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36. The Rapture

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Reviewed By: nukirisameReview Date: 11/6/17 6:37 pm
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One of the worst Big Finish stories I've sat through. It's almost offensively bad considering how it handles topics such as drug use and religion with such haphazardness, plus the amount of young people-bashing in it. Other than that it's an embarrassing soap opera for episodes 1 and 2 before it realizes it has to have some sort of Doctor Who-ish plot. Then it becomes an exposition dump in episode 3 and a runaround in episode 4.

You could probably enjoy this one in a 'so bad it's good' way, especially the soap opera stuff, but with 7 and Ace being my favourite Doctor and companion I could never fully get into that mindset.

The sound design is the best thing about this by far, and it's not even as good as it could've been. The setting of a nightclub is well-realized and the music can be pretty impressive at times, but certain scenes (especially cliffhangers, I noticed) are done in such a confusing... I guess 'artsy' way. I'm sure it was intentional as I think they're supposed to be acid trips, but it really makes for frustrating listening.

Still, it's something I can appreciate, so it doesn't get absolute bottom marks, but I'd highly recommend staying away from this one, especially if you're a big fan of Ace.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview 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.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/5/16 11:07 pm
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The best thing this story has going for it is it's music. The story begins with a cute opening that set up a remixed theme. Both the opening and closing themes are worth a listen, but that's about all that's worth a listen in this release.

In many ways, the story represents a step back from the end of Colditz which saw Ace choose to start going by her last name, "McShane," which signaled a growing up which is not realized at all in this story unless you consider going out and getting stupid drunk with a bunch of unlikable strangers. The story takes on a soap operatic feel as she meets her long lost brother that she never knew existed. The Doctor pscyhoanalyzes the villain and is at his most shouty and unconvincing. The material brings out the least likable aspects of this duo.

At the same time, most of the other acting is weak or over the top. The reflections on religion are weak and often feel random. Other than the music, there's nothing to commend this story.

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/1/15 7:33 am
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"Ibiza, 1997, and thousands of young people are acting like mindless zombies.

Which is to be expected. Ibiza, the island of dance music, sex,drugs and alcohol, is the ultimate hedonistic paradise.

God has sent help from on high to save the sinners of Ibiza. He has sent His angels to save their souls.

Which would be simple enough if these souls didn't include an alien time-traveller working in a bar, a woman who disappeared in 1987, a young man carrying a photograph of a girl he's never met and an Irish girl who doesn't even know who she is anymore."

'The Rapture' by Joe Lidster has a nice update of the theme tune in keeping with the setting of the story. It is based in Ibiza 1997 where two angels are brainwashing clubbers, and Ace finds out a secret about her family. The usual soundscape is swapped out for a faux nightclub atmosphere which is nice enough but you don’t get the impression of people shouting over others to be heard which is probably because most of the lines are being phoned in. This creates a slightly unconvincing back drop for the action, but that’s really just the nightclub scenes. This compounded by some of the acting being a bit am-dram. There are some awfully unconvincing accents in this.

Beyond all that there is significant filling in of Ace's back story which is a jarring experience for her as she is feeling shell shocked from recent advents. Ace is now insisting that people call here 'McShane', in an attempt to distance herself from her past. Personally I found all the jumping around between peoples altered perspectives and cutting to other scenes was quite confusing. There are a lot of reverb effects applied to one scene that bounces about between characters with music in the background. I listened to it twice and it was just a mess. And that’s a cliff hanger!

Apparently the reason Ace's father didn't go back for her when he left her mother was he couldn't be bothered to go back for her!? Ok, so he cared enough to take his son but his daughter he cared so much about apparently...., meh! Plus it's got an amazing dull resolution.

Remember kids just say no to drugs ... and 'The Rapture' cos it's a bit crap!