Reviewed By: Guiannos
Review Date: 5/12/19 6:37 pm
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Part 2 Continuing from Sisters of the Flame, Vengeance of Morbius dives deeper into referential material while explaining even less. Listeners unfamiliar with the source material (probably a minority, but still possible considering this range courts NuWho fans unfamiliar with the classic series) are subjected to nonsequitur references and are given a big baddie who has no context or motivation for his actions.
There are fundamental problems with the plot. The Sisterhood is a legitimate power based around a geological anomaly and the elixir they produce from it. Saying they are bamboozled out of their planet ignores that their immortality is borrowed and they have no purpose away from Karn. Depriving them of their home strips them of their meaning and purpose and turns them into a hollow plot point. Worse is Morbius. In his original story his brain was saved from execution and saved alive in a jar (plausible with the Sisterhood's elixir on the same world). This preserved his intellect and personality and led him naturally to escape his prison in a new body. There are real concerns about damage to the brain in surgery handling, or dropping it on the floor like a doofus. However, here Morbius's body is reconstructed from a scrap of brain tissue and his mind, intellect and memories, are resurrected in tact. This isn't a recreation using the Timelords' Matrix as seen in Gallifrey with the cults around Omega and Rassilon but a total revival of body and spirit from practically nothing. Beyond the impossible resurrection Morbius is rushed into the forefront without fleshing out his character or motives. He wants revenge against the Timelords so he takes away their ability to travel through time. Also, he wants to dominate the universe with the all but forgotten centipede creatures that seemed so important in the previous episode.
The whole thing is a mess that tries to be epic in scale but is too shallow to do it convincingly. The conclusion is weak as well and we get a Holmesian cliffhanger of sorts to end the series. Normally I love a 2 parter but this one underwhelms on nearly every level.