Reviewed By: ANTI-RAD
Review Date: 9/13/18 11:10 pm
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KRELOS NEEDS TELOS, TELOS NEEDS KRELOS, WITHOUT EACH OTHER THEY ARE FORSAKEN
LISTENING NEEDS A SHARP STICK, FIRE, AND SOME MARSHMELLOS
Note my wonky rating for individual elements. I'm going off of memory as I firmly consider this release and rate it, truly, in partnership with its precessor or "Part One," The Fate of Krelos. Regardless of that releases' extreme brevity, unfinished state, and reliance on this release, for aesthetic reasons and potential or flash-fiction element (in retrospect), I think that it was oddly better ONLY IF in relationship as a introductory chapter or part one.
However Telos is more standalone but gets convulated and the exact opposite of Krelos - too complex, lacking proper flow and disjointed. From my recollection, the plot itself was the suffering element. The highlights of the whole story between the two releases that do in fact really go full circle (not that story, just in theme, yhuck yhuck) are the introductory chapter of The Fate of Krelos and the conclusion of The Return to Telos. Telos, Krelos, Marshmellos. Furthermore, you'll want to be a least familiar, or better have watched the Second Doctor TV episode, "Tomb of the Cybermen," which is not mandatory nor actually oddly that beneficial. "The Tomb" takes place earlier on Telos, and there is mention ofJamie. Thus there is definitely a "Marshmellos Effect" going on here.
Therefore, I am rating both releases together - same "Overall" rating, as one story, which is the manner that they should have been packaged as one regular/standard release. The rating: a solid 3/5. And for a few reasons, old Tom Baker/4th fans will want to pick this up (cheap, or an extravagant, luxurious pampering self-gift, from Briggs with love).
I have listened to a few of the 4th Doctor Adventures and have been very disappointed, almost as if the writers have no clue (BUT this based on only a good handful of releases thus far). I was bitterly disappointed with Volume 2 with Mary Tamm for the larger story arc there (monopolizing Briggs' personal non-canon material from pre-licensed Doctor Who era) in a poor decision and now sadly bygone opportunity to use Tamm, who sounded and performed well.. The pain is there and shall remain forever.
The Fate of Krelos/Return to Telos STORY is the best I heard so far, for what it is, so there you go. This under all circumstances and thus far, to my own few handfuls of 4th Doctor Big Finish listening, is the release - singular with Krelos - to keep so far for the collection. And from the readings on my temporal scanner pointed admittedly at Toyland, all the cyberbabies agree, if not humans from that pathetic planet Earth..
NOW ON TO MY ORIGINAL REVIEW NOTES IN UNEDITED RAW FORM FOR YOUR PLEASURE:
firstly, the cast, acting, fx and sound design are all top shelf. part 2 of story arc (w/ the fate of krelos). first era cybermen, time travel and fish. this story does not necessarily stink but is humour-bent at times.. it's all in the particles, which do get a bit confused and scattered by end in both space and time.. i would almost want to call this a whovian adaptation of no country for old men (coen) meets wild strawberries (bergman). bizarre. i like the very end dialogue and performance that ties this philosophical (more than effective adventure) swansong moment and respite oddly together. for longtime who fans and those of the 4th "adventures" and Leela really. Give the guy a break, finally let them eat fish. On this last note, if you fit this bill, worthwhile.
This was 3/5. 7/10. With The Fate of Krelos (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.