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The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 2

4.6 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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Sarah Jane Adventures, The: The Complete Second Season (DVD)

Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, one-time companion to hat strange wanderer in time and space known as the Doctor, is back for a second, expanded, series of alien-busting adventures. When Sarah's adopted son, Luke, first became part of Sarah Jane's life, he encountered a world of adventure - not just of dangerous aliens bent on invasion and destruction, but also an amazing world of wonder and excitement which showed him that the universe really is an amazing place. This is something that Sarah Jane is keen to keep from Bannerman Road, and Series Two's, newest addition, fourteen-year- old Rani Chandraand her parents Gita and Haresh. But sparky Rani is a wannabe journalistand, like Sarah Jane, is not the type to let a mystery go unsolved! Get ready for more danger, mystery and Get ready for more danger, mystery and wonder as incomparable Sarah Jane Smith returns for a second series of the spectacular, thrilling children's drama from the makers of Doctor Who and Torchwood.

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The charming Sarah Jane Adventures continues to provide fun and entertaining children's television while remaining true to its roots in the venerable British science-fiction series Doctor Who. Elisabeth Sladen, who remains among the Doctor's best-loved companions (she accompanied Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker on their interstellar jaunts from 1973 to 1976), is again front and center for this program, which takes place entirely on Earth. That doesn't mean it's safe from alien invasions, as the 2008 second season illustrates: menaces from Sarah Jane's past (a warlike Sontaran, whom she first encountered in the 1973 Doctor Who serial "The Time Warrior," is on the loose in "The Last Sontaran") as well as newer foes (the Lovecraftian Bane return in "Enemy of the Bane," along with a nice supporting turn by Nicholas Courtney, who reprises his Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) present challenges to the intrepid journalist and her teenage companions. The six two-part episodes that comprise season 2 deliver both the breezy cheek and the imaginative sci-fi that producer Russell T. Davies has brought to the revamped Doctor and its more grownup spinoff, Torchwood, and if the plots and action here are somewhat milder than those of the Doctor or Captain Jack Harkness, fans of both should be pleased that they can get an equal level of enjoyment from a show that they can also watch with younger viewers.

The three-disc set has an agreeable amount of extras, though many, like episode synopses for both seasons and character profiles, are text-based and therefore a bit underwhelming. More interesting are interviews with the cast and behind-the-scenes footage, most taken from UK kids' series like Blue Peter. There's also an enjoyable quiz section that yields an amusing comic clip. --Paul Gaita


Special Features

  • Stories: The Last Sontaran, The Day of the Clown, Secret of the Stars, The Mark of the Berserker, The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith, Enemy of the Bane
  • Interview with cast and crew
  • Season synopses for all stories
  • Investigating Tools: a gadget glossary
  • Quiz with special footage prize
  • Character and alien profiles
  • Photo gallery
  • Audio clips
  • UK TV spots
  • Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Elisabeth Sladen, Daniel Anthony, Tommy Knight, Yasmin Paige
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N1AEX2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Michael A. Duvernois VINE VOICE on November 16, 2009
Format: DVD
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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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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This will be my 300th overall review on Amazon and the 49th review of this fine series.

The second season of Sarah Jane Adventures had the show really take off with the addition of the pretty Rani Chandra. Her family moved in across the street from where Maria Jackson and her father used to live. The characters continue to develop and we see how they truly care for one another just as they accept the wonderful Rani Chandra into their secret club.

I was astonished at the writing for this series. The Last Sontaran may well have been the best episode of the season followed by Day of the Clown which added to Sarah Jane's backstory as did The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith. I truly loved this season and it may well have been the best of the Doctor Who spinoffs.

Sarah Jane Smith is the best ever Dr. Who companion and I was saddened to hear of Elisabeth Sladen's passing. She will always be missed but never forgotten. If you like all things Dr. Who I highly recommend this series. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.

A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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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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I was skeptical about watching this show for a while because I knew it was aimed at younger audiences and, of course, I knew the Doctor wasn't in it (most of the time). However, as Doctor Who is my absolute favourite show, I'm already getting the sense that the hiatus is going to be long and hard for me. I was wishing for some new content so much that when this show came up on my recommendations, I didn't even think. I clicked play. And I have not been disappointed.

The Sarah Jane Adventures is a wonderful addition to the Doctor Who universe. One of the things I love most about it that I miss from Classic Who is the "companion team" idea; not simply the Doctor and his companion, but Sarah Jane and her "family" out solving mysteries and tracking down aliens. Yes, the kids might be younger than the Doctor's companions, but it still doesn't diminish the meaningfulness of their relationships with Sarah Jane or each other. The show is aimed at a younger audience, yet I find that it has about the same levels of action and important, heartfelt messages that Doctor Who has.

Another aspect of this show that really stands out to me is Sarah Jane herself. While I haven't quite reached Sarah Jane's entrance in Classic Who, (I'm getting close!) I still love her character and appreciate her history with the Doctor. In this show, Sarah Jane basically acts as the Doctor, and my goodness does she do an incredible job! In addition to being witty, intelligent, brave, and tech savvy like the Doctor, she also has the heart of a mother. In this way you can see how she plays the part of both the Doctor and the companion at the same time: charging in to save the day and then running to comfort someone in distress. It's a great role, and Elisabeth Sladen just does a phenomenal job.
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