UNIT: Revisitations (spoilers from page 3) Dec 4, 2018 10:12:08 GMT
Post by number13 on Dec 4, 2018 10:12:08 GMT
I enjoyed the set very much ('Hosts of the Wirrn' got an immediate second listen!) and I think there is a theme which runs through the set and connects the stories, which is Kate Stewart's commitment and duty to protect - her UNIT team and the people of Earth - and the way that plays out.
In 'Hosts of the Wirrn' she makes the 'wrong' choice by not destroying level 7 as soon as the queen escapes and the infections begin. Many civilians die because Kate tried so hard to protect her UNIT team and the story ends with Kate being very critical of her decision. (But it saved Osgood so I'm all for it! )
Then in 'Breach of Trust', she takes the hard decision to return the Kalvyri refugees quite easily and resolutely, I thought, and maybe the reason for this was not to make the same mistake twice - don't put the people of Earth at risk by doing what she clearly wants to do and trying to protect the visitors. In the end, Kate does suddenly decide to defy the Kalvyri emperor but I didn't like the way that was written. It worked out fine thanks to Osgood and Josh's freelancing, but it might not have done and I thought (in a story clearly about women's rights and independence) it was rather odd to show Kate making such a critical decision (and risking the lives of countless humans) due to an impulsive emotional reaction rather than her defining sense of duty to protect Earth which, as Jemma Redgrave emphasises on the BTS CD, runs through Kate like words through a stick of rock. (Anyone who doesn't usually listen to the BTS CDs, this one is well worth hearing.)
Finally in 'Open the Box', the Keller parasite (which is controlling Dr. Lee's 'therapy' sessions of course) digs into Kate's psyche by making her live out her greatest fear - the loss of her team, neatly completing the loop back to the first story. But this time she is prepared to do whatever it takes to stop the escape of the parasite, even if that means calling an airstrike in on the island and going up with it - protecting the people of Earth is the duty of UNIT and she'll do it. The Brig. would have been very proud! (Fortunately Osgood finds a better way out - the Doctor would have been very proud too!)