Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 11/23/17 5:04 pm
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A wonderful historical story, and a really great story for Erimem.
The script does a great job of humanizing and (most importantly) contextualizing Vlad's behavior without softening him too much. He's still brutally ruthless, but the script takes great pains to present his point of view. It makes no apologies for him, makes no effort to redeem him, and allows the listeners to decide for ourselves what we think of him.
Peri is a bit annoying, but that's in a way a consequence of the genre. Peri is behaving like a companion in a "Doctor Who" story, where characters are rescued from the clutches of despotic villains literally all the time. She doesn't realize that she's in a different kind of story this time, and one which operates by very different rules. As a result, Peri ends up looking a bit silly, and even a bit dumb, as if she doesn't really understand where she is or how dangerous the stakes are. But that's not entirely her fault.
In tone, this story is very different from previous Steve Lyons efforts. But it shares some interesting similarities with stories like "The Fires of Vulcan" and "Colditz". Once again, there's a danger of the characters getting caught up in established historical events. The whole business with Vlad's wife falling from the castle, for example. It looks like Erimem is doomed to die, but the heroes escape by fulfilling their historical "destiny" in an unexpected way.