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5.4 - False Negative

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/21/17 5:39 am
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The final episode gives us an homage to Inferno that finds Osgood and Josh traveling to an alternate universe where their alternate selves are lovers, but also ruthless traitors to the regime.

What we get is the first UNIT episode that could be defined as a comedy. Waiting until their 20th Episode is smart as it really allowed the writers to have a handle on the characters and so all the jokes feel true to the characters which makes the comedy work. Jemma Redgrave is hilarious as the disengaged, unmotivated, and disorganized alternate universe head of UNIT and also gets in a few good lines as the regular Kate such as when she asked if the other universe version of her wore an eyepatch. The comic misunderstandings involving the two Josh's and Osgood's make for some hilarious moments as well.

Overall, this was a lot of fun to listen to. While comedy is not the main reason I listen to UNIT this makes for a nice change of pace and also shows the strength of the anthology format, which I hope Big Finish will try again with UNIT in the future.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 12/8/17 7:25 pm
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Way back in the classic Third Doctor era, there was a story called "Inferno" that showed a parallel universe of UNIT and the individuals on the team albeit in a darker and more sinister light. It was an absolute classic (minus the fake blue werewolf monsters) and one of the Whoniverse's best stories. While 'False Negative' isn't quite an explicit sequel to 'Inferno', it does work as sort of an homage to it in a similar premise and tone which the team is very much aware of. When a strange capsule is activated deep within the vaults of UNIT's headquarters, Osgood and Captain Josh Carter find themselves in a parallel universe of sorts. It's a darker and more sinister dimension where nobody is who they seem to be, everyone is backstabbing and mistrustful of each other, and the biggest danger comes from within UNIT itself. To say much more would constitute major spoilers so I will leave it at that in terms of the plot as this is definitely one you'll want to go into unspoiled. This is very much another story where Osgood takes center stage in both a positive and negative form. Ingrid Oliver works surprisingly well in an evil form more than you'd think and she really has a callous presence that amplifies everything subdued in her character especially in the very beginning of the story where she apparently kills off one of the leads. Everyone is significantly nasty in their dual roles in particular Jemma Redgrave who is shocking in how callous and utterly uncaring she becomes in her alternate role especially towards Osgood herself. It's shocking and even frankly hard to listen to at times which I suppose is definitely the point of a story like this. The plot has many twists and turns especially in regards to who the true villain is and I really like how nontraditional it goes with a story like this when it could've so easily gone in other less interesting ways. However because of that focus on the twists and negative team, we don't get as much time or characterization as I'd like with the positive Osgood and Carter even as the climax practically forces that sort of detail to come out. There are also quite a few moments that do get a tad confusing in a not fun way and I often found myself wondering how the hell this team works in the alternate universe when everyone hates each other as much as they do. It stretches credibility quite a bit in that regard. In short, I like 'False Negative' a lot and it works as a good and fun alternate universe story as a whole. But I feel it's a few characterization and dramatic steps away from being a great one.