|Sapphire & Steel|
All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic, heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.
The school has stood for 100 years, and is rightly proud of its pupils' achievements. But not everyone wants to join in with the fun.
What are the teachers so scared of? Why have the school's ghosts chosen now to enact their revenge? And what terrible truth is the headmaster hiding?
Sapphire and Steel could spoil the party for everyone by asking such awkward questions. Perhaps they need teaching a lesson...
David Warner (Steel); Susannah Harker (Sapphire); Keith Drinkel (Mr Leslie); Lisa Daniely (Mrs Leslie); Victoria Gould (Chatura); James Daniel Wilson (Max)
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With three epsiodes of uneasy build-up to a truely disturbing cliffhanger (which if you dont want to know is revealed in the review below), 'The School' looks set to be a classic S&S story - plenty of good twists and uncomfortable scenes that keep you interested. The guest cast are phenonemal, getting the balance right of portraying the characters as beleivable teachers who increasingly show an extreme monstrous side; at times the latter seems like a slightly exaggerated (emphasis on slight) version of the former. It's great to see Guerrier and the sound design team exploiting the location provided, excellently excuted: the constant use of screaming chaotic children gets the tone spot on. Warner and Harker are as dependable as ever, proving to be just as definitive as McCallum and Lumely were as the agents - they are particularly impressive here where they find themselves gradually out of their depth.
However, the final episode has to form some sort of resolution, which is satisfying to some extent but could have been a bit more clear - from what I understand it is very tragic. But instead of spending time on giving the audience a bit more insight, Guerrier focuses on a scene of unnecessary body horror - it is shocking and effective initially but soon proves to add nothing to the story except to gross-out the audience. Time could've been spent enhancing the tragedy of the story rather then trying to disturb the audience one last time.
Despite a flawed final episode, this is well woth getting
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Simon Guerrier's tale presents an interesting take on the decay of ordered society, but the results aren't quite as satisfying as they might have been.
Under the respectable crust of 'the school', an underbelly of disorder is brought to the fore, and even Sapphire and Steel are not unaffected: one of this story's highlights is Harker and Warner's descent into their characters' supposed childhoods. It is as funny as it is unnerving.
And yet although the uniform sounds of rioting children is powerful, it would have been nice if we had got to know some of the child characters and witnesed more personally their moral descent: possibly cast budgets and the lack of convincing child actors would be to blame for this. Instead it is the veneer of order, the teachers, who are witnessed in their deterioration.
Interesting as a whole, this story doesn't quite match the standard of the first audio series.