The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 2
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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.]]>
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
- 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
Top customer reviews
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. This show has made me even more excited to meet Sarah Jane in the classic series!
Overall, it's an incredible spinoff. If you love Doctor Who, and especially if you love the Russell T. Davies era, you'll eat this up like I am. And, it's a great way to get more Doctor Who while we're waiting till Spring 2017!
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.
As a family that has watched and enjoyed all the Dr. Who adventures that we can watch, it is wonderful to see one of his many companions continue the fight on her own terms. Sarah Jane and her adventures are a delight!
Most recent customer reviews
Nice to see more of the aliens from the regular series here.