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Reviewed By: jonwesReview Date: 2/20/15 8:10 pm
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My favorite story of the series so far, to be certain. The combination of Charley coming home combined with the ghostly story and the setting worked very well. This being produced so long after the last Charley story meant that I'd forgotten some of the fun details that the story references back to in Charley's past. Sometimes I remembered the connection from the earlier story, sometimes I didn't. But it was written very well, I think, so that none of the back story was really necessary. It's really just some nice coloring for those who have kept track of Charley's story.

Any issues I had were relatively minor. I thought the final mind-wipe went on a bit long, although I understood they wanted to show that the Viyrans were being totally unsuccessful and that's why they went to the extreme on the young psychic.

The ending did have a good punch to the gut. But I did wonder about WHY it happened. Was it the Viyrans? And, if it was, that doesn't really resolve anything because only Charley's parent's memories are wiped. Hmmmm...
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Reviewed By: jonwesReview Date: 2/20/15 7:49 pm
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Finally got to listen to this! Yay! I've been so incredibly excited about Charley's return. I thought it was a fun start. I do get the point others have made that not a lot actually happens. But, I thought it was a good re-introduction to Charley and the Viyrans. It's been SO long since their last story, I was happy to get a reintroduction. I'm intrigued to see what happens, for sure!

I will say, I wasn't that fond of the cover graphics. I like that they tried something different here, but it seemed a bit flat and simple. I don't really think it did the story justice.
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Reviewed By: jonwesReview Date: 2/20/15 7:48 pm
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This was a mixed bag for me.

Things I loved:
• Charley, of course.
• The Lovecraftian feel.
• The general mood.

Things I liked:
• The characterization all around
• The Viyrans are great enemies, really. BF should use them more.
• The exact nature of WHY the one girl seems made, issues with memory, etc.

Things I did not care for:
• Charley is about twenty steps behind the listener, as the identity of the Slaverings are clear incredibly quickly.
• Not much plot here, really. Just a lot of interrupted/recycled conversations to stall for time until the end.

I think, overall, it became a bit frustrating to listen to after a really promising start with good atmosphere and strong characters. I think if the nature of the Slaverings and their predicament had been resolved earlier (and more incident AFTER this been added) it could have been stronger over all.
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Reviewed By: jonwesReview Date: 2/16/15 2:27 am
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Ha ha! I like to share my thoughts on these as I get done with them. I feel like it gives a little more love to each individual story rather than lumping them into one box set. Of course, the side effect is that I'm reacting to the stories one by one, as if i were watching a TV show week to week. Which means I'm delightfully unaware of where it's all going as a unit. This time, it lead to a big "Ohhhhhhhh. I get it" moment in this episode.

Nearly everything I wondered about in the previous reviews? Answered! At the start, a ton is cleared up. After being dumped in the deep end, we're thrown a life preserver here. The nagging questions about how we got to where we are are all cleared up, and the series is left in an interesting new place. And, I realized that this box set really is much more of a unified story than the last one, even though each disc is an individual story in many ways.

I really liked the central conceit of the story. I suppose it's a bit Being John Malkovich, but the idea of the viewer being able to influence Vienna was interesting and well executed in Audio. Looping back to the first story was also interesting. I did kind of wonder if the helmeted person was Vienna after a bit, though I didn't understand how. Mostly because I realized that the helmeted mystery "man's" voice sounded pitch-shifted, and Vienna herself seemed the most logical choice for a reveal. But this didn't lessen my enjoyment at all. And, yes, there's more memory hijinks. I think I should accept that it's just a reoccurring theme. I'm hopeful that's all leading somewhere eventually. It'd be interesting to know how one's sense of self is degraded in a world where memories are so easily edited and changed, and what it's done to Vienna. Anyway, I very much enjoyed how this story wrapped everything up. Upon further listening, it definitely seems that Jex Reagan has a Bronx sort or New York accent. I think. That's the feel I'm getting.

One tiny last note on the new theme: Still not sure how I feel about it. I'm trying to avoid the knee-jerk fanboy "Agh! It's different and I don't like it!" reaction. But I did really like the Series 1 music. The new music seems a TAD long, perhaps. But I can live with it. It doesn't feel totally incongruous to the feel of the series or anything.

So, to summarize... Bravo! Really, all my confusions or doubts were totally addressed, and my faith in the storytellers to bring this home and make sense of it all was greatly rewarded.

Roll on Series 3!

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