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101. Absolution

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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 2/16/18 7:50 pm
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A story that never really feels substantive centered around C'rizz, a companion that (I always felt) the writers never really knew how to use or what to do with. Plot-wise, a creative premise that feels underused. Saved only by good performances and an incredible final scene.

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/27/17 5:30 pm
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It's hard to avoid the impression that Big Finish is sort of clearing the decks with the eighth Doctor. I mean, this is the the first appearance of the eighth Doctor in the Main Range since the launch of his BBC7 series with Lucie Miller, and C'rizz gets written out. The next eighth Doctor release in the Main Range (the next Main Range release but one) will write out Charley. It feels like everything that Big Finish has done with the eighth Doctor is being quickly but firmly pushed aside to make way for Lucie Miller. I don't mind, exactly, because I do think that Charley and C'rizz have run their course, while Lucie is fresh and exciting. But it seems a bit abrupt.

And with respect to C'rizz, the abruptness of his exit really just highlights how poorly the character has been used overall. He never really amounted to much. There were ideas that were touched on along the way, particularly in "Terror Firma," that never really got adequately developed, let alone properly paid off. Of course, part of the problem with C'rizz is the limitations inherent in a non-humanoid companion. It really is a bit awkward. There are a lot of stories that you just can't do with C'rizz. In theory, you would think that there ought to be a lot of stories that you can only do with C'rizz, but the writers never managed to find any of those. So he ended up being used mainly in sci-fi stories where his distinguishing features didn't get in the way, and this made him feel generic and bland.

Scott Alan Woodard tries to wrap him up and give him a heroic send-off, but while I appreciate the effort, it just doesn't really come off. I could be way off base here, but it feels like C'rizz is sort of being shoe-horned into a story that wasn't necessarily designed for him. That is, rather than starting with "How to write out C'rizz" and building a story around that, it feels like Big Finish pointed to a story already in development and said "Oh, and by the way, would you write out C'rizz for us, please?" I'm only speculating, and perhaps I'm totally wrong, but that's how it feels to me.

And it's a real shame, because C'rizz gets a real corker of a heroic ending, but it just doesn't land. Heroic self-sacrifice is a common trope in "Doctor Who", of course, but it's not every day that a full-fledged companion gets to do it. The death of C'rizz should have tremendous impact, as Adric's did (no pun intended), but it doesn't, because the story is such a muddle. This is one of those stories where all manner of strange things are happening and nothing really gets explained until Part Four, and even then, the explanations aren't really very satisfactory. So by the end of the final episode, I was feeling pretty much the same as the Doctor. C'rizz is dead. Okay. So what's next?

I'll tell you what, though... having the Doctor react that way, and having Charley get upset, was a brilliant way to make an asset out of the audience's ambiguous feelings about C'rizz. I've always said that RTD was at his best in the New Series when he took what the audience was feeling and put it right up on screen. (There's no better example than "The Christmas Invasion".) That's what's happening here. The audience (if I may be so bold) never really warmed to C'rizz, and doesn't really mind that he's gone. Giving that emotion to the Doctor was a great choice.

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Reviewed By: Evan257Review Date: 2/22/17 8:19 pm
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Going into this release I was already aware that the general opinion of C'Rizz and the Divergent arc was not very good and so didn't have overwhelming expectations for an epic finale to his arc. The premise of this story is sound enough but the script seems to severely lack enough ideas to drive the plot to more interesting places, in particular the fact that C'Rizz virtually exits the story early on and then rejoins the main action by the final part only serves to bewilder me as I'd expect him to be the centre of attention in his final story.

However, the director has clearly fought back here with a strong guest cast to prop up the fairly average supporting characters, really pushed the hellish landscapes to the limit with the sound designer and rounds it off with a much stronger final episode, particularly the final 10 or so minutes gives C'Rizz some decent send-off, kickstarting the drama to unfold between the Doctor and Charley in The Girl Who Never Was.

So quite rightly this is a mixed bag overall but if you're invested enough to follow the Eight/Charley/C'Rizz adventures and don't hype yourself with ideas about C'Rizz's backstory which never really materialises then there's still some enjoyment to be had here. Could jump between 6 and 7 but for a dull middle bit I'll err towards the 6 I'm afraid. See the recommendations below for my personal highlights of this TARDIS team as well!
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 1/17/16 2:43 pm
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Absolution is a story that gets a lot of hate with people hating what the Big Finish Team did with C'rizz's character as throughout his time in the TARDIS he had a lot of inconsistencies in characterization after cutting short The Divergent Universe Arc in half. This causes crucial bits of C'rizz's backstory be lost and sewn into his final stories as companion. The thing about that is that that doesn't really effect how Absolution plays out as a story as without the backstory, C'rizz's actions in this story still feel natural as the story rips off the story of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and has C'rizz become blinded to his actions as he starts to cause tragedies on a Hell like planet. It is a great idea and Conrad Westmass really pulls it off especially considering like the aforementioned Star Wars Film, the script isn't the best. There are great ideas present but there isn't much there. The character drama however is average made good by the performances of its talented cast.

Paul McGann is great as the Doctor and sounds like he's having a lot of fun, even though he is probably thinking of the other three scripts he was given. He spends most of the play with India Fisher's Charley Pollard and they get some great banter. The supporting cast is also intriguing as they live literally in Hell until the Doctor comes to turn it into Heaven. So give this one another listen and I think you would find that this story isn't nearly as bad as you remember.