Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 7/27/17 8:19 pm
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The way we left things after the previous episode was that our heroes were racing to Velyshaa to get evidence about the Daleks that they could use to convince the Galactic Union to mobilize for war. This episode opens with Mietok telling Selestru that he's sufficiently convinced, based on the information he found in a search of Selestru's files. You can safely turn this story off when the theme music starts, because it's all over. It doesn't matter whether or not the Wardens, Tarkov, and Galanar make it to Velyshaa or not.
And it's a good thing, too, because the rest of the story is a bit ambiguous. They reach Velyshaa and get the necessary information, and Elaria says that she transmitted it, but later she suggests that maybe she was lying and she didn't really transmit it at all. (Elaria's true loyalties are one of the major themes of the episode.) We never find out one way or the other. The Daleks don't seem to be particularly concerned about it either. I'm left wondering what exactly this whole saga was even for. In retrospect, not a single character achieved anything at all to frustrate the Daleks' plans. Absolutely nothing. Their plan was to start a plague, cure it, use the cure to create more Daleks, and use those Daleks to invade the Galactic Union, and that's exactly what they're going to do. Nothing any of the heroes does has any effect on their plan whatsoever.
The episode ends with Galanar making a grand speech to the Dalek Supreme about how humans will always be better than the Daleks. Was anyone listening to this ever in any serious doubt on that point? Of course humans are better than the Daleks. That's why it would be bad for Daleks to conquer and destroy them. That's not a very compelling theme. Well there's "friendship". That's the cornerstone of Galanar's pro-human argument. But Galanar's friendship with Tarkov happens entirely in this episode. It really comes down to just one scene. It's a very nice scene, admittedly, but it's a hard to hang a six-part epic on a friendship between two character that's only barely established in the sixth episode.
So that's another series of "Dalek Empire" that falls apart at the end because the story doesn't make any sense. Once again, it's got good characters, and it's pretty entertaining as it goes along, but it just doesn't add up to much.