May 30, 2023

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The Sarah Jane Adventures “The Day Of The Clown Part 2”

Sarah Jane needs to overcome her fear of clowns if she's to save Luke from the alien Pied Piper.

Sarah Jane, Batman, and the Losers Club all hate clowns for different reasons.

OK, Sarah Jane and the Losers hate clowns for the same reason, but the point stands.

See, this clown, alternately Odd Bob, Elijah Spellman, or the Pied Piper, lives off fear.  Also, it changes shape and sends off red balloons, so it could be Pennywise.  Just sayin’.

Still, Pennywise would usually stop his prey from simply slipping out a backdoor and escaping.  That was rather silly, but it does give Sarah Jane, Rani, Luke, and Clyde time to get some research in.  Yes, Sarah Jane explains where her fear of clowns came from and all that, there’s something Mr. Smith finds about a meteorite, and Sarah Jane can call in some favors to get it.

Much of the rest of the episode is like a game of chess, I suppose, where Spellman makes a move and Sarah Jane and her allies counter it.  When he uses balloons to take over all the kids at the school playground except Clyde, Luke, and Rani, Mr. Smith blocks the signal.  When Odd Bob kidnaps Luke, Sarah Jane goes to confront her fear.

And when push comes to shove, Clyde saves the day.

That’s right.  Clyde.

OK, it was Rani’s idea, but Clyde is the only one who can do it.

All he has to do is tell jokes in Odd Bob’s presence because, well, apparently actual humor is kryptonite to alien clowns.  Who knew?  I mean, I didn’t think Clyde was all that funny, but he was funny enough to make it impossible for the clown to scare anyone, and from there, Sarah Jane can easily negotiate the release of Luke and any other prisoners the clown had, and then lock him up in that meteorite and lock that away in a box where not even thoughts can escape.

That…is a really good box.

However, if nothing else, it proves Clyde and Rani can both do just fine when the day needs saving.  That, and clowns aren’t funny.  I mean, if this clown was, we wouldn’t have had a problem because he wouldn’t have any fear to feed on and he would have just died, right?

Wait, isn’t that how IT ended too?

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