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The Krotons

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 1/9/19 4:30 am
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Not much about the Krotons is original or special. The plot is pretty generic with a subservient race learning to rise up against their robot overlords. The sets and costumes are fairly plain but consistent and thematic. The Krotons robots themselves are very Lost in Space but boxy with robotic voices as you would expect. It's all very by the book for a 60's sci-fi adventure. So why bother? Because it's a fantastic slice of life from the 60's and is so generic it could be the textbook example of science fiction in the age of the space race. Sure the acting could be better and some of the props are unconvincing but that was the hallmark of the times and you will find much worse output. If you keep an open mind and are ok with campy robots and silly costumes there is a lot to like here.
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/26/18 11:36 am
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The first episode is, in my opinion, a lot better than this story's reputation would lead you to expect. It comes across as an intelligently scripted, interesting political allegory. The story features the humanoid Gonds being exploited by a strange alien race known as the Krotons. This is the first script from future Doctor Who writing legend Robert Holmes and his talent is already starting to show in episode 1. However his talent is less visible in episodes 2-4. Another great talent and Doctor Who legend involved is Philip Madoc as Eelek. His great acting skills are not fully utilised but, of course, he portrays his part perfectly.

After the very solid start the following three episodes turn into just a slightly bland, not massively interesting 'filler' between more meaty stories in the season. It also suffers from technical limitations of the age and budget. The Krotons themselves look and sound very unimpressive.

The final verdict has to be this is decently scripted and acted but unremarkable. It is a disappointment, taken as a whole, after a promising 1st part.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 8/10, Episode 2 to 4 - 6/10

Overall: 6.5/10
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 7/21/18 5:47 am
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Like a great b movie this and the dominators should technically be awful but I find them highly satisfying for some reason.

The krotons are another early attempt at doing the next big monster , failing that we get a cheesy romp with some of the most deranged costume design I’ve seen on this show.

Main cast are their usual great selves and side cast are... alright I guess but yeah I have no beef with this rather silly Troughton story.
It’s a bungle but a good bungle. Much the sam I can say for the dominators.

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Reviewed By: macshordoReview Date: 12/15/17 1:34 pm
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The Krotons starts out really cool. It’s got this great central idea of a society run by overlords no one's ever seen, and for the first two episodes they're this wonderful looming presence.

And then we see them...

Not to fault the design, but it's not one that suits the idea of what the Krotons are trying to do. They just feel really impractical considering how everything else they use is deep, advanced technology and they've only got a single claw hand and a giant square case.

Still, this Holmes guy has something to him...