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3.4 - The Furies

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The Diary of River Song - Series 3
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 3/4/18 3:46 pm
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A fascinating attempt to put some credibility and emotional architecture under the shaky backstory to Season 6 of New Who. We explore how River Song feels about being raised by Madame Kovarian and it's a welcome expansion of our understanding of them both. Although it's light on plot, this still wraps up the boxset in an entertaining fashion. It's a pity we don't get more interaction between River and the Fifth Doctor but this is still a decent finale to a very strong set.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/18/18 2:15 pm
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The final story of the box set finds the Doctor dead and River captured by Madame Kovarian as the scene shifts to Kovarian's base which is inhabited by many of Kovarian's other clone experiment. However, Kovarian is beginning to hear voices. Could it be mythical furies?

The story has some very strong elements in it, and completes the emotional arc that began back in Lady in the Lake. The story is about the abusive and dysfunctional upbringing of River Song, Brooke, and the the other clones.

Yet, while the story and many of its emotional interactions work, it does sometimes fall into the trap of overwhelming its own narrative with too much stuff and overindulgence in continuity. It makes this the weakest story in the set, but it's still has enough good moments to make it worthwhile.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 1/30/18 9:16 pm
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With all seemingly lost, Kovarian's goals accomplished, and another big revelation about Brooke revealed, it's time for River Song to kick ass, take names, and do her best to save the Doctor. But it's not going to be quite as easy as that and soon enough she's captured and alone on a ship with Kovarian. River's angry and the only thing which could possibly stop her is herself. Unfortunately, there's about a dozen of her "brother and sisters" version 2.0 all of whom know her, hate her, and want to kill her. Not to mention that something big is coming for all of them to dispatch some much deserved justice. 'Furies' is unsettling, brutal, and frankly brilliantly done. It delivers the good in almost every way in serving as a great and personal character study for River and her families (real and fake) and also a brilliant action drama in its own right. Kingston really gets to bring her performance to the forefront as well as her absolute fury in what's happening in one of the best performances she's ever given but it's not just about her. We not only get to hear more about the torture, abuse, and conditioning that River went through but FINALLY Amy and Rory also get significant mentions here which was really nice considering how important they are to River's story but yet they've barely gotten a mention before now. We really get to see what effect Kovarian's actions have had on all involved not to mention interesting details on what the Kovarian chapter of the Church of the Silence has been doing and it's absolutely stunning to hear. Frances Barber as Kovarian herself also stands out as she is a truly evil human being but yet she's struggling with her own demons that are taking hold in surprising forms. She genuinely thinks she's protecting the universe with her actions but she's so paranoid anyway that she really finds some complexity as a character in her own right. While the overriding plot has been done before in other stories, every minute of this one is very well done and so appropriate as a conclusion for such an intense set. The final climax is dark and even unkind to a degree but it's powerful and absolutely necessary even redeeming some of the flaws that I had with the previous story in the set. Discussing more about this story would ruin any surprise that this one has so I'll just leave it at that. Needless to say, 'Furies' is a great climax to a great set and ends things on a high note with the future wide open with possibilities for River Song.