Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 4/12/17 12:46 am
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Although technically part of the first "season" of Benny audios, this one really doesn't sit comfortably with either the stories that came before it or the ones coming up next. Like the previous stories, it's an adaptation of a novel, but like the subsequent stories, it's only one disc long. It's been a very long time since I last read Justin Richards's novel, so I can't comment on how the story was changed to accommodate the single-disc audio format. From what I recall of the book, it was an enjoyable but unremarkable adventure story along the lines of Indiana Jones in space. This adaptation, unfortunately, is a flat and rather joyless exercise. It's full of twists and turns, but none of them have any genuine impact. I suspect that the story has been so stripped to the bone to fit on a single disc that there simply wasn't room to properly establish the characters. Sufficiently strong performances might possibly have lifted them off the page, but unfortunately neither Nigel Fairs nor Richard Franklin managed to overcome the shortcomings of the script. And the less said about Gary Russell's performance, the better. All in all, a disappointing end to a horrendously uneven first season.