The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Fifth Season

June 25, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

This fifth and final season of The Sarah Jane Adventures was supposed to be comprised of six episodes, but star Elisabeth Sladen passed on before the work was completed. So this fifth season collection contains the three episodes that were finished, as well as a special tribute to Sladen included as an extra. I am not sure what the other three episodes were about, but the three featured here provide an emotional, proper sendoff to this excellent series. The stories are rock solid, with all the drama, humor, and adventure you’d expect, as well as some nice fan service as a bonus. The introduction of a new character is well done and while fans will be divided in some ways, I think it was very well handled. While only three episodes, this season delivers on all counts and while bittersweet, gives the series a fine conclusion.

The Dr. Who series has an immense, dedicated audience and as Sarah Jane is one of the show’s more popular characters, this spin-off was a smart move. The Sarah Jane Adventures has been a great show, one that remains steeped in the world of Dr. Who lore, but it has also established an identity of its own. This fourth season continues the trend of previous installments, with great storylines and remarkable performances. Elisabeth Sladen is simply excellent, a genuine performance that only seems to get better with each passing episode. She anchors the series, but the rest of the ensemble is rock solid as well, with good chemistry that adds a lot to the show’s storylines. This final season brings the series to a close in effective fashion and fans are sure to want to add this to their collections.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. These episodes look terrific, with clean and crisp transfers that never disappoint. The images remain sharp and pleasant throughout all three installments, with no problems I could detect. I found colors to be vivid and bright, while contrast is dead on and never wavers. Not of course on the same level as a high definition version, but the show looks great.

Audio: How does it sound?

The soundtrack isn’t going to knock you over, but it gets the job done. The show is dialogue driven, so the vocals remain the focus of attention as it should be. The music sounds good here, but isn’t very rich, while sound effects are passable. As long as the dialogue is clear however, all is well. And since the vocals sound great and no audio issues creep in, this soundtrack earns a solid score.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The lone supplement is Goodbye Bannerman Road, a twenty minute tribute to the late Elisabeth Sladen. This is a well made, very touching piece that fans will greatly appreciate.

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