Here’s the problem with this episode at the outset. Well, two problems, really. The first is that it’s part of this particularly horrible story. The second? It has the same title as another story I really, really like! Jerks.
Fun fact: I leave on vacation in a few hours. So I’m going to review this episode right now, go to bed, and then review the last part at 4:45 in the morning. Just wait to see how fun that’s going to be!
Ok, so the Doctor and Vicki are hanging around in their odd fetish gear, which the Doctor uses to tame one of the Zarbi. Fair enough. Babs appears to be tripping balls while wandering around looking at some Mentropa stuff. They apparently have no wisdom of war, which is like having no Wizard of Wor, but completely different. Anyone? Anyone? No? Bah.
Oh, Ian is also hanging with some Mentropa, all of whom are continuing to complain about how helpless they are. So, ok. Great drama.
The Doctor taunts an ant (there’s a sentence for you), in a scene where Hartnell’s wig looks rather odd. I can’t tell what’s wrong with it, but it definitely looks strange. It’s like it isn’t seated right on his head or something.
This third group of aliens, which I think are Mentropa larvae or something, really look strange, and it took me a while to figure out where they fit in my mental picture. Then I realized they looked like something from some Sid and Marty Kroft show, circa 1971. This is not a compliment.
Next time: “The Centre”