Reviewed By: Eiphel
Review Date: 9/19/11 12:52 am
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My subscription ended on Recorded Time. I hadn't been at all impressed with Big Finish this year. The Main Range seemed uninspired and dreary, and the Lost Stories misguided and tonally all over the place. I wasn't intending to resubscribe. Instead I was going to go for Tom, or the Davison lost stories, or maybe some Companion Chronicles. Thing is, the Silver Turk seemed really exciting, and I found myself really psyched for the new McGann stories. I changed my mind. I would give the Main Range one last go. But then... Well, to say the press for Doomsday Quatrain was bad would be an understatement. Wow, has it been panned. So I changed my mind again. But I heard enough good things about House of Blue Fire, and I REALLY wanted the McGanns, so I dived in. And hey, you know, I was not at all horrified by the Doomsday Quatrain.
Oh, it's still pretty trad and shallow, but it's at least quite fun and I found it nipped along quite quickly. The concept is very close to The Rebel Flesh, and explored in less depth, but the set dressing is nicer. I enjoyed Nostradamus, though he wasn't particularly historically infused. The performance was David Warner-esque, I felt, and I really enjoyed his scenes. I also thought the Polidons (I know that's not quite right) were a decent bunch, if not precisely standout memorable characters. The other aliens (The names are just completely eluding me tonight) were a bit weak. Fairly typical savages, but not as bad as that style of alien is often done.
The production is lovely on this, as well. The different locations are easily distinguished, and the shifting atmosphere well captured. The music is a pleasure.
This isn't a great story, but actually, maybe, it might be one of the ones I enjoyed most this year. 6/10