Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 2/11/19 2:27 pm
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In Cavan Scott’s Shock Troops, the second story of the second Crossfire set, Trooper 229R, colloquially known as ‘Niner’ (Imogen Church) is working for the Federation, going on mission after mission. But the arrival of a new trooper, Trooper 817A (Yasmin Bannerman) raises Niner’s concerns, as she believes the group now has a traitor in their midst. Shock Troops is a strong story, that gives the narrative over to the “other side” of Blake’s 7, the Federation, giving the listener a taste of what’s on the other side. The cast of this story is simply superb. Leading the cast is Imogen Church as Niner, alongside Yasmin Bannerman as “Trooper 817A”, better known as Dayna. Church shows off a strong range throughout the story, showcasing the wide range of emotions soldiers go through, as well as the disturbing servile nature of a brainwashed Federation trooper. Matching her is the excellent Bannerman, who has quickly become one of the highlights of these sets, as the recast Dayna. This story works as an excellent showcase for Bannerman, as she’s not truly portraying Dayna, but a slightly brainwashed version of the character. She too shows off an impressive range, from her gleeful joy over the deaths of rebels, to the extraordinarily dark argument she has with Rodrigues’ character over what to do with Avon. Cavan Scott’s script is another highlight, as he is able to bring a bit of humanity to the Federation, namely in the form of Niner, while also showing off the more disturbing elements of the Federation in the story, namely coming from Tania Rodrigues’ ‘Captain’. Perhaps my favorite part of the story is the arc for Dayna, as she’s captured by the Federation and forced to become an agent against the Liberator crew. It’s an interesting idea, and one that I’m happy they decided to explore. Overall, Shock Troops is probably the best story yet to come out of Crossfire; it’s got a great story from Cavan Scott and a fantastic cast, led by an excellent Imogen Church and a fantastic Yasmin Bannerman. It’s a great correction for the set, and a strong indicator of what these sets can do right.