Series 1, Story 7 (Overall Series Story #162)
Well, here it is. The first stone clunker of the new series. (But it's not Suki's fault!)
Now, when I say "clunker," I don't mean to say it's awful. It drives. It gets us from point A to point B; it even has its charms. But it doesn't come together like it should. It's the one with Simon Pegg in it and he's largely wasted. It's politics are in the right place -- I wanted to like it much more than I did for that reason ... but still, it leaves me a cold.
Dodgy acting and unlikable characters undermine this one in ways I can't quite get over. The first thing is Adam shouldn't have come aboard at the end of "Dalek," based on what we saw of him there and he does nothing to redeem himself here. It's not because he's smarmy and unlikable -- there's a way to make that work -- he's just ... extraneous. We didn't need another flirt-partner for Rose. We didn't need carry in a bungler to advance the plot. Everything he put in motion could've been accomplished with the rest of the cast as it was constituted. And what would've been a stretch wasn't needed to begin with.
|Adam. What a tool.|
|Pegg could've, should've, handled all the villainy. CGI not needed.|
Just as the Great and Bountiful Human Empire will recover once past a rough patch, so too will our series. "Father's Day" won't set us completely back on track, but it'll be a step in the right direction ...