Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 12/4/17 9:02 pm
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This episode begins right where the last one left off. Then we get lots of good Dalek-fighting action, giving us our first real look at the Fearless in action, and they do not disappoint. Unfortunately, in the course of the battle, the Daleks decide to completely destroy Kedru VII, which is the planet where Kade's wife and child were living after having evacuated Tallis Minor in the previous episode. It is not at all clear why the Daleks would target that planet, but it's a key step in Kade's character development.
So we get a longish mid-section where the story focuses on the aftermath of that battle, particularly Kade's grief. Landen convinces Kade to rejoin the war effort by convincing him to go after the Angel of Mercy.
I have mixed feelings about this, I must say. It makes sense that the Earth Alliance would want to kill the Angel of Mercy, and it makes sense that someone like Kade would get the job. But then the story suddenly jumps to Suz's point-of-view, and we're introduced to new characters and a completely new storyline. The result is that this episode, taken on its own, is profoundly unsatisfying. It wraps up the previous episode and sets up the subsequent episode, but it doesn't have its own story to tell. It doesn't even give us very much of a clue as to what the story is now.
So the story is now half over, and other than the ongoing Kade/Landen relationship, which is very good, I have no idea what the story is about.