Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 4/4/16 3:44 pm
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There are three distinct groups in this. The Tardis crew as outsiders, not much different there. And then there are the Dominators and Quarks. An invasion force, er, I mean scout party of two plus some robotic henchmen. We also have the dull, blinkered and uninquisitive Dulcians. I can see where they get their name from.
First off, the two Dominators are contrasting in that one is the stereotypical hot-headed, bloodthirsty and single-minded one; then there is the rational one who has an accountant like concern for expending energy unnecessarily. Is this going to be possibly the most environmentally friendly invasion ever? Overall the Dominators are two-dimensional characters and the quarks are simply mindless henchmen. The Quarks is undermined by the Dominators whose threat is diminished by a lack of scale. There are only two of them for heaven's sake! No clever directing tricks to make a few seem like many: cue actor's circling around a camera as the film rolls. And the Dominators didn't even want to invade in the end, just blow up the planet.
And then there are the Dull-cians. They have lead easy and possibly opulent lives untroubled by many problems and unfettered by war. They stand around endlessly debating without ever having suffered oppression; saying that the rebels in 'The Space Museum' were oppressed but I was uninspired by that drippy lot too. We constantly hear how Cully isn't reliable and is a teller of tall tales but we get no real backstory and are simply told the minimum without being shown. Also, as we know Cully is telling the truth but the Dulcians don't it leads the viewer to think that the Dulcians are stubborn, unrelatable and unable to take on new information. Cully is the oldest teenage rebel ever, isn't he?
On the plus side, despite constant criticisms of the production values, I actually like the B-movie pulp fiction feel of it all. The sound effects are also quite imaginative and as I said at the beginning the regulars are as fine as ever. The plot is cohesive and coherent if a bit average, but all in all: It's OK. Nothing more.