I suppose you can do whatever mental gymnastics you want to reach whatever conclusion you want. It’s what they’ve done for that news article.
The point is the set was panned on here. DWM were indifferent. Many of the usual reviewers that like their freebies were the same. Twitter seemed notably less active about the release than usual, implying it wasn’t as well thought of as a typical release. I saw comments on Facebook that were more mixed than usual too.
I’m not saying that Genesis didn’t have its fans. A couple of people on here loved it and that’s great. I’ve seen positive reviews and tweets and that’s great. However it was a release that seemed to garner more criticism than usual and Big Finish have put out a news article promoting the sequel that states Genesis had a “massively positive response” and a quote from its lead going to pains to say what we should think of the new one, very coincidentally based on criticism people had at Genesis.
They’d never normally go to such lengths to reference the response of the previous set. This one they have because they’re undoubtedly aware that the response was more mixed. They’re over compensating and it’s been spotted. That’s the top and bottom of it.
Not that I really want to split this hair any further, but David may well have been referring to (or even unconsciously factoring in) the pre-release excitement, which was indeed large and positive; at times wildly so. Standard press release hyperbole aside, I can’t see any reason to believe it was said in bad faith, nor to assume the worst about someone who seems like a pretty top bloke.
Speaking of over-eager course corrections, does anyone else have the sneaking suspicion this is a temporary cover concealing a reveal, a la The Annihilators and Old Friends? I felt it in both cases when the initial cover was a little less crowded and a little differently balanced than usual, and I’m feeling it again here in a silly overreaching-fan-speculation kind of way. (Nothing against a little healthy space in cover art, mind you.)
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