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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 4/15/16 7:37 am
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"Oh no it isn't" is one of the most atypical Benny adventures ever and as such it's a rather odd choice to start off the range. The dialogue at the beginning is a bit of an info dump about Benny's background and with the whole thing about to be turned into a world of panto this really isn't an ideal introduction for the character. However, Benny's sarcasm works perfectly in this environment; her barbs are a brilliant contrast to the weird and silly goings on around her.

The pacing is a bit uneven, with variable episode lengths and a story that isn't particularly episodic anyway, but that doesn't really matter very much. The sound design is very good and the acting performances from the entire cast are suitably over the top and engaging. Nicholas Courtney as Woolsey the cat in particular is an absolutely wonderful choice and Courtney and Bowerman play off each other brilliantly.

So whilst this might not be the best episode for somebody who has never encountered Benny, "Oh no it isn't" is still a fantastically creative adventure that is just so much fun to listen to.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 4/15/16 6:16 am
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Birthright is the second entry in the Time-Ring trilogy and follows on directly from the previous story. However, it isn't really necessary to have heard Walking to Babylon, as the adventure itself is completely self-contained and the premise of the time rings as well as Jason's and Benny's backgrounds are effectively explained for any newcomers.

Once again Jason plays a vital role in the proceedings and we get some interesting insights into his character and motivations. The basic premise of Benny and Jason being split up in two very different environments works very well and for the most part the story is well-paced and engaging. The Ch'tizz make for very interesting and layered opponents, especially since we get a number of true individuals. It falls apart a little bit towards the end, but still manages to pull all the different story elements together well enough for a satisfying conclusion.

The cast are all on top form, with Colin Baker giving a particularly strong performance. The sound design is a little basic at times, but definitely solid enough for Big Finish's 4th ever release.

Overall, this is an engaging adventure to lead us into the final part of the trilogy.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 4/15/16 5:51 am
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Walking to Babylon is the first part of the Time-Ring trilogy, a set of stories that sees Benny and her ex-husband Jason Kane struggle through time and space, trying to get back to their home in the 26th century. The opening episode sets the scene perfectly for this ongoing story-arc. All the necessary information about the main characters and their respective backgrounds is woven rather nicely and unobtrusively into the dialogue; it manages to bring any newcomers are quickly up to speed, without boring those who have followed the New Adventures.

Ancient Babylon is a fascinating setting and it is brought to life brilliantly with lots of atmospheric detail, wonderful sound design and some great characters. Actually, one of the main strengths of this story is that this is a very strong character piece. The changing group dynamic is explored throughout by paring up different cast members in different situations. This way we get some truly layered personalities, which is highly engaging to listen to. And even Jason gets a moment to shine.

Unfortunately the baddies aren't as convincing as the rest of the cast of characters. Their motivations aren't entirely believable (or at the very least, their stubborness when Benny spells out what is going to happen to them if they continue with their scheme, is completely implausible)
The other small niggle I have with this production, is the repetitiveness of the appearances of the members of the People. Pretty much all they do throughout the story is remind the listener in a doom-laden voice that "Benny only has x hours left to return! Time is running out! Oh no! She'd better hurry!" It's tiring and unnecessary.

All in all however, Walking to Babylon is a highly engaging adventure featuring a stellar cast of performers and evocative sound design to boot. A great start to the Time-Ring trilogy.
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Reviewed By: dima45698Review Date: 4/1/16 4:54 am
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Brilliant episode. This is probably my favorite in all Bernice Summerfield range. Joseph Lidster is really one of the best BF writers.

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