Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 12/5/16 2:50 am
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This third volume covers one large story told in 3 parts: The Armageddon Storm. This is the name given to a particularly fierce weapon capable of destroying all life on a planets surface, and seriously disturbing the planet as a whole.
It is set in the third season, after Rumours of Death. Del Grant rejoins the crew in a quest to find the weapon, disarm it and stop destruction of the the planet Shorrin, which has recently managed to dislodge the Federation from local rule.
The plans have been found, the weapon has been released – and Vila and Cally still on the planet, caught in the storm.
This third and final episode of Volume 3 of the Liberator Chronicles brings to a close a long, involved tale of the small group of rebels on the Liberator against the mass power of the Federation.
Vila and Cally are trapped on the planet, the Liberator has returned too late to teleport them before the weapon struck and now the atmosphere contains too much interference to operate the teleport anyway.
Avon faces a crisis of faith in himselfas a leader - a role he never wanted - as he realises that Cally and Villa were likely dead due to his decisions, and he compares his experience to Blake’s loss of Gan. However, an unexpected messge has been heard and requires another decision to be made…
Again Tom Chabdon as Del Grant is a great addition to the cast, he and Paul Darrow always fire well off each other and they have excellent dialogue to use. Jan Chappell and Michael Keating are also particularly good, exhibiting the fear and dread such an extreme storm brings to those who struggle to live through it.
The sound effects are particularly good, with lots of weather noises to add to the experience of listening to the adventure. Not so much incidental music, but what there is is its usual high standard. And there is no more hint of the sound lag between actor’s description and sound.
The writing for these three episodes is very good, with the opportunity to visit more of Avon’s, Vila’s and Cally’s characters used well but not cluttering up the narrative. Grant also gains character nuances that are intriguing.
As an aside, in the TV episode ‘Countdown’ where we first met Grant, Avon greeted him as Del – a rather personal touch especially as we have come to believe that personal names among Alpha's were rarely used – even though he had told Blake that Grant intended to kill him and then Avon had actually killed Anna in Rumours of Death - which he told Grant about in the first episode of this trilogy. So although there is still some hostility acknowledged between them, we can see that Grant is slowly coming to terms with his sister's behaviour, while Avon revisits his grief.
This third volume of Chronicles leaves the listener eager to hear more, and I really do recommend purchase of all 12 volumes from Big Finish – even one at a time, or make use of the Bundle options and the semi-regular sales opportunities.
Overall the production values remain very high - the writing good although there is the occasional continuity problem they are generally not glaring - unless you have been listening over and over and over in one long hit (guilty) - and the sound engineering evocative but not intrusive.
The acting is superb as is to be expected with such a marvellous regular and guest cast. It is certainly an excellent way to continue the adventures, even though the cast is inevitable ageing and we won't be seeing them on screen again.
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Nanna Sally Nelson