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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 12/18/18 4:42 pm
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Renaissance has a few really good concepts at it's core but doesn't quite make them work. The opening premise is very interesting; the Daleks have advanced their experiments with time travel to retry their invasion of Earth (Hartnell's Invasion) and undo/avoid their failure. Their plan includes priming generations of humans to be susceptible to Dalek ideology, whispering in their ears throughout history and inadvertently creating wormholes throughout various wars in Earth's history. This could have made for a great opening volley leading towards the Time War but instead the plot falls apart at the seams. The soldiers Nyssa picks up through history are all a bit one dimensional and fail to add much to the story. Floyd, a former slave turned Confederate soldier from the American Civil War, in particular is flawed with a backstory that clashes with his historical period and an over the top portrayal that is in bad taste from a 21st century perspective. The General Tillington character is also problematic, introduced in the first act as a potentially well meaning antagonist but falling by the wayside without contributing much. By time the plot unfolds and Nyssa's separation from The Doctor is explained in the 3rd part the script has jumped in a completely different direction and becomes increasingly convoluted. As a whole, the story isn't great but has some good moments if you can overlook its flaws and suffer through a miserable final act.
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 12/17/18 2:52 am
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After an uneven first half in Trail this 2nd part hits the ground running. Beevers' Master steals the show as The Doctor navigates a fun plot of android imposters and grand schemes. It's a light-hearted affair and an excellent close to the first 4DA series.
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 12/17/18 2:40 am
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The first of 2 parts, Trail is a little bland and meandering. It does eventually catch it's stride in the second half and leads to a fantastic cliffhanger at the end of the episode. It doesn't stand well on its own but it sets up the following episode (parts 3 & 4) nicely and as a whole both are worthwhile.
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 12/17/18 2:36 am
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Energy is as "by the numbers" as you can get for a Doctor Who Dalek story. We have Tom Baker hamming it up like it's 1979, a little out of character for the Leela era but 100% locked into the lighter side of his character. Meanwhile, the Daleks have some nice shouty bits and threaten people with extermination, etc. It's a shallow romp but within the 1 hour format I wouldn't expect much more. Formulaic maybe, but enjoyable for what it is.

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