Reviewed By: jonwes
Review 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!