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Reviewed By: Queen DragonReview Date: 5/24/18 11:47 am
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After 40 years, Michael Keating could play Vila Restal in his sleep. This episode has a lot of Vila in it and that is a good thing. What is a bad thing is that the idea behind the story is a silly one: namely, Cally puts Vila under telepathic control and manages to stop him being afraid when he goes off on a dangerous mission. (Why halve they suddenly decided to do this, without even trying it out first? Who knows.) Needless to say, this scheme then goes wrong.

The story really succeeds or fails for the individual listener according to their ability to cope with its central conceit. If you can suspend your disbelief, you will be rewarded with a great performance by Michael Keating. That’s about all I can say for it.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 2/26/18 10:26 pm
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In order to make a deal on hostile terrain, Cally manipulates Villa's mind so that he doesn't feel fear.

Michael Keating has a lot of fun with this playing a now fearless Villa.

Sadly the whole motivation for this makes no sense and that guts the plot. This is a good idea for a story, in that it allows us to explore an alternative side of Villa; but it is a poor idea for the crew of the Liberator to carry out. Why send Villa on a critical mission when he isn't himself? For that matter, why remove his fear as he has worked effectively in the past while being terrified.

This one also suffers badly from only having Villa and Cally in it. It is far from full cast and the other characters are not very interesting. I include Servelan as being uninteresting, because she does next to nothing of interest.