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Wow. Wow. That has to be the single worst episode of DW up to this point and that's saying a lot. The villain's boring in look and desire; his aides are dull and over the top at the same time; there's yet another complicated and totally unbeliveable backstory in there somewhere but not yet revealed; the villain's powers are as yet ill defined; the dialog is awful, the sets are not even adequate this time out; the music is okay I guess; and Mel and Ace have to be the worst two companions in one story. All this and Glitz too. Glitz drops his map and the Doctor swings his umbrella in a badly staged scene.
The whole thing is badly staged. It's like a bad stage play. Every scene between Ace and Mel is poor and the dialog cringe worthy. "ACE!" Ace yelling his is enough to make me leave this show forever. "BRILL!" Who speaks like this? She's a poorly conceived, poorly acted, poorly backgrounded companion and this story is the worst companion introduction ever for any companion. I have, for Ace, what other fans have for Adric, at least from this story. This poor garbage left a bad taste in my mouth for Ace. Others have said they've met Ace's in their time in real life. I really doubt it. Aldred is quite poor in this and her "acting" over the top and way too hyper active for my tastes, mixed with Mel's optimistic fakeness...it's enough to give you goosebumps.
The milkshake scene, the Ace's room scene, the bombing of the blocked door scene (and just why is Ace knocking down this blockage only to get arrested?), and the cliffhanger scene just to have a cliffhanger scene. All such poorly conceived set pieces that it boggles the mind that this was allowed to go on and that this show wasn't cancelled soon after this mess.
Yeah the Doc just decides to go cliffhanging because there's one needed here. ANd are they kidding with the direction and editing of that cliffhanger? For once we have a cliff in the cliffhanger (although see STONES OF BLOOD for a much much better one) and it's done in every worse possible way. My God, what were they thinking? Was there a director for this? Didn't McCoy see how lame this story was? So the Doc has three companions, and I can't guess which one's the worst. Glitz is probably the best but he's also got an illconceived background.
Oh and once again, we don't get a year time frame or where this really is. And we don't get the feel of a real place or real people and the one that we should identify with : Ace: is the most unreal one there is. Truly awful.
Oh and the scene where Kane tries to win Ace over is so bad....Ace needs Mel's voice to tear her away from Kane's alluring magnetism...and Mel's voice screeches into my mind as well. "Don't listen to him Ace!" Mel shrieks in an ear splitting scream. Well if nothing else this ep gives good headaches.
God, I hate this episode!