The first season of Wizards vs Aliens had six stories (12 episodes). The second went a bit bigger, with seven stories (14 episodes). This third season kept it short and tight, with just five stories and ten episodes. But the length wasn’t all that changed. While the previous two seasons were jointly overseen by co-creators Russell T Davies and Phil Ford, Ford was flying solo on season three. This meant a move away from monster-of-the-week style adventures, and towards a more coherent season-long narrative, as the Lady Lyzera plotted to ransack the Neverside and Tom battled to come to terms with his magic again.
Up until this episode, the season had been building Warlock up to be the major villain, but when he arrived, it was a bit of a disappointment. All he really did was pose and pontificate (and injure Michael a little bit – he didn’t even kill Ursula, which is really easy). But maybe that’s actually better, because this isn’t Wizards vs Warlocks and Other Evil Creatures of the Neverside. Varg and Lyzera are far more interesting. It’s all about Varg’s instinctive mistrust of magic mixing with his lust for it, and the new ways in which Lyzera can help attack the wizards. If Tom and Benny’s best weapons were the combination of magic and science, what’s going to happen now that the Nekross can do the same thing? Basically, it’s great that the Nekross weren’t entirely defeated again. Let’s see them try to track down Lexi on Earth (if they can tempt Gwendoline Christie away from Game of Thrones for a bit, obviously).
That’s supposing that Wizards vs Aliens gets a fourth season. There’s been no announcement yet from CBBC as to whether or not it's going to be renewed, but on the strength of this, it should be. There are lots of stories still for the Wizards, Aliens and Unenchanteds to tell. It's the channel's fun fantasy show which isn't afraid to occasionally go into dark and scary territory, and the actors are incredible. More Wizards vs Aliens next year, please.