Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 12/28/16 3:09 am
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One morning the crew of the Liberator wake up and discover that one of their own is missing. Dayna has left the ship without leaving any information about her intention and the crew are concerned for her well-being. Has she left of her own accord? Or has she been coerced in some way.
They return to the last place Liberator stopped to investigate where she may have gone. The trail is there but more convoluted than expected.
They follow her route and end up in a part of space referred to as the Desolation – scene of a terrible battle during the Intergalactic war. Full of asteroids which are the result of planet destroying weapons. Not an easy place to navigate or scan.
They find and investigate a damaged ship – the Scimitar - and find more than they expected, but less than they hoped for. Others are after the item Scimitar carried – and there is a race to retrieve it.
So – Why did Dana head this way, and where did she go now? What is the device that has people risking their safety for? How will the Liberator escape the Federation fleet this time? All these questions and more will be answered as you listen.
The writing of the characters is great. The work of Tom Chadbon and Steven Pacey together is particularly good – the lines and how they are performed. Orac has quite a few scathing lines to say – still the ascerbic, sometimes helpful computer – both too much information and not enough at the same time. The rest of the cast is well written as well – Paul Darrow as Avon, Michael Keating as Vila, Jan Chappell as Cally, Alistair Lock as Orac and Zen.
The guest cast are good as well - Buffy Davis and Daniel Brennan as the crew of a small salvage ship working for the Federation. Good fun listening to them responding to each other.
I really find the writers imagining of Space Travel, including the risks and how they might play out especially fascinating.
Unfortunately there is a point of continuity failure here – the crew need a window as the scanners are not working properly – they rig a camera through a lifeboat viewport. However, in previous episodes viewports have been an important part of the story- in The Turing Test and in Drones. I guess when you have a large series spanning more than a couple of years using several writers and production staff this kind of thing has to happen at times.
Over all, Big Finish have done their usual excellent job in this performance – all those talented people coming together to pool their skills and produce an excellent product. I look forward to more to come.
Thanks for reading
Nanna Sally Nelson