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A young time-traveller with superhuman powers is stranded on Earth after running into a Black Hole. Pursued by the evil Goodchild, Sky is helped on his quest to find a way home by three human teenagers, Arby, Jane and Roy. Written by
Sky never formally introduces himself. His name is first used by Arby in the second episode without explanation. See more »
Episode Two: Sky and Arby are in the school library and decide to "borrow" an atlas. Arby is holding the book as he goes through the door to the corridor but does not have it when they emerge on the other side. To cover this mistake, episode three has Roy return to the school to pick up a torch his father has dropped confronting Sky and he finds the atlas on the corridor floor. See more »
Forces of the earth. Forces in the earth. Forces from the earth and below the earth. You who made me manifest, called me forth from the tree of life, who gave me a voice and this hated human form; make your will known through me now against this abomination. Here we have anathema, alien and evil. Here we have strangeness, unwelcome and unknown. Here we have disease, blastocystic and obscene, spreading its contagion from the diaspora of beyond.
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Having looked for this for ages, I was delighted to be able to see it through the magic of the Internet recently.
Like most people, I saw it when I was a child and it made a big impression.
On viewing it now, being much older, the experience was a little disappointing, as was to be expected.
The episodes had very little pace, and the programme makers took incredible liberties with the cliffhangers, often showing something at the start of the episode that wasn't there at the end of the previous one! Sky himself was still as eerie as I remembered, and the use of CSO on his eyes and hands was still effective.
It was a true Friends of the Earth parable, however, and, given that I'm not exactly a supporter of greenie, eco-friendly, anti-science bull, this grated on me.
Only one moment in the series sent a shiver up my spine... when Goodchild was going up the stairs, with the camera focused on his feet, and you saw his creepy cloak just kind of drop into shot, where it hadn't been before!... ooh! All in all, could have done with being 6 episode long instead of 7.
DVD release seems unlikely due to the fact that episodes 3 and 7 only exist in ropey off-air recordings from a domestic Philips 1500 VCR.
There's a definite reluctance to release material in low quality.
Catch it if you can, though, through other methods :)
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