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99. Son of the Dragon

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 9/30/18 11:56 pm
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

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: 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
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

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.
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 3/19/15 5:52 pm
1 out of 5 found this review helpful.

It's not bad but doesn't live up to they hype at all. The ending comes out of nowhere and is a bit of a damp squib. Purefoys performance, while good, wasn't the towering performance I had been told to expect