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1.3 - Counterfeit

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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 11/27/16 5:42 am
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This is the third and final story in Volume 1 of the Liberator Chronicles.
The story is again quite interesting with quite a few twists in the plot – Blake investigates a mining planet situated on the edge of the galaxy, which is staffed by Prisoner-Scientists. But what is the truth behind the activities going on here? And who else is visiting the mine complex at the same time?
Gareth Thomas has most of the work in this story, and unfortunately his voice is really showing his age.. of all the original cast his did not last as well, which is a shame as his rich tones are a part of the charm of the series. But then, everyone gets old – or dead.
Paul Darrow’s part is very secondary but quite important. The other crew members do appear, but only as narrated by Gareth and Paul. However, they are still very true to character and you can just see them behaving the way described.
There are a number of the humourous lines we all remember so well – more so than in either of the other 2 stories in this set. Plus there is a certain amount of suspense to keep the story interesting.
The acting is as usual superb, the music and sound effects very evocative and with my eyes closed I could picture the actors in the scenes described.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/25/14 2:36 pm
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This story was my favourite of the trilogy as it had good old Roj Blake, the wonderful Gareth Thomas in as the lead, and ably and wonderfully complemented by Paul Darrow as Avon. These stories are wonderful in the fact the you simply forget that essentially what we have here is an "unplugged two actor audio drama", you simply forget that the cast is so small, the interplay is top notch as you go between the actors character and the supporting cast, there is never a point when you think, hey this is the same person. It is tantamount to the professional skill and talent that these guys have in abundance. The pace of the story is superb, to summarise Roj Black and Avon go to the mining facility which is rumoured to be mining a element which can turn anything into anything else, the age old tale of lead in gold, however it turns out to be an underhand scheme of lies and more lies, added and abetted by the corrupt administration and staff of the setup. The whole thing whirls along with the wonderful tones of Gareth and Paul. I simply don't know where the time went. Superb Blake 7 stuff and worth every penny, fitting end to this first of the liberator chronicles.
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Reviewed By: majorracalReview Date: 6/1/12 11:39 am
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Without question, Counterfeit is the weakest chapter in the box. Gareth Thomas' voice does sound rather grizzled by his advancing years, but for me the big detractor is the pick'n'mix style of the narration. It's a peculiar jumble with Gareth Thomas sometimes narrating in first person as Blake, occasionally interacting with Avon, Zen or a silent Jenna or else switching to an anonymous third person perspective. It's the latter that rankles most as it breaks the cohesion of the story and could easily have been overcome by allowing all the events to have been told from Blake's perspective.

Whilst I'm pleased to see the original cast playing their roles, it is somewhat disheartening to have them work almost entirely in isolation. The scenes where Blake and Avon interact are few and far between, but they really underline that what is missing from these stories is the fractious family chemistry of the Liberator crew.
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Reviewed By: katrinaauReview Date: 3/10/12 10:28 pm
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A mining plant has value to the Federation and therefore to the crew of the Liberator. However, once Blake infiltrates the mine, he learns that the mine is not what it seems and he has led himself (and possibly the Liberator crew) into a trap.

A good story and some nice touches, but I agree with previous review. Gareth Thomas' voice has degraded badly over the years and he just does not sound like Blake.

I know this is to be expected over 30 years, but it does jar slightly when he is telling the story. It also fascinates me that Darrow and Keating (especially) sound as was whereas there is a substantial difference in Thomas.