Wednesday, 30 May 2012

V EPISODE REVIEW - EP5: THE SANCTION

THE SANCTION 
Mike Donovan discovers his son Sean is, once again, a captive of the Visitors and a willing (albeit converted) participant in their Visitor Youth programme.  His decision to rescue him from Diana
puts him against his alien trainer: Klaus.

CHARACTER NOTES
-       It takes Robin Maxwell five episodes to make contact with the Resistance at Club Creole.
-       Regardless of what Donovan says, he does give up trying to rescue Sean from the Visitors but it doesn't really matter as Diana looses interest in using him to get at Donovan. 

GROUND FORCES
-       The Visitor motorcycles have no alien markings. 

SECURITY ALERT
-       The Legation security is hopeless: a single, easily corrupted, guard on the main entrance and no internal patrols.  Only Diana notices what Donovan is doing with a teenage boy.
-       How is Diana and her guard able to reach Nathan Bates within Science Frontiers without him being alerted that she had arrived and on her way? 
-       The exterior wall of the Legation appears to consist of a low wall.
-       Why don't the Visitors continue their pursuit of Kyle and Elizabeth or call renforcements?

HARDWARE
-       When Klaus uses his whip to disable Donovan's van it makes a sound similar to alien hand guns.  When he and Donovan fight, it makes a normal whip noise.

THE CULTURE SHOW
-       What's with Klaus' scar, it must be cosmetic. 
-       Klaus' training exercise was a direct lift from the openning of the Bond movie From Russia With Love. 
-       Why doesn't the garot cut into the faux Diana's fake skin?
-       Klaus stongly infers that Sean defeated an alien youth (“One of our own”) yet his blood is red, not green. 

RED ALERT
-      Klaus may be a relentless tracker... but he can't follow Donovan into an area where the Red Dust is still active.

JEDI MINDTRICKS
-       Elizabeth uses her powers at the cinema lobby.  The Manager is very heavy-handed with someone who seems to have mental health issues.

OBSERVATIONS
-       Sean Donovan looks a little different.  It's a different actor (Nick Katt) than in the mini-series (Eric Johnston).
-  Despite all his efforts here, Donovan pretty-much forgets about his son again after this episode.  True-to-form, the Visitors also make no further attempt to exploit the relationship either. 

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