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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/8/17 1:55 pm
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There are one of two things about this episode that just don't make sense to me. So there's this nightclub in London that represents a forward-looking, cosmopolitan vision of the UK as an diverse, multi-ethnic democracy strongly integrated into the rest of Europe. It seems odd to me that a nightclub would have such a specific political identity, but I really don't know anything about nightclubs. Anyway, I totally get why a bunch of white nationalists would target such a nightclub for a terrorist attack, and that's exactly what happens here. I don't get why they would try to blame it on Muslims, which is also what happens here.

Also, if you have the ability to brainwash people into committing terrorist attacks by calling them on the phone, and you want to blame Muslims for blowing up the nightclub, why would you brianwash a white Scottish man into blowing up the nightclub? Why not brainwash the actual man you intend to frame? That would make it a lot more believable. That way, when someone looked at the CCTV footage of the attack (which evidently wasn't damaged by the attack), they would see a Muslim man. Instead, Dalton instantly realizes that someone is trying to foment racial hatred by falsely accusing a Muslim. (Incidentally, whatever happened to that guy who they framed? Presumably he was a real person, and he wasn't the suicide bomber, so where is he?)

It makes sense for a bunch of white nationalists to try to foment racial hatred against non-whites, but surely the best way to do that would be to use your brainwashing device to get Muslims to commit terrorist attacks. It doesn't make sense to use your brainwashing device to get the Deputy PM (of Indian ancestry) to commit suicide on live television in order to save her family from another terrorist organization. Sure, that will increase the general sense of panic, outrage, and confusion, but it will also whip up public sentiment against white nationalists. Whipping up both sides of a conflict doesn't make sense if you identify entirely with one side of that conflict.

These sorts of questions are very frustrating to me, but I understand that they may sound like nitpicks to some people. And, to be honest, the story is still pretty enjoyable despite everything I've said so far. It's tense, it's got a good pace to it, and it's fun to listen to. On the other hand, there are a lot of other things I could mention, like the PM taking military advice from his Press Secretary, and the fact that the script gives absolutely no indication that there are any members of UNIT other than Chaudhry, Dalton, and Hoffman. Or maybe how a man identifying himself as police murdered Hoffman right out in the open, and nothing ever came of that. To me, these aren't nitpicks. This is sloppiness. Carelessness. It suggests to me that the writer (and presumably the script editor also) never bothered to think through the story at all.

But again, despite all of that, it isn't a bad story. But it doesn't make sense, it kills off most of the regular cast, and it leaves me wondering, with just one episode to go, what the hell this series is even supposed to be about.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 10/12/15 4:34 am
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3rd outing for the Big Finish take on U.N.I.T I must admit I didn't enjoy this one as much, it is definitely moving further away from Who and more into the realms of something else. This little drama, continuing the with building of the characters by retention of the core acting, well at least for most of the episode. We are presented with the main core excluding the Brigadier. [spoiler alert]They are not shy in killing off what appear to be main characters in this and Dalton is un-ceremonicly put to the sword for the greater good at the end of this without a second thought or so it appears. [ end of spoiler] A corrupt government minister whose illegitimate daughter in tow, has set about through subliminal hypnotic suggestion, and a quit smoking helpline to turn individuals into killing machines or human bombs. When the first incident occurs it catches one of U.N.I.T's own in a club, needless to say this leads to a very unfortunate ending for Hoffman, but, the interesting thing is he manages to get a message to Chaudhry informing her it isn't what it seems. Chaudhry and Dalton try and un-ravel the goings on, but not after several more incidents have occurred and deaths a plenty.

What strikes me apart from my constant rambling's around this being removed from the Who and more in line with Counter Measures is that in this early release, I have noticed that they have not shy'd away from bad language and more than often reference to sex and infidelity. Something that as been removed from the subsequent releases from the company. This does give it a little more gravitas however, as it makes it stand out as a much more adult release than I have become use to, it handles the story in a more realistic and grown up manner. Which I think adds to the overall story. I enjoyed this not as much as the first two releases from this 4 release set, but it moves the story along a nice pace, and you can sort of feel it moving towards a inevitable ending to the whole piece.

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