Episode 235 – “Seeds of Death” – Part 03

So our space madness continues. In this episode we learn that space stations of the future will have, for some reason, a lot of mirrors.

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But of egoists, I assume.

Our crew have finally made it to the t-mat station. The Doctor goes on a run for a bit and eventually convinces the Ice Warriors that he’s valuable. Meantime, Jamie and Zoe are wandering around doing things and stuff. They eventually rendezvous with the t-mat repair crew that’s also come up from Earth.

We also learn that the Ice Warriors are preparing the titular seeds of death to be sent to Earth for…reasons. I’m not entirely clear on it, though clearly it isn’t to set up humanity with their own supply of dank Martian weed.

I do find it odd the way they keep saying, “t-mat” as though it’s a proper name. ¬†Like “T-mat has been fixed”, instead of “the t-mat system has been fixed”. Very odd.

We’re also told that foods are running out in cities and millions are facing starvation. Ok, then. But…I mean, it’s been, what, a day? Two days? Surely it can’t be that bad, that quick, stupid quotes about power outages and missing meals not withstanding.

Episode 234 – “Seeds of Death” – Part 02

And so our heroes end up on a rocket…into space!

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And, in the process, are forced to listen to Nickleback.

There are some interesting visuals during this episode, particularly during the scenes where the space mission is being launched. I quite liked the use of projections and overlays, and the one that looked quite a bit like a QR code amused me.

The story continues along at a crisp pace, as our characters try to get back to the Moon so they can get the T-mat system back up and going. The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe charm their way into a rocket, but while they’re en route, the T-Mat system “mysteriously” comes back online. It is, of course, an Ice Warrior trap.

If I have to complain about something, it’s the way the rocket launch, and mission to the Moon, are handled. I mean, this was 1969, yeah? The year we actually went to the freakin’ Moon. Real space missions were happening, they could have made this all just look a tiny bit more convincing.

But that aside, a generally good part of a generally good story!

Episode 233 – “Seeds of Death” – Part 01

We begin our latest adventure with the Doctor and friends in a familiar pose.

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Typical.

I mean, ok, this isn’t actually the first few moments of the story. No, instead we get to see various technicians minding the store at a transmat (think of the transporters from¬†Star Trek), station. Well, two stations, actually. One is on Earth, one is on the Moon.

Trouble ensues, of course, in the form of the Ice Warriors, making their first re-appearance.

It must be said that this first episode flows very nicely. It introduces an easily-understood dilemma, presents at least a partial solution, and gives us some wonderful scenes; and not just the ones with the Doctor and his friends. No, pretty much every character feels quite authentic, which is a testament to the writer’s abilities.

It also accomplished that rather rare feat (at least for me at this point), of making me completely lose track of time! I was actually surprised when it ended. Well done!