Reviewed By: newt5996
Review Date: 11/21/18 7:21 pm
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
With a title like Kerblam! this story has no right in being good, it harkens back to the meaningless one-word story titles of the 1980s like Castrovalva, Kinda, or Timelash. Pete McTighe writes a story that on the surface seems to be anti-capitalist propaganda as pointed out by another reviewer, but they seem to have forgotten that the message at the end of the story is that capitalism is a tool and it must be used correctly, less it is corrupted. Kerblam! as an organization is not corrupt or evil, the manager and head of human resources are both good people who just don't realize the bad things that are going on at the company. At it's heart the story is a message against radicalization, even if the radicals have good ideas, do not create a situation where you see yourself becoming the villain.
McTighe writes what is essentially the anti-The Robots of Death, a murder mystery where the robots aren't the ones killing people, but it is just a human wanting to help people. Whittaker and Walsh make a dream team and Mandip Gil is also a lot of fun, though Tosin Cole has a bit of a lag in his action which is a shame. Kerblam! is full of fun twists and turns, a good villain, and some really nice character interactions continuing the high note of Series 11 with only one clunker so far.