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Sick of all these fake 5-star reviews,
This review is from: K9 Series 1 Vol 2 [DVD]  (DVD)As I said, can there stop being so many obviously planted phony reviews? In all truth, if you've not seen an episode of this and you buy the boxset, I can guarantee disappointment. Possibly even anger at how poor it is. I gave the first boxset 2 stars, this one gets one star taken off just for all the fake reviews.
Seriously, this is the polar opposite of the Sarah Jane Adventures or Torchwood. Whereas those two spin-offs were intelligent, well-written and respected the audience's intelligence, this comes across as cheap, half-baked and hastily-made.
Set in future London but filmed in a warehouse in Brisbane, it tells the story of an agoraphobic professor who has a time-portal in his house, through which appear some rubbery monsters and then our favourite metal dog. Deciding the only way to stop the marauding costumes is suicide, K9 promptly self-destructs, only to regenerate into his new form - a chunky, flying, mostly-CGI oddity. Another few teenagers randomly turn up and stay for no discernible plot reasons, and they all end up fighting new rubber monsters and/or bad CGI wraiths every episode.
Several plot strands start promisingly but then get abandoned by the next episode, and K9's new abilities border on the ridiculous. The acting is uniformly terrible, with dodgy English accents being mangled by all the (obviously) Australian actors. Which begs the question, why not just set the programme in Australia to begin with? The special effects are generally poor, with the aforementioned rubber suited monsters looking worse than some of the 70's efforts in Doctor Who. The plots start off as fairly non-descript monster-of-the-week stand-alones. Later episodes try and build up a villanous shadowy organisation, but this is hamstrung by bad acting and ludicrous plot developments. Slapstick is favoured over story, endings are rushed and characterisation gets thrown out the window. If you are wondering about any connections to Doctor Who, you get precisely 2 scenes: when original K9 first appears for 2 minutes, before becoming this new chunky mongrel; and a blink-and-you-miss-it series of drawings of old DW enemies (inc. a Sea Devil and a Mandrel) in a book in the Egyptian episode. And that's it. This is a series so bereft of ideas it has to resort to a clip-show episode, never a good sign in a first series.
I suppose the really young might like it, if the SJA is a bit too mature for them. (Although Amazon has it as 15-rated?!) There are a couple of laughs to be had, however unintentional. This is, however, a major disappointment for a series that has been in development for so long, that it still feels rushed and cheap. Let's hope the second series is one hell of an improvement...
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2011 13:40:39 GMT
Mark G. Goacher says:
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2011 15:30:12 GMT
Tim J. Cheshire says:
I wish that you were right, but unfortunately this series really is that bad. If you genuinely like it enough to rate it as 5 stars, then...well, as someone once said, one man's meat is another man's murder. I found the whole production to be cheap, poorly presented and underwritten. Inexcusably bad stuff, worth a maximum of 2 stars. Plus this whole viral campaign on Amazon has really annoyed me, so it lost one of those stars.
Posted on 3 Mar 2011 06:06:41 GMT
If you have actually seen the whole series ( and not given up after one or two shows - it gets better in the second half of the series) and stop to think a little about the political setting of the story ... a 15-rating might actually NOT be wrong at all.
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