Mindy Cooper at all? I understand it brings some emotional stakes to the game, but surely he could have met her in the course of investigating HGI. (McCullough infiltrating HGI by pretending to be a client felt very season one to me, but this was neither good nor bad. Just an observation.)
A weak offering. By straying too far from the tone of the series, we're left with an odd set-up that might have played well on its own but in this venue just doesn't work. Add in an overly convoluted plot to justify the scenario and we get an entirely forgettable addition to the tapestry. War of the Worlds: The Final Season, is available for sale on DVD, though this episode isn't much of an argument in favor of buying it.