The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 3
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Stalwart journalist Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and her trio of intrepid teenage sidekicks defend the Earth against hostile aliens galore, equipped with gumption, sonic lipstick, and a hidden extraterrestrial supercomputer called Mr. Smith. This spinoff from Doctor Who is squarely aimed at a younger audience, with much of the action carried by handsome and cool Clyde (Daniel Anthony), spunky but levelheaded Rani (Anjli Mohindra), and Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke (Tommy Knight), who's a genetically engineered genius. The six two-episode stories in the complete third season feature Sarah Jane becoming possessed by an alien prison escapee, red-eyed teens playing in an empty amusement park, paranormal investigators in a haunted house, the Mona Lisa come to life, and an invasive alien plant, as well as some aliens familiar to Whovians and a visit from the Doctor himself (in the form of the ever-energetic David Tennant). Many of the pleasures of Doctor Who can be found in The Sarah Jane Adventures--goofy humor, goofy aliens, and an enthusiastic optimism about humanity--but the writing is considerably weaker, with clumsy exposition and forced plots (and while Doctor Who certainly has its share of nonsensical talk about dimensions and energy, somehow the techno-babble seems worse in The Sarah Jane Adventures). Despite that, the cast is lively and charming--Sladen has long been one of the most popular of the Doctor's companions--and several episodes have vivid or deliciously creepy images and ideas. An enjoyable series, particularly for younger audiences. --Bret Fetzer
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Also worth mentioning: how often does any show -- especially a science fiction show -- have a woman over 50 years old as its lead character? Exactly once in the history of TV as far as I can tell. Fabulous program! RIP Lis Sladen.
I also enjoyed the last episode, which many people seem to think of as the weakest link in the chain, mostly BECAUSE of the Slitheen-Blathereen. It was because they were, in fact, smart enough to use Sarah Jane Smith's own history of behavior against her. They also had some very nice one liners in that episode. And it was nice to see a husband and wife couple who could work together.
The season seemed to have the theme that not ALL aliens are monsters. This made for a much more interesting, and more complex, setting. Because while even Sarah Jane knows these she still had problems trusting some of the aliens. For good reason. Yet it is still a good theme, and lesson, to pass on to the kiddies.
There is a star missing because this DVD set has little in the way of extras. In some ways, on the other hand, it seems to me one of the most enjoyable of the three seasons so far available. In other words, it will be a few more seasons before they jump the shark, or the Slitheen, if you get my drift.
Lovely season, I really enjoyed it
The last episodes goes to show that you cannot trust anyone from raxacoricofallapatorius!! Slitheen or not! I really like Sarah Jane and her many adventures on earth.