Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 12/8/16 4:08 am
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This second episode of Volume 4 is not the easiest, most comfortable story of the series. There is quite a few difficult issues explored. But it is worth the effort. It seems to be set during the secondpart of Season 1 – it is stated that it is a year since the crew first met the Liberator.
It reveals a lot about Jenna’s family and past life, and how they were effected by her choices especially when she escaped the London in Space Fall - how the Federation reacted.
Jenna and Vila teleport across to another ship in answer to a distress call from an old smuggler friend. There they find that the message was a ruse to bring Jenna to an unexpected meeting.
Jenna’s remaining family challenge her at their rough made rebel encampment. Her brother Tomac blames her for the death of their father, who had been captured after her escape from the London. He wants her to persuade Blake to include him and his group on the Liberator – but he has not really considered how Blake and the crew might respond to having his colleagues kidnapped.
So Tomac and his rebel group decide to go ahead on their own – forcing Vila and Jenna to help them. A couple of pieces of exciting tech are introduced. The security details are very interesting.
We discover that being a rebel can be a pretty dangerous, vicious life. And family history can leave bad feelings between siblings. How does this way of life and the violence that is inevitable affect the members of the rebellion in the long, private hours between missions?
The music is reminiscent of the Turing Test – volume 1 # 1 – very lyrical. The sound effects are excellent and complement the narrative very well.Again, I prefer the way the writing and sound tie in here - not so much description of the action as the hearing of it.
The writing is also very good – both Jenna and Vila have terrific lines to bounce off each other. The extra characters are very well described. The details of the planet and encampment are very evocative of time and place and how outcasts might use found scrap to build a life.
This is a tense, exciting story. We of course know that Jenna and Vila will be rescued - because they both lasted well past Season 1 - and safely returned to the Liberator, but the events leading to this are truly compelling.
And of course the actors are superb. Sally brings out Jenna's determination toremain loyal to Blake and her concern for her family - the guilt of discovering what her actions brought about to those she left behind. Michael Keating's Vila is as always professional - hiding behind his weakness, but being there when it really counts. He is such a realist living within the position he has found himself - a true survivor without sacrificing others.
Thanks again, Big Finish for an excellent adventure story experience.
As always, thanks for reading
Nanna Sally Nelson