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< 9.1 - Defector
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9.2 - Planetfall

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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 12/28/16 3:11 am
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For episode 2 of Volume 9, a good adventure story, set in Season 3. Not so much politics or philosophy as some.

Avon and Cally are posing as a couple on Arcadia, a casino space station. They have had a message asking for a meeting with Avon to help a Federation defector who has access to a list of rebellion members posing as agents and Cally will not let Avon go alone – but Vila is left behind much to his disgust.

Cally is attacked but fights the attacker off, then meets the defector – Solvin Tavak - in her room. Avon and Cally are seperated by a series of sudden explosions which cause a hull breach and consequently the sealing doors to close.

Cally and Tavak climb down the elevator shaft to find a meet up with Avon who needs to reach the computer core and unseal the clamps to allow the escape pods to leave. Avon and a staff member - Kitrin - he has met trying to help the guests climb down on the outside of the station - a harrowing experience.

When they meet up the round of unexpected twists get really going…

Who has set up the explosions? Who deliberately tampered with the computer controls of the escape pods? Who is Solvin Tavak? and what is his connection with Vila?

This episode the sound effects are particularly effective along with the well placed music. There are casino scenes, panic scenes, explosions and weather - lots of atmosphere.

The writing is excellent, some of the quips are delightful - especially those spoken by Avon. There are hints of a relationship between Avon and Cally - though they both put it aside to pay more attention to the mission.

Paul Darrow gives his usual excellent performance, he moves from emotion to emotion quickly and expertly. He handles the dialogue with expertise. Jan Chappell is also professional and terrific - actually I think she is at her best here, very comfortable with the part and the dialogue, she sounds more relaxed and cofident than she sometimes does. David Warner as Tavak is a great addition - at times beseeching help, at times arrogant. Take note, you will meet him again in a few more episodes coming up.

Again a terrific product from Big Finish and one I come back to regularly for a good listen.

Thanks for reading

Nanna Sally Nelson