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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/28/17 11:32 am
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This story reveals what happened to Charley and Robert and the source of the opening clip of the series while the Americans and NATO pressure the British Prime Minister to drop bombs on Central London because...reasons. Meanwhile, Charley and Robert spend a decade as slaves of aliens who are constantly killing off weaker humans and humanoid creatures in the name of making sure only the strongest and healthiest survive. Given this is a primitive group with no technology or medical care, the culling may seem, but are alien eugenicists can't let survival of the fittest take care of itself.

There are problems with the story on multiple levels. The sound design on this episode is really unpleasant on the ear. The method of telling the story is drawn out and at times, tedious. The entire set had pacing issues, particularly the last two episodes. This story could have been compressed in such a way that it could have still taken the dark turn Briggs wanted without leaving us without proper resolution.

The tone may be the biggest issue. Going to very dark places with a story is not necessarily a problem. But it has to match the expectation of the series. This isn't Survivors. It's Charlotte Pollard. The strength of this series is that so many people have followed her from Storm Warning to Blue Forgotten Planet. Who exactly is up for Charley being subjugated to a decade of brutal slavery and her spirit being crushed like a grape?

This reminds me of the Big Finish Sarah Jane finale, "Dreamland," a dark series finale that ended without proper resolution and there never was a Series 3. Here's hoping for something better for our favorite Edwardian Adventuress.