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|Great Who and an even greater end|
Morbius the first time, is a classic even if the fish bowl is a little silly. This is a strong finish from sisters of the flame, the story I would give 9 but the ending and session cliff hanger makes it a 10.
|By:||Doug, Pocono Summit, PA, USA|
|Date:||Saturday 21 February 2009|
|Rating: || 8|
Finally, a second Morbius story! A further exploration of the character was a great idea, as all we had before (officially, anyway) was the single story, The Brain of Morbius, which itself dripped with delectable backstory. The Vengeance of Morbius dips into the dark legend a bit, and is a fantastic season-ender, but is ultimately a little too rushed. If good enough material could've been developed for this, a third episode could've been great here, to make this truly epic. Even so, what we've got, even with the rather limited "screen time" the resurrected Morbius actually gets, is quite an event. The Time Lords fear his return so much that they quarantine Gallifrey and are time-scooping any stragglers that could be used by his devotee, Zarodnix, very ably played by Kenneth Colley, for Morbius' resurrection. And the Sisterhood fears the return of Morbius so much that they're ready to vaporize any stragglers they come across. Either way, it's big trouble for the Doctor. In spite of all efforts, Morbius does indeed return, and wreaks vast havoc on the galaxy. As I've mentioned, The Vengeance of Morbius has an epic quality to it, which is ultimately cut short and rushed to its conclusion. As a result, the listener may feel a little cheated, but what we get is so enjoyable that it's still very satisfying. And the cliffhanger ending to the season leaves that tantalizing anticipation of the next story, next season...
|I Said Morbius Didn't Amount To Much|
|By:||David Layton, Los Angeles, United States|
|Date:||Sunday 23 January 2022|
|Rating: || 7|
"The Vengeance of Morbius" is a title whose promise is not really kept. After "Sisters of the Flame," Zorodnix has managed to resurrect Morbius, who now has robbed the Time Lords of their power from the Eye of Harmony. Morbius has waged a ten-year reign of terror, conquering many star systems. We are told all this rather than actually getting to witness it. Everything seems to be going Morbius' way; however, the genetic process that brought him back to life is not stable. He needs to extract Time Lord "essence" or something like that, to stay alive, and the one Time Lord he possesses is running out of essence. So, after the main characters from "Sisters of the Flame" are brought together, in a way, it comes time for the mano a mano showdown between The Doctor and the weakened Morbius. The whole just seems to me to be a waste of many opportunities for complexity and development and subtlety. Why, for instance, is Haspira so keen to have The Doctor killed? I kept waiting to find out that during her time spying on Zorodnix for the Sisterhood, Haspira secretly became a devotee of Morbius, effectively a double-agent. That would have been interesting. Otherwise, her eagerness is unmotivated. We are still left with the mystery of what makes Morbius so powerful. The story clips along at a nice pace. I just wish there were more to it.