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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/19/19 10:41 pm
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"Good Night, Sweet Ladies" starts where 'Revolution' left off with Benny sent by the Doctor to search for missing companion Ace on the ruinous landscape of a barren moon. Finding a couple of strange survivors in a place that's supposed to be abandoned, there's a lot on the moon of Adolin that doesn't add up and that's not including the Dalek wandering around the corridors.

"Good Night, Sweet Ladies" sets up several intriguing mysteries to be uncovered while placing a stronger cast in a tense and intriguing setting. But the script and direction by Una McCormack are also really fantastic throwing several emotional monkey wrenches into the last third that wrench up the drama while setting up more questions for the rest of the set. This is as far from the humor and tone from the previous story as possible and one particular moment between Benny and a surprising entity is beautiful and yet completely soul-crushing. It makes for extremely powerful and riveting listening and Lisa Bowerman really nails the emotional acting required for this kind of a story. She is the first and one of the biggest heavy hitters for Big Finish for a reason and the weight of those final moments combined with her stellar acting would alone make this one well worth the listen.

But at the same time, the rest of the elements of this one work well too carried by the grounding of that main performance. The atmosphere is incredibly creepy, all of the reveals nail biters, and it pulls another twist with Dalek lore that I really enjoyed. The rest of the cast are also good too although one performance by John Finnemore starts off good but does end up a little disappointing. Still, this is a fantastic story and another that I wasn't sure where it was going to go until the final moments. It doesn't do much for Benny's ultimate goal as it sees her still headed off to search for Ace on yet another planet. But at the same time, the journey to get there with 'Sweet Ladies" is so good and compelling that despite some weaker moments it still feels earned and more than justified. It's not perfect but it's right up there with some of the best and it's one of Summerfield's finest.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 6/10/15 6:37 pm
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Good Night Sweet Ladies picks up right where The Revolution left off with Benny searching for the missing Ace. Here she is dragged to crash on a planet with a woman named Claire, a guy called Steven and a Dalek. You would think that this would turn into a comedy like The Revolution, but it is anything but comedy. No Una McCormack makes her quarter of the Box an intense drama that sheds light on Benny's backstory for those who don't know and has a beautifully moving climax. It also knows how to make the Doctor and Ace's presence known without them being in the actual story with Ace leaving clues about her whereabouts for Benny to follow and the Doctor just getting a closing narration.

The supporting cast here is great with Sheila Reid playing Claire giving a moving performance with Lisa Bowerman. Reid steals the show with another greatly executed twist as to whom Claire is.

Sadly the story is a bit of a drag in the middle with the character of Steven being a red herring that just turned out to be a normal human being so just know that it gets really boring in these bits.