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1.7 - The Song of Megaptera

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/24/15 5:31 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This story of the Doctor fighting to save a space whale succeeds in capturing a really strong 1980s feel where there were so many popular "save the whales" stories such as Star Trek IV being made, with a bit of corporate economic satire thrown in.

The Doctor and Peri both have a very solid turn in this with Peri's delirious rantings in Episode 2 being particularly hilarious. Baker and Bryant have solid chemistry together which (as Baker points out in the extras) is unhampered by the usual angst and bickering required of stories of the time.

The story has a lighter touch, with a Quasi-Douglas Adams or Gareth Roberts feel at times. While not all of its humor hit the mark, the story features some very fun and entertaining characters with a psychotic computer, an officious first officer who sends missives to the corporate office when a vital decision must be made, and a hyperstitious chief engineer. You also get a crazy cult that lives inside a space whale thrown in at no additional charge.

Those that are looking for a balanced and nuanced look at ecological issues won't find it in this story. However, what makes The Song of Megaptera work is that it's entertaining (although not always very deep) characters and some clever concepts make it entertaining despite its faults.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 8/25/14 3:40 pm
1 out of 4 found this review helpful.

There is a missed opportunity here and quite a serious one. While the possibility had existed to give us an intelligent drama that considered both sides of a potentially complex debate, what we get is a presentation showing that whalers are unintelligent and cruel pawns of a faceless corporation, while whales simply must be saved, with no reason given. The story feels like left wing propaganda and in that sense it is typical of its time period and would have been a perfect fit for the season it wasn't in.

If you compare this to the Beast Below you get two very different stories. Beast Below looked at the needs of the English people and gave us a reason for harming the whale. It gave us characters who saw what they were doing and accepted the need to do it, no matter how sickening it was.

If you can put the political propoganda aside, what remains of the story is still rather flat with lazy acting and ideas stolen from Moby Dick and pinochio.
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Reviewed By: MTLReview Date: 6/22/13 5:06 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

If it is true that conflict equals drama, then it is no surprise that this story is so gripping. The number of conflicts within the story is staggering but never overwhelming. They all intertwine and contribute towards the story, never leaving you bored. There's the conflicting styles of captaincy (instinct and protocol), attitudes towards hunting, attitudes towards caring for the environment - it is incredibly imprssive that the story addresses these conflicts with such conviction and provides so many shades of grey. The morality of the characters are placed under scrutiny and neither are entirely in the right the Captain is the villain of the peice but the Framily are also a considerable threat to the Doctor. As David Richardson and John Ainsworth note in the extras, the characters all really shine here, with distinct personalities and motives. The cast are wonderful and really convince you that their way of life has become run-of-the-mill and tiring.

Nicola Bryant is given a lot to do here and her delusions in Episode Two are funny and thratening - a terrific performance as is Baker's, who is his usual brilliant self when presented with plenty of material to get his teeth into. As strong as the script is though, it does fall into the traps of audio drama of having characters just describe things in front of you. Since the story is set at a rollicking pace anyway, these exposition moments significantly slow it down. Nevertheless, it is still a fun story with plenty of drama that is never dull.
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Reviewed By: melfan101Review Date: 8/18/10 5:33 pm
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Everyone really is waxing lyrical about this one, but I didn't really see what all the fuss was about. It was a good story, but it didn't really do anything amazing.
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