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|Chapter 2 wows, rest a talky|
|By:||Siskoid, Moncton, NB|
|Date:||Friday 14 October 2005|
|Rating: || 6|
I like more than dislike The Rapture, but it's due to 2 things really: Ace's subplot and Chapter 2's collage editing.
The plot itself isn't anything great, especially as it turns into a babble-a-thon in the later parts. Don't tell me, show me, I always say. The theme of mental illness running through it fails to capture my imagination. And though the final reveal has been called predictable by some, it came much too out of left field for me. I have real trouble with the Caitriona character as well.
But beyond that, Ace's reunion with a long-lost family member has some real emotion behind it, and isn't unrealistically dealt with. Her day off is an interesting idea too, even if I haven't read the relevant McShane material in the New Adventures novels.
To me, the real star of this audio is the collage technique which comes to a head in chapter 2. Anyone interested in audio editing should listen to this and how the story is woven. Gimmicky in places perhaps, but since the story deals with club DJs who mix tracks for a living, I think it was quite clever and well done.
Overall: Story's kind of naff, and there are few characters to care about, but the editing and Ace's story hold some interest.
|By:||David Layton, Los Angeles, United States|
|Date:||Saturday 2 December 2006|
|Rating: || 4|
There is so much pop psychology drivel in The Rapture that it is just hard to listen to. We get several speeches about what kids seek in Ibiza (the previous reviewer did mention how talky this show is), a drugged out depressive, an insane artist, some nonsense about co-dependency so that the story can justify a fourth, otherwise pointless, episode. All of it comes straight out of Psychology For Dummies. The confrontation between Liam and Ace seems designed mainly as an excuse to have Sophie Aldred go on another spree of "acting" in the form of petulant over-reaction. This is not her fault, just the fault of the way Ace is constantly being miswritten. A surprise is Tony Blackburn, who handles his role very well. It is not all that easy to play oneself in a drama. He is especially good in the montage segment when Caitriona is freaking out.
|Making Ace having is difficult|
Rapture starts off in typical style, with the compelling idea Ace has finally had enough of all the doctors tricks and watching people die. But this strong start in parts one and two, quickly tumbles into a weak fumbling plot which just seems to ramble on. Whilst good to finally see Ace's long standing subplot resolved, she is ready to start moving on, but Rapture is just a bad story.