This after the final listen I really enjoyed really it is just one big episode and eventually by the end of the set I could easily imagine Rory with all the little tics and visual nuances Arthur would have given him on screen. Joanna Van Kampen definitely was standout in her role and I Loved Samantha Bearts appearance with Rory which added some emotional depth against Rory.there was a little special scene of Rory reminiscing of home and duck ponds which actually reallly touched me as am sure will touch anyone who has been away from home.
I know Amy is a 50/50 with some loving some hating but am 100% Amy fan and hope our trio get back together at some point and am definitely onboard for Camelot ,wow two releases this year that I have loved Master and Rory,Lone Centurion.
I of course have to admit I had to recall first why he is a nestene Duplicate and also this is an alternate timeline and that was fun getting my brain around all of that again. So congrats Scott Handcock ,Arthur,the guest cast and the writers for pulling it off
its Not really a negative...but theme tune could have been more rousing....perhaps another try 😂
I would have done the bundle but release July 22 ??but at least they committed to a second volume which is more than they did for any of the originals
Agreed, The Lone Centurion and Master have been the highlight of 2021 so far from me. Wasn't expecting them to turn out so good.
Post by thelonecenturion on Apr 12, 2021 16:23:35 GMT
Adored this set. Lived up completely to my anticipation when it was announced.
1. Gladiator - An interesting start to the set, focussing mainly on setting up what the people of Ancient Rome were like and the various power dynamics. Some really funny moments in this, and overall it works really well to set up the second and third stories. It could have been more evenly paced, but other than that it was thoroughly enjoyable. 9/10.
2. The Unwilling Assassin - Rory's role in this story lends itself to the comedy it goes for, and again I find it difficult to fault that. This is Sarah Ward's first script for Big Finish and I hope she writes more, as the characters in this story were written really well, and played to that same standard by the cast. 9/10.
3. I, Rorius - Jacqueline Rayner understands Rory perfectly. This script is funny (the joke that Darvill mentions in the behind-the-scenes had me laughing out loud), but it also has some beautiful character moments, and examined Rory really well. The cast is superb, and it's a perfect ending to this first volume of adventures. 10/10.
Overall, this set was amazing. I actually really loved Rob Harvey's music and sound design, though I know it's been somewhat divisive, and Handcock's direction throughout was brilliant. The idea of having Rory in a different position in each story works really well, because it allows each story to do something different. It's just such a shame we've got to wait over a year for the next one. I really hope there's more than just two volumes, because I'd love to hear as much as possible of Rory's adventures protecting the Pandorica. I can't recommend this one enough.
Only listened to story one so far, and early on I was thinking 'Carry on Cleo' and expecting to have Markus and Spencius selling off the British slaves... Thank goodness it found it's own nearly unique feet from them on. I'd forgotten the 'centurion' was plastic. Of course, he's not really a Centurion because he's not in command of 80 legionaires. But at least he had a sword, so he could be called a gladiator when in the arena...
MISSY: We’ve had a long history of treating creation like dogs treat lamp posts. CRISPY: And you wanted to see if we could do better.
This one was very much a mixed bag for me. It absolutely failed to sell me on the idea of the range, and in most other contexts I'd probably refrain from buying any additional sets. That I won't be doing so is due entirely to the fact that Arthur Darvill is such a joy to listen to.
Which wasn't to say I think this is a bad set of stories... just kinda mediocre and underwhelming. largely because, I think, they try very hard to be funny without really understanding how humor works--the simple truism that if everything is a joke, then nothing is.
And this desire to be "funny" results in some very contrived narratives that don't hold up much to scrutiny. "Wouldn't it be funny if Rory was the Roman Emperor?" Is a fine premise for a story, and could even serve as an effective vehicle for comedy... but it would require setting up a sequence of events that could reasonably result in that outcome. An ex-Gladiator/ex-Assassin is not going to be in the line of succession, ever, and no amount of support from a random soothsayer off the street will change that.
And then there's the Empress' whole plot: she wants to kill her husband, which should be super easy, because he's kinda stupid and not at all concerned about the possibility of assassination. So she contrives several attempts to manipulate the Emperor into raising his guard, only to use Rory to make him lower it again.
Look: suspension of disbelief matters. It is, in fact, the main thing that matters. Characters and settings need to be consistent and coherent.
Then theres the problem with the constant repetition of the same jokes. The, "lol, the Emperor's gay," thing wasn't terribly funny the first time 'round, and by the seventh or eighth time all I could do was wince. The best joke in the whole set, "That time I sacrificed our daughter," was legitimately funny the first time... and then it's repeated verbatim a few minutes later.
It feels almost cynical--like those trite, condescending cartoons I hate as a kid that had zero faith in the audience's capacity to understand anything, and therefore repeated everything. Case in point: spending an entire episode building up to an ironic death, only for the dying character to stop, mod-throes, and declare, "That is painfully ironic." GEE, THANKS FOR LETTING US KNOW.
All of which might be more tolerable in media aimed at a younger demographic, but I don't really get the sense that Rory was ever meant to be that.
So, yeah. I don't really do scores, but if I did, this'd be a 6/10 at best--and that'd be with a substantial boost from the sheer delight of seeing Rory again. I definitely got the sense here that the writers didn't really have any stories they wanted to tell, just a bunch of jokes they thought would be funny--and humor cannot survive in a vacuum.
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I think this set has had more promotion / social media push by Big Finish than any other one I can recall. Both the individual set, the following one and the bundle. Makes me wonder if it's not performed as well as expected? The reception was mixed at best, so it's not got that word of mouth that, say, Master! had, to name a recent release.
For me this set lacked heart and didn't play to Arthur's strengths, which are two biggest sins it could commit. The idea is sound, but the execution left a lot to be desired, I thought. An Anthology with Rory in different periods with different plots would have helped; at least it'd give variety and at least something might have stuck.
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