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240. Hour of the Cybermen

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 9/5/18 10:45 pm
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Six is working with UNIT; in this case it is with the UNIT officers last heard in The Helliax Rift. I commented on them being uninteresting then and they remain so now.

I really enjoyed the UNIT team presented by Andrew Smith in Battlefield (certainly I had issues with other parts of that story) so it was sad to hear he has written very bland UNIT characters this time. The creation of Cerberus and its satellite network could perhaps have been given more background, while the facility certainly could have been given more staff. On the plus side, hearing helicopters in the background reminded me of Battlefield, which is good.

The cybermen are the main villains of the story, as declared in the title, though their plot makes little sense: dehydrate the earth by leeching hydrogen from water atoms until humanity surrenders to cyber-conversion.

My biggest concerns in this were:
1 It lacks anything to pull me in and care about the characters.
2 The end of episode cliff hangers were not gripping.
3 Key plot moments are telegraphed, such as the identity of the traitor.
4 The cybermen's plot was weak. These are not the cybermen of the Silver Turk, the Harvest or Spare Parts; they are more like the squad from Silver Nemesis, which is sad.