Finally, months later, get around to listening to this. I had decided to hold off until I had series 8 and 9 to listen to together.
8.1 Bandit train was a fantastic story. Real edge-of-your-seat excitement in the first half and brilliantly realised on audio. The "twist" near the end was easy to see coming a mile off and some of BF's pre-publicity pointed in that direction as well.
Very nice to hear the full length closing theme at the end as well. A nice bonus.
I did think however that the interviews at the end seemed a tad spoilery for the later stories, which is unusual for BF. However, I have not yet heard those stories, so the spoilers I think I heard may not actually be what happens in those stories.
I did have one gripe with the script, which I shall mention in my next post.
I empathize with Abby and her quest, but my one lasting complaint about the series is how she abandons all other responsibilities whenever someone so much as whispers his name. It's a bit repetitive and irritating.
Parenthood will do that to you. And in Abby's case a huge amount of guilt as well.
Agreed about parenthood. If I put myself in Abby's position, I would feel the same.
My issue with that aspect of the script is not Abby's attitude, which is 100% convincing, but Jenny's. She is a mother to Paul but he is abandoned, forgotten and not mentioned at all in this episode. Why can she not empathise with Abby? Why, when the two are arguing, does Abby not throw at Jenny something like "Imagine Paul was old enough to be one of the Outlaws"?
Given that the previous series (episode 7.2) made so much of Jenny's feelings about Greg abandoning her and Paul, why does she then abandon Paul so often herself? Paul was born in season 2 in an episode not written by Terry Nation, so possibly BF don't have the rights to the character, although her pregnancy was first mentioned in the last episode of series 1 on TV which Nation wrote, so I don't know.
An excellent finale and maintains the high standard of the previous 3. Genuine tension throughout as the world of Survivors darkens even more, but a glimmer of light at the very end.
Overall series 8 is really excellent, possibly the best since series 3.
My only real gripe was, as I said above, the lack of mentions of Jenny and Greg's son Paul. Why, when Jenny and Abby were arguing about Peter, did Jenny not say "I understand how you feel Abby, if it was Paul I'd feel the same, but ..." or why did Abby never sat "You'd be taking a different line if it was Paul". And why, once it became apparent the Foundation were recruiting children, was Jenny first priority not to get back to Paul? That did kind of detract from it a little bit for me.