Reviewed By: Seblem
Review Date: 1/22/19 5:11 pm
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This is the first Big Finish adventure that really disappointed me
I'll start with the positive:
I really enjoyed Darwin at first and I always enjoy Evelyn Smythe and this Doctor and I really like it when Evelyn gets to explore history further.
Darwin got on my nerves about halfway in, hitting us over the head with evolution > creator myth which is true of course, but it gets very very old. Also, I think this is the first time I was really just taken out of the story because of acting but Jane Goddard as Greta was just really unconvincingly shrill and annoying and her accent was awful.
A very subjective point but the story didnt keep me engaged and I got bored after a while and the messaging of the piece just confused me. For that I want to highlight a specific scene
About one and a half minutes into part 4 Evelyn and the Doctor talk about the treatment of humans/apes under Silurian rule:
It is explained that the reason there is a missing link in human evolution,(which in our world doesn't exist) is because the Silurians genetically modified humans to be more productive food. This is compared to how humanity treats cattle, which in my opinion is a fine and reasonable although often explored metaphor in sci-fi, but it's also compared to the way humans are genetically modyfing crops and how those crops can spread out over the countryside and kill their rivals and therefore "taking over the world after turning your back for 5 minutes"
The second part is where it falls apart. The first homo sapiens existed at least 100,000 years ago so that's at least how old the Silurian gene modification must be. Humanity didn't start overcrowding places or hunting animals to extinction until in comparison to 100,000 years fairly recently and at that point, the story explains to us, the humans weren't at the evolutionary state they were 100,000 years ago anymore, since the new humans were able to resist the Silurians' mind powers.