The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky REVIEW

The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky REVIEW

Postby bige » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:46 am

This one is one we'll remember for a while. The return of the Sontarans, we really were anticipating the Ice Warriors at the time though. And they could've done a worse job, I mean one could criticize these Sontarans for their lack of menace, but since when were these angry little baked potatoes ever really menacing? Unlike the disaster that was the Cybermen, I think the revamped Sontarans did both the classic race and the show's fans justice. So the designs good...

The story itself though, I think is rather lacking. The plot is riddled with plot holes, in fact I've never seen anything - TV episode, movie, video game - with this many plot holes, The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky is a plot hole, it's a plot black hole... Oh my god it's Alone In the Dark 2.0!!! And characters seem to vary, IMHO this is Martha Jones at her best, reminds me of Ace, an innocent-enough young woman turned into a soldier, Freema does a great job here, while Martha in Series 3 I found quite limited. David Tennant however, he's so cocky here, I mean I'm not sure if he was meant to be overly-confident and somewhat annoying throughout the entire serial, only to be proven wrong. And while I never set my opinions in stone, I can say without a second thought that Luke Rattigan is without a doubt the most obnoxious character in the history of Who. Ever. I don't see why people complained about Adric so much!

And as the story blunderingly reaches its finale, the Doctor flicks a switch because Martha persuaded her clone to tell them everything. Just like that, at the last minute. It makes the long conversations with meaningless big words and the scenes of Donna walking towards the hammer, grabbing the hammer, walking away from the hammer etc... almost seem useless :Drunk: . And then, as it looks like the Doctor is about to die but we know he won't cuz it's not dramatic enough, Snotty Rattican teleports himself to the ship and kills himself in sacrifice. Hooray! The whole story seems overly dramatic too, I mean all Donna is doing is walking down the street (Plus, I love the line "I know where to go from here" when the Doctor drops her off, her house is literally one block away) and the dramatic music kicks in, and she starts getting flashbacks of the most beautiful and terrifying moments with the Doctor so far. I mean, I too get philosophical self-arguments over my life just walking to the shops.

So let's get this right, the Sontarans are infiltrating the empire of a rich, obnoxious boy genius to fit every car in the world as an undercover clone feed producer, and along the way get in long conversations about the Doctor and with the Doctor, and then get blown up. Or, they could just find some random uninhabited planet and drop "gas bombs" on it and turn it into their clone world. The only specific reason the Doctor seems to hint at for the Sontaran's choice of Earth is its size, which is beyond ridiculous.

And finally, the cliffhanger at the end of The Poison Sky. A crappy cliffhanger to lead into a crappy story, featuring the Doctor with his darling genetic anomaly and Martha falling in love with a humanoid fish who blow bubbles in a tube to communicate. And it looks like a draft cut, I mean I don't complain much about the special effects, but this is NuWho, to be honest it looked exactly like the old episodes of Lost In Space where they would make the characters run from one end of the Jupiter 2 set and shake the camera around to create the effect of a spaceship in distress.

Sontarans: 7/10
The Story: 4/10
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Re: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky REVIEW

Postby The Nimon » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:24 pm

Ah, Helen Rayner, the worst writer of the new series, she makes Chibnel look good. Why she was asked back to to write another one after her rubbish Dalek two parter I'll never know.

You Missed out maybe the worst cliffhanger, between part 1 and 2, of the new series to Date. Wilf is trapped in a car being gassed to death, the Doctor can't open it with his sonic screwdriver, are you seriously telling me that being a super intelligent Time Lord that he's not going to think of smashing the window with a brick, come on! :roll:
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Re: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky REVIEW

Postby The Nimon » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:40 pm

Robert Watkins wrote:Rayner wrote FOUR wasted episodes of Doctor Who....although RTD did commission them.

I'm waiting for a story called "Return Of The Pigmen!"


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Re: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky REVIEW

Postby bige » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:35 am

I should also ask, did everyone else get a fangasm when they mentioned the Brigadier?
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Re: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky REVIEW

Postby paulhickling » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:30 pm

I have to say I was too busy enjoying the performances of the two Sontarans. Ok, I wasn't sure why they had to be so tiny, and the body suits are no improvement. But both the joyfully amusing performances by the two actors, and the best Sontaran make-up so far, made this very enjoyable. Add the nifty effects of their ships in space (with that excellent shot in the Sarah Jane episode too where one is crash landed in a field), and I loved it. And UNIT too.

And I LOVED their chanting at the end of part one! Sontar Ha! indeed.

I do agree the Ice Warriors should have been here first though.
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Postby markhuk » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:21 pm

Theres a lot worse than the Sontaran stratagem in this season - although the chanting was extremely bad
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Re: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky REVIEW

Postby LizR » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:45 am

paulhickling wrote:And I LOVED their chanting at the end of part one! Sontar Ha! indeed.

I wonder where they got THAT idea from. :roll:
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Re: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky REVIEW

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bige wrote:This one is one we'll remember for a while. The return of the Sontarans, we really were anticipating the Ice Warriors at the time though. And they could've done a worse job, I mean one could criticize these Sontarans for their lack of menace, but since when were these angry little baked potatoes ever really menacing? Unlike the disaster that was the Cybermen, I think the revamped Sontarans did both the classic race and the show's fans justice. So the designs good...

The story itself though, I think is rather lacking. The plot is riddled with plot holes, in fact I've never seen anything - TV episode, movie, video game - with this many plot holes, The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky is a plot hole, it's a plot black hole... Oh my god it's Alone In the Dark 2.0!!! And characters seem to vary, IMHO this is Martha Jones at her best, reminds me of Ace, an innocent-enough young woman turned into a soldier, Freema does a great job here, while Martha in Series 3 I found quite limited. David Tennant however, he's so cocky here, I mean I'm not sure if he was meant to be overly-confident and somewhat annoying throughout the entire serial, only to be proven wrong. And while I never set my opinions in stone, I can say without a second thought that Luke Rattigan is without a doubt the most obnoxious character in the history of Who. Ever. I don't see why people complained about Adric so much!

And as the story blunderingly reaches its finale, the Doctor flicks a switch because Martha persuaded her clone to tell them everything. Just like that, at the last minute. It makes the long conversations with meaningless big words and the scenes of Donna walking towards the hammer, grabbing the hammer, walking away from the hammer etc... almost seem useless :Drunk: . And then, as it looks like the Doctor is about to die but we know he won't cuz it's not dramatic enough, Snotty Rattican teleports himself to the ship and kills himself in sacrifice. Hooray! The whole story seems overly dramatic too, I mean all Donna is doing is walking down the street (Plus, I love the line "I know where to go from here" when the Doctor drops her off, her house is literally one block away) and the dramatic music kicks in, and she starts getting flashbacks of the most beautiful and terrifying moments with the Doctor so far. I mean, I too get philosophical self-arguments over my life just walking to the shops.

So let's get this right, the Sontarans are infiltrating the empire of a rich, obnoxious boy genius to fit every car in the world as an undercover clone feed producer, and along the way get in long conversations about the Doctor and with the Doctor, and then get blown up. Or, they could just find some random uninhabited planet and drop "gas bombs" on it and turn it into their clone world. The only specific reason the Doctor seems to hint at for the Sontaran's choice of Earth is its size, which is beyond ridiculous.

And finally, the cliffhanger at the end of The Poison Sky. A crappy cliffhanger to lead into a crappy story, featuring the Doctor with his darling genetic anomaly and Martha falling in love with a humanoid fish who blow bubbles in a tube to communicate. And it looks like a draft cut, I mean I don't complain much about the special effects, but this is NuWho, to be honest it looked exactly like the old episodes of Lost In Space where they would make the characters run from one end of the Jupiter 2 set and shake the camera around to create the effect of a spaceship in distress.

Sontarans: 7/10
The Story: 4/10








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