One thing that did go straight past me until I read the cast list was that Dan Starkey played Mr. Strang from the government, who was the main threat to Leela in the illusiory world. Clearly a memory of Strang, the menacing King of Sontar, also played by Dan Starkey... How did I miss that one?!
I missed that until Dan Starkey mentioned it in the interviews. I'm surprised of the mixed reaction here. Yes, the "Better Than Life" scenario has been used a bit in other places, but it is still quite effective when done well and so it was here. It was quite powerful and put Leela in a completely different scenario. I was disappointed that they couldn't save Jennifer, but at least they did get her to issue the warning.
I liked the nod back to the previous Leela stories and Louise plays it really well. It’s a pretty good story, but I find these sorts of developments a bit frustrating with Leela because they always get reversed due to the nature of the character and her on screen development.
The reality or dream idea was well-used in this story, I thought. Thought it wasn't till the interviews that I realized who Marshall was. And even though I knew Leela had to end the dream at the end, I felt the tension as she tried to decide what was real and what wasn't. And I felt sad about Jennifer.
Good story, well done. Enjoyed hearing Dan Starkey in this one, too.
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