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Recap / The Sarah Jane Adventures S3 E1-E2 "Prisoner of the Judoon"

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The episode begins with Sarah Jane getting kicked out of the nanotech factory she's investigating, and returning home. Cue alien-related emergency. This time it's a Captain Tybo the Judoon hunting an escaped prisoner. Androvax, Destroyer of Worlds, is a Veil: a species whose hat is Grand Theft Me. Surprise, surprise, he possesses Sarah Jane, and Luke, Rani and Clyde have to track her down while keeping Cowboy Cop Tybo from doing too much damage. Androvax orders Mr. Smith to self-destruct, but Luke talks him out of it. Rani's folks visit the nanotech factory to promote Gita's flower business and get arrested.

Androvax heads for the nanotech factory and releases the nanoforms to build him a spaceship and destroy the Earth. Captain Tybo's Judoon buddies arrive, confronting, scanning, and scaring the crap out of the newly-escaped Chandras. Rani and Clyde lock up Tybo, who is soon freed by the Judoon. Everyone has a nice little reunion in Androvax's new space ship, where Luke uses the controls to deactivate the nanoforms. Androvax gets arrested, Clyde and Rani get grounded, and everyone goes home.


  • Alien Blood: The Judoon are shown bleeding yellow.
  • Blatant Lies: Nothing to see. Move along. Said by a space rhino escorting a green reptilian prisoner.
    • Also, Androvax-as-Sarah Jane is not very good at pretending to be Sarah Jane to Mr. Smith. He only "gets away" with it because he threatens to destroy Mr. Smith's CPU if he keeps asking questions
  • Body Surf: Androvax.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Captain Tybo, who obeys the speed limit and pays and displays.
  • Chewing the Scenery: The possessed Sarah Jane.
  • Cowboy Cop: Tybo again.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Sarah Jane's reason for investigating rather than leaving things to the professionals is that both UNIT and the Judoon carry guns, "and that spells trouble."
  • Evil Is Hammy: Androvax, especially in Sarah Jane's body.
  • Grey Goo: The nanoforms
  • Heroic Willpower: Subverted, then played straight by Sarah Jane.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Subverted. Luke tries to do this with a possessed Sarah Jane and is tricked into thinking it worked when she starts speaking with her regular voice. It didn't.
  • Large Ham: Sarah Jane, while possessed by Androvax.
  • Move Along, Nothing to See Here: Used by the Judoon to the Chandras. The Judoon has arrested Androvax, while Grey Goo swarms the building. Nobody's fooled.
  • Nano Machines: Called nanoforms here.
  • Not What I Signed Up For: Captain Tybo threatens the security guards at Genetec for obstruction. They quickly flee.
    No-one said anything about flaming aliens in the contract.
  • [Verb] This!: "Atomise This".
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Androvax's backstory makes him this.