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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 4/18/17 11:33 pm
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The idea behind the story was to create a challenge of logic puzzles, set up by a race of logicians that Avon must solve. This in itself is a solid story idea that should have challenged a well known character at his greatest strength.

Where it falls down is that in performing this on audio, the puzzles were "dumbed down" so that the casual listener wouldn't feel alienated by them. The listener can solve them too, which makes it fun, but the puzzles were not hard enough to trouble Avon. For him to discuss the puzzles and think through them aloud is totally out of character, though necessary for the narrative.
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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 1/26/17 12:25 pm
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This first episode of volume 12 appears to be set in Season 3, as Cally is part of the narrative, and she refers to both Dayna and Tarrant.

The Liberator left on a planet Avon attempting to find out information from a Federation Archeological team, but he is not where they expect him to be. Instead he is on a different planet where a group of Proto Logicians had set up a colony and then developed a project referred to as the Greatest Treasure in the Galaxy – which the Federation has assumed is some sort of weapon.

Avon has been coerced by the head of the Archeological team to attempt to pass through a maze within a ziggurat to find the centre of the structure and reveal what the Valuable Thing might be. He is accompanied by a small flying drone which has been programmed to explode if he either stands still too long, or fails to complete the maze within 45 minutes. To navigate the maze Avon must successfully complete a series of logic puzzles – some of which are more obvious than others. The Liberator crew is able to contribute to this process via communicator. He passes gruesome reminders that others have attempted this maze in the past.

Cally is talking to Avon throughout the maze, and the crew are surprised to find him discussing his past which he has never done before. As he progresses through the puzzles he talks about failures that he has survived in the past.

Once he gets to the centre of the Ziggurat everyone is surprised by what he finds – what the Proto Logicians meant by the Greatest Treasure in the Galaxy, which is not what anyone had been expecting.

Questions: Are memories of past failure positive or negative in our view of our present and future? What might a future be if we were just functioning brains and not dependant on our physical bodies?

This is a clever story and certainly highlights some of Avon’s backstory and why he ended up on the Liberator. Some of the dialogue is funny – Avon poses as a ‘Rogue Logician’ which sounds like it ought to be dangerous somehow.

Jan Chappells performance as Cally is excellent, her asides to the other members of the crew are amusing and well done. Paul Darrow as Avon is concise and…logical! His thinking is clear and precise.

The sound effects especially of the drone is very well done, the music appropriate.

Another different type of story from Big Finish.
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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 1/26/17 12:24 pm
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One of my favourite Big Finish B7 Productions. An extra to Volume 11

Avon teleports back to the Liberator where Jenna is waiting – only to tell her he has been hurt and everyone else is dead – now they have to escape a pursuit ship attack.

After their escape, Avon does not want to talk about what happened. Jenna decides to leave rather than travel just the 2 of them together, so they go to a handy space station to seek a new ship for her and a replacement pilot for him – they share a drink and the whole story comes out. A mistake on the mission meant that the others had no opportunity to survive.

Avon tries to persuade a pirate to join him, Jenna overhears a stranger reporting his presence to the Federation, and there is a fire alarm, so they flee. The pirate has a different agenda, Jenna is still on the ship. Now they are trapped by the gravity well of a sun and pursuit ships again are threatening them. There are few options, but Avon is determined not to be captured.

The result is definitely surprising – survival and surprises. And Jenna is again made to be suspicious of Avon’s motives – and perhaps we learn a little of why these two never really seemed to get along all that well.

This is really a pure adventure story – no special issues to discuss or ponder – but a great story to enjoy. Again it is amazing the depth of detail included about how space stations may work and the dangers that are common – and even a little about how families handle bringing up children in space. The sound effects are superb, the music non-intrusive. The writing is excellent and some of the lines are truly amazing. Jenna and Avon get more one on one time than they ever get in the TV series. Look out for Probably Illegal and its effects...

Sally Knyvette is very good – she voices her emotional ups and downs and her concerns brilliantly. And of course, Paul Darrow is superb. Really this is a great production I like to listen to over again and again – it is just all good.
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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 1/26/17 12:23 pm
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Vila and Cally are on Watch on the Liberator, and witness a pirate attack on a convoy of spaceships. The victims are from Destiny, a planet the crew had assisted in Season One (Mission to Destiny). They follow the pirates to discover their lair and perhaps stop any further attacks.

BUT they find something quite unexpected and potentially much more dangerous.

The Liberator goes to Destiny to warn the government of an impending invasion. Cally and Villa teleport down to a walled community which is largely deserted, and meet up with Pasco, one of the scientists from the first episode, and his wife Lorana.

They discover that although the Nutritope killed off the fungus, the soil was acidic and taking longer to recover than expected. Now the people are having to ration food, and many are starving.
The Federation are involved…

Pasco and his fellow scientists have been harrassed and robbed and forced to leave the city. His daughter is hiding in a Hunger Refuge. So he goes with Cally to find her and bring her safely out of the city.

Many adventurous things now happen leading up to the Federation arriving bringing.....?

This is a story about betrayal by a politician eager for power, manipulation of a government and population by an avaricious Federation looking to take over another population.

Questions: To rescue a population from starvation, is capitulation to tyrany justified? Will this mean conquest with little violence?

This episode is again a story which will make you think about current issues – refugees in cramped, poorly catered camps.

Good sound effects, but more of that clashy music I dislike and find distracting. The story is quite good and certainly well written.
The acting is very good – the guests are excellent – Louise Jameson is an experienced actor from Dr Who fame and more and is very good and a frightened mother, Anthony Byrne as the scientist Pasco is also excellent. And of course we have Jan Chappell and Michael Keating who are both always very well worthwhile to listen to. They both voice extra characters and cover a very large range of emotions. Vila is shown to be his usual unexpectedly courageous self, even behind his declared cowardice.

All in all a good adventure, but again the Rebellion have lost another planet to the Federation…

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