The second episode of Hyperdrive shows great improvement over the first, as we see a better presented storyline, some better jokes, and better use of special effects. The show as a whole seems to be a typical BBC low budget sitcom affair, but as we see our first alien world in this episode it all seems to come together. The story follows a trip to the planet Queppu for an attempt at diplomatic relations, but as Mike Henderson always seems to guarantee, the trip goes awry. Against the better judgment of Mike, Jeffers is placed in charge of the ship while the top brass is gone, which spells disaster.
I was impressed by the costume designs of the Queppu, as they did not suffer from the typical Star Trek “different foreheads” syndrome. This race actually looked like a bizarre pre-industrialized race that happens to wear gaudy latex hats, and pretentious jewelry. Most of the other costumes in this show are pretty bland, so anything like this stands out a lot. Mike falls in love with the daughter of the crazed ruler of the planet, much to the chagrin of Teal, who harbors feelings for Mike. We get to see York at his sleazy finest in this episode, as he attempts to nuke the planet before they even visit, and nearly ends up killing the crew in a knife fight.
Jeffers uses his new found power to get the ship into a drag race, almost destroying the ship in the process.
With all the good of the episode, there is still some bad things going on here that leave it average at best. The jokes are usually good, but not always consistent, making certain scenes seem dragged out. There are also a few characters like Vine and the ship’s android computer that really seem to serve no purpose to the story other than exist to be an analogue of a Star trek character. I’ll rate this episode better than the last, but only so much.
May Rating 3.1 out of 5
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