Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 11/30/16 8:06 pm
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The third and last story in the second volume. Blake is still on the Liberator, the Aruon Empire is destroyed, so I would place this during Season 2 of the TV series.
Servalan is kidnapped by Cally, who wants to talk to her about the death of Gustav Nyrron. The largest part of this story is narrated by Jacqueline Pearce – Servalan interacts for quite some time with Nyrron. She is really quite viscious – Jacqueline really portrays Servalan in a superb manner. Because we have no vision, none of Servalan’s seductive manner come through at all to gloss over her base behaviour.
Also the acting of Nyrron is very good – I am fast becoming a big fan of Anthony Howell – must listen to other parts of his large body of work. He has a wonderful voice, which I thought I recognised, and I have discovered he was in Foyle's War as the Sergeant, among other things. Jan Chappell is in this as Cally, but not a lot - what there is is great, she is out discover what happened to Nyrron and to extract some measure of revenge for his death.
There is a good amount of backstory for Servalan – things we may never have suspected in her past that have helped build her present, including a passage from her childhood. However, I don’t really think this part marries well with the rest of the story, especially at the end.
As is to be expected, there are unexpected twists in this story… Nigel Fairs is at his usual high standard of writing - he seems to revel in giving us backstories we never expected but ring true.
Of course the production values are the usual high standard Big Finish give us - so much so it is tempting to only mention them if they are not!! And that high standard enhances the horror aspect of the torture - I really cannot stress enough that if you don't want to hear nastiness and screams of pain DO NOT LISTEN.
My major problem with this story IS the rather nasty, graphic description of torture complete with screams and Servalan’s gloating – rather unpleasant all round.
Consequently it will not be high on my ‘must relisten’ list – in fact I only relistened this time to be accurate in my review.
Thank you for reading
Nanna Sally Nelson