Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 12/18/16 11:00 am
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We are rounding the year off, with some good old number 6 stories, in the main range, the first to get air time on the ear drums is Absolute Power, with No.6 new companion Constance Clarke. The story is by non other than Jamie Anderson, Gerry Anderson's son and air. So expectations of this are mixed, personally I think from past experience of stories that are written by Anderson junior that they are not quite as good as his name would have you believe. The issue is that I think some people can do it all, act, write, produce, direct, even write the theme song and sing the theme song. But I think Jamie is dare I say it coming up a little short here. There is nothing inherently wrong with the story, there are massive elements of it seems to feel like something else I have seen, heard or read. The overriding issue is that spreading himself across the production and the writing of this, and to be completely honest, he is not a vested writing history of Who, then, I seem to think that themes used as the vehicle for this are a little mixed, confused almost, perhaps even a little tired.
Colin and Miranda are excellent, in fact the whole cast put in a good shift, and, the story actually does go at a fair rate. There are one or two endings of episodes that the B-Movie cliff hanger gets used to the full, to the point of where it's a noticeable ploy or tool. There is also a feeling that perhaps the story feels a little like something that started it's life as a King Solomon's mine/Indiana Jones/Mummy style thing with a good dollop of Stargate thrown in to sort of even the whole thing out.
It is a Who, it is Christmas, and it does have one massive saving grace, it's epic, in it's execution, and sounds like a film to the ears. On that note I would say it worth the listen. I think the parting thing I take from this is that Jamie Anderson is an overall talented man, perhaps, however, not as talented in all areas of entertainment as I think that he is being pushed.