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< 6.3 - Blake's Story
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7.1 - Spy

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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 12/19/16 10:12 am
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The first episode of Volume 7 of the Liberator Chronicles is a story pairing Vila and Cally on a mission to disrupt communications on the planet Cortol Four while Blake and Gan organise a rebellion in the Capital City.

They are posing as a married couple who have been sent as a ‘promotion’ to this dismal planet, so that they can contact a potential co conspirator who can help them gain access to the security systems.

However, everything goes wrong – while trying to escape the city Cally is injured, Vila ends up disguised as a Federation Intelligence Recruit hoping to get Cally needed medical assistance. And to make it worse the rebellion appears not to have worked and Blake and Vila (?) are reported as captured.

After several twists and turns, they are of course reunited with the Liberator and crew. But how they get there is a very entertaining story. There is wry humour, which serves to highlight the grimness of the story overall.

This is actually a story about the way desperation and hopelessness can undermine the normal care and consideration of society. And that the fear of retribution stops 'ordinary' people getting involved. It has been said that it only takes an ordinary man to do nothing, to let evil win. It certainly seems so here.

Michael Keating voices all the extra voices very well. He is always fun to listen to, his versatility is always intriguing. Jan Chappell is wonderful as Cally – enjoying the part of being married, and convincing in the pain of her injuries and very good in her descriptive narrative. Gemma Whelan is convincing as the Intelligence Commissioner who is trying to find the rest of Blake’s crew.

Another well written story for Big Finish who are consistently good in their productions. I have listened to a few other audio adventures from the other ranges, but unfortunately I am unable to really get into Dr Who – I think it is the length of each episode.

Thanks for reading
Nanna Sally Nelson
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Reviewed By: Queen DragonReview Date: 5/5/15 9:52 pm
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There are good and bad things about this story. First of all, it shows the Liberator Crew on an extended mission, not just blowing things up or stealing crystals or bumping into Servalan. Jan Chappell and Michael Keating play Cally and Vila going undercover as a disgruntled married couple with obvious enthusiasm, and their scenes together are the best in the play. The listener also gets a stronger than usual sense of the planet as a real place, perhaps because they spend a decent amount of time there, something that normally doesn't happen.

It's the plot that lets things down. It's all over the place, and once Arta, a Federation official, gets into the act, it loses all credibility. I think she would have to be the least competent and convincing Federation official ever, and as the story gets more and more muddled, the writing for Vila (who unbelievably, has been appointed Arta's offsider), also starts slipping out of character. The scene where Arta obliges him to watch Cally being tortured is just plain nasty. Altogether, this one is a bit of a mixed bag.