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12.1 - Corners of the Mind

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 4/18/17 11:33 pm
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The idea behind the story was to create a challenge of logic puzzles, set up by a race of logicians that Avon must solve. This in itself is a solid story idea that should have challenged a well known character at his greatest strength.

Where it falls down is that in performing this on audio, the puzzles were "dumbed down" so that the casual listener wouldn't feel alienated by them. The listener can solve them too, which makes it fun, but the puzzles were not hard enough to trouble Avon. For him to discuss the puzzles and think through them aloud is totally out of character, though necessary for the narrative.
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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 1/26/17 12:25 pm
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This first episode of volume 12 appears to be set in Season 3, as Cally is part of the narrative, and she refers to both Dayna and Tarrant.

The Liberator left on a planet Avon attempting to find out information from a Federation Archeological team, but he is not where they expect him to be. Instead he is on a different planet where a group of Proto Logicians had set up a colony and then developed a project referred to as the Greatest Treasure in the Galaxy – which the Federation has assumed is some sort of weapon.

Avon has been coerced by the head of the Archeological team to attempt to pass through a maze within a ziggurat to find the centre of the structure and reveal what the Valuable Thing might be. He is accompanied by a small flying drone which has been programmed to explode if he either stands still too long, or fails to complete the maze within 45 minutes. To navigate the maze Avon must successfully complete a series of logic puzzles – some of which are more obvious than others. The Liberator crew is able to contribute to this process via communicator. He passes gruesome reminders that others have attempted this maze in the past.

Cally is talking to Avon throughout the maze, and the crew are surprised to find him discussing his past which he has never done before. As he progresses through the puzzles he talks about failures that he has survived in the past.

Once he gets to the centre of the Ziggurat everyone is surprised by what he finds – what the Proto Logicians meant by the Greatest Treasure in the Galaxy, which is not what anyone had been expecting.

Questions: Are memories of past failure positive or negative in our view of our present and future? What might a future be if we were just functioning brains and not dependant on our physical bodies?

This is a clever story and certainly highlights some of Avon’s backstory and why he ended up on the Liberator. Some of the dialogue is funny – Avon poses as a ‘Rogue Logician’ which sounds like it ought to be dangerous somehow.

Jan Chappells performance as Cally is excellent, her asides to the other members of the crew are amusing and well done. Paul Darrow as Avon is concise and…logical! His thinking is clear and precise.

The sound effects especially of the drone is very well done, the music appropriate.

Another different type of story from Big Finish.