As the androids begin to realise the truth about Earth's
new "allies", Liam Barnaby's suspicions about Paul Hunt continue
to grow. What kind of hold does Hunt have over Liam's old
friend President Brett? Liam gains an unlikely ally in the
form of Hunt's ex-girlfriend, Samantha Thorne...
The second part of Nicholas Briggs' Cyber-serial marks a change
of emphasis. Whereas the
previous episode concentrated on Admiral-turned-President
Karen Brett (Sarah Mowat), the mysterious Paul Hunt (Barnaby
Edwards) and Earth's perspective on the human/android conflict,
this instalment turns the spotlight on these characters' foils.
Fear focuses on Brett's right-hand man, Liam Barnaby
(Mark McDonnell) and Hunt's ex Samantha Thorne (Hannah Smith),
and presents the androids' point of view for the first time.
early dialogue contains a heck of a lot of visual description
about what is going on around him. So thank goodness he gains
Samantha as a sidekick (or is he her sidekick?) so that he
no longer has to tell no one in particular (meaning we the
audience) how fast a pursuing vehicle is travelling, etc.
explains that mankind has forgotten about the Cybermen, whereas
androids never forget. This might be a reference to the mythology
of Doctor Who, in which humans have demonstrated a
knack for neglecting Cyber-attacks that have taken place earlier
in their history.
addition to writing and directing this production, Briggs
also plays a few small roles, including the well-realised
Cybermen and CyberPlanner voices - truly bringing the sounds
of the Troughton serials The
Wheel in Space
and The Invasion to life. Like Little Britain's
Dennis Waterman, he also wrote the feem toon and sings the
feem toon! Well, he speaks the word "Cyberman" at the end
of it anyway.
compared with Part 1, relatively little seems to happen
in this episode. Hopefully things will hot up over the next
couple of instalments. This series' slogan is "There is nothing
to fear", which is ironic, because there isn't that much to
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