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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 11/26/16 7:32 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The second story in the first volune of the Liberator Chronicles stars Michael Keating as Vila Restal and Anthony Howell as Gustav Nyron – a new character.
Vila wakes to find himself on the Liberator in a locked room and his memory is impaired. Nyron helps him to remember what has happened to bring him to this point and resolve it. The story is quite interesting and unusual with an unexpected twist (as expected in all the best stories). If features suspense and a touch of the humour we love to see from Vila.
Michael Keating is wonderful in his portrayal of Vila and his voice is very descriptive and nice to listen to. He still sounds a lot like the Vila we got to know in theTV series, apparently his voice has not changed much as he has grown older. Anthony as Nyron is a great addition as an extra character. He does return a few times in other stories – which is not a spoiler cause I am not going to tell you what he does next!!
Again, the production values are very high – sound effects and music are evocative and greatly enhance the telling. The sound work continues to reflect the tone of the original series, which helps the listener refind the involvement they felt originally.
I like this story, it is very interesting and well written. It would probably be up among my top 10 favourites of this series.
Thanks for reading
Nanna Sally
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/21/14 12:59 pm
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Second story of the box set and this time it is the turn of Villa and Nyrron to lead us through a tightly wound drama, based around the premises of Villa loosing his memory and then retelling a anxiety dream strewn hour or so of well crafted and exceptionally well acted drama to play out. It must be said that on listening to this you do not necessarily get the impression that it is just two actors involved in the telling of the story, you certainly get the sense of this being a much bigger sound scape which encompasses the entire cast of the Blake Seven. Nigel Fairs plays a blinder here as he changes tack, plot and gear compared to other Blake Seven releases either by Big Finish or B7 productions. This drama explores more the character and the psyche of Villa more than anything else. What this story above all else proves that the actors involved now as when this programme was on TV, are exceptionally good at what they do, and for a 40+ year old male Sci Fi fane to re-visit them some 30 years later he cannot quite believe that these people who players these parts were actually as good as they were. Superb production and high quality direction make the second story in the trilogy is left you wanting more.
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 2/15/12 7:51 pm
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The second story in the box is close to being a two man play without any real feel of a reading. The 'he said' 'she saids' are almost plot, and it's another episode where you feel like the whole cast is present, if not talking. Michael Keating recreates Vila nicely, but it is Anthony Howell as Nyrron who makes this something special. He oozes Blake's 7 - all good fun.
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Reviewed By: Planet KlibignaitisReview Date: 2/4/12 1:46 pm
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Right, let's have these released all year round, Companion Chronicles style. Two stories in and I think this is shaping up to be something really rather brilliant. These audios demonstrate, apart from anything else, what good actors the TV team were. Here, Vila is recreated in a story that constantly has you wondering exactly what is going on. Michael Keating plays Vila's mounting curiosity really well, and his moments of unbridled panic are excellent.
Anthony Howell is also extremely good at consistently hoodwinking Vila - and the audience too - and there is even more than a touch of pathos as the end music rolls in.
Another word for Alistair Lock's beautiful homage to Dudley Simpson and sound design. As with the first story, everything gleams about this production, from the performances to Nigel Fair's really enjoyable script.