A false war between the main alien race the Uvodni and their enemies the Malakh was the catalyst for the events in this episode, and the revelation of that the war was over was well handled; it almost seemed to step out of classic Doctor Who, with its speeches and a resolution that still leaves quite a lot of children in danger and probably quite dead. Luke is seen using his intelligence in a more acceptable and less annoying way, and it really seemed to be a script that was paced nicely for its actual time on screen.
The supporting cast is again the ones that shine in this, with the villains Kudlak, Mr. Grantham, and The Mistress being quite fun and enjoyable if as said a bit cliché. The idea in itself with aliens searching for great warriors in the children of Earth, does its job and makes you to wait and see what the resolution might be. Predictable to be sure, but as long as its fun, then we can at least stomach it for a little while, if not half an hour each week.
The fact that it is written for children has to be taken into account, even though I still firmly think that children should never be talked down to nor shown a story that fills the plot with holes or predictable, simple solutions. Certainly it seems they have made good use of kids adventure staple – monsters – but the more interesting things the aliens in question have to say, the better the alien overall, and the more ambitious the show seems.
The Sarah Jane Adventures does seem to take another step up the ladder every new episode, but it has yet to really make me love it yet.