The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 1
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Sarah Jane Adventures, The: The Complete First Season (DVD)
Sarah Jane Smith is a truly remarkable woman. She inhabits a world of mystery, danger and wonder. A world where aliens are commonplace and the Earth is constantly under threat. A world that Maria Jackson - a seemingly ordinary girl - can only dream of until she moves in next door. Nothing will ever be ordinary again. The Sarah Jane Adventures are thrilling stories for children. Big adventures, superb effects, wicked comedy.]]>
The presence of Elisabeth Sladen in the role that made her famous--intrepid reporter-turned-space adventurer Sarah Jane Smith--is one of the chief joys of The Sarah Jane Adventures, a delightful Doctor Who spin-off for younger viewers from series producer Russell T. Davies. Sarah Jane, once and forever companion to Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker's Doctors, steps capably into the lead for this series, which finds her partnered with a young neighbor (Yasmin Paige) to investigate and combat alien menaces in their comfortable London suburb. Who fans will recognize many of the foes, including the chaos-driven Trickster and the unpleasant Slitheen, both of whom menaced David Tennant's Doctor, but the new villains make their mark as well, most notably the Bane, an alien forced disguised as an ingredient in a soft drink. It's bright, breezy fun, well played by its cast of younger and more mature performers, and quite true to the mix of cheeky charm and outright thrills that has been the earmark of Doctor Who since its origin. And it's a genuine pleasure to have Sladen back as Sarah Jane; her spot-on mix of absolute conviction and gentle tongue-in-cheek humor make her the dream aunt or teacher of every adolescent science fiction fan. Extras on the four-disc First Season set are plentiful, though perhaps not as in-depth as those typically found on Doctor Who DVD releases. The lack of commentaries is perhaps due to the concept that younger fans might not be interested in listening to them, though that strategy short-changes older viewers who have been charmed by the program. Also, the very active menu animation, which depicts the interior of Sarah Jane's house, tends to get a bit tiresome when one tries to navigate the various options. But the featurette "From Journalist to Time Traveller and Beyond" should be a real pleasure for the Who faithful; it's a 30-minute tour through Sarah Jane's adventures with the Doctor, complete with scenes from many Pertwee and Baker serials. Sladen is naturally featured in several interviews, and there are behind-the-scenes clips from the UK children's program Blue Peter, as well as a plethora of info-heavy character profiles and even clips from a pair of audio books. --Paul Gaita
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Granted, Sarah Jane may have been created for a more juvenile audience than Dr. Who, but that has made it no less worth watching. The characters are a combination of joyous and inquisitive -- and they face serious threats, both personal and to the world and the universe as a whole, with not only humor but also ingenuity -- elements that are hallmarks of the Dr. Who stories.
Overall, the adventures of Sarah Jane and her extended family of friends is a lot of fun. Enjoy!
But this first season was fantastic. The introduction of the new characters and Bubbleshock drink and Maria Jackson and the cloned boy who would be named Luke made the series for me. The writing, production and editing of this series was top notch. I like how they spent most of the time developing Maria in the first few episodes as we already know Sarah Jane and what she does from her long stint with Doctors Three and Four as well as her previous appearance on the short-lived series K-9 & Company. This allowed the series to grow on its own without being forced on us.
The addition of Clyde Langer sealed the show's stellar cast. All of them work well together and I can honestly say this series has grown on me. I'm so glad that I decided to buy the DVDs. Thus far I've seen the first two seasons and I'm going to start the third season by Monday. If you like Doctor Who I can honestly tell you that this is a show that will grab and hold your heart. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.
A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
It is geared towards a younger crowd than Doctor Who but it has a lot of the same feel. Something bad is happening, lets figure it out, almost die and then save the day at the last moment. Wheeeeee.
I haven't finished all the episodes yet but I like how connected the main characters are. They feel like a family. With Doctor Who, you get attached because you can't help it but you always know that they will be gone someday with someone else taking their place. This doesn't have the built in heartbreak and I appreciate that.