Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 6/13/16 5:11 am
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I am not sure of Louise's credentials in respect of if this was her first outing as a Big Finish writer, but I take my hat off to her, to be involved in her capacity as an actress within the Survivors series alone she is a shining star, but to then turn her hand to writing a episode, means immersing herself twice, in a deep and often disturbing serial. She has somewhat gone for safe ground here, however, she has certainly done herself proud by what she has written, and acted in. We see a female perspective of what a post pandemic world would be. With what first sounds like a jolly girls outing in the Jeep, it soon becomes apparent that it is not going to be a great day out, it is far from anything they would have expected, and the women, on seeing a fleeing women from a crowd of men soon learn that she has become the victim, a sex slave, who has constantly been abused by this group. They quickly get her from harm and find themselves moving from one dysfunctional group of individuals to another, with, their arrival at a "women" only refuge, lead by a rather terrifying individual who thinks that should a pregnancy end with the birth of a male, that, he will be got rid of.
A quite horrible and revealing lesson in the way that regardless of gender, we are both equally capable of being quite the worst of humankind, I think the manner in which this episode starts to reveal itself to the listener is both clever and rewarding, and well done Louise for writing and acting in such a well made piece it certainly made me listen more intently on the subject. I especially like the almost relentless way that we are taken from one extreme to the other, whether we are listening to being chased, or, we are sitting amongst the monsters. The whole thing is also got the most expansive soundscape, the use of this within Survivors is a real boon, and makes for an excellent expansion in the listeners mind of the horror that we are having played out.