4.9 on Monday. A good tale, one I enjoyed. What I liked about this was that we didn't know what had happened to the Liberator for most of it.
On the TV series, and most of the audios, when the crew were unable to teleport back up for plot reasons we usually knew why not (e.g. The Keeper). In this story the listener shared in the suspense of the teleported crew members, i.e. no idea what had happened and when/if the Liberator would be back in teleport range.
4.10 Refuge yesterday. Very enjoyable - a good, traditional Blake's 7 episode. And when all is said and done that's all we really want from BF.
I just realised as I listened that I had been picturing Yasmin Bannerman as Dayna, I then tried to make a mental effort to picture Josette Simon as I listened but it was harder than I expected. Shows how much Bannerman has made the role her own.
4.11 Kith and Kin yesterday. A good story, very Blakes 7. Wasn't so keen on Tarrant's bro being the same Tarrant from The Way Back. That struck me as a coincidence too far, plus it humanised Dev Tarrant and made him a sympathetic character a bit more than was justified by what we saw of him on screen. Also, there was no payoff to it being the character from the Way Back - no scene with Cally or Vila saying "You killed Blake's family!". From that point of view Tarrant's other brother may as well have been a previously unseen John Tarrant or Jim Tarrant, instead we got Dev in a gratuitous fan-pleasing coincidence. It's not as if they got the late Jeremy Wilkin to play the part, so what was the point?
In short, a good story but Dev added nothing to it and IMHO it would have worked better with John or Jim Tarrant
4.12 Death of Empire yesterday. Wow! Season finales are amongst the best of the TFV episodes and the audio season finale keeps up that tradition. It has the same feeling as a TV season finale that all bets are off, anything can happen, and big events are taking place. Well written, acted and directed.
The major weakness, and it is nobody's fault, is that having seen the TV episodes Terminal and Traitor I knew how it was going to end, i.e. Liberator not destroyed, all crew still alive, Servalan still alive. And once the name Gedden is spoken it removes any lingering doubt about the outcome of Servalan's storyline. Up to that point it was possible Servalan could have won the civil war and then subsequently lost the Presidency at some point between Terminal and Traitor*. So, whilst it evokes the feeling of a TV cliffhanger, it's just not quite the same.
Roll on season 5! Or should that be 3B?
* Actually, based on Servalan and Tarrant's dialogue in Sand, it sounds as if Servalan did lose the Presidency after Terminal while the crew were on Terminal/Xenon. So arguably this entire season has been one big continuity error!
I thought Crossfire was very worthwhile personally, my only adverse reactions seem to be to where certain types of stories fall in the sequence. Several "quieter" stories like the one with Del's brother might have worked better earlier on than as the "quiet before the storm" at the end where they actually seem more like diversions, in my opinion. That's still just a minor complaint, I really enjoyed the whole set.
I really enjoyed this boxset: it was probably the best of the three, but I felt that there could have been, given the overarching storyline, a little more of an overarching storyline connecting all the stories. Each on their own was fine but they didn't add up to much of a whole.
"There's a horror movie named Alien? That's really offensive. No wonder everybody keeps invading you."
I heard that "Death and Empire" ended on a cliffhanger, so I postponed listening to that until sometime after Restoration came out. I now had time and will be moving on to Restoration soon. My memory of the details of seasons 3 and 4 is lacking, so I completely forgot that Servalan was rumored to be killed. Even though we know they are going to survive the jeopardy to the Liberator and the crew in the cliffhanger, I have no idea how they will - so still a valid cliffhanger.
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