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School Reunion

Posted by Mike on April 30, 2006

As a lad living in England from 1975-1980, I grew up with the television show Doctor Who, which, while a geek stigma here, was a mainstream hit both then and now that the show has returned as modern television. In the most recent episode of the show, School Reunion, both versions converge, bringing back Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith. It's hard to explain how affecting this episode was, I was very young, maybe 5 or 6 when I saw Sarah Jane leave in the Hand of Fear. To see one of your iconic childhood characters come back as much as 25-30 years later is about as profound as anything I've experienced on TV. While I thought the first three episodes with new Doctor David Tennant were fun, it was only until this one, the best episode of the new series to date, that everything came together, new and old. The episode definitely had Buffy similarities with the high school setting and, of course, Anthony Head as the villain, but the major influence was in the character development, which worked wonders with all of leads. The evocation of loneliness was almost physical. While, like much of the new series, the plausibility of the plots leaves something to be desired, the writing on the character level was as good as the show has ever been. I love the multi-levelled, but to have that one level that hearkens back to the 70s really brought back how long it has been. I also thought it was very bizarre that the computer screens the children were using had a cube with what looked exactly like Enochian script on it.

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