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Bernice Summerfield - New Adventures - Volume 1
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/20/19 5:15 pm
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"Random Ghosts" is easily the strangest story of the first Bernice New Adventures set presenting us with a 'Groundhog Day' situation but playing it in entirely the wrong order. The main idea is that Benny, Ace, and a group of other characters are being forced to live the same day on a strange planet trapped in a strange time loop. In listening to it, you'd swear that the tracklist was on random shuffle with the way everything is structured and it does end up being a little bit of a mess in the long run. But you have to give immense credit to Guy Adams for trying something different and there are plenty of strong individual moments that save it from mediocrity.

It plays with some interesting themes associated with the premise especially in regards to how the truth comes across and can be modified to get across a different meaning and at times the drama between each team member can be gripping. But none of the cast is really all that interesting and Lisa Bowerman's performance is good but not great. Sophie Aldred, in particular, is a major weak link as Ace being back to the worst persona of her character in whining too much about how she's not taken seriously and causing conflict wherever she can. It also gets super confusing in places especially as it more or less plops you in without any good reason or explanation until a third of the way in. It also has a pretty boring soundscape in general and a lot of the minor sounds and elements do grate on you in places before the big final reveal that's more or less spoiled by the final story's title. 

A lot of other reviewers see this one as one of the best Bernice stories out there which I can totally get to a degree. Maybe there's something about it that I just wasn't understanding that a lot of others like more. But for me personally, I just found 'Ghosts' incredibly annoying despite the creativity on display with it and was glad to see it end and set up something a bit more coherent for the final story. 
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 6/12/15 4:14 pm
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Random Ghosts seems to be the weak link in The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 1 Box Set. It is a very experimental story by newcomer to Big Finish Guy Adams, who has only written an Iris Wildthyme audio and has written another story for The Triumph of Sutekh Box Set as of writing this review. Sadly while the story isn't bad per say, it is extremely flawed. It is also a very experimental story, choosing to tell its story through video clips recorded by the characters who are stuck in a sort of time loop, but the videos can somehow exist through the loop. As you can see it doesn't make much sense and because the story launches in media res, there isn't much time to explain.

Also Adams' writing of the characters feels a bit off. This isn't so much of Benny's characterization but Ace here is portrayed as a very annoying child and Sophie Aldred is obviously not happy with the material given. It is almost a relief that Sylvester McCoy's Doctor is absent. And to top off less than par acting the twist at the end, while intriguing to how the planet they're on is this planet isn't very logical.

The experimental nature of the story does keep a slight interest on how the story is going to work with characters dying at the end of every loop and isn't quite that bad, making this story just above average.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/5/14 7:28 pm
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50 first dates meets Groundhog day vs Memento.

This one does require some active listening with some repeating non-linear story telling. Technically the story is told linearly, but as the characters keep forgetting everything and have to replay recorded messages from earlier, it seems non-linear.

For most of it, I thought the writer was trying too hard, but it did fall together really well by the end and delivered a great shock ending.