Sky (The Sarah Jane Adventures)

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This article is about the Sarah Jane Adventures serial Sky. For its titular character, see Sky Smith.
25 – Sky
The Sarah Jane Adventures story
Sky Poster.jpg
Official Poster from the BBC Website.
Cast
Starring
Others
Production
Writer Phil Ford
Director Ashley Way
Script editor Gary Russell
Producer Brian Minchin
Phil Ford (co-producer)
Executive producer(s) Russell T Davies
Nikki Wilson
Production code 5.1 and 5.2
Series Series 5
Length 2 episodes, 25 minutes each
Originally broadcast 3 & 4 October 2011
Chronology
← Preceded by Followed by →
Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith The Curse of Clyde Langer

Sky is a two-part story of The Sarah Jane Adventures which was broadcast on CBBC on 3 and 4 October 2011.[1] It is the first story of the fifth and last series. In this episode, Sky Smith joins the main cast.

Plot[edit]

Part One[edit]

A meteor crashes in the middle of a junk yard to reveal a metal man. Meanwhile, Sarah Jane discovers a baby on her doorstep in the middle of the night who can create power surges. Sarah Jane calls Rani and Clyde over for them to help her and after Clyde shows his paternal side, Sarah Jane and Rani travel to the site of the meteor crash. There they are met by Professor Celeste Rivers who investigates the site with them. Sarah Jane and Rani find a homeless man who saw the metal man and describes him to them; they then discover that the metal man is heading to Bannerman Road.

Meanwhile an alien woman named 'Miss Myers' appears at a nuclear power station and discovers that there was a power surge in Bannerman Road. She makes her way to the Chandras' residence and Gita announces that Sarah Jane has just fostered a baby, as Gita had seen Sarah Jane earlier. Miss Myers makes her way to the garden where Clyde and the baby named Sky are to discover that the metal man is about to attack them. Miss Myers saves Clyde and Baby Sky and takes them to the Power Station. Miss Myers reveals that she is Sky's mother and is also an alien.

Sarah Jane and Rani return to the house to discover that Clyde and Sky have gone. Mr Smith locates Clyde at the power station and Sarah Jane and Rani make their way to the station. They find Clyde, Sky and Miss Myers who reveals that her species, the Fleshkind, are fighting a war against the Metalkind. She also reveals that Sky is a weapon who will put an end to the war and as she says this the metal man walks in. Sky then transforms from a baby into a twelve-year-old girl.

Part Two[edit]

At Miss Myers' command, Sky unintentionally attacks the metal man with a burst of energy. Miss Myers reveals that Sky was made and "grown" in a Fleshkind laboratory as a weapon to destroy the Metalkind. Sarah Jane and the gang escapes with Sky before Miss Myers could get a hold of her. Miss Myers then tells the metal man he would help her get Sky and has him wired up.

Sky, who is still experiencing the world and words around her, is brought into the attic where Mr Smith scans her. He concludes that Sky's metamorphosis was caused by her synthetic DNA and was done to maximize her effectiveness as a bomb. Full activation would not only destroy the Metalkind but Sky herself as well. Although there is no cure for the energy from the Metalkind's presence would activate Sky's power, she can still be "defused". However, only Miss Myers can disarm her genetic trigger. Sky agrees to go there, stating that she might die anyway.

Back at the power station, Sarah Jane tells Sky to stay with Clyde and Rani. With the absence of Sarah Jane at the time, Sky escapes, running inside the factory, trying to help Sarah Jane. Meanwhile, Sarah Jane, who is taken to Miss Myers, learns that the damaged metal man is wired up to the nuclear core in order for him to act as a homing device. Miss Meyers also reveals she reprogrammed his mind as he swears veangance on all flesh kind, including Earth's inhabitants, thus bringing their war to Earth. Believing that the Metalkind will be destroyed upon their arrival on Earth, she activates the calling of the Metalkind. Downstairs, Sarah Jane meets up with Sky, who tells her she must save Earth and goes up to the nuclear core room. Sarah Jane then orders Clyde and Rani to shut down the nuclear reactor in the control room before heading after Sky, whose activation started from the presence of the metal man and Metalkind's portal opened by Miss Myers.

In the control room, Clyde and Rani discover the Nuclear Rod Regulation System and removes the rods based on the order of the visible spectrum. They were successful in closing the reactor as the portal closes with a large power outage. The energy from the portal backlashed on Sky, destroying her genetic programming as a bomb. Miss Myers doesn't want the child anymore for she is no longer a weapon. The metal man, who reveals that he saved some of the portal's energy, breaks loose and uses the energy as he takes Miss Myers with him.

Sarah Jane explains Sky's appearance to Gita and Haresh back at Bannerman Road, telling them the adoption agency had a mixup. Some traces of Sky's electric powers are still present. In the attic, Sarah Jane finds the Shopkeeper and the Captain, previously met in Lost in Time. He reveals it was he who placed infant Sky on her doorstep. The Shopkeeper, answering Sarah Jane's question of their existence, tells her that he and the Captain are "servants of the universe". He then gives Sky the decision to leave with him in which she declines and stays with Sarah Jane as her adopted daughter. He then disappears before Sarah Jane could ask him any further.

Continuity[edit]

  • The Shopkeeper and his parrot, The Captain, previously appeared in Lost in Time.
  • Rani suggests that the Doctor was the one who left Sky on Sarah Jane's doorstep. Rani met the Tenth Doctor in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, and the Eleventh Doctor in Death of the Doctor. Sarah Jane denies that it was him, claiming he would give a reason for leaving a baby on her doorstep.
  • Miss Myers intends for her daughter to be used against the Metalkind. The idea of a child being used as a weapon from birth also appeared in "A Good Man Goes to War", with the Silence and Madame Kovarian kidnapping the infant Melody Pond and turning her into a weapon to kill the Doctor.
  • Rani tells Sky about how Luke was created by aliens to invade the Earth while Clyde tells Sky about when they fought the Bane, both shown in the pilot episode "Invasion of the Bane".
  • Rani is teaching Sky new vocabulary and says "Let's log on to Ranipedia." This is a reference to Wikipedia.

Production[edit]

This was the first story to be aired following the death of Elisabeth Sladen.

Broadcast[edit]

The first part was broadcast on Monday 3 October 2011 on CBBC while the second was broadcast on the following day, Tuesday 4 October 2011, on CBBC. The two parts were then again broadcast on Thursday 10 November and Friday 11 November 2011 on BBC One and for the first time in HD on BBC One HD.

Footage from this story of Clyde trying to make baby Sky laugh was featured in the BBC adaptation of Mr Stink.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sarah Jane Adventures – Sky" (Press release). BBC Press Office. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 

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