I guess my annoyances were heard, as we finally get to find out a little bit about the “window dressing” members of the HMS Camden Lock crew. On one hand we see that this episode essentially revolves around Navigation Officer Vine who spends all of his life savings on a bit of real estate, and by real estate I mean a huge uninhabitable planet made of ice and poisonous gas. He decides to take Jeffers with him, against Jeffers actual desires. The rest of the episode is based around Diplomatic Officer Teal using all sorts of methods to “get rid of” the rest of the cast in various ways so that a candlelit supper with the officers turns into a dinner for two with Henderson.
Sandstrom finally gets some character time
“Vineworld” Vine’s ever so catchy name for his new home world is realized pretty well in the great 19470’s Doctor Who tradition of filming in a rock quarry with weird film filters over the lenses. Much of the comedy comes from Jeffers and his annoyance with vine due to a lack of preparation for the trip. He decided not to bring food or water, as it would have been too heavy, and forces them to look around for crashed ships to scavenge on. On the ship we almost get to see the unrequited love of Henderson and Teal pay off….almost.
We also get to see the ship’s navigational “enhanced” a.k.a. android get a little bit of character, something that the character has been lacking from the beginning. Apparently she was once a human, until she ran into serious money trouble. She agreed to have her body and mind modified in exchange for the Space Force paying off her student loan, assuming the offer would not be made if the procedure was not safe. Her personality was then overwritten, but we see shards of her true mind begin to appear as she is given a piece of chocolate by Teal. I still think that this character is a waste of space, and adds nothing to the show, but we’ll see if that changes.
Vine and Jeffers on “Vineworld”
All in all episode three was good, and shows that the sub-par first episode was hopefully a fluke as the writers and actors come into their own here.
My Rating 3.3 out of 5
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