Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 6/24/17 11:49 pm
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I don't think this story is as bad as it's made out to be. I give it a lot of credit for what it was trying to do. It took risks, and it was trying to do something new and original. I think it's important to recognize that, even when it doesn't work.
And it doesn't work. Good drama should make the audience feel something about the characters and the situations they're in. This story isn't good drama. It depicts drama. All of the emotion is being experienced by the characters, not the audience. This is a very emotional story for Ace, who meets a long-lost brother she never knew anything about, but I wasn't invested in this story at all, and that's a problem. The Ace-Liam relationship is part of the stakes of the story. Ace rejects Liam at the end of Part Two, and accepts him at the end of Part 4. If the story was working the way it should, that would matter. (It doesn't help that, in the fifteen years since "The Rapture" was released, Liam has barely ever been mentioned.)
But so much attention is given to that story that the "proper" story, so to speak (the one about aliens posing as angels posing as DJs at Ibiza's hottest new club) hardly even gets started until Part Three. Writer Joseph Lidster seems to have so much that he wants to say that the story keeps getting pushed to the side. Again, that's a problem, because it means that there isn't time to set important plot points up properly. The big reveal that Gustavo is working with Gabriel and Jude, for example, falls completely flat and doesn't really add anything to the story. (Notice also that what Gustavo says about the children of 1997 is exactly what many people say today about Millennials... the older generation always says that about the young, and it's always a load of crap.)
On the technical side, I really don't like the technique of cutting on dialogue that this story uses. I imagine it's supposed to be fast-paced and modern, but it seems showy and distracting to me.
This story contains some references to previous stories, but nothing crucial.