Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 4/15/19 2:03 pm
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Time is of the essence in the final story of the set as the Eleven's past is suddenly put in dire danger. Using data gathered from the prior adventure, the TARDIS team are led to a mysterious moon that ties into the history of the Ravenous themselves and potentially a way to stop them completely. It all seems a bit too easy but a conspiracy is about to come to the surface and there's something lurking underneath that's rather hungry.
'Odds Against' starts out rather predictably with a murder mystery surrounding glitch-like monsters stalking and killing in a monastery. But a big twist cleverly hidden rearranges a good chunk of things we thought we knew up to this point and from there the surprises keep coming moment after moment. It's another story which really is hard to review simply because none of it should be given away by description immediately. So much of it depends on suspense and surprise for it's biggest and hardest hitting moments but it's well worth it for what we end up getting in the long run.
The soundscape, script, and pacing are all utterly superb and once again the cast give it their all with Paul McGann and Mark Bonnar standing out particularly. McGann continues to capture his Doctor effortlessly but the way the fear and tension from these creatures shake things up for him gives him plenty of fascinating moments to chew on. It's here that his character is perhaps at the weakest he's been since the end of his run with Lucie Miller and it's another incredibly strong performance for him. But really this is Mark Bonnar's story as the Eleven giving his most memorable outing in the role since the first time we saw him. As to the reason why, however, that would be telling. But let's just say that there are many moments that will make fans of this character such as myself very happy and he owns every minute he is focused on here.
With the way it plays with your expectations and all of the things it does right, this is another story that's hard to find too much fault with. It does take a bit too long for those bigger moments to happen to where your attention does wander at times and I was also expecting a bit more of a direct tie-in at the end to the Master and his incarnations given how much the last set supposedly focuses on them. But these are very small faults in a good core that may keep it from being perfect but certainly not outstanding. As a result, I would say that 'Odds Against' is perhaps the strongest finale that 'Ravenous' has given us so far with a great ending that sets things up (mostly) beautifully for the final installment in October.