The Sarah Jane Adventures

Season 5 Episode 6

The Man who never was (2)

Aired Monday 4:35 PM Oct 18, 2011 on BBC
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The Man who never was (2)

The truth of Joseph Serf's name is revealed and the power below the company comes to the surface, alien Light Sculptors, slaves kept beneath his office building.

As Luke and Sky try to find a way to free them and get them home safely, Sarah Jane needs Clyde and Rani to come and help her – and get married along the way...

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  • A fitting endconsidering it wasn't meant to be the showsfinale.(A review for both parts)

    Regardless of this being the final story, The man who never was im sure I would have always considered one of the shows best stories.The fact that in so many symbolic and coincedental ways it serves as a fitting end, even though it was never meant to be that, is just gravy.

    But on the subject of gravy, what stood out for me instantly was the clear connections to the pilot, from the serf/bane and luke/sky comparisons as well as Sarah Janes actual job and the the classc infiltration stoke heated conversation at the table scenario. Then there is of course the similarity of both stories taking on deep and serious issues...for a kids show.

    It was of course nothing like the pilot and was certainly better. The themes were darker and closer to the knuckle, the slave trade theme being the clear example, but where the alien absurdity stayed away from being bonkers, and made cheap, was summed up in Clydes joke about anticipating humanity being brainwashed and marching down the street. Not that it didn't get bonkers, but that stage scene was just downright funny. But, the theme of slavery was executed brilliantly and very intellegently, Jame Drefus defense to Sarah Jane being the standout moment.

    The 'bane' moment; passivly accepting new technology with out questioning quality and worth (vs accepting words put on food like 'organic') remains poignant andagain was done well without treading on too much old ground, where it did it often egenerated good moments such as Clyde aforementioned joke.

    One big sadness to the show ending is having just seen Skyshine, it was clear she was a brilliant addition who came into her own in this episode.

    There is also no doubting just how high quality this episode was, the whole series for that matter. Sets and effects were great and the soundtrack was just excellent. But then this show has always been above and beyond the standard of tea time kids shows. There's no feeling of anything being done on the cheap, and it allows this story to be fully realised.

    Guest stars were excellent, James Drefus was a delightful and was far more menacing than mincing. I loved his role. seeing whats his name from To the manor born was a nice treat too he clearly owned all the scenes he was in and regardless of the actor the character was a nice addition. Its a testament to the show that it can have such compelling older characters for what is mainly a kids show. It shouldn't work but it always does.

    I really can't pick fault with this story and and beyond happy to consider it the finale, it truly is fitting. Sarah Jane Adventures has gone out on one of its best moments.moreless

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