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4.1 - Time in a Bottle

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The Diary of River Song - Series 4
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/16/18 12:10 am
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River is back with panache as she is roped into tracing the source of a message from a certain husband. The script is lighthearted and feels mostly like an intro to get accostomed to her new pals rather than get bogged down in too much plot. In that regard it works well and is a solid opening to the box set. Alex Kingston is marvelous as expected and wears the role comfortably.

I'm not sure how I feel about the new companion Spod the WarBorg who is sort of a cross between the genetically engineered Grunt from Nu-Who series 9's Sleep No More and Osgood in that he is a Time Lord fanboy who speaks almost entirely in modern (2010's) Internet slang. His dialog is well over the top in an already campy script and as a futuristic character seemed an odd choice. It fit the tone of the episode so it's not a major sticking point, just not my cup of tea I suppose.

Effects wise, some of the dialogue from the demonic Discordians was a little hard to understand through the heavy vocal distortion. Otherwise the production values are pretty good and the music and effects help the story.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/21/18 12:26 am
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River is hunted down to a spa over her student loan debt, which is used to get her to agree to lead an expedition onto a planet where time has been stolen, where she's joined by an academic rival, a giant ant warrior princess, and a shy cyborg with goals to be a successful student.

This is a superb opener. It does a great job setting the stage for the adventures to come as well as giving River a couple of Companions. The characters who will continue on to future stories are well-written and likable, although they definitely have room to be further developed. The plot is a solid high concept adventure with some nice plot twists and a good set up for the rest of the set.