Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 1/5/17 4:01 am
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This is one of my favourite episodes from the Classic Audio Adventures – full cast audio.
The Liberator crew are still looking for Dayna, using Orac’s search abilities to find any clue as to where she might have gone, and what she might be seeking.
Vila’s latest watch on Research Duty has uncovered something of interest to the crew, and something else of interest to him personally – he has diverted Liberator while everyone else was asleep to find out the truth to this snippet of information, and when they wake up he is nowhere to be found.
Tarrant and Grant go looking for him (great interaction between them here) and then they are missing too. But Cally has picked up the voice of another Auronar – something she definitely was not expecting. Going down to the planet – against Avon’s better judgement – will fulfill two purposes: find and rescue Tarrant, Grant and Vila, and find the Auronar who has been speaking to her all along. She manages both, but at the last minute needs rescuing herself.
Of course, there are twists here in abundance, with many questions to be answered:
What is the Water of Life? Who is Reno, and why
does he not know about Auron’s destruction? Why is Avon being so nice?????
All these are answered satisfactorily of course. But we are left with several questions we can ask ourselves: What price immortality? Would living forever really be worth it? Is sacrificing one for another ever valid? Is anyone really so worthless as to justify abondoning them?
The sound effects of this series – the Classic Audio Adventures – really are mostly a cut above those of the Chronicles, and very obviously so here – lots of water sounds of various tones and rhythms. The music is terrific – quite a lot of piano solo stuff behind the gently active portions.
The story is great – one of my favourite as I mentioned earlier. The interactions of the crew, the way they understand each other, the closeness growing even with Grant who has been with them such a short time – all is well portrayed and true to the original premise of the series.
The acting? Well now, as always it is superb. We hear a lot of variety in place, action and emotion coming from each character through the story. Stephen Pacey and Tom Chadbon seem particularly suited to work together – it is tight and well paced. They speak their lines and bounce off each other in such a natural way you could forget it was scripted.
Michael Keating gets the shortest audio time, but he is of course excellent – giving information, complaining about work, being supportive and his acceptance of what the Water has to offer him is amazingly well rendered, and truthful to the character
Jan Chappell is wonderful as Cally, she keeps the clipped, alien quality to her voice I so admire. You can hear her underlying suspicion grow as she spends more time interacting with Reno. And Geoffrey Breton as said Reno is also clipped and alien, even when desperate. His character’s egocentric focus is clear, even when he is romancing Cally.
Paul Darrow as Avon (sigh) is also marvellous. As the possessed Avon he is duly out of character – Paul can slip into different characters so well that it is a delight to listen to him. His responses as Avon and then as Reno – terrific. I do like his obvious care for Cally even as himself (Avon that is) – when he rescues her and says ‘I’ve got you’ it is very revealing – but there is no one else there to hear him…
A good story, adventure without a lot of violence, personality building, twists and turns – great stuff I listen to repeatedly.
Thanks for reading
Nanna Sally Nelson – who really recommends Big Finish productions.