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8.3 - Spoils

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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 12/28/16 3:03 am
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Blake has approached a people known as the Dream Makers. They are able to show people, in dreams, the way through their current issues – whether it is for fortune, or in this case Victory. Blake wants to know how to bring his fight to an end – he is tired of the death and violence and just wants it finished. As Gan’s death is mentioned, I would put this midway through Season 2.

Instead, they give him a dream about the result of his winning the rebellion and becoming President. He says he only wants to be an interim president while his dream of the People’s government is built up. But he finds it is not as easy to walk away as he supposed.

He dreams of the realities of day to day Federation business, what the others from the Liberator do after the fighting finishes. Jenna is helping Blake in negotiations, and organising the shipping that the Federation needs.

Avon takes the Liberator, as he always said he would. What will he do with it? What is Cally doing now? How do the populace react to Blake’s presence on Earth?

How long will Blake end up being in office? What will he have to do to prevent the Federation turning to Anarchy? How will he deal with the outpost planets and their concerns?

Is the dream worth having? Does Blake end up where he hoped to be? Can he face the future? Will he be able to retain his friendships with the ex-crew?

And in the end, who has control over Blake’s dreams????

Interesting story, unexpected results. Gareth is convincing as a weary Blake who feels he cannot just walk away from a responsibility he never really wanted. Dan Starkey and Jemma Churchill voice all the other characters quite well – the sound effects help to change the voices as necessary.

This story begs the question – are our dreams always worth pursuing? Are the results worth the costs? Can we be too obsessive in our aims? Perhaps we should be looking at different options?

Thanks again for reading.

Nanna Sally – who had a day off for Christmas.
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Reviewed By: Queen DragonReview Date: 4/12/15 8:21 am
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A "what if" scenario in which Blake looks into a future where he has become President of the Federation. Predictably, the job turns out to be harder than he thinks, though there is a twist in the tale. The story did lag a little towards the end (a few cuts would have helped the pacing) but the acting was top notch and it was interesting to hear regular characters being voiced by different actors in this alternative storyline.
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Reviewed By: gold1104Review Date: 6/29/14 6:30 pm
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Another outstanding LIBERATOR CHRONICLE from James Goss which gives a highly convincing answer to the question: "what if Blake had overthrown the Federation?" This being BLAKES 7 the answer does not include a peaceful, utopian society (as in STAR TREK) or happy endings, but does provide lots of interesting food for thought.

The way in which this alternative narrative is laid out is neat and economical. This set up is so good that it leads me to wondering if in LIBERATOR CHRONICLES yet to come (or even perhaps in full cast plays), the enigmatic aliens - the Dream Makers - who grant individuals the chance to look into simulated potential futures might be re-used. Although given the mean little twist at the end of SPOILS, perhaps it would be better if this were not the case as repeat appearances from the Dream Makers might cheapen their impact here.

Gareth Thomas gives a brilliant and fascinating performance showing us the many facets of Blake's conflicted character, going from idealistic rebel to heartless dictator who can give orders like "increase the levels of Pylene 50 in the dome air supplies - so what if some of them die..." As in THE HARD ROAD, he proves that with the right material he is an awesome actor.

SPOILS really is something special and ranks alongside PRESIDENT, THREE and INCENTIVE as one of the best of the CHRONICLES. The reason I'm giving it a 9, and not a 10 is because I thought it was something of a shame this was not a full-cast play. Jemma Churchill and Dan Starkey are decent actors and (mostly) recognisable taking over the parts of Jenna, Cally, Servalan, Vila and Avon. In fact you have to admire their range and malleability in taking on all these varied roles! But how much more emotionally resonant would it have been to have to have had the originals playing opposite this very different version of Roj Blake? Doubtless budgetary restrictions and availability of the actors were deciding factors and we should be grateful that SPOILS is as good as it is - but the experience of thinking (for instance) "Jacqueline Pearce would have been so much more chilling delivering those lines" weighed on me somewhat.