My favourite episode of the show. Successfully melds seveal classic SF themes into an engrossing 45mins. These include: - Artifical life, and its eventual severance of the link between itself and its creator/master.
- When technology goes arwy and turns on its makers with devastating consequences.
- The manipulation of genuine well-meaning motives by the bureaucrats of a faceless government for some hidden agenda.
- Science vs business
As well as including some standard plot devices such as:
Overall, the only let down was the cheesy music score played whenever the watchbirds are in flight or combat. If you can look past that, there is a very enjoyable story, that makes you care and provides enough drama and some action to make this the best episode in my eyes. The actors here do a thouroghly good job of convincing you that their situation and plights are real - or at least afford you the luxury of suspending belief.
The scenes come thick and fast as there is hardly a lull throughout. Sets and locations are near future however, though they fit the timeline, they are the least futuristic of the shows.
The plot arc is logicial enough and wont prove to much of a surprise to savvy SFers. Cant recommend this enough - my favourite episode and one Id happily watch again.