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Torchwood: Forgotten Lives (2015 Audio Drama)

Big Finish Productions

My rating: 3 of 5

Warning: Mature Audience, because Torchwood

It’s been years since “the miracle,” and Gwen and Rhys have settled into a quiet life with their daughter, far, far away from Torchwood, aliens, and any such things. So it’s with a bit of trepidation that they respond to a late-night phone call claiming that Jack Harkness (whom they haven’t heard from in years) needs their help . . . and yet, how can they help but respond? Leaving their daughter with Gwen’s mother, the two drive to a nursing home in northern Wales, hoping to find Jack and save the world (again). But what they find is enough to leave them more than shaken, even with all they’ve seen in the past.

Forgotten Lives is a pretty solid contribution to the Torchwood canon. It’s a full-cast audio drama set a few years post Children of Earth, and it does make allusions to that, so mild spoilers there. As for the cast, the only main-cast members to show up are Gwen (Eve Myles) and Rhys (Kai Owen). Jack does show up as well (naturally), but not in his own body, so no John Barrowman appearances here–bummer that. The acting is solid, and the flow of the story is easy to follow. I did find it interesting that the story focuses on a nursing home and the vulnerabilities of the people who live there–definitely some social commentary going there, despite the main threat being (once again) an alien invasion. As is typical for Torchwood, this leads us to some dark places, so fair warning there–as with literally everything related to this series, I would recommend avoiding if you’re prone to depression. But yeah, for those who enjoy the series, Forgotten Lives is an interesting continuation going beyond what we got in the show and is worth checking out.

Written by Emma Reeves/Directed by Scott Handcock/Produced by James Goss/Starring Eve Myles, Kai Owen, Philip Bond, Valmai Jones, Seán Carlsen, & Emma Reeves

 

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EXPIRED | Deal Alert: Torchwood & Doctor Who Audiobook Humble Bundle

Calling all Whovians! Right now, Humble Bundle is offering a collection of Torchwood and Doctor Who audiobooks/audio dramas which looks pretty fantastic. The Doctor Who ones include four collections of shorts as well as two full-length stories. Torchwood is all full stories–eight of them! Additionally, there are two interviews, including one with Tom Baker. I’m not sure about the Doctor Who ones, but the Torchwood stories at least appear to be full audio dramas, which I’m very excited about. Because this cast does a great job in this medium (see my review of Torchwood: The Lost Files). Plus, it looks like these are all new stories, not ones included in The Lost Files. So yeah, I’m excited for this bundle if only for that.

If you’re interested, you can find out more here.

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EXPIRED | Deal Alert: DC Comics Humble Audiobook Bundle

So . . . personally, I still have something of a love/hate thing going with DC comics, but I know a lot of people really love them. And I don’t know about you, but I’m a total sucker for full-cast audio dramas. And the idea of superhero comics produced as audio dramas is pretty intriguing, I must admit. So yeah, right now Humble Bundle is offering a number of DC comics (looks like mostly pretty classic ones, not that I’m familiar enough with the publisher to say for sure) in full-cast audio drama format. If you’re interested, you can find out more here.

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Torchwood: The Lost Files

BBC Radio 4torchwood the lost files

My rating: 4 of 5

Spinoff of Torchwood

Following the dramatic conclusion of season 2 of Torchwood, Capt. Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, and Ianto Jones are still on the case protecting Earth from alien threats. Whether it’s close to home or at the bottom of the Marianas Trench, Torchwood is ready to do whatever it takes–hey, most of the time they enjoy the challenge and the adventure. They’re that sort of people.

So, The Lost Files is a BBC Radio 4 audio drama set shortly after the conclusion of season 2 (mostly) of the TV series. It stars the original cast members, which is a big plus for me (I love John Barrowman and Eve Myles’ work on this show). The audio drama consists of three separate episodes of around 40-45 minutes each. Is it strange that I actually like this better than I liked the original TV series? I think the plots are fairly similar to what you’d see in the show, but the ideas are adapted to work well in a full-cast audio drama sort of setting. The actors adapt well to being off screen, too. One of the things I liked was that, while still consistent with the original TorchwoodThe Lost Files isn’t quite as sexually oriented, or even maybe quite as cynical, although it still maintains a much darker tone than, say, Doctor Who. Speaking of, there are a number of fun Doctor Who references thrown into the stories, which is always fun. And the third episode of The Lost Files, I must say, is kind of cathartic after watching Children of Earth; that was unexpected and nice. I guess mostly I would only recommend this drama to those who have already watched and seen at least the first two episodes of Torchwood, although there aren’t a ton of spoilers, so it might be OK as long as you’re familiar with the basic setting and plot. Either way, it was interesting; I wish they’d done more than three episodes.

Directed by Kate McAll/Written by Rupert Laight, Ryan Scott, & James Goss/Starring John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, & Kai Owen/Based on Torchwood by Russell T. Davies

 

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Shiritsu Horitsuba Gakuen

Manga/Audio Drama Written by: CLAMP

Audio Drama starring: Sayaka Ohara, Jun Fukuyama, Kazuya Nakai, Shizuka Itō, Miyu Irino, Daisuke Namikawa, Tetsu Inada, Yui Makino, Mika Kikuchi

In one reality, Sakura and Syaoran traverse universes seeking memory feathers; in another, they are normal students attending Horitsuba Private Academy. Along with their classmates (Watanuki, Doumeki, Himawari, and the Mokona duo), Sakura and Syaoran enjoy (mostly) peaceful days together–going to class, making Valentines Day chocolate, playing games, and generally having fun. Except that the headmistress Yuuko likes to have fun at their expense . . . and typically drags the other teachers, Fai and Kurogane (and later Yui), into the mess!

I absolutely love Shiritsu Horitsuba Gakuen! I’ve loved the characters from both Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC ever since I first read these manga, and it’s always made me sad that they had such tragic situations to deal with. So getting to see them having fun in a “normal” school setting is really fun. The plots are sillier than most of CLAMP’s work and almost entirely character driven (read “Yuuko driven”). The story is episodic, with four audio drama episodes and four (plus an omake) manga shorts (for now). Both audio & manga were originally released in Shonen Magazine and Young Magazine in Japan, and to my knowledge, there is no official English release of either. The manga are in classic, beautiful CLAMP style, and decent fan translations can be found online. The audio dramas are wonderful, starring the original cast from the respective anime; however, they’re a bit less accessible if your Japanese isn’t fluent. Still, the stories and acting are great, and it’s a good chance to boost language skills, right? (Plot summaries are available here if you’re interested.) In any case, I highly recommend both the manga and the audio dramas of Shiritsu Horitsuba Gakuen to anyone in the mood for some goofy fun, and especially to those who like Tsubasa and/or xxxHOLiC.

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Introducing the Media Room

This blog is primarily devoted to the reviewing of print materials, basically because most of the stories that I love are in print form. However, there are some stories that I truly enjoy that are originally, or solely, found in a medium other than print, such as a movie, TV show, audio drama, video game, or visual novel. In order to share some of the stories in these media that I have found particularly enjoyable, I have added a new page to this blog, the Media Room. Currently, the page is extant but unpopulated; however, I will be adding at least some titles in the near future. I hope you find the stories presented there to be as enjoyable as I have!

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