Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 7/25/17 12:53 am
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Ok, the slow pace of the story is starting to get on my nerves. We're now halfway through the series, and we haven't made a great deal of progress toward revealing the story. Yes, each episode adds new elements and advances the story, and this episode is no exception, but a big chunk of what this episode adds is actually redundant. After all, Georgi Selestru has already sent Galanar on an undercover mission to the Border Worlds to look for evidence of the Daleks, and he's making progress. In fact, he makes quite a breakthrough in this episode, and that's great. But also in this episode, Georgi sends Siy Tarkov and his daughter Amur on an undercover mission to the Border Worlds to find evidence of the Daleks. See... that really doesn't advance the story. I mean... it does, obviously, because something is going to happen to them when they get there, and that can't happen until they get there, so sending them there does advance the story in that sense. But it doesn't add anything to the audience's understanding of what the story is.
(It's not padding, though, as another reviewer has suggested. The issue here is pacing, not padding.)
Incidentally, there's a lot of shockingly stupid behavior around this subplot. First of all, it's shockingly stupid that the Galactic Union wouldn't even authorize an investigation based on Tarkov's evidence that the Daleks are planning to invade the galaxy. Granted, Tarkov's evidence is a bit flimsy, so I understand the GU being reluctant to commit itself to launching a war, but I think at least an investigation was in order. Mietok, chair of the GU's security council, said that Tarkov's evidence was insufficient to establish a "clear and present danger". Granted, but when you have evidence that raises a well-founded suspicion, yet falls short of establishing a clear and present danger, the not-stupid thing to do is to collect more evidence. But Mietok turns the tables on Selestru by revealing that Amur isn't Tarkov's daughter, which Selestru would have discovered if he had only bothered to check. So there's plenty of stupidity to go around.
Galanar is definitely the MVP of this episode, as his storyline makes significant progress, and ends on a solid dramatic reveal. The Wardens storyline also advances, but not as dramatically.