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It's basic & familiar, but also funny

By:Jared Star, Portsmouth, United States
Date:Wednesday 27 October 2021
Rating:   7

Suzie Costello’s second Torchwood story is a shallow retread of the familiar plot of “Boom Town.” But, it is still somehow pretty fun!

Suzie and Margaret are bound by an extraterrestrial device. Which, is exactly what you think it is. Alien bracelets attach themselves to Suzie and Margaret. “If the bracelets move too far apart from each other... ZAP!”

The exploration of Suzie’s character was intriguing. At least, when Margaret wasn’t there to practically shout to the viewer “Hey! This is how you should feel about Suzie! I’ll speak aloud her character traits for you!” Meanwhile, Margaret herself was a mixed bag. Again, she was mostly there to shout Suzie’s character traits, but the abstract exploration of her character was very well done. Lines like “I love Solitaire. A game where you have all the cards, I could play that for hours!” really does a great job at showing who Margaret is, instead of telling the viewer. However, she’s also fickle. She keeps saying that she doesn’t want to kill Suzie because Suzie is necessary and Margaret doesn’t want to drag her dead body everywhere, but then she tries to kill Suzie anyways! Multiple times. Whether it be by a car crash or physically hunting Suzie.

Although, most of the poor characterization issues aren’t as in-your-face as other stories like “Death and the Queen.” This story keeps a fun tone with some neat dark humor moments. It’s unique to see a Torchwood episode that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Making funny episodes in this range could bring something really unique to Big Finish. The banter in this episode is certainly not your typical Doctor Who jokes! Plus, the ending was quite clever. I didn’t expect it to be honest!

All in all, this is nothing stand-out, but it’s fun. The characters are the main focal point, but the writing is hit-or-miss with them.

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