I really enjoyed this one! I would almost say faultless, but for (a personal opinion) slightly abrupt ending. I understand it was meant to hammer home Suzie's decision without remorse, but the story was just ticking along nicely, and then it just sort of stopped. Still, if I was to rate it (and I'm not much of a rating type person) I've give a 9-9.5 of out 10. As good as Fall to Earth I'd say
Agreed that the ending felt abrupt, but I also agree that was probably very intentional! It feels so sudden in part because we (well, I at least) as listeners/watchers have gotten used to -- and perhaps expect -- the Torchwood flow of trying to really *solve* the problem, and save everyone, so it's all the more shocking when that doesn't happen because Suzie decided to just end it and that Alex's life wasn't worth saving after all.
Gives a different light in retrospect to the robot's question, "So, the others, are they better than you?"
Post by Audio Watchdog on Jun 16, 2016 1:41:49 GMT
Moving Target maintains the streak of very high quality releases from the second season of this range. And this may be of no interest to anyone other than myself but right as I said out loud in the car, get to the Hub and problem sorted....Suzy went to the Hub and found she could not enter. Nice Mr. Adams, very nice. Also, the further the play moved along the more I thought, this is Torchwood, Alex has to die for this to end. What I will say was even though I knew it had to end with that, the way it was handled still packed quite a punch. Again, very well done Guy Adams and thank you.
"A good writer is not someone who knows how to write - but how to rewrite."- William Goldman
As to the episode itself, it was another solid release. It's nice to get these releases, the Yvonne and Andy and Suzie ones, highlighting characters that weren't ever really at the forefront. And I especially loved the sarcastic bureaucratic robot--made me laugh out loud more than once.
If I had to name one gripe in this, it's that the casting process selected a guest actress with a voice far too similar to Indira Varma's. More than once while listening to this, when the pair of them got bickering over something, I lost track of who was who just because they sound so alike.
Another great release. I also was momentarily confused a couple of times as to which character was talking, but usually could figure it out.
I tweeted to Big Finish and Guy Adams that it was "brutal" "quite intense with humor." Guy Adams tweeted back "A custard pie is an excellent place to smuggle a dagger."
Post by davygallagher on Sept 3, 2016 14:07:55 GMT
This is one of the best examples of a BF release being all about it's ending. I was half expecting this to essentially just be a retread of the Yvonne Hartman release from last year but Suzy's actions at the end were just chilling. She crosses the line from severe pragmatist to sociopath.
I wouldn't say though that the rest of the story was weak - far from it. I liked that Suzy's character trait of being quiet to the point of social ineptitude was contrasted with her "companion" for the story who was loud, quite obnoxious in her own way and so unlike Suzy. I actually think - unlike others - that the choice of actress for Alex worked very well precisely because she did sound like Indira. She's almost her mirror universe counterpart so it makes sense she's similiar.
Re-listened to this on Friday. It got me thinking about predicting the future and what can change those futures. Suzie could justify her actions in the end, maybe, because the Robot told her that the other character was destined to die, anyway. But we have no way of knowing that for sure. Maybe the experience of being hunted would change her in a way that caused her to make different decisions.
The idea of aliens hunting humans the way some humans hunt big game animals on safari also makes one stop and think. The aliens are justifying their killing for sport the same way hunters may justify killing wild animals for sport. Almost made me consider being a vegetarian (though I do draw the line between killing for sport and killing for food).
Overall, an excellent release, well executed, good casting.
And I just have to say this: I never did like Suzie. Not for one second.