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Warriors of Kudlak was the third serial of series 1 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. It was written by Phil Gladwin, directed by Charles Martin and featured Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Yasmin Paige as Maria Jackson, Tommy Knight as Luke Smith, Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langer and Alexander Armstrong as Mr Smith.

It was comprised of the fifth and sixth episodes of the regular series. It was during this story that Luke Smith and Clyde Langer went into space for the first time and Luke was given his first kiss from a girl.

Synopsis Edit

Children have been going missing, but how? Will Luke and Clyde win Combat 3000? And who is the mysterious Mr Kudlak?

Plot Edit

Part 1 Edit

A new laser tag centre, Combat 3000, has opened in London. Lance Metcalf, a teenage boy from Clyde and Luke Smith's school, is reported missing after going there. Mr Smith tells Sarah that twenty-four children have gone missing from all across England in places where other branches of Combat 3000 have opened.

Luke tries in vain to master the art of telling jokes. Neither does he understand games. Clyde takes him under his wing to Combat 3000 to teach him how fun fun is. Sarah learns there have been mysterious storms at the time of all the disappearances connected with Combat 3000. Investigating, Maria and she also find that Mark Grantham and a humanoid, insectoid alien called Kudlak are abducting the children for an unseen "Mistress".

Luke and Clyde have survived Round One of Combat 3000 and are challenged to make it to the door to the championships, facing other accomplished players. Clyde notices they were the top two players, with Luke edging ahead of Clyde: Clyde puts it down to beginners luck on Luke's part. They enter into the second round, where should they lose their alloted ten lives they lose the game. They manage to make it near the door, with Luke on six lives and Clyde on four. When Luke and Clyde approach the door, they are attacked. They successfully push through the assault, but are locked in a room from which they disappear. Mr. Grantham points an alien gun at Sarah and Maria, but Sarah uses her sonic lipstick to escape. Maria and Sarah arrive in a different room where they are confronted by Kudlak...

They have arrived too late to save Luke and Clyde. On a screen they see them transported to space by a transmat beam.

Part 2 Edit

Sarah and Maria create a diversion and escape Kudlak. Back at Bannerman Road, Mr. Smith informs them Kudlak is a member of the Uvodni race, who were part of a planetary alliance fighting against the Malakh. The Malakh won the war, but the Uvodni continued fighting. Kudlak was injured on the front line and forced to leave the fighting. He was sent as part of an Imperial Fleet to recruit "warriors" from other worlds. His ship was led by a Mistress, who kept the patriotism and bloodlust in Kudlak alive. After decades of recruiting (mostly human) children via Combat 3000, Kudlak and Mr. Grantham have abducted Clyde and Luke.

Meanwhile, Luke and Clyde find themselves on a spaceship. They rescue other children from holding crates, including Lance and a girl called Jen. On Earth, Mr. Grantham breaks into Sarah's home, but is overpowered by an electric shock. Back on the Uvodni ship, the children make their way to a shuttlecraft, but are recaptured. Sarah and Maria blackmail Grantham into transmatting them to the Uvodni ship, where they talk to the Mistress. When Kudlak brings the children to the Mistress, everyone is reunited. They discover the Mistress's true identity as a face on a computer screen, with no real person behind it.

Kudlak is stopped by Luke before he kills anyone. Luke has discovered a ten-year-old message from the Uvodni Emperor, stating that an armistice had been reached with the Malakh. Having no programming to understand the concept of peace, the Mistress buried the message and continued to command Kudlak to recruit warriors, even though her missions no longer had any real point. With the truth revealed, Kudlak destroys the Mistress, releases the children and swears to do what he can to reunite the surviving recruits with their families. Back on Earth, Grantham has escaped, but Sarah decides not to have him arrested. After chatting with her friends, Jen decides to thank Luke for saving her with a kiss. This kiss, being his first, leaves him quite confused, since he's never experienced romantic inklings before. Luke asks Clyde if he has any knowledge to share about dealing with girls, but it's the one mystery even he can't figure out.

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Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.

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Expressions Edit

  • Luke is confused by Clyde's use of the word "gaffe".
  • Brandon describes Lance as "the nuts".

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Part 1 Edit

Part 2 Edit

Location filming Edit

  • Barry Island

Production errors Edit

  • If you look behind Luke as he puts on his suit, you can see the scores from after the game when it hasn't even started yet.

Continuity Edit

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.

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