Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 8/12/17 10:31 pm
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An effective if unspectacular finale to an effective if unspectacular spin-off series. This story finally picks up and pays off the dangling plot threads from "Time Heals", involving the theft of an alien spacecraft and the disappearance of UNIT Col. Ross Brimmicombe-Wood. The story also involves a mysterious "plague" which turns out to be related to the alien spacecraft. Interestingly, there are no actual aliens. That's not a bad thing, as the story works just fine as it is. It's just a little surprising that we've gotten through a whole four-part UNIT miniseries without any aliens. Even the Silurians, who aren't exactly aliens anyway, only get a mention. I wonder if that was a deliberate effort to make the series more grounded, or if it just happened to work out that way.
I don't really have much to say about this episode in particular. It's got a good pace, plenty of action, a couple of nice twists along the way. It does a few small things that bother me frankly more than they should. For example, Lethbridge-Stewart shows up with a very convenient device that allows Emily to monitor to telephone conversations. When asked about its legality, he just shrugs off the question. This is practically a post-9/11 cliché, and that's partly why it bothers me. But more than that... it makes UNIT just another unaccountable rogue government agency. That bothers me a lot, actually. When even the good guys don't understand what it means to be the good guys, then they're not really the good guys at all.
As for the series as a whole..., it's not at all bad, and I'm disappointed that it didn't continue. However, I'm not at all sure how it would have continued, as it totally failed to establish any basis for an ongoing series. This is frankly perplexing, as it seemed to be doing a good job of that until Hoffman and Dalton were suddenly both killed off in "The Longest Night". Now it's just Chaudhry, with Lethbridge-Stewart as her unofficial scientific advisor (a really stupid idea). A second series would have had to introduce new regular characters and establish what a modern UNIT might look like, because this series never bothered to do that.