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The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 2
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2009
Yes, it's intended to be a lot more kid-friendly than Dr. Who or, especially, Torchwood. Putting aside the children-friendliness of the show, it's got some good science fiction action and the idea content is higher than television average. With a good price, I'd recommend this to anyone, though some familiarity with the Dr. Who shows might help with context.

The Last Sontaran: This is a direct continuation of the 10th Doctor's episodes Poison Sky & Sontaran Stratagem. It's loaded with science fiction movie references (Star Wars, Predator, etc.) and the 1st episode action is pretty good. There are some logical gaps that grate, but it's pretty well done.

The Day of the Clown: Good creepy show introducing some new characters. The Pied Piper features... Some filler, but mostly good.

Secrets of the Stars: Astrology, possession, Ancient Ones, and a Chosen One. But nowhere near as bad as that makes it sound! Still, my least favorite of the season.

The Mark of the Berserker: Sarah Jane doesn't feature prominently in this episode, rather it's like the Dr. Who & Torchwood episodes that focus instead on others having a singular experience with the unknown and alien. Rather well done tale of an alien pendant and family relationships.

The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith: Time Travel, the Trickster, and a Trap. A well-worn science fiction cliche of changing the past to horrible effect in the present, but nicely executed. More would be telling too much...

Enemy of the Bane: UNIT, the Brigadier, immortal aliens, Mrs. Wormwood ("Luke, I am your mother."), and the Bane attempt to take over the world again. Might be a bit too much packed in here, but, once again, pretty well done.

This isn't the greatest science fiction television of all times, but it's fun, smart, and very human.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2009
We were first introduced to Sarah Jane in the current four year run of Dr. Who. It encouraged us to buy old Dr. Who shows when Sarah was a young associate for two Doctors. Now this series is out and we waited eagerly after the first one. If anything, this season of The Sarah Jane Adventures is better than the first and is great. It has us on Amazon getting the BBC radio shows and books. We love her.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2009
I was just so impressed with the 2nd season of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The producers were very clever in subtly developing definite character and story arcs throughout the series, ultimately concealing some extremely powerful explorations of the inner lives of children and the ways the parent-child bond can become frayed, behind a briskly-paced and often amusing adventure series. The willingness to paint the title heroine as a flawed human being, subject to pettiness, phobias, and monstrously bad judgment, was a brave step. The episode with Clyde and his father ranks with Doctor Who's timeless first series episode "Father's Day" as a powerful exploration of paternal abandonment issues. Rani and her family are great new characters, though it's sad to part with Maria and her dad (and mum!) as regulars. But the writing and acting on all levels has reached a level of smooth confidence in collaboration that's a wonder to behold in a half-hour kids' show. It's great to see the show developing its own internal mythology, a scrappy subset of the larger Doctor Who universe. Lis Sladen must thank her lucky stars and Russell Davies every day for the opportunity of this great later-career resurgence. It has given her a chance to demonstrate that she's a stronger, more deeply-felt actress than she was in the '70s; she takes what these talented writers and co-stars toss her and consistently hits it out of the park (if I can be allowed a baseball, rather than cricket, metaphor). Exactly the opposite of disappointing! That said, if you've already seen these episodes elsewhere, don't expect much in the way of special features from this package, they're a near-total wash.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2009
Don't get me wrong here. I absolutely loved K9 And Company when it first came out in 1980, and was somewhat disapointed when it was not picked up by the BBC as a regular series.

Well, SJA has totally made up for that loss, albeit a bit late. The show so far, has great stories, great villans, and despite it's somewhat erroneous (IMHO)label as a "Kiddie show" has plenty of chills and thrills for the adult crowd as well.

One thing that truly amazes me is the youthful energy that Elizabeth Sladen puts into this role. Time has not disturned her acting abilites, nor her character's razor sharp wit, although I contribute a lot of that to Mrs. Sladen's acting.

Ah, what could have been... *Sigh*

However, I think that John Nathan Turner and Jon Pertwee would be well pleased.

But I digress. I am eagerly awaiting the Series 3 DVD release, as it alledgedly features the full time return of K9 to Sarah Jane's side, and the truly final apperance of David Tennant's wonderful 10th Doctor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2010
The Sarah Jane Adventures is a spin off of Doctor Who. This is a really great show! It's smart, funny, and it's fun for the whole family. I think everyone will enjoy this show!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2009
The BBC has top itself again as the 2nd season of Sarah Jane is better than the first. The season is made of all two part episodes with some wonderful returning characters as well as new ones as Sarah Jane and friends are the guardians of the earth when Doctor Who is away. They battle fear feeding clowns that remind me of Stephen King's IT story, a time travel adventure to meet Sarah Jane's parents that was far better done than the season 1 time travel story and a surprise guest appearance in the final episode by the classic Doctor Who character Brigadier Gordon Lethbridge Strewart of UNIT who I don't believe has appeared in a Doctor Who story since 1988 episode REMEMBERANCE OF THE DALEKS Not to mention appearances of classic Doctor Who bad guys like Sortorians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2009
While a shame to see Maria leave the show for the most part, the addition of Rani is good. Also love the villians in this season, the Sontaran was great and the return of Mrs. Wormwood was inspired. The fact that Clyde and Luke are growing up and learning things during their adventures with Sarah Jane is also nicely done. Love the appearance of the Brig, really nice to see characters the Sarah Jane knew from Doctor Who showing up. What a fantastic continuation of the series, can't wait to see Series 3, I heard that there will be an appearance by the Doctor!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2010
It is great to see Elizabeth Sladen back in the continuation of her series for a second season. Having been a companion of Doctor Who for years, her character Sarah Jane is now pursuing a more normal life on Earth as an investigative reporter as she battles to save the Earth from the Bane and Sontarans among others. It is good to see the Brigadier again. Since this season was not broadcast in the United States, it is a wonderful continuation of the British Science Fiction family of Doctor Who and Torchwood.
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2009
This series of "The Sarah Jane Adventures" is even better then the first. It's more emotional, the stories are filled with more exciting aliens, and new characters.

"The Last Sontaran" *****
"The Day of the Clown" *****
"Secrets of the Stars" *****
"The Mark of the Berserker" ****
"The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith" *****
"Enemy of the Bane" *****
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on November 16, 2010
I've only been a fan of "Doctor Who" for a couple of years, but I became hooked almost immediately. When I learned that it had generated two spin-off series, I was interested. "The Sarah Jane Adventures" centers around Sarah Jane Smith, one of the most popular of the Doctor's companions, as she investigates aline activity on Earth. The show has just the right blend of action and comedy. Even though it's geared toward kids, I'm sure adults will come to liek it as well. I know I have.
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