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5.2 - Invocation

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/15/17 4:21 am
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UNIT and supernatural events don't usually go together, but this story makes them work as the UNIT team finds themselves dealing with the appearance of ghosts at an old UNIT facility in the country as well as in the middle of London.

This story works brilliantly. It has a great sense of spookiness as well as atmosphere but never goes so far that you think you downloaded the Omega Factor. It strikes a great balance. There's also an intriguing mystery at the heart of it. The story features suspense, chills, and a callback or two to the Brigadier. Overall, one of the best UNIT stories ever.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 12/8/17 7:18 pm
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The second audio in this set takes us in tone and style to Halloween in the form of a UNIT-style haunted house story. Osgood is working late on a project and begins to hear strange invocations in Latin coming out of the sky from a broken down satellite that even she can't seem to explain. Captain Josh Carter is engaging with supposedly real phantoms at a party while Kate has gone missing investigating an old UNIT property in the Scottish Borders. As everything comes together and the team heads north to find their leader, they discover something from the past that has come back to haunt UNIT and by extension the entire world. The Grey Man has come back and he isn't happy....."Invocation" is a marked step up from the previous story with some genuinely creepy audio moments and some very strong characterization for our mains across the board. The mystery itself is very well done with a sinister edge and strong links to the UNIT of the past going back years to when Kate was a young woman. Without giving away too many spoilers, it's not a very obvious story with a typical solution and it makes this one a truly intriguing listen with a fantastic atmosphere to back it up. The audio production on this one is one of Big Finish's best and it really sells what's going on. In terms of the cast, Jemma Redgrave gives a truly standout personal performance here with her words and tone. I adored hearing about Kate's past this time around and how it connects to what's going on and it's genuinely unsettling to hear here actually getting scared about something considering who she is and where she comes from. Ingrid Oliver and James Joyce also continue to bring great performances as Osgood and Carter and I love how Osgood strives to find an explanation for everything even as the fear settles in. Even the side cast in the Donnellys who run the property are very well performed with a dark secret keeping them in and around the house in a 'Psycho' kind of way. It is very much a slow burn of a story and at times gets a little bit technobabbly for the listener which can turn off people. But considering the clever twists and the way it resolves itself in the end and especially the way the standard Lorem Ipsum text makes its way into the plot that made me laugh as a web developer, I'm willing to forgive it for those small issues. It also makes a tad more sense for it to go in that direction specifically given the nature of this one as a creepy horroresque venture resolved by UNIT. Compared to the other stories in this set, I get the feeling this is going to be the one that gets missed and sidestepped all the time considering we have Daleks, Sontarans, and alternate universes in this set that sort of overtake it. But this one is truly a gem and one of my favorite smaller UNIT stories to date.