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1.1 - The Turing Test

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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 11/25/16 8:39 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is the first of the Audio Adventures of Blake’s 7 released after Big Finish acquired the rights to produce the series.
All the Chronicles are ‘Two Handers’ – using 2 actors, who tell the story and interact with each other. Other characters are introduced in asides, or retelling their actions.
The performance is enhanced with sound effects and incidental music, which is much in keeping with the sound and music of the original television series.
I really enjoyed this story – it is very clever and well told, and I have returned to it several times. Vila and Avon visit an isolated scientific establishment, and encournter an android. Avon is posing as an android himself, and Vila is passing as his creator.
The interaction between Avon and Vila is very good, reminding us of their relationship in the first 2 seasons of Blake’s 7, sniping at each other but ultimately establishing a uniquely supportive friendship. This story also offers an insight into another side of both Avon and Vila, and allows them to display a more internal understanding of their characters.
As I mentioned, the music and sound effects are evocative of the original series which is a great means of quickly reestablishing the tone of the program. The interior view of the Liberator is slightly expanded, which we never saw on the television largely because of budgetary problems.
As an introduction to a new media for this cult series, I really encourage anyone who is familiar with Blake’s 7 to purchase and listen.
As a series, the writing and production values remain high as does the acting standards. A few of the stories are quite disturbing in later Chronicles – but more about that another time.
Thanks for reading
Nanna Sally Nelson
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/21/14 7:53 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This was my first foray into the Blake's Seven arena from Big Finish, and to be honest I was not disappointed, it held my attention and Paul Darrow as the inevitable Avon, was right on the money from the off, the staccato style delivery of his lines was perfect, and bought back the character from TV to audio in an updated format. Supported admirably by Micheal Keating as Villa, again the role was a first class portrayal. The idea of Avon and Villa under mining the federation by getting into a secret research facility and for Avon to portray that of a android was superb use of the cold character that he normally is. I also formed the opinion that Avon himself is a sort of futuristic Geek, the idea of him identifying his own persona in that of the android they escape with from the secret base, made for a rewarding awakening for Avon has he realised that the android was neared to his personality than to his fellow renegades, I also liked the way he mulls over the love/hate relationship he has with Roj and the fact that he comes over as the pessimist and Roj as the ever optimist, with their ongoing struggle with the powers that have committed them to their fate. All in all I rate this and look forward to listening to the other parts to this series arc and story in the first of the series.
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Reviewed By: templetongateReview Date: 5/18/12 7:12 pm
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Oh, wow. This works. They've done it! And it turns out I've missed that crew, those early days, outer space with flares and '70s working-men hair, the Federation as outposts and industrial complexes. Betrayal and smugness at every turn. Sexy robots. Sigh. Beautiful job.
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Reviewed By: Planet KlibignaitisReview Date: 2/4/12 1:47 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Turing Test is excellent. Simon Guerrier writes for Avon superbly, and Paul Darrow in turn makes the most of every sly aside and impassioned logicality.
Michael Keating is brilliant too as the secondary Vila, and I look forward to the next story, which features him as the main character.
With crystal clear music and effects from the much missed Alistair Lock, this is shaping up to be a terrific box set, highly recommended!