Reviewed By: ANTI-RAD
Review Date: 9/15/18 1:45 am
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Failed opportunity to deliver (and could have been easily so via not changing any core events, but deleting one unnecessary character and enhancing one crucial scene).
Should have been on better side of average at minimum, with an acceptable but very slow, plodding plot. Not very thrilling, but even this was not the biggest problem that forces this mandatory lowball rating.
Began borderline mediocre-good minus that dropped firmly in just-acceptable mediocrity, but appalling faltered at end to very poor due to crappy writing and direction.
Great cast with Purves front-and-center playing Steven, Narrator, and Doctor. Marsh's Sara more in accessory mode. Sontarans.
While well-performed on all accounts and characters, 60% through I began hoping for some more action, climatic or exciting moments, etc. Ironically, the objective of the plot in the final act suffers from an intentional literal "anti-climax" and a just bizzare intervention by a strange poorly placed or fitting child character, a little girl called Tinder, which really attached dumb associated characterization and questionable writing---I mean really questionable.
Basically along with the anti-climax the prior introduction of Tinder literally just causes the story at this point to just fail and collapse. I suppose there was either some cryptic intent of author or simply poor creativity heavily dampening the whole experience, resulting in more of a waste of time. Annoying.
Up to the end, I had steady rated at 2/5 stars waiting for some kind of thrill or climax, which could have bumped rating to a welcome 3/5, but instead got the worst possible ending after investing a boring 1.5 hours plus plus a really crap side character(s) additionally spoiling the whole thing. Tinder burn.
Worst Sontaran story ever? Maybe. Waste of Purves and Marsh. The Sontaran acting was very nice, space fleet scene could have greatly elevated, but nope - not so much as a ship's engine heard. Total fail. This is an audioplay, where was any audio representation/direction of events, FX, , etc?? Massive writing and direction fail. It really wouldn't have been hard to just keep this anti-climatic but acceptable. But now I have no choice but to rate this in the "poor" character.
I am not sure what is going on with Guerrier's writing lately or the occasional bad direction/production blunder as 'heard' here. After 65 releases, it must be burn out or other preoccupations for Guerrier and crew. Or hopefully just a rough spot. The Yes Men does not hint at wellness. So far I have invested and listened to 2 out of the 4 Early Adventures, due to his credit, his authorship of his Sara Kingdom classic companion trilogy awhile back in expectation of a full cast adventure. For this release, and especially after the aforementioned, I was thrilled to find one.. BUT... this and especially The Yes Men were just absolute dismal bombs.
I have the other two Early Adventures penned by Guerrier sitting on the shelf and regardless of my extreme bad experiences, I continue on.
This was 1/5. 2/10.
* I typically use a simple 5-star rating scale = 1,2,3,4,5, translated:
1 star = 1,2 ; 2 star = 3,4 ; 3-star = 5,6,7 ; 4-star = 8,9 ; 5-star = 10.