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53. The Creed of the Kromon

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Reviewed By: bron_snowReview Date: 9/29/17 7:49 am
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At this point in the monthly series Charley's been drugged and forced to pose as a Count's "dead" wife, kidnapped and forced into the employ of a gentleman's club, almost possessed by a demon to be married off to yet another man, and physically assaulted by the physical manifestation of a Gallifreyan nursery rhyme in the body of her best friend/the man she loves. All of these occurrences are egregious and pretty perversely frequent, but Charley being chosen as a breeding machine and forced to morph into an insect queen has to take the cake for most nauseating yet.

The Oroog is a nice piece of acting. Otherwise, I wish C'rizz and the Kro'ka weren't introduced in this story so I could advise skipping it all together. The dialogue and behaviour of Eight and Charley is really strange, it feels like it was written for two different characters and then transposed onto them. It's so conspicuously odd. An altogether lazy and irritating story.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/13/17 7:52 pm
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I'm constantly getting tripped up by "Does this story require a previous story?" I feel have to defend my choice of "No" for this release, because if you try to listen to it in isolation, you're going to think you're missing something. And that's fair enough. You do need to understand that the Doctor and Charley are trapped in another universe without the TARDIS. But that's literally all you need to know. Besides, even if you have listened to "Zagreus" and "Scherzo" before this, they won't tell you want the Interzone is, or what the Kro'ka is. Those concepts are introduced here with scant explanation. There should be a previous story that explains these things, but there isn't.

I've got mixed feelings about this one. It's not a good story, but I don't think it's terrible. It's just dull and unpleasant. There's nothing egregiously wrong with it. And it's got some things going for it. A lot of people get annoyed by the anti-corporate theme, thinking that idea has been done to death. I have some sympathy with that view, but I don't share it. I think it's important that fiction reflects on the world that created it, and corporations are still very much a thing. They're still running the global economy for their own benefit and they're still threatening the long-term habitability of the planet. So, I'm sorry if that annoys you, but "evil" corporations are going to be thematically relevant for the foreseeable future.

This story also uses the theme particularly well. The Kromon aren't a corporation in the traditional sense. They are not motivated by profit in any typical way. They are, rather, an alien species that has chosen to organize itself according to a corporate hierarchical structure. That's fascinating, and it gives the Kromon their distinctiveness. Otherwise, they're just like any other alien invaders.

I suppose I have to mention C'rizz. I don't quite know what it is that I don't like about C'rizz. I've just never really taken to him. There are definitely things that I like about him, but overall, he just never really worked for me. I like the idea of a non-human companion, and audio is a perfect medium for that, but I just don't like C'rizz very much.
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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 7/1/17 7:03 am
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Nothing special. The story drags on slightly in the middle sections and the "social commentary" is a bit heavy-handed at times, but there aren't really any major problems withthe story.
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Reviewed By: Stuart ClowesReview Date: 6/18/17 8:30 am
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Basically, just dull. The Kromon bear more than passing resemblance to Sil, but without any of the evil charm. Much of the middle section is full of escape, capture, escape, capture. As a satire on big corporations and capitalism it lacks subtlety. A disappointment.