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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/13/19 7:43 pm
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For key information on who was behind the events of “Weapon of Choice,” Roman agrees to allow Arkadian a free hand in a minor intervention right before World War II. However, Arkadian’s intervention is a bit more involved than he lets on and all of the big players in the Gallifrey range so far are brought together on a train. When a time anomaly occurs, the different sets of characters end up on different tracks.

“A Blind Eye” is a solid piece. It’s rare that a Big Finish story so effectively used a phrase multiple times without overusing it. The story wraps up a few arcs but also leaves us a lot of questions including whether any of the answers we’ve received is true. Overall, this is an engaging conclusion to a remarkable first series of Galiffrey stories.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/3/19 8:39 pm
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With most of the details regarding the Timonic Fusion Device seemingly cleared up in 'Inquiry', 'Blind Eye' concludes the first season of the saga in a strange way by setting the majority of the action on Earth. In search of final answers, Romana meets an old friend from a previous story on a Viennese train in 1939. While she's hoping to gain information surrounding the Gryben incident, broker Mephistopheles Arkadian wants a specific amount of time for intervention in the life of one Sissy Pollard. But for what reason and how do Narvin and his lackey Torvald tie into it? Disaster is about to strike from the past and the present and one or two final twists are about to put everything into perspective.

It ends up serving as a fantastic adventure and a great way to tie up everything from the previous season thus far. If you thought 'Inquiry' tied things up in a nice little bow, 'Blind Eye' serves to remind you that even when things seem cut and dry there is always another layer underneath that could still upend everything. The pacing is good, the soundscape especially enveloping, and it feels very different but still appropriate to the style and structure of everything that's come before.

The cast is again great with everyone pulling their weight nicely and with plenty of brilliant surprises in store for longtime listeners. Lalla Ward's Romana is given plenty of stronger dialogue to work with and returning actress India Fisher is great playing a completely different personage to her usual fair in the Whoniverse. But Louise Jameson is the one who gets the biggest amount of depth and growth as the truth about her husband is finally revealed with devastating consequences. It's an extremely emotional moment for her that I'm confident will go a long way in influencing her character and actions for a long time to come.

The one fault with this story is that it's really dependent on knowledge of Charlotte Pollard and her stories with the Eighth Doctor. Considering how extensive that specific history is, that is a major hindrance and a good chunk of the motivation behind what's going on revolves around her situation that is the subject of most of the first couple Eighth Doctor runs (Storm Warning through Zagreus in particular). If you haven't heard those stories specifically, then a good chunk of the last 10 minutes might completely lose you or seem like random expository babble. But if you are familiar with Charley and her unique nature, then 'Blind Eye' is not only going to make more sense but serve as the best story of this first season by a wide margin. It's a powerful end to this initial run and one that leaves a lot open to come for future seasons to come. 
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/23/17 6:03 pm
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Once again, the best part of the story is the subplot involving the mystery of Andred's disappearance, which is more or less resolved with an ingenious twist which will have fascinating ramifications going forward. Looking back over the previous episodes, this subplot was very well-handled from the beginning, and there are a lot of neat little hints sprinkled through the previous episodes that you can catch on repeated listenings. I have minor little issues with this story's reveal, but nothing worth mentioning. My only real complaint is that, for all the narrative space that has been given over to exploring and developing this subplot, it has very little connection to the rest of the story.

Speaking of the rest of the story, that's where this episode really falls down, and falls down hard. It is the very definition of a damp squib. At the beginning of the episode, Arkadian teases us with an offer to reveal who was behind the plot from "Weapon of Choice". In the end, we discover that it was a character who was killed even before that episode began. The big reveal of this episode is that the story we've been following all along actually ended before it even started.

The highlight of the episode is a wonderful performance by India Fisher as Cecelia Pollard. Fisher does a great job of making Sissy feel like an altogether separate character. But Fisher's performance can't make up for the writing. It seems to me that Cecelia is shoehorned into the story for the sake of having India Fisher guest star. The idea of interfering in her timeline in order to recreate the Charley Paradox doesn't make any sense (not least because the Charley Paradox never made any sense in the first place).
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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 5/22/15 11:06 pm
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A brilliant conclusion to the first series of a brilliant range. After the political drama of The Inquiry, this story takes the action away from Gallifrey. The plot is complicated, with a certain timey-wimey feel about it and you do need to keep track of who is where (or when) but it holds together well and the revelations about the identities of various characters are absolutely brilliant.

Lalla Ward is on top form as Romana, showing a depth to her character that didn't always come across on screen. In fact, all the actors are giving their best. It's a brilliant conclusion to the first series of Gallifrey.