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A Competent Wrap-up

By:Doug, Pocono Summit, PA, USA
Date:Friday 9 March 2007
Rating:   7

Moderate spoilers ahead.

"Telos" is a competent and suitable wrap-up for this four-part series, but I'm sorry to say that it doesn't quite maintain the momentum and intrigue that had developed by the end of part three - "Conversion." At this point, there is an attempt to bring everything to a rather frantic conclusion, and in the process, the storyline becomes more standard - more of the familiar dire crisis and resolution. As an android taskforce heads to Telos to attempt to prevent a mass reactivation of Cybermen, followed by Cybermen from Earth who mean to stop their interference, the body count quickly begins to multiply. One of the lead characters meets a particularly nasty end, and she is slowly, horribly, horrendously done in.

Most of the cause of the decline in listening satisfaction here is due to the fact that the majority of the action is taken away from the Earth locations featured before, and shifted to a mostly uninteresting space ship and the poorly realized Tomb on Telos.

Still, it's not like this is a poor episode. It just didn't measure up to the quality of writing present in the previous three installments, and didn't provide a totally spectacular, blow-out ending. The surviving lead characters could be interesting in a continuation of the story, if further series of Cyberman are produced in the future. As it is, even though a wide opening has been left for the continuation of the story, enough has been achieved and concluded in the story to make this a adequately fitting, if perhaps not fully satisfying end of the series.

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