Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 1/7/19 10:10 pm
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After the previous story in canon that gave Jago and Litefoot an adventure into the far future, "Voyage to the New World" fulfills the second part of the 'new companion' package with their characters and takes them into Earth's distant past. In this case, that setting is Roanoke Island 1590 where the trio is immediately and rather violently pulled into the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. While 'Venus' was more fun and vibrant in terms of energy and tone, 'New World' goes in the complete opposite direction with a darker and more layered edge to its narrative. Matthew Sweet's script delivers a dire but still rather fanciful story similar to his previous outing "The Man at the End of the Garden" that contains a lot of plot but is paced well enough to where you don't notice until it's all over. It also does a lot to push buttons and tug at your heartstrings while bringing some intense characterization and focus in some very surprising places and while it again splits Jago apart from the rest of the team, this time it feels important and a bit more necessary without making a fool of who he is and his character in the process. Baker, Baxter, and Benjamin again prove to be fabulous, Mark Lockyer plays a surprisingly intense Raleigh, and the conflict on both sides of the New World works exceedingly well even if it dries out a little bit before the end. A lot of people prefer this story compared to its companion predecessor because of the more complex plot and darker tone and I personally don't think there's any reason to really compare. It's obvious that these two stories were meant to be heard together and they both stand at about the same level while being different enough from each other to feel like the Yin to each others' Yang. While I had a bit more fun with 'Venus' as a whole, 'New World' is just as good with just as much to love while setting up a fascinating link to Series 5 of Jago and Litefoot's adventures that should prove.....interesting.