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2.4 - Dreamland

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 9/12/17 12:22 pm
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Sad to say, but this is something of a letdown. Overall, the second series of "Sarah Jane Smith" has been stronger than the first. Having one person write the whole thing gave it a much more consistent feel than the first series had. Unfortunately, the series peaked early with "Fatal Consequences", and this final episode is mostly a coda, plus a set-up for a third series which will never happen.

Of course, that's not all the writer's fault. When the BBC decided to make "The Sarah Jane Adventures", that put an indefinite hold on Big Finish's plans for the characters. And then of course Elisabeth Sladen passed away while Series Five of "The Sarah Jane Adventures" was in production. All of that means that this episode ends on a cliffhanger which will never be resolved. And that's not even the worst of it. This whole series has been an elaborate set-up for the sequel to "The Masque of Mandragora". It's not just the unresolved cliffhanger. The whole series is unresolved.

As for this episode, it takes a surprisingly relaxed and low-key aproach, after all the excitement of "Fatal Consequences". Much of the story involves the characters coming to terms with everything that's happened so far. In the meantime, the story gradually builds toward the first private spaceflight that the series has been teasing since the opening moments of "Buried Secrets", but there's not a lot of drama in it. I mean, we all know that something is going to happen when the ship finally launches, and the script tries to drum up some tension, but all the characters are pretty relaxed about it because there's no reason why they shouldn't be.

Unfortunately, this is where the story gets a bit ludicrous. I mean, the idea that the pilot of the spacecraft is a member of the now-defunct Crimson Chapter is pretty hard to swallow. It's also pretty ridiculous that Josh brought a gun on a spaceflight and would actually be dumb enough to use it.

Overall, this final episode isn't bad. All the character stuff in the beginning is actually very good, even if it is lacking in the excitement department. The final act is unfortunately a bit preposterous, but the biggest problem with "Dreamland" is that it's not a satisfying ending because it was never intended to be an ending in the first place.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/29/15 10:18 am
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This story bring the second and final season of Big Finish's Sarah Jane Smith to a conclusion.It's a dark story filled with death, sadness, and unpleasantness. This story served as a reminder that doesn't always make for a better story. The first two thirds of this adventure are taken up by people venting about what happened in the first three episodes and Sarah pondering whether to accept an offer to join the first space tourism flight at the behest of a man who is the leader of the white chapter of a cult she accidentally inspired in the 15th century while traveling with the Doctor. She's generally upset with Josh who has killed people who were trying to kill her. To her credit, Josh does perform one of the stupidest acts ever committed in any science fiction or action series ever. However, the biggest sin of this stories s that the real plot or peril of the episode doesn't even start until 2/3 of the way in.

The ending was ambiguous as to leave open the possibility of a Series 3. The main bright spot here is that the only radio series has to be viewed as non-canonical in the Whoniverse since it's very hard to get from the end of Dreamland to the start of the Sarah Jane Adventures TV series. Elizabeth Sladen did her best with the material, but this is a very disappointing end to the Sarah Jane radio series.
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Reviewed By: jamesburneyReview Date: 11/5/11 8:16 pm
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If the character of SJS had not been brought into the new series with the episode "School Reunion", we might have had a conclusion to this story. But since she was, BF were not able to continue the story. A great shame. This is the climax to a great series and it is awesome!
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Reviewed By: jduteauReview Date: 10/28/11 5:14 am
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The ending left me quite unsettled, especially since there were no more Sarah Jane stories by Big Finish. Did they really intend to leave things they way they are at the ending? Since we see her again in School Reunion and then in the SJ Adventures, that is all moot now I guess. This story, once again besides the doomsday cult angle, is a good one, but my suspension of belief was ruined by thinking that Sarah Jane would be able to handle herself up in space (as the picture on the audio jacket shows). That led me to rank it a bit lower than I would have otherwise.