THE TOMORROW PEOPLE-The Vanishing Earth
THE VANISHING EARTH
As worldwide disasters pick up, TIM tells the Tp that the world may only have three days. Everyone watches hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, and other disasters on the screen in the Lab. John feels they have to do something and fast. Fade into the theme with an unfocused John. Ginge and Lefty ride their motorcycles to Clacton On Sea, a seaside amusement park with dolphins and a haunted house and shooting games. Ginge tries his hand at the shooting gallery games and tells Lefty he was born in the wrong time. He should have been born in the Wild West when men were men and women were…something. Carol is at the North Pole, urgh, doing something, like setting up a neutrino ray to detect neutrinos; Stephen is at the basse of a volcano, setting off another and it makes the most annoying sound. Carol complains when she gets back. Stephen tells Kenny that he’s not roasted chicken and Kenny reminds Stephen that he wouldn’t let Kenny come. Say, wasn’t Kenny a TP long before Stephen? Why is Stephen telling Kenny what to do? They set the readings. When Stephen comes back, Carol whines about where she was and he lightly teases her…saying something. Stephen also brags that he trounced Kenny’s soccer team last Saturday. TIM tells him that it was luck much to Kenny’s smiling. TIM suggests taking Peters off the left wing and putting Davis in the goal. Stephen asks TIM if there is anything he doesn’t know about and TIM answers, “No.” TIM is taking readings about the world wide disasters. John and Stephen agree they have to do something about them but what?
Soooo…Stephen and Kenny play 3 D chess and Stephen is told that TIM knows where Ginge and Lefty are. Stephen says, “I should have guessed.” He also says, “Big deal,” to hearing where. TIM tells him we all have our pleasures, Stephen.”
In the meantime, Smithers, a man at the carnival ticket booth, talks to Joy, a girl. What they say is beyond me. I can’t hear them nor understand them. Smithers does call the Spidron, using codes such as Gateway One and Gateway Two. Wonder why? Smithers sends Joy to go entice Ginge, who shows her how he shoots. She returns the favor by shooting all her targets down. She tells him that Lefty is a man of few words. She asks Ginge if he is married, if anyone will miss him. She runs from him. Lefty gets three tickets for them to go into the haunted house. Ginge, laughs, as he throws Lefty’s ticket down and it goes between two pieces of wood and he can’t get it. Joy and Ginge go into the haunted house where she avoids him and leaves him in some kind of trap that he falls down. Two helmeted men with spacesuits or seemingly spacesuits pull guns on him. He fights with them and runs off. He runs into a strange withered hand. Was this a plant man or something?
The TP get readings and find out that the Clacton On Sea amusement park is being hit by a storm. Before this a storm hit Dallas, Texas. The disasters have reached a new high in frequency. John tells a worried Carol that he is not sure they should do anything to save the Earth even if they could. Stephen comments on how the Saps abuse their planet. Kenny worries about Ginge and Lefty. Ginge is hit by a falling stock footage of debris and when he gets up and he fires the ray gun he took from one of the guards and uses it on a wall. Something with the strange plant hand once again makes itself somewhat known…and Ginge is hit with some kind of ray and yells.
REVIEW: Wow. This is the worst episode since the start. For some reason, maybe it was the copy I watched, the sound was terrible, the dialog hard to hear and the story incomprehensible. Stock footage is used and not too well. As if that’s not bad enough, the story focuses on Ginge and Joy and Smithers and Lefty and some old man who turns out to be a telepathic policeman named Steen. So what? I’d offer a Stephen like , “Big deal!” Oh, and just why does Steen open a passport or something and stamp his thumb into it and after that stamp, we see Ginge’s face? What? What does focus on the TP, doesn’t do them justice. John seems perfectly happy to let the world tear itself apart; Kenny is more interested in neutrino explanations for his teacher; Carol is wide eyed and neurotic again; and Stephen seems judgmental and ready to spring to the attack on Kenny (about beating him at rugby or soccer; lightly teasing Carol; and also saying, “Big deal,” to Ginge and Lefty’s time at Clacton On Sea amusement park while HE plays some kind of 3d chess game in the lab with Kenny!). While it is nice to see outside locations after the last story’s preoccupation with studio bound sets, there’s not much to it this episode. Ginge seems back to being mean to Lefty and for no reason except for a laugh, leaving him for a blond girl. Then when he gets into the mess he himself created in a way, he blames the TP, “Ever since I got mixed up with those flamingkids, I’ve been right up to my neck in it.” The dialog that is able to be heard, makes no sense; the stock mixes poorly. At one point we see a volcano stock footage shot of someone among it walking with a stick and we’re supposed to believe it’s Stephen. Maybe? At another black and white debris falls from the ceiling at Ginge. The camera work cannot save this, the music we’ve all heard before and the visuals aren’t up to par. Even shooting in a quaint nice outside carnival does not help. They start to talk about how the TP would be treated if they were found out by the authorities or if they revealed themselves. They’d be treated as weapons or have to be guarded against those who use them against others. As if this episode isn’t bad enough, the dvd info says that this story sees the start of Chris Harding and Liz U’MBondo. Uhm, it doesn’t. I defy anyone to figure out what Smithers and Joy say when they first appear. MST 3000 would make short work of this ep. It’s really quite terrible and senseless and poor.
And as if to hit an all new low, and I know it's supposed to be funny, on the commentary Peter Vaughn Clarke tells us that Mike Standing (Ginge) and others of the crew set him up, as a 13 or 14 yr old or 15 yr old (he wasn't 15 here though) with a female fan. He calls her a moose and Nick Young agrees that she was not the nicest looking girl and Clarke says he made a snog and a play for her chest! That plus in a fanzine about ten years ago, it was rumored that Clarke was chasing anything in trousers...so he might be gay so for him to be making this comment is MOST inappropriate on so many levels.