Saturday, December 01, 2012

My Review of Wizards Vs. Aliens 1x05: "Fall Of The Nekross"

Written by Gareth Roberts
Directed by Joss Agnew

Benny (to Varg): "I'm a genius. I might be compassionate but I'm not stupid. Bye."

Well, it's good to know that Benny Sherwood isn't stupid but he's certainly capable of bringing the Nekross to their knees as this story managed to point out big time. Contrary to the title, this story almost saw the fall of the Nekross. They still managed to survive at the end of the episode, due to both Tom and Benny's compassion it seems.

I liked that this story decided to take the fight to the Nekross and even that when their ship was threatened, there was some genuine, almost adult like conflict as well between Benny, Tom and Ursula with Michael trying to play peacemaker. It was the best use of all four characters and it proved that the writing for this show has come leaps and downs since it's rather modest opening story as well.

Another good point about this story was the Nekross themselves not taking matters lying down. They may have ridiculed Ursula's first attempt of getting rid of them but when Benny succeeded, Lexi was quick to play on Tom's emotions to risk his life for both his friend and righting things with the Nekross by consulting the stone circle from the first story as well.

The Nekross might live to threaten another day but the stone circle suddenly became more interesting. Ursula had a deal with them that she managed to make them forget and we got that rather prophetic message at the end in relation to Tom. Considering that the trailer for next week spoiled it, it looks like Helen's coming home after all.

- The rivalry with Michael and Randall Moon was rather amusing. I also liked the red coloured, Nekross, Jathro as well, even if he was a bit of a yes man.
- I'm guessing the deal Ursula made was something that involved Helen's life being the cost. I didn't like that she considered using magic on Benny though.
- Varg seemed to know or suspect that Lexi may have helped Tom in the previous story. She didn't seem that conflicted about manipulating Tom in this one though.
- I think was the only story that solely seemed to focus on Tom/Benny without Katie or Quinn appearing in it.

An excellent story. Fall Of The Nekross is definitely an excellent story but with a bit of tweaking, it probably could've been the season finale. Though the one intended for next week does look rather good and may actually give closure in other areas as well, if not the Nekross.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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