The Sarah Jane Adventures Season 5 DVD Review
The final season of “The Sarah Jane Adventures” should satisfy fans of the series.
Before Elisabeth Sladen tragically passed away in April, 2011, she completed work on 3 of the 6 planned adventures for the fifth and now final season. The 3 completed episodes (“Sky,” “The Curse Of Clyde Langer,” and “The Man Who Never Was”) involve a new character (Sky) being introduced into the gang, a conflict between Metalkind and Fleshkind, an ancient God (Hetocumtek) cursing Clyde which causes everyone to hate him, and a Steve Jobs esque computer genius (Joseph Serf) who creates a mysterious device that Sarah Jane Smith and the gang investigate. As an added bonus, Luke (who is off at college) appears once more in the series finale as well.
Before popping in the season 5 DVD, I’d recommend having some tissue ready because the final season is very emotional. With a new character (Sky) becoming a part of the Sarah Jane family, Clyde’s heart wrenching escapades in “The Curse Of Clyde Langer” and the tearful final moments of the “The Man Who Never Was,” it’s hard not to get choked up by these final 3 episodes. While the plots of the 3 adventures aren’t particularly revolutionary, they are satisfying in terms of character. ‘Curse’ in particular really digs deep into the Clyde character as you seem him become an outcast from his friends and family. His only friend in this situation is a stranger, but I won’t spoil what happens there. Suffice to say, it’s also rather moving.
As for the new Sky character, she may seem like a mere replacement for Luke at first, but she really grows on you. By the time, ‘Man’ rolls around, you’ll feel like she has been on the show for years.
On the subject of ‘Man,’ it feels like a proper ending (even if it wasn’t planned as such). The episode really encapsulates everything about Sarah Jane’s character and the group dynamic. It’s a story about family, teamwork, adventure, investigations, and helping out those in need.
Summary: If you are a fan of “The Sarah Jane Adventures,” you owe it to yourself to check out this final season.
The fifth season is presented in widescreen and I have to say this is the sharpest looking season to date.
The Dolby Digital Stereo track does the job. The music, sound f/x, and dialogue sounded clear to this reviewer.
* Trailers for “Doctor Who” series 6 and “Primeval.”
* “Goodbye Bannerman Road- Remembering Elisabeth Sladen”- Daniel Anthony (Clyde), Anjli Mohindra (Rani), Matt Smith (The Doctor), Gary Russell (Writer) look back at the Sarah Jane character and tell stories about Sladen. This extra, which runs about 20 minutes, also includes clips from “Doctor Who” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures” as well.
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