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99. Son of the Dragon

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 9/30/18 11:56 pm
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A rare pure historical! The plot is interesting and the characterization of Vlad the Impaler is quite good. I'm not familiar enough with the events at the tail end of the Romanian / Ottoman war to say how factual the events are but from a Wikipedia overview it seems true enough to fit the imagination. Erimem shines here and steals the show as she vies for power and struggles with her situation. The 5 / Peri / Erimem Tardis crew is becoming one of my favorite pairings and this story goes a long way to cement their status near the top of the list.
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Reviewed By: ANTI-RADReview Date: 9/22/18 7:09 pm
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HACK PROPAGANDA WRITING, AND IT WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS SUCH

UPDATE: Don't appreciate the trolling here on TheTimeScales, the down-votes speak for themselves and the type of people exercising them.

The fact is that this entire story is wrong, exceedingly incorrect and intentionally falsify for overwhelmingly bigoted, deceptive and impure nefarious purposes and any historian and valid source will back this statement up. It is propaganda and slanderous, with zero integrity or truth towards any history, while stating it is so truth. That is called a big lie. You can't get worse or more evil-hearted, irresponsible and villainous than that, whether by being the one doing it, excusing it, or worse, like here many "anonymous trolls" trying to bury/discredit the truth by immediately down-voting this and strangely (don't you think?) all negative reviews on the site.

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TOTALLY AND FACTUALLY DISTORTED AND INVENTED FALSE, IMPALED HISTORY TO PROMOTE GLOBALIST AGENDA
[PLACEHOLDER, BRIEF REVIEW - A small unrefined sample from a larger report in-progress]

PREFACE

This is more-or-less a placeholder review but I wanted to share some notes. I encourage anyone who listens to Big Finish historicals to take them with buckets of salt.

I have decades of a passion for and education in History, real history, as well as in communication and writing. My history is also based in valid sources, hard documentation, substantiated academic and history, with a knowledge extending to general, cultural and military. There are always facts, theories and lies. Basically here are lies and distortion.

REVIEW

Multiple events, character references and contexts are grossly and irresponsibly distorted and exploited to to falsely 'indoctrinate' and spread misinformation for the sake of a nasty and pathetic globalist political agenda. In many instances there are outright lies that in no way can be substantiated by factual research or adherent to established theory.

The author's intent is obvious and the writer is plainly a dishonest, amoral writer who has zero integrity and a disgrace to the craft. Irregardless of prior work, Lyons has become the Liar here and a paid off lackey.

Lyons also put words into the Doctor's mouth, dialogue, statements that are false yet purport to be historically and factually true, with the technique of placing them alongside more common myths and legends, first debunking them, and then repeatedly inventing purely fictional events, or otherwise propaganda as real incident.

Nowhere is found the real history of the "impalement" truth, such as (1) Vlad Dracul's use and invention in dire circumstances of impaling not his own people but rather Ottoman scouts in Wallachian forests sent before invasion. The Sultan's goal after Vlad escaped his bondage was to invade, destroy and annex Transylvania for the Ottoman empire.

Vlad and his army did kill opponent nobles and factions who conspired against him after re-establishing power (this of course natural to the context of any group or power in medieval history). He, by any frame of informed logic or historical evidence, did not brutually impale or massacre his own common people. He invented fear tactics using impalement of Ottoman scouts or soldiers as a desperate underdog effort to spread fear and fright in their camps to demoralize and hopefully aid in repelling encroaching mass forces.

(2) The other citing of impalement has nothing to do with Vlad's own people or women and children but that of a particular battle again utilizing and impaling Ottoman soldiers, the extent to which is questionable, if not exaggerated myth itself. You'll find copy-paste, uncited and re-hashed articles and wikis state that 20,000+ Turks soldiers were impaled at Târgovişte (all unsourced, and gee that would take a long time to fork 20,000 soldiers for Vlad's smaller forces), yet you'll definitely likely see the firmer context and reality with smaller scale but often used guerilla style use of impalement towards Ottoman enemies, in the forests and pathways of scouts and more 'sparing' use.

Lyons falsely states, out of the Doctor's mouth, that the referenced impaled 20,000 were women and children, Vlad's own common people and peasantly. FALSE. LIE.

* Lyons mentions "the forest" as a real historical event that Vlad Dracula led a ridiculous number of innocent women and children in a forest and simply impaled - zero logical reason, no motive otherwise that the woman-beating maniac Vlad (he is a misogynist and woman-beater in play) did this 'just because'... Seriously unintelligent and moronic.

This event never happened, established by both conventional and military history. IN REALITY, Vlad's men employed the tactic of capturing or impaling scouts or soldiers of the Ottoman army to utilize similar to scarecrows as a desperate attempt to spread fear among the Ottomans in order to help demoralize and repel invasions. This was a major innovation or use of fear tactics in warfare, at least in Western European history. This is one of the true links to his longstanding infamous nickname, along with the Danubian merchants who exploited this obviously acknowledged and acclaimed tactical use of impalement to DISTORT and spread damaging myth along their extensive trade route to demonize, rally widespread support against and literally make a monster out of Vlad. (Lyons does the same today for not dissimilar globalist purposes)

You may want to study Vlad's situation, circumstances and the whole background (from a variety of academic sources) before you make assumptions of who the bad guy(s) were. Hardly matters for debate here, you can listen to Son of a Dragon and both the context and use of the impalement, completely wrong and used with malice against Vlad, the "Cross" and greater Europe, at the expense of anywhere near historical truth.

(3) The final impalement myths come from disgruntled Danubian merchants, as I'll probably note redundantly and expand on later.

He also invented 'scorched earth' warfare with little option, which is mentioned with total utter mistruth and distortion (again, not used against his own people): poisoning his own nation's rivers and wells and burning shelter and earth (food, water, protection sources for invading Ottomans WHICH WORKED) to save his country as an acknowledged last ditch military tactic.

NOTE: In the process, he arguably helped saved Europe from Ottoman/Islamic invasion that would have changed history forever and which there would be no Europe or history as we know it. Invasion and subjugation of Europe would have be a bad thing by any contemporary humanitarian and free society perspective. Can you dispute this? No, you can't. Unless you are a modern-day globalist janissary, don't believe in a free world, equal rights and democratic forms of government, freedoms that have taken centuries to evolve and procure against various forms of evil, suppression, violence recorded and existent throughout the world. But this is not how the globalist sees it and the evidence is clear here.

The real questions or problem here besides the historical perverted and incorrect information in the audioplay, is the pure exploitation of the myth. Pure hypocrisy and illusion that is harmful and literally non-partial to a campaign of forming globalist janissaries out of younger Doctor Who fans.

Lyons of course superficially mentions the 'scorched earth' tactic of poisoning the wells and rivers minus details, facts, or context. In fact Lyons distorts, once again, to outrageous lie that it was used against his own people. LIE. Any real historian or source, will tell you the opposite, like so many other things in this play.

II

THE HANDSOME IS NOT SO HANDSOME

Nowhere is found the explanation of the true ransom/kidnapping of Vlad and his brother Radu, the latter who was successfully brainwashed/indoctrinated, molested, raped and given the name 'The Handsome' by the Sultan for being his favorite pre-teen concubine whore! And later, after earning complete obedience, elevated to a janissary captain with purpose of sending him to kill his own brother! FACT. Again Lyons alludes only to the Sultan, later in play with extreme brevity and in obscure manner, to being the character endowing Radu with the name, but of course avoids any real attempt to paint an accurate picture: Such as Radu being a janissary; the reason or real conflict between brothers; the real facts and story that Radu (and thousands of other children along with Radu) were subject to the Sultan and Ottoman 'endowment' of gross mental/sexual abuse, nature and trauma as a young children and turned against their own people in probably the most shocking abuse of children in world history.

It's a sad but true story avoided to spare any criticism of Ottoman culture, which would betray Lyon's own secret, closeted motive in writing this piece of deception.

- Lyons repeatedly uses this writing technique to put on emperor's clothes for ignorant listeners and to be able to state later that 'he mentioned' (in a base, superficial manner). Yet he goes on to slander Christianity while praising and putting on a pedestal the "benevolent, tolerant" Sultan and "Ottoman culture." That is called total bigotry, grounded in a specific agenda.

This is what these writers and media journalists do: they take the offensive or negative actions or traits, apply them to their target, falsely and slanderously, yet in reality these commit and are guilty of using the same tactics and actions they condemn, albeit in modern context with the pen, backstabbing their readership with the poison-laced dagger. No truth, no integrity.

Lyons literally explicitly states and portays the Sultan and Ottoman culture of the time as tolerant (citing non-unique and a contextually distorted sense religious freedoms) and otherwise benign in opposition to Vlad, whose story has absolutely NOTHING to do with religion, at all! Why? A plain and obvious attack on Europe and Christianity - a false argument, distorted context that holds no water.

Beyond all this, nevermind the commonplace MASS slavery and pedophilia in Ottoman society at the time, the brutal laws and campaigns of Mehmed "The Conqueror" - all historical FACT. Not an open interpretation, but fact. Lyons actually contextualizes this towards the fact that The Ottomans did not enforce or impose their state religion of Islam on their "conquered" vassal kingdoms (like Wallachia was at the time of Vlad and Radu's childhood), and Lyons acts like this was unique and in contrast to Christian Europe, which is not true. Eastern Europe for example for centuries before, which did not seek to conquer and invade other territories outside of its own context and general territory had a highly poly-ethnic and religious society, for a few centuries up to this time and beyond for centuries. In fact, soon after this time the only place on civilized Earth that did protect certain groups, like Jews for a famous example, by actual law, was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth later in the 16th-18th centuries.. Besides Jews coexisting for a millenium in Eastern Europe after expulsion from the Middle East, why else do you think their own identitarian subgroup existed, thrived to prominence in society - full autonomy. Now whose the tolerant society by historical fact? You'll never hear this from certain Big Finish writers, the mainstream media or even modern political Zionist groups (who really have no relation to the actual groups of people they claim to represent but really exploit for their own self-serving contemporary political purposes). But in this case, it's all obvious Globalist agenda about revising people's perceptions about a certain 'culture' while slandering an old figure, contextualizing off a very old medieval (how laughable, really) setting and characters. And it starts with implanting crappy, false propaganda media like this to character assassinate a larger character and truth. We, today, can look at real historical events and see the current relationships that have been formed. There is a reason why and starts with true contexts and events of a larger thousand years of plain history.

Lyons has poisoned the waters and created his own false myths, distorted contexts and lies to further his own or his employers tactical agenda. Again, another really bad Big Finish that cannot be erased and will only serve in the longrun as more evidence of propaganda, distortion with intent!

[A similar offense by Big Finish of falsifying by omission and invention, in portraying a famous figure or culture as heroic was employed by Nigel Robinson's adaptation of Farewell, Great Macedon, which thrust false historical context and imagination on Alexander the Great. This audioplay "adaptation" portrayed and wrote Alexander the Great as some sort of philosophical, altruistic, contemporary-lit heroic figure. I still tentatively rate that play 3/5 stars (although I sold it as I don't want it in my collection), regardless of its obvious historical inaccuracy, and (at least) more popcorn form political correctness].

III

This play was released in 2007. Do the topics of immigration and Islam/Middle East refugees sound familiar today in 2017-18? It probably does to the majority of people in the Western world. And it should make you think. Hmm. Pretty interesting. There has been a whole carefully contrived campaign of thousands of pieces of media both internet and entertainment media purposefully designed and imposed upon an impressionable millenial youth, similar to the brainwash attempted on Alex in Clockwork Orange. The evidence is staggering in number and extent. Son of the Dragon is just one of these pieces of media. It is not trivial. It has successfully informed, indoctrinated and irresponsibly abused many youth and Doctor Who fans. Look at the writers, look at their clear affiliations and "history." It will all come out of the closet soon or later.

The attempt to whitewash Islam's history of slavery or persecution or campaigns against in contrast to Christian Europe is pathetic and untrue. This is part of the ongoing decade old globalist agenda to revise and distort history, that in 2018, any intelligent history or media analyst can see and demonstrate and unravel.

Who is the vampire? The globalists, along with their advocates and defenders (like the zombies trolls against discourse or the facts revealing themselves, thumbing down my reviews immediately) are like that American couple in 2018 that along with two Europeans were indoctrinated by such misinformation and media, that they set out in August 2018 to go biking in Tajikistan, an ISIS recruiting hotbed, Muslim country to prove that there "is no evil in the world" and it's all an invention. Result there: While biking, a car pulls up with several men, ramming their bikes and then horrifyingly murdering them for no reason. Lyons paints Vlad firmly as the sadistic offender, which is not true and he certainly had a purpose and cause, not unnoble to free himself, his people and land from the Ottomans who forced tariff and kidnapped children only to send them back to murder their relatives and conquer. Truth. Fact. To borrow a misguided quote from one of the Tajikistan tragedy victims, obviously indoctrinated by globalist media relevant and dating back to the time of this audioplay,

"I don’t buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own—it’s easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it..."

This is exactly Lyons theme and philosophy in Son of the Dragon ultimately (as the conclusion shows)! He distorts and ignores the truth, in this case, well-researched and established historical fact. He invents his own reality, grounded in his own indoctrination or at least his employers/master's agenda and media message.

But there is also a bit of a difference as Lyons twists the hero and the monster, the roles, facts and perceptions to suit and serve his own agenda: using false myths as facts, to propel and elevate one culture/empire/regime from THAT TIME, burying and hiding the dirty laundry, in some warped attempt to relate to a tolerance factor concerning Turks or Muslims today.

--Eschewing and scapecoating one man, an innocent dead man who has been now, today, once again painted as scathingly with intent and for agenda, not any different than the original Danubian merchants who spread the monstrous myths in the first place.

This is a play exploiting an old pool of myths that actually initially debunks the Dracula myths, but then proceeds forward using the same myths combined with outright lies to tell its own story!

IV

In truth the Ottoman empire and culture at this time employed the shocking and revolting use of Janissaries - zero mention by Lyons of course and crucial to the Vlad/Radu story in any sense.

JANISSARIES. CRUCIAL TO THE VLAD/RADU STORY, ONE THAT CANNOT BE OMITTED TO PROPERLY ILLUSTRATE TRUE HISTORY AND THEIR STORY

Lyons completely omits and rewrites the facts and circumstances of Vlad and Radu's father and kingdom and that they were ransomed/kidnapped and given under threat of destruction and annexation of all Wallachia by the Ottoman Empire and Sultan's armies. Their fate was completely subject to the Sultan and court and destined as preteen concubines, indoctrination/brainwash, trophies and ultimately janissaries. Vlad resisted and escaped - a testament to his character and important background to his own accurate story. Radu succumbed to conditioning after years of physical, mental and sexual abuse. TRUTH. FACT.

In a nutshell, this accurately, supported by clear historical evidence and fact briefly describes the fate of tens of thousands upon thousands of Christian European children (a non-tolerant direct assault towards another religion in the 1st degree - contrary to Lyon's explicit lies as evidence in play dialogue). Common villages, notably in Central/Eastern Europe were raided by this "lovely, tolerant and benign" culture, slaughtering common people and kidnapping their children. These young children were brought back to the Sultan's court, brainwashed AKA indoctrinated and enslaved as whores, slaves or conditioned as janissaries: girls go to harems condemned to a life as concubine, abuse and pedophila. Young boys, the same. Harems factually included boys (as they do today in parts of the world protected and hidden by globalist media), and to preference of court officials and the Sultan, as exemplified by his favorite lover: the real-life preteen boy Radu "The Handsome" whose ultimate fate was to be trained as an elite warrior and Sultan's bodyguard called a "Janissary" and finally to be sent to destroy his own brother. Janissaries were an elite, brainwashed warrior class, trained, conditioned and abused since early youth to a final state of absolute loyalty to the Sultan. They served as bodyguards and a special regiment of the Sultan's army who then were often sent out to massacre their own European people and kidnap more children to receive their same fate. FACT.

NOT ONE MENTION IN THIS WHOLE PLAY SUBVERTING ANY TRUTH, WHICH WOULD DESTROY LYONS STORY AND SINISTER GOAL.

And this is what one Big Finish writer with approval of editor has chosen to go out of their way to hide and promote - insult-to-injury to all these children in history, serving a fate worse than death, and who at least to my sensibility, do not deserve to have Radu and the Ottoman Empire of the time championed and portrayed as fostered by a caring noble, supremely tolerate and morally righteous empire! I mean, Big finish has intentionally put this out, and went way out of their way to hide and spread misinformation! It's really a shame and assault, if only towards the sake of truth. The proof is in the pudding.

Imagine if your family and village were invaded. You or your family murdered, your small children stolen. Their fate indoctrined/brainwashed using typical techniques of nutrition deprivation, conversion, mental and sexual molestation and repeated rape or confinement to harems. Dreadful thought for both girls and boys. And/or sold as slaves with all the above and worse, life ruined and stolen away. Boys, trained and turned against their own relatives and heritage and finally sent back to pillage, murder and kidnap to freshen the stock.

The author Lyons claims, again through explicit dialogue, that the Sultan and Ottoman were totally tolerant of religion. That is not true, they attacked the infidel through the use of Janissary. Period. They conquered land, but did not settle there. They only wanted regular tribute, tariffs and the children. And this is EXACTLY what happened once day to Vlad, Radu as young boys and their father. The true story. The Sultan demanded under threat of total destruction and annexation, the boys, the King's own sons as a trophy and tribute of "intolerant" pure obedience. The ultimate intolerance and evil insult. Whose the monster? Who does the writer portray as the monster and who does he promote? The answer is absolutely clear.

Vlad "The Impaler" was not successfully indoctrinated and escaped and returned back to Wallachia to raise a willing home army to take back their country's land as major underdog from the combined clutches of a more complex mix of those in current power struggle: Transylvanian nobility, the King and Kingdom of Hungary, the invading Ottomans, and even the powerful Germanic Danubian merchant league (the ones who spread the false, distorted myths along their extensive trade routes(*) of a savage monster impaling his own people in retaliation for a real period/incident of blocked trade routes through Vlad's domain).

PS. Regarding the Germanic Danubian merchants, you will also find a similar tactic employed by globalists and even Big Finish writers in stories and use of media towards the Trump caricature in the media circa 2016-2018. They have found an opponent not aligned, perceptively by them, with their own power structure, goals and commerce and therefore repeatedly attack by powerful means to an largely gullible, media illiterate public through all arenas of their production, media routes and control - persistently seeking to defame and attack, in attempt to destabilize and de-power and rally fanatical anti-support based on media invention to an audience incapable, unable or unwillingly to research facts and sources.. This is purely a simple example of a method of propaganda that has used before, exists today to the extreme, and a demonization of a character via media channels. I say this as a degreed, qualified expert on the media platform that has absolutely zero political or organization alignment or interest.

Radu "The Handsome" on the other hand as the preteen favored child whore of the Sultan Mehmed "The Conqueror" was firmly indoctrinated after years of conditioning, mental and sexual abuse, and eventually set with mass force - against his brother and his small army of of rebels (native people only years before).

But no.. Lyons doesn't mention any of this, literally writing off "The Handsome" as a title of vanity early in the play, which our female characters mock. The real truth - never mentioned. Radu becomes "The Handsome" and presented to the listeners as a altruistic hero from a tolerant culture against the "evil, hypocritical Christians and Vlad!" One can see the total bigotry and lies throughout this whole play, outlined tenants of a truly evil globalist agenda. Never mind the truth - all very zero integrity and sculpted to indoctrinate and deceive youngDoctor Who listeners.

V

STOKER'S DRACULA was a pure piece of fantasy and gothic horror, whose titular character was modeled on the myths and named after Vlad Dracul, which exploited this myth in proper artful manner (similar to making exploitation films of modern times). One who reads Stoker literately can clearly comprehend the more intelligent theme presented regarding myth and legend, and that is why Dracula the character was overtly an outrageous, clearly fantasty character, not conceivably a real person but a monster, reflecting and even commenting on the myths of old times in an intelligently and probably revolutionary manner. With a sense of integrity: it sought to tell pure horror and fantasy but allude to the truth by its essence. Lyons does the exact opposite!

LYON, actually points out fiction, myth and reality but does the opposite of Stoker and presents the same myths (and worse TOTAL distortion and mistruth of established, accepted history and fact) to an incredible extent as actually being non-fiction and alluding towards truth. Totally wrong. And shockingly so.

Lyons ignores or reverses all, with gross omission designed to lie and distort. And ultimately he falls back concerning the story here and our companions to one of the most famous myths of the Bride of Dracula (not the movie, the myth).

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Stay tuned for a future comprehensive review and period where I can reassess and evaluate this audioplay again.

AFTERWORD

I hope this draft review helps other to inform the underlying subject matter and a warning towards false history especially, all of which is clearly incorrect, distorted, superficial half-truths, incomplete incident, or pure invention with malice.

PS. This review approximately took 30 minutes for "someone" to visit and mark unhelpful. This has happened with practically every negative review I have written, and in the same period. This means reviews are being monitored - my guess is that the site while it claims to 'not be affiliated' with Big Finish, certainly someone, either automated or likely a user or users affiliated with Big Finish does monitor and strike against non-positive reviews! FACT! (Is that benign or evil for a review/opinion site, or contradictory?) Impaling reviewers and negative reviews.. If users on The Time Scales are required to leave a review to justify negative reviews and "trolling," perhaps usernames or reason should be provided for instantly thumbing down reviews, which is simply trolling in this and similar widespread scenarios on The Time Scales?

This was 1/5. 1/10.

* I typically use a simple 5-star rating scale = 1,2,3,4,5, translated:
1 star = 1,2 ; 2 star = 3,4 ; 3-star = 5,6,7 ; 4-star = 8,9 ; 5-star = 10.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/1/18 5:55 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Once again, Big Finish presents a historical featuring a somewhat notorious figure and takes a different approach. In this case, it's Vlad the Impaler who became the inspiration for Count Dracula.

Much like in the Settling, the story doesn't seek to make Vlad the hero, rather they humanize him, so we can understand why he did the evil did. Son of the Dragon succeeds by mixing its fascinating history with a focus on the complex relationships between Erimem and Vlad, Erimem and Peri, and Vlad and his brother Prince Radu. The result is a great story that is boosted by great acting performances, particularly by Catherine Morris as Erimem and James Purefoy as Vlad.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/23/17 5:04 pm
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A wonderful historical story, and a really great story for Erimem.

The script does a great job of humanizing and (most importantly) contextualizing Vlad's behavior without softening him too much. He's still brutally ruthless, but the script takes great pains to present his point of view. It makes no apologies for him, makes no effort to redeem him, and allows the listeners to decide for ourselves what we think of him.

Peri is a bit annoying, but that's in a way a consequence of the genre. Peri is behaving like a companion in a "Doctor Who" story, where characters are rescued from the clutches of despotic villains literally all the time. She doesn't realize that she's in a different kind of story this time, and one which operates by very different rules. As a result, Peri ends up looking a bit silly, and even a bit dumb, as if she doesn't really understand where she is or how dangerous the stakes are. But that's not entirely her fault.

In tone, this story is very different from previous Steve Lyons efforts. But it shares some interesting similarities with stories like "The Fires of Vulcan" and "Colditz". Once again, there's a danger of the characters getting caught up in established historical events. The whole business with Vlad's wife falling from the castle, for example. It looks like Erimem is doomed to die, but the heroes escape by fulfilling their historical "destiny" in an unexpected way.