purplecat: Hand Drawn picture of a Toy Cat (Sarah)
You know sometimes a plot point becomes a cliche merely through over-use. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with it and there is no shame in using again sparingly especially in something written for a young audience who may well not have got to the stage of rolling their eyes and saying "I know how this one goes". Sometimes something is a cliche because it's a let out for lazy writing and you really need to be doing something special with it to make it work at all, even the first time someone encounters it.

Spoilers for Enemy of the Bane )
purplecat: Hand Drawn picture of a Toy Cat (Sarah)
As more than one reviewer has observed this is the Sarah Jane Adventures meets Father's Day and, personally, I think it suffers from the comparison.

spoilers under the cut )

The cognoscenti will observe that I've missed out on reviewing Mark of the Berserker. Maybe one day I'll get to see it.

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