The Sarah Jane Adventures – Eye of the Gorgon
I would say that this story is more successful than the Slitheen opening story. Quite a time seems to have passed between Revenge of the Slitheen and this adventure as Clyde is now fully integrated into the cast, and Sarah is quite happy to let him stay in her house even when she isn’t there, which shows that there is quite a gap there.
The pace of these episodes was full on with a race against time to stop the Gorgons from coming back to the Earth and also to save Maria’s dad from being stuck in the form of a statue for eternity.
That is quite a lot to happen in just twenty-five minutes and due to the nature of the show being primarily aimed at a younger audience it succeeds, and even though for people of our age (who really shouldn’t be watching it) it is pretty much a piece of fluff with little substance and not a lot else, for the core audience it is an exciting, thrilling piece of television, which they should consider themselves lucky to have, as more often than not we didn’t always get children’s television like that in our day.
Maria’s mother continues to be annoying and at times you are actually glad that she is not with Maria’s dad any more, just because she would be a nightmare to live with and you hope that Maria will not become like her mother when she is older because if she does then god help her.
Clyde doesn’t have a great deal to do in this episode and along with Luke isn’t actually able to be that proactive in this episode due to the fact that they are both held prisoner along with Sarah Jane.
Luckily all is not lost as there is someone else who can help to save the day. However, in the previous episode she was having a bit of a teenage temper tantrum.
It did make me laugh in the scene when Bea handed Maria a mirror and Maria couldn’t work out why on earth she was being given a mirror. Bea’s exasperated comment about the state of education these days was exactly what I was thinking at that moment!
The effects work in this story was up to the usual standard that we are used to in Doctor Who, which makes it look totally unlike anything else being broadcast on Childrens BBC at the moment, and less like a programme made for children and more like a full blooded scripted drama for a family audience just like the parent show.
Originally posted on Oct 21, 2007