Synopsis: An intergalactic tour ship is visited after closing time by an old lady called Irma, played by Geraldine Chaplin. She offers the tour guides an amount of money worth 5 years’ salary if they will take her to see planet Earth. Andrews, a cynical and jaded tour operator played by Benedict Wong, initially tells Irma that Earth no longer exists but agrees to transport her after she offers him the money. As the traveller’s journey towards “Earth”, Irma becomes close with Norton, played by Jack Reyner, to the point where she kisses him.
Meanwhile, RB-29, Irma’s robot carer, discovers that the ship is not traveling to Earth at all. When Irma protests that the solar system they are in looks nothing like Earth’s, RB-29 covers for Norton and Andrews by fabricating a story about an electromagnetic storm that changed the planets’ appearance. After Irma passionately declares a desire to walk on Earth’s surface and visit her childhood home she and Norton don spacesuits and they walk the surface of the planet. Andrews realises that the suits are running out of oxygen but is powerless to do anything about it. The episode ends with Irma, now played by Annes Elwy, and Norton sharing an embrace in an idyllic lake.
Review: This was a phenomenal episode. Everything was excellent, from the music to the interactions between the characters to the special effects.
There were some lovely human moments between Irma and Norton when she asks him to help her put on her dress to her initial attempt to find out more about him. Jack Reyner and Benedict Wong play brilliantly off each other throughout the episode and are convincing in their respective roles.
Some great tension was created when they argue over the morality of what they are doing.
I loved the grittiness of Andrews’ character. My favorite moments were when he attempted to intimidate RB-29 and when he showed concern for Norton suffocating on the planet’s surface.
Benedict Wong plays a great role here. Equally as good was the kinder and more moral Norton, played sympathetically by Jack Reyner. I liked the scene where he broke up with his girlfriend (Barbara, played by Georgina Campbell) after he realised she only liked him for the lifestyle he could potentially give her. A lovely and
A lovely and armour piercing moment was when Irma asked Norton if he loved his girlfriend. The music in this episode is incredible. I loved the score that played when the ship was traveling into “Earth’s” galaxy as well as when Norton and Barbara broke up.
There are some brilliant twists in this episode, from Irma revealing that her grandfather looked exactly like Norton to the reveal near the beginning that Earth no longer exists. I loved this line “The truth. None of us know that.” This foreshadows the ending, where a youthful Irma and Norton start a relationship on a beautiful unspoiled Earth that is implied to be a dream.
Overall, an utterly fantastic episode that I would definitely recommend.
- Incidental Music10