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4.4 - The Fearless - Part 4

The Daleks have devised a plan to that will deliver a decisive victory. General Landen and her fleet are all that stand in their way. And then there's KadeĀ…

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Review By adamelijah 4/6/15 5:42 am
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Episode 4 of Dalek Empire is at times frustrating, at other times maddening, and quite often depressing, while also being thought provoking.

The pacing is bleh as after the cliffhanger in Part 3, we begin Part 4 with a framing story about the people who are discussing the actions of Kalendorf that led to the great disaster which has left the galaxy devestated two thousand years after the fact and how they came to be able to even know what happened. This explains some things but slows down the story.

Kalendorf's plan to drive all Daleks (both the original models and those from another universe) from the galaxy effects the lives of billions and has tragic consequences for his friends. Gareth Thomas really carries this story as Kalendorf who carries a sense of guilt but remains a cunning man to the end. In some ways, his pledge to get rid of all Daleks is almost as fanatical as the Daleks are. A final meeting between him and the Mentor certainly teases the audience and begs the thought that there had to be some other way.

But that's left up to the listener to ponder as there are no quick answers in this collection itself.

The story is depressing yet thought provoking, and it's certainly an unforgettable conclusion to Dalek War. The bonus CD with making of features is interesting but not as well-made as more recent Big Finish extras CDs.
Review By adamelijah 4/2/15 5:43 am
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Like the previous story, events have occurred that compel an explanation through flashback: namely how a Dalek boarding party and a mysterious young woman ended up on Brook's gunship to set up the cliffhanger for the last episode. This slows down a lot of the ongoing story.

However, the impact is less than in the previous installment. For one thing, it takes up less time perhaps because this is ten minutes shorter than the previous story. For another, Susan Mendes is back at the center of the action. Once again, the Daleks want her, and she is threatening to destroy herself if they don't back off and save the others. Much of Dalek Empire and the fate of the galaxy has hinged on the degree to which Susan Mendes is willing to cling to or throw away her life. It's quite intriguing and the mental battle between her and the Daleks is an exciting one to watch.
Review By adamelijah 4/1/15 5:34 am
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The first series of Dalek Empire ended with the main cast captured by the Daleks and so this story opens with the main cast out of Dalek hands and commanding resistance forces that have repelled the Daleks except in Earth's solar system and teamed up with Daleks with another dimension. While I understand Big Finish wanted to get right to the action and Dalek War Episode 1 does that, it also digresses a lot during its 70 minute run time to catch us up on what happened.

However, much of it is actually quite interesting. There's plenty of intrigue. Daleks from another dimension have allied with the humans to drive back the Dalek invaders but these Daleks aren't necessarily goodm as planets that don't provide the cooperation with the war are "punished." Kalendorf is playing a dangerous double game while the original Daleks have their own plan and Susan Mendez remains the key for everyone. While the digressions are distracting, the story does a good job kicking off the next series of Dalek Empire stories.
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