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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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I enjoyed almost every episode except for Mona Lisa's Revenge. The episode contradicts the Doctor Who episode "City of Death" and not only that but it's quite boring. Despite this the majority of the episodes hit the spot for me.
Prisoner of the Judoon was a solid entry into the Sarah Jane canon. I liked its comedic elements and Elisabeth Sladen's portrayal of an alter-ego was absolutely fantastic. She was an incredible actress! The mad Woman In the Attic was great episode also. It's an episode that makes one think how you should always be careful what you ask for because you just might get it. The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith was maybe the third best episode of that Season. David Tennant's cameo was spot on! He's my favorite Doctor from the new series and seeing him reprise his role was such a joy. The Trickster has grown to become Sarah Jane Smith's arch enemy in this series. I'd always asked myself if the kids had ever met the Doctor and now this proves that they have in fact met him but up to that point he'd only ben alluded to by Sarah Jane Smith. The Gift was a solid episode to round out the third season of the show. Suffice it to say that Sarah Jane Smith is ruthless to anyone who hurts her adopted son.
I decided not to see Seasons Four and the abbreviated Season Five. I'll save them for my next cycle assuming I'm alive in five years' time. This series is great and I want to highly recommend it. Only Mona Lisa's Revenge is a dud but it does not take away from the greatness of this show. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.
A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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.
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The first one perhaps rather less so - seemingly a trifle under-rehearsed and, to be honest, a bit silly. Rapidly though the season is back on form with exciting events in a derelict fairground, a haunted house (Donald Sumpter splendidly sinister) and an art gallery. Not least is that little matter of rapidly multiplying plants threatening to exterminate all human life....
Many highlights include a glimpse of 2059, a desperately lonely aged Rani forever regretting the great mistake she once made. Best moment of all? For many this may well occur at the end of episode five. Sarah Jane is about to marry. Suddenly - a dramatic intervention designed to make viewers sit up and give a great cheer.
No bonuses to speak of, but much to please - including Sam Watts' music which ideally complements. Sadly there are still those pre-credit spoilers that so irritate. Why not let us reflect on what we have seen, try to anticipate how things will work out? Such trailers do not whet the appetite but spoil the meal.
For three seasons this Doctor Who spin-off has delighted - Elisabeth Sladen ensuring it all works a treat. Mums and dads, perhaps even grandparents, enjoyed her Sarah Jane exploits over thirty years ago. Now she has a new generation of fans.
Great fun. Warmly recommended.
Of course, the writers didn't do their research very well for "Mona Lisa's Revenge" because the Mona Lisa was destroyed in Dr Who "City of Death". This painting was a forgery made by Da Vinci at around the same time as the original so why the cockney talking italian fake claimed to know the secret behind Da Vinci's work I don't know.
If you like Dr Who or SJA I would definitly recommend this
she did an excellent performance and of course her son called Luke is brilliant because he has a mathematical brain
that can hack into any system or computer. Clyde and Rani are OK but I think that Sarah Jane and Luke are the best.
Also the actor David Tennant appeared in the two part episode called 'The Wedding Of Sarah Jane Smith'. I think that he did a
good performance as the Tenth Doctor because he defeated the ugly Trickster. I mean I just did not like him at all.
So those are my thoughts on this review. Thank you Amazon.co.uk. Definitely worth the money.
Four stars all round!
You know David Tennant is going to appear at some point, and there's a tagline in the series similar to the Bad Wolf one. When he does appear it lifts the series from CBBC to the Moon. It was so good to see him again.
The stories themselves are pretty good, just the right amount of scariness for the kids (10 & 11) without freaking them out.
A very big shame that Elizabeth Sladen is now deceased, at no point does she look ill at all.
a) Sarah-Jane was Doctor Who's greatest companion and a brilliant role model for everyone.
2) the stories are well put together, well acted and well written.
d) this is a spin-off of The greatest TV show on television.
In every series of Sarah-Jane there is always a welcome surprise and Season 3 is no exception. Season 1 had Sarah's backstory, season 2 had Sontarans and the Brigadier and this Season 3 has David Tennant as the Doctor! Just wait for Season 4!