Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 2/19/19 7:39 am
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In Concealed Weapon, River is serving as crew member aboard a ship where one of her shipmates is suddenly killed. River detects someone on board with two heartbeats and assumes it was the Doctor despite having met three versions of the Master so far. Most of the first half is pretty plodding stuff.
The story picks up when Derek Jacobi shows up as the War Master with an evils scheme and he has at least one accomplice among the crew. Everything is not what it seems and the truth will be revealed.
However, that truth being revealed has little to do with River who mostly has other people tell them the backstory, which isn't all that exciting. The most frustrating thing about this story is how little River actually does it. She does one thing that costs the Master, but it seems actually a minor point, all things considered. She's essentially is relegated to being a guest star in her own series, and not even a clever funny guest start, but one who survives at the Master's sufferance for a very weak reason.
Derek Jacobi is the best thing about this production, but the script does him little favors. The War Master is at his best when he uses deliciously false motives to deceive people to get what he wants. Here, he's at the fruition of an evil plan, and so is pretty much nasty the whole thing through.
In a way, it felt like a teaser for the War Master series, and a bit of a mediocre one at that.