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1.4 - Ghost Town

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/27/17 12:40 am
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This is a bit of a departure for the "Sarah Jane Smith" series, as Sarah and Josh travel to Romania for a holiday. Of course, it's not really a holiday. It's really the location of an important international peace conference. It's kind of odd that they would hold an important international peace conference in a tiny Romanian village, but in this case, I think it's simply a function of the writer, Rupert Laight, having two plot strands that really don't fit together very well.

The isolated, old-world setting is perfect for a story about ghosts and haunted houses and butlers with mysterious pasts. The trouble is, there has to be a sci-fi explanation for the hauntings, and that explanation requires a motive, and having an important peace conference nearby provides just enough of a motive, even if it does pull against the other elements of the story. (It almost provides a motive, anyway. We never find out who the villain is working for or what their actual motives might be. I assume that it's the same people Sarah's been coming up against all along, but I don't think that's ever confirmed anywhere.)

But it's not a bad story. My only other complaint is that Robert Jezek's voice is far too distinctive to have him doubling up on roles, even if he is working in different accents. And it's a shame that the first story without Sadie Miller is the one that Brian Miller is in. My favorite aspect of this story is Josh, who really won me over this time. Up until now, he's seemed like a walking plot device with a handful of obvious quirks rather than a true personality. It's been a slow, cumulative process, but I feel like he's a real person now, and I'm happy to have him around.
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Reviewed By: jduteauReview Date: 10/28/11 4:52 am
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Another episode that doesn't move the overarching story but this one, unlike 1.2, was a good story. As Sarah and Josh slowly piece together the mystery, I was trying to figure it out as well. I suspected the ending all along, but I wasn't completely sure until it closer to the end of the story. To me, that seems to be the sign of a good mystery play.