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Reviewed By: JamesTaylorReview Date: 1/20/16 3:03 pm
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I've listened to a lot of Big Finish over the years but finally decided to go back to the beginning and purchase the old Bernice Summerfield audios. This is an adaptation of one of the few New Adventure novels I never read and seems an odd choice to introduce the range. A world of pantomime with Nicholas Courtney playing Wolsey the cat is different to say the least. The whole thing holds together surprisingly well and the quality was better than I was expecting.

It may not be the best story to introduce the Bernice Summerfield range (even if Lisa is wonderful as usual) but it is entertaining nevertheless. Oh and it gets points for having the Grel in it.
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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 9/10/15 4:07 am
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This wasn't a range I had really been able to get into. Until this point, while I enjoyed the stories, I felt as if the range was a bit of a let down.

And then I listened to Just War.

I speak for myself and for my friends from school that I forced this on when I say that this is by far the strongest story in series one. It does what Doctor Who fails to do so often, in that it takes a character and puts them through absolute hell. The danger is real, and unlike TV there's no guarantee that the characters are actually going to get through it in one piece. Bowerman gives an outstanding performance as Benny is tortured by the Nazis, while all the other characters are well developed.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 9/9/15 8:41 am
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The adventure starts off very well with Jason Kane seeking out Benny in order to get her expert opinion on a supposedly valuable and powerful artefact. When he gets kidnapped the next morning the police show no interest in finding him, so Benny starts her own investigation into the matter and sets off to rescue her ex-husband. It's a great premise and the first part of the story is very engagingly told.

Unfortunately, the tale becomes slightly disjointed and weirdly unengaging once Bernice and her crew arrive on Ursu. The problem, I suspect, lies in the adaptation rather than the story itself. Not having read the book I can't be sure obviously, but since there are some odd jumps between scenes, it seems clear that a lot of material had to be cut for this release. It is never difficult to actually follow the plot, but there is not much detail to anything that is happening, which makes it quite difficult to get invested in the story and its characters. It's a shame, because some of the concepts of Ursulan society are intriguing, but they aren't fleshed out enough in this adaptation to really work. The dialogue between Tameka, Emile, Scott and Leon feels very stilted and forced at times, particularly when they are discussing sex and relationship matters. As a result, the acting in those scenes comes across as slightly wooden and indifferent.

The sound design isn't as polished as it is nowadays, but that's only to be expected in Big Finish's second ever release. The incidental music is slightly repetitive and the theme tune is randomly played a couple of times, but on the whole it works well enough.

"Beyond the Sun" is a bit of a mixed bag as Big Finish were clearly still finding their feet, but there are a number of interesting ideas hidden in this story.
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Reviewed By: JavierSeventhFanReview Date: 6/7/15 4:59 am
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Bernice Summerfield Season 1 wraps up with its final New Adventures Adaptation, this time Justin Richards story Dragons Wrath. Where Oh no It Isnt felt different cause it was their first release, they were experimenting and trying to draw some attention from the public to the newborn company, this had a tone that wasnt similar with the previous 5 audios (including Buried Treasures). Besides, even though it belongs to the same season, it was released 13 months after Just War and IMO, putting the curtain call there would have been much more powerful than here.

I got already used to the first intro theme and then i hear Benny karaoke drunk-singing which was fun and part of the story but when its played again at the end i realised it was their brand new theme music -Adventure is my Game. Maybe ill end up getting used to it like all new things, and its not that i dont like the song or Bowerman singing but i think that lyrical themes are a better match for TV shows than for audio drama. You already feel the adventure while you listen to it, you do not need the song reminding it to you.

Its basically about a rich guy who wants to consolidate his power amongst the war lords of his sector by using his glorious ancertors Gamelial name. In order to do that he is capable of lying and killing whoever it takes, planting a fake statue (Gamelials symbol) in some planet where an ancient battle took place, to validate his claim over his bloodline and trying to get confirmation of it by holding an archeological enquiry.

There are some nice twists here and there, it has Richard Franklin on it (last Who guest star of the season) and i liked the dialogue between Benny and his historian colleague Nicholas Clyde but theres nothing special or outstading about the plot and it´s a step down to finish the season after the Time Ring trilogy and Lance Parkins incredible WW2 story (even Cornells Closure); plus its far from Lisas best performance.

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