Reviewed By: ANTI-RAD
Review Date: 9/13/18 10:30 pm
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REQUIRES SECOND PART OF STORY
YET RECOMMENDED WITH MANDATORY RETURN TO KRELOS
FOR OLD TOM BAKER/4TH FANS
I grew up with Tom Baker as the first Doctor I watched debut episodes as a very small child, so... my recommendation of the two releases is specifically for those endeared to Tom Baker and will feel some sentimentality for the end revelation.
First part of a story w/ Return to Telos. Not standalone by first impression or experience by any means outside of an aesthetic chapter, but one requiring the end chapter (I believe if remembering correctly) of its follow-up required companion release. The rating for overall arc is a solid 3/5. It might take a couple listens (due to Telos core story) and may actually rise in rating. This review is based on my first listening that was some time ago.
This first part has good world-building, great atmosphere, solid for what's here albeit in flash fiction mode. Mini-adventure only and lead-in to Telos.
The Doctor starts to go fishing, meets a character, which regarding the latter is all very interesting and curious.. but then the story stops. No frickin fish. Big Finish has for several volumes now been releasing the 4th Doctor Adventures in 1 hour length releases. This is often a poor release and business model, where for the many of the releases, they should absolutely have sold them and packaged them as one (and for the same price as one). Krelos/Telos is the prime example why. It is not cool, like what happened to me, where I purchased this expecting a full story, and then was forced to buy the second.
At first listen, that said, anyone, not even the biggest fan, would be pleased with the brevity and unfinished state. In fact, it probably does more harm than good becaused I imagine one could just walk away and see the whole matter as a cash grab.
But I must mention paired with the following Telos release, I love having these two. There is a very special release [yet only with mandatory Telos disc], one that serves as a lead-in to what evolves into a story arc that is philosophical and a nice homage to Tom Baker's Doctor and in fact a lot of these older actors who put there heart and interest into their releases - the big reason I continue with Big Finish. Briggs was OK here and the commentary (imbued with his production relationship) actually means something that *reveals* itself in the Telos conclusion, yet is part of this Krelos release as well. Yet, Briggs the producer also does the disservice of packaging and selling seperate! What is he thinking besides $ in the slyest way possible. C'mon dude.
Worse, first listening of Telos, the whole matter messed with my expectation in the worst way possible, where I began criticizing the story while listening. However, by its conclusion I was happy. I mention all this because it matters and The Fate of Krelos literally depends on a Return to Telos.
At the end of the day, I am glad I added this to my collection WITH Telos, as the world-building is excellent and the overriding story, alluded to, is so very very cool.
At least here in Krelos (sounds like cereal from Ogrilla) for all its brevity, imagine the Colorado Rockies on a dark little path with the Doctor going fishing (you may remember a scene in a classic episode, I thought of that mutated little fish) looking for some hidden little streams, dusk approaches, and a sinister bodysnatcher sort-of invasion is on the horizon. Love it, honestly I myself could have written a completely mindblowingly brilliant 2 hour release based on this concept and the larger story, but Big Finish keeps it all in the family for worse :p Nothing is perfect, right.
Telos at first seems convulated in plot quite a bit but finally settles back to the charm of Krelos... yep, you'll now have to see my review for the next release.
This was 3/5. 7/10. With Return to Telos (required)
* I typically use a simple 5-star rating scale = 1,2,3,4,5, translated:
1 star = 1,2 ; 2 star = 3,4 ; 3-star = 5,6,7 ; 4-star = 8,9 ; 5-star = 10.