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189. Revenge of the Swarm

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/24/19 7:10 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Swarm has been hiding in the computer since the Invisible Enemy but chooses now to jump out and attack Hector because he's so vulnerable to mental attack. Now the Swarm is determined its own past and/or get revenge.

I do think there was some effort and genuine love for the original story by writer Jonathan Morris. In addition, in theory, it's a fun idea to have time travel so that one release can be both sequel and prequel. There are some good actors in this that are fun to listen to. Siobhan Redmond has a non-villainous turn and John Dorney gets off the funny line or two.

But beyond that, this was one of Big Finish's worst releases in many a year. The Invisible Enemy wasn't a great story, the degree to which it worked was because of its style and the introduction of K-9. Here, you see attempts to produce a copy of the original such as when they have Ace and the Doctor go inside a computer as an homage to the Doctor and Leela going inside the Doctor's body. It comes off as derivative.

In addition, there are logic problems such as how this version of the Swarm co-existed for more than two lifetimes with the companion met in, "Patient Zero" who also co-existed in the computer. There's the character problem of Ace returning to absolute unquestioned belief in the Doctor who never lets them down which makes no sense in the wake of Afterlife and "Patient Zero."

More than anything else, after the eventhe episode.ut ts of Afterlife, we have a Companion who the Doctor doesn't really know, and we don't really get a grasp of anything about him because Hec spends most of the story possessed.
Overrall, a weak start to the trilogy.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/5/15 12:20 pm
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Hex, No 7 and ACE, we have the altered HEX, the one after the day before. All though his real self is lost we have all three of your favourites together once again for another adventure, and this time it takes the form of the Swarm. This really popped it is one of those adventures that has everything that could possibly want from a release, superb scatty dark Who, ACE emotionally challenged and blowing things up, or at least involved in explosive action, and HEX unwittingly coming to the rescue of the not only the Doctor but an entire planet. The enemy "The Swarm" is the classic telepathic pathogen that is a collective conscious of evil and wants nothing more than to exploits its current existence in order to take over more than just a few people on an out if world base.

This is rip roaring stuff, 7 is excellent he is funny, witty and dark all in the same scene, and hats of to McCoy he plays it for all it is worth, he, honestly gets better and better on each listen and each outing. Coupled with HEX who is excellent and above reproach, I am some how dreading the fact that they have this character in a position where killing him off would not be that much of a move. ACE is ACE and her character as so much developed with Big Finish guidance it has more or less cemented her character, I fear for this it could become an achilles heel for the writers of 7 and his co-horts perhaps in future releases we can play 7 with some different companions who might offer a different foil for McCoy.

However minor criticism aside this is a superb release from Big Finish.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 11/11/14 2:30 am
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I feel that what was needed here was a story that explored the character of Hector and the changes since Aftermath, but we were robbed of this opportunity as Hector became a victim of the swarm almost immediately and it was hard to feel empathy for the possession of a character we may not know, like or care about.

Meanwhile the rest of the story is set in two parts, one before and one after The Invisible Enemy. We get two settings and two sets of characters which is a lot to take in making the story hard to listen to, especially by the second half when you have to take in setting number two.

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Even worse than this is that in an attempt to mirro the events of Invisible Enemy, the Doctor enters a virtual reality to battle a computer virus version of the swarm. Its a mix of Tron with general silliness and perhaps best forgotten.

Morris has written far better stories than this and I feel he mave have been given too many idea to work with here.