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IMPRESSIVELY PUT TO THE TEST
on 2 February 2015
Ten more colour-drained, challenging, exciting episodes. Seven months have elapsed, Tom Mason and his three sons amongst those facing ever more demanding challenges. The planet is in ruins, ninety per cent of its population dead. The Espheni alien invaders seem firmly in control, helped by their ability to infiltrate humans with bugs making them spies, adept at sabotage. Whom now can anybody trust?
Full concentration is needed, the twists and turns sometimes hard to follow - even with episodes watched in quick succession. A recap of the previous season would have helped. The box set's many bonuses are an asset. (Many may wish, though, the "Second Watch" presenter were less gushy and not prone to such convoluted questioning.)
Throughout Noah Wyle's Tom Mason possesses presence and authority, all three playing his sons increasingly impressive. Doug Jones is great as friendly alien Cochise, he at times extremely moving. (Note the actor's appearances in the bonuses, minus all the attachments and full of hilarious anecdotes.) Also enjoyed is Colin Cunningham as charismatic chancer John Pope - not to be trusted but occasionally unexpectedly an asset. Amongst guest stars, note Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. Kadar, it hard to believe this the actor who was Wilson in "House".
As ever, Steven Spielberg's imput makes itself felt with fast paced storylines, spectacle, and belief in family values.
All in all, much that is great.
Ready when you are, Season 4!