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9.3 - Secrets

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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 12/29/16 10:51 am
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In our Last Thrilling Adventure, Avon and Cally rescued defector Solvin Tavak – who turned out to be Vila’s father!!!

Tavak had promised them a list of rebellion members posing as Federation Agents – but he only has part of it. However, he knows where to get it. It is being put up for auction by an arms dealer who is an old friend of Grant’s. Grant, Vila and Tavak go to the auction with unlimited funds and bid for the list. They are outbid, and Vila decides to use his skills to gain it back.

Who helps Vila in his bid to steal the list? How did they manage to lose the bid when they had unlimited funds? How do they get it back? Why does Vila….? but if I asked that question, you would know the rest of the story.

The best part of this story is the interaction between Vila and the father who never acknowledged him. We learn a lot about Vila’s past life, his mother, how he became the man he is now, including his ideals about honour and family.

We also learn a bit more about how the Federation works – Tavak was Governor of Mars before his fall from grace. The dialogue between these two is very good – some of the best of the whole audio series. And it is performed superbly. The tones of voice, the suggested movement – wonderful.

Again, the sound effects are truly wonderful – very evocative of the scene and action.

Michael Keating is as usual very good, I would even say he is brilliant in this. Tom Chadbon remains calm in the face of difficulty, and David Warner is a slimy, menacing, two-faced….. don’t be rude, Sally ‘he is only acting’.

Thanks for reading this
Nanna Sally Nelson
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Reviewed By: Queen DragonReview Date: 4/12/15 8:39 am
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First up (and stop here if you want to avoid spoilers), I have to say that Vila turning out to be the abandoned son of a Federation official really grates on me. We all know that Vila comes out of the Delta grades, and I really don't see why these plays could not have given him a background commensurate with this. It's one of the nastier (though often glossed over) dynamics in Blake's 7 that the rest of the crew, coming from more privileged/educated backgrounds treat the guy from the service grades as a whipping boy, even as he plays up to the stereotype of the shiftless, lazy, drunken Delta Grade. Exploring the background of an intelligent, flawed man from an underprivileged background in the context of a battle for freedom is to my mind much more interesting than what is presented here.

Putting aside my irritation with the premise behind Vila's paternity, I enjoyed the performances without thinking much of the story. (I also had a few issues with the ending, which I felt was out of character.)
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 9/18/14 8:06 pm
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Following on from one of the biggest shock endings of Blake's 7 history, this story had to be good. Cavan and Mark did not fail to deliver.

Cavan Scott and Mark Wright have done a great job with a number of these chronicles. Just like the Armageddon Storm, they make a small cast sound like a full cast with a story that is better than some of the full cast ones.

This story has two key components. First, it is a heist story with theft and an underground auction. There is lots of work for Villa to do just to keep this thread going.
The other facet of the story digs deep into Villa's past and makes revelations about his character that are so big they belong on the screen rather than in audio. The things that happen are so pivotal that they must be considered canon.

The small cast works very well. Partly this is due to the location and how most of the story takes place at the bazaar where most of the characters are not present. We are even given an excuse why Avon is not in the mood for talking.

This box set is certainly one of the best yet and really makes good use of the season 3 dynamics. The addition of Del Grant as a character works better with each episode and this leaves me looking forward to the next full cast series.