Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review 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.