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The Persistence Of Dreams is the third part of the Master Of Callous story but rather than picking up from the cliffhanger of the Master being captured by Teremon it focuses entirely on Martine; a character whose fate was sealed by the end of Glittering Prize.
In this story, Martine goes mad, yells a lot, hallucinates, yells some more then goes madder. It’s tedious and unpleasant. There’s not much else to say plot-wise. Martine had some interesting interactions with the Master in Glittering Prize that gave the impression she was one of the most perceptive people on callous. But The Master isn’t in this story so we don’t get those interactions, other than a brief hallucination where he’s a vagrant but that doesn’t count. If someone was insistent on telling this story then visuals are the way to go, a great example of this is the Bojack Horseman episode: Showstopper. With only audio it just doesn’t work because there is nothing visual to keep us entertained, there is only the repetitious nature of Martines madness as she eats, runs, hallucinates, sleeps, hallucinates, repeat.
Some of these Hallucinations are bananas as well including one where her Mother becomes a tree -complete with ridiculous voice changer- and then… gives birth to fruit.
Is there anything good about this story? It’s depressing, which I know some people are suckers for, but just because somethings depressing doesn’t mean it’s deep or meaningful. Samantha Béart’s performance as Martine is great but her character isn’t interesting. Theirs a small twist that surprised me where it turns out the Ood was a hallucination the entire time but that doesn’t make any sense because she literally met him upon arrival before the Swenure had time to melt her brain.
I don’t know why Guy Adams thought Martine’s story was necessary. Master Of Callous was adapted from a Conrad book called Nostromo in which there is a similar character who runs off with the rare metal and goes crazy. But in that story, their death was left to the reader’s imagination. Why they decided to make that character's story an entire episode I don’t know, it really ruined the tension that Glittering Prize created.
Lastly, it spoils Sins Of The Father which is unforgivable as far as I’m concerned. If you wanna bother with it then it’s better to listen to Sins Of The Father first.