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The Byron Chronicles: The Coming Storm – AKA: “Did They Just Say What I Think They Just Said?”

Posted in Darker Projects with tags on August 30, 2009 by Random Frequent-Flyer Dent

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Byron Chronicles is my favorite Darker Projects show by far, and I have something of a problem with reviewing it without bias. I’m going to try my best, though.

I’m not going to lie; at first, I wasn’t too sure about whether this episode was absolutely brilliant or a swing and a miss, and I was leaning towards the latter.  Maybe it was the introduction of the new characters and a new story arc, maybe it was the fact that I was still getting used to the show’s 180-degree turn into unfamiliar territory, but whatever the reason, my first response to The Coming Storm wasn’t one of love at first sight. I guess I was so used to the focus being on Edmund and Leviathan throughout the rest of this season’s episodes that this abrupt paradigm shift kind of caught me off guard. That, however, is something you’d think I would have learned about Darker Projects  by now; what they do is so different, so unlike anything you’ve ever heard before that when they whip out something like this, you’re caught completely unprepared. Nothing is what it seems; not only is this true for The Byron Chronicles, but for Darker Projects itself.

The only problem I had with it was the fact that the beginning minute or so with Byron and Cullen Tate talking in the sewers was completely unrelated to the rest of the episode.  I remember listening to it about five thousand times when it was released back in April as the Season 2 preview and thinking that it was absolutely brilliant, and it was a tiny bit disappointing to find out that the rest of this long-anticipated episode had nothing whatsoever to do with the first few minutes. Again, I need to learn to expect the unexpected from DP, because they hardly ever do what you think they’re going to do. This short little opening scene is necessary, though; it’s a segue between the events that have dominated the focus of the series for the last five episodes and this new story arc, which I’ll return to later. It’s also a brilliant piece of writing, and one of my favorite moments from the series.

I liked the fact that a few old faces turned up in this episode, including Agent Katharine from way back in the series premiere, The Taint. Sometimes, I wish that Darker Projects wouldn’t post the cast lists directly beneath the download link and live feed on their website, because it gives a lot away; personally, I try not to look too closely at the credits before I listen. That’s how the series finale of The Section 31 Files was ruined for me, and I think that this episode would have had a far greater impact on me if I hadn’t seen Chris’ and Katherine’s names listed. However, her re-appearance was still something of a shocker. Chris is the one who asks the question we’re all wondering about: Didn’t she, I don’t know, get eaten by zombies, or something? Well, yes and no…

Another somewhat less familiar character who makes a surprise re-appearance is Sam, the barkeeper at Dante’s, an establishment catering to humans and the other races alike. Now, you might be asking, “Who’s Sam? What’s Dante’s? This has never been in The Byron Chronicles before!” Actually, you’re absolutely right. This character really hasn’t ever been in The Byron Chronicles; not officially, at any rate.  You may or may not be familiar with an episode from the Darker Projects series Night Terrors; it was called ‘Byron’s Tale’, and serves as a prequel to the events of the proper series. The short story details why Logan was after Byron. In this story, Byron finds Lilith at Dante’s, and this is where the character of Sam makes his brief appearance.

Now, before you go rushing off to download ‘Byron’s Tale’, which is what I did when I heard about it, I feel I should let you know that it’s really not that good. Actually, it’s bloody awful. Not the writing, which is awesome, but the acting, which isn’t. This is from the earlier days of Darker Projects, and, well, production values weren’t as high. Plus, you won’t hear any familiar voices—not even David Ault’s. Yes, that’s right. Somebody else is playing Byron. (Ironically, Byron is voiced here by Tom Davis, who also voiced Logan in another DP short: Devil’s Due: A Polite Conversation.)  I’m not going to stop you from downloading ‘Byron’s Tale’, but just remember, I did warn you…

Speaking of Chris and reappearances, I am extremely delighted to note that Laura Post, who was the voice of Chris up until the episode ‘Autumn Twilight’, has returned to the role. Due to conflictions, Laura Post was sadly unable to record for the episodes ‘Autumn Twilight’ and ‘Autumn Dawn’. The part was played by Melissa D. Johnson, who tried her best to fill the enormous shoes left for her. This is extremely unfortunate; those two episodes were great, but they would have been so much better with the proper cast. Hopefully, all of that is in the past now that Laura Post has returned to take her rightful place as Chris Sparrow. Welcome back!

This brings me to the only other thing I found strange about this episode. Anyone who listened to the last few minutes of ‘Autumn Dawn’ knows that due to his desire to keep Chris safe, Byron told her that he didn’t care about her and that he didn’t want to see her again. Did I mention that this is right after Chris told him she loved him? You’d think after parting on those terms, their meeting in ‘The Coming Storm’ would have a little more tension, especially since Cullen Tate reported in the beginning of the episode that Chris wasn’t feeding or even getting out of bed. Other than some very awkward moments, however, Chris and Byron’s reunion shows no sign that any of the aforementioned events ever happened. Maybe it’s the fact that they aren’t in friendly company, but no mention is made to the events of ‘Autumn Dawn’. In fact, Chris seems perfectly fine, and their relationship seems to go back to what it was in Season 1. Huh.

A few interesting details popped up in this episode: In the beginning, Byron alludes to the fact that being mortal is something that has happened to him before, a long time ago. He also reveals that he has lost track of how old he actually is, joking that he might be ‘due for retirement soon’. It is also revealed that he helped the European coven of vampires draw up the official rules regulating vampire’s interactions with humans: the Masquerade Pact. (One of my personal favorite moments from this episode is when Byron also claims that he helped Moses with the 10 Commandments, and that the original list had included 14 commandments until Byron suggested cutting it down to a ‘nice, round number’.)

Another detail mentioned in passing was equally intriguing, and I wish there had been time to expand on it more. When Byron goes to meet with Demitri, the leader of the European coven, the clandestine meeting takes place in an abandoned high school. As the group walks through the deserted hallways to the auditorium for the meeting, Byron says that the school is haunted by the spirits of people who’ve died at his hands. After the not-so-pleasant walk down memory lane we witnessed in the Starlight Dreams, I have a renewed curiosity about Byron’s past. It seems the more we learn, the less we know, and I’m really hoping that this is something that will be touched on again in a later episode. I’d also like to know why all of those ghosts are haunting a high school…

At the beginning of this review, I mentioned a head-spinning plot twist. Again, let me remind you that if you haven’t yet listened to ‘The Coming Storm’ (which you should have, since it’s been out for three whole days!) you are about to get the living daylights spoilered out of you. Consider yourself warned…

There is an instance in this episode where Byron quotes a famous line from an equally famous novel while mocking the overly formal and melodramatic way in which both the vampires and the Order speak.  When he said, “Welcome to my house, Come freely, go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring “, the bibliophile in me jumped up and shrieked “DRACULA QUOTE!” while the little ironic voice in my mind whispered about how funny it would have been if Byron had actually met the Count.

 About two minutes later, I found out that he had.

Not only that, but Dracula is actually going to be in The Byron Chronicles, trying to start a world-wide war between the Lycans and the Vampires.

Anyone who claims that they saw that one coming is a liar.

 So, despite my early misgivings, I have now come to the conclusion that The Byron Chronicles Season 2, Episode 5: The Coming Storm is brilliant, and that every time I think I have this show figured out , I’ll find out that I actually don’t.  I’m eagerly anticipating next month’s installment, and I’m extremely curious to see how this new twist will be incorporated into the plot.

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Click here to listen to The Coming Storm: www.darkerprojects.com/byronchronicles.php

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Star Trek: The Section 31 Files Review… Part 2 AKA Daleks and Cybermen and Borg, Oh My!

Posted in Darker Projects, Uncategorized with tags , on August 28, 2009 by Random Frequent-Flyer Dent
 
Star Trek: The Section 31 Files …Part 2!
 AKA: Daleks and Cybermen and Borg, Oh My! 

I’m going to say something now that I never thought I’d say. This is very hard for me to do, and goes against everything I believe in. I’m advising you not to listen to the third season of The Section 31 Files, if you haven’t already. Why? I’ll explain.

The story from Season 1, Episode 1 onwards has been about the disruption of the timeline, and the Destroyer. It was absolutely brilliant, and its conclusion did it justice. The myriad of tangled plot threads finally came together into one great big tapestry of epic. Season 2 wrapped the series up beautifully, and by beautifully, I mean I actually started crying when Bishop died. (Best. Last words. Ever.) Everything was tied off in a nice, neat, head-spinningly epic two-part finale, and the story could and perhaps should have ended there.

Now, don’t get me wrong: the first three episodes of Season 3 are brilliant. (Escape from Rura Penthe Parts 1, 2, and 3.) They give a little more backstory on Mak; Apparently bad things happen whenever he tries to retire and live the quiet life: Most recently, it ended with his assassination. Before that, he got stuck on a planet full of criminals and mutant cannibals, and before that…there was Rura Penthe. Those three episodes are great. The rest of the season kind of goes downhill…and I’m not the only one who’ll admit it.

Usually, in any medium, when the Daleks show up, things start getting good. Not here. Any other day, a Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover would have sent me into spasms of joy; I might even have had a seizure and ended up in the hospital. Maybe that still would have happened if Season 3 hadn’t been spoilered for me by an extremely heartless person, but then again, maybe not. Sure, the thought of the Borg  in hand-to-plunger combat with Daleks is pretty epic…but after the amazing conclusion of the storyline back in Season 2, it just seems superfluous.

So, in conclusion, the Section 31 Files takes its well-earned place among the ranks of the few things to make me cry. (The others are: the Doctor Who season 2 finale, the Torchwood season 2 finale, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. (I was two! The Queen was scary, all right?) It is one of the best shows Darker Projects has to offer…right up until Season Three, Episode 4. Listen if you want to, but for the best experience possible, end the show with ‘Hour Of Judgement, Part 2′, or maybe ‘Escape from Rura Penthe, Part 3′, if like me you’re a fan of Takila Mak.

You know, everyone makes mistakes, sometimes:

Steven Sommers made The Mummy 3: Look! Jet Li!

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made Indana Jones & The Kingdom of the Blatant Stargate Palagarism.

Chris Carter made The X-Files: I Want To Disappoint My Fans.

Fox canceled Firefly.

Eric Busby made four Section 31 episodes too many.

Let me quickly clarify.

There is one huge difference between Section 31 and the aforementioned abominations: Season 3 really isn’t all that bad. I actually sort of liked it, because, come on: It’s a Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover. What’s not to like? Borg, Cybermen, Daleks…Bishop. The only problem is that it seems a bit unnecessary, and takes away from the genius, epic, utterly brilliant, tear-enducing Season 2 Finale. Other than the ‘Rura Penthe’ story, I’d say, if you absolutely love the Section 31 Files…come back to it later, after the epic feeling that comes from listning to the Season 2 finale has worn off a little bit and you’re not making comparisons.

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Listen to Escape from Rura Penthe, which is brilliant, has one of my favorite Darker Projects quotes of all time (The O.S.H.A. bit), and includes a hilarious Men In Black II reference: http://www.darkerprojects.com/section31.php

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NOTE: A big, huge thank you to  the people who’ve been reading this blog… especially the ones from Darker Projects itself! This started out as something to relieve boredom and has now become something that other people enjoy! It really is an honor.

Just for the record, I intend to write a review for each new episode of each new show that comes out, as well as going back and doing series reviews for discontinued shows such as The Falcon Banner, Generation 1, Sword of Windsor, etc, as well as any other shows that get less ‘traffic’. Hopefully, I’ll eventually review everything… (You can imagine an evil laugh there, if you’d like…)

The Section 31 Files Review, Part 1 AKA: Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

Posted in Darker Projects with tags , on August 26, 2009 by Random Frequent-Flyer Dent

There’s something interesting about looking back.  As a writer, I occasionally drag out stuff I did years ago and look it over, to see how far I’ve come.  Sometimes, it’s depressing. Other times, it’s inspiring.

This is somewhat but not altogether unrelated to Star Trek: The Section 31 Files from Darker Projects. Actually, it has more to do with Star Trek: Pioneers, an early DP project tucked away in the Vault. There’s a disclaimer on the first episode which tells prospective listeners to start with the newest installments and work their way backwards, so no one gets a bad first impression. I’ve listened to ‘Pioneers’They’re right. Of course, that show is from the early days of DP…and everyone has to start somewhere.

What does this have to do with The Section 31 Files? It’s really embarassing for me. Way back when, I downloaded the first episode of  S31 just to see what all of the fuss was about. I wasn’t impressed by the first episode, which I didn’t finish due to what I percieved as an overabundance of cheesiness. Afterwards, I said something I really, really regret now, and I assure you that I have since eaten a lot of crow. With shame, I quote:  “Some of these people sound like they recorded lines on a text-to-speech program.” (Note: Past Me was a first-class idiot. I think this has been established now. Future Me will hopefully be less stupid. Present Me is still learning.)

After recently listening to and absolutely loving Lost Frontier, I decided to give S31 another shot since apparently, it’s something of a ‘prequel’ to Frontier. I re-downloaded the first episode, listened, and…downloaded the next ten. I loved it. The thing to always, always keep in mind about Darker Projects  is that they improve very, very quickly. Like the Borg, but in a good way.  Any wrinkles present  in the first episode of Section 31 started to iron themselves out by the end of the first story arc in Episode 4.  And that’s just the first few episodes of the first season: There are three seasons altogether. I suppose what I’m getting at her e is that you can’t judge a book by its cover…and you can’t judge a podcast by the quality of it’s first episode. Now, I’m midway into Season 2, and the prospect of running out of episodes makes me feel sad inside.

Another great example: the Night Terrors episode ‘Byron’s Tale’, the David Ault-less ‘prequel’ that later became The Byron Chronicles. Now, don’t get me wrong; The Byron Chronicles  is my favorite Darker Projects show. I think its perfectly brilliant. ‘Byron’s Tale’, however, makes me cry inside. 

I suppose what I’m trying to say is if you haven’t listened to The Section 31 Files yet, or if you plan to, just give it a chance to get warmed up. It’s worth it, and the first episodes really aren’t as bad as I might have made  them out to be. The characters are great  (cases in point: Bishop, Judah, and of course, Takila Mak) , the dialogue is well-written and at times hilarious, the storyline is intriguing , and the music… well, lets just say I heard ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ ‘Serenity’ and ‘Doctor Who’ in the mix, among others. Plus, it’s a completed series, so no more of those evil cliffhangers! I’d also recommend listening to it before Lost Frontier, which takes place after Section 31 in the timeline.

So, let me offer a formal apology for ever saying that this show was crap (I’m going to the Special Hell for that one), and provide you with the download link. : http://www.darkerprojects.com/section31.php . Happy listening…

EDIT: As I’m writing this bit now, I’ve officially finished Section 31. It was brilliant. I cried. More on that in Part 2…

Lost Frontier Episode 14 Review

Posted in Darker Projects with tags , on August 25, 2009 by Random Frequent-Flyer Dent
Star Trek: Lost Frontier, Episode 14 Review
AKA: “But…I Thought They Brought Back Mak…”
 Let me emulate one of those MasterCard commercials for a moment,  here…

Coffee and Muffin at Overpriced School Cafe: $7.50

Expensive Textbook for Class You Really Don’t Want to Take: $150

Checking Facebook Before Your Long, Boring Psychology Lecture & Finding Out That A New Episode of ‘Lost Frontier’ Came Out And You Can’t Listen To It For At Least Three More Hours: Priceless

There are some things money can’t buy. For distractions during class, there’s Darker Projects.

 So, instead of paying attention to what I’m sure was an extremely important and fascinating lecture on the human mind or whatever that class is about, I was focusing on two things, and two things only:

1. How much time was left before I could bolt back to my dorm room and download the episode

and

2. How much the professor sounded like Eric Busby. (But that’s a story for another time.)

About halfway through the lecture, I realized that I needed to get my priorities straight. Why was I at college, anyway? To go to class and learn things, or to muck around on the Internet and listen to Darker Projects?

 Guess which one I picked.

 So, instead of working on my Math homework or studying Psychology, I give you my review of Star Trek: Lost Frontier 1×14 (or possibly 2×01?)

 I recently finished the first two seasons of The Section 31 Files, and I’m glad that I listened to that show first. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, S31 is a prequel to Lost Frontier, and Lost Frontier makes a lot more sense if it isn’t listened to first.

This episode in particular is a prime example of this; about half of the episode is a flashback.

Several characters from The Section 31 Files have popped up in the sequel: Emperor Korg, Judah Friese, and, of course, Takila Mak. It was revealed back in Episode 4 (I think) that the Nosferatu had been destroyed, along with several crew members, and it was said back in Episode 1 that Captain Dalonna was missing.

When the episode opens, the Enterprise is summoned by Korg, who urgently requests their aid. After learning of Mak’s death, Korg reveals that he has found his daughter, and that he needs help to rescue her. Fans of The Section 31 Files know who he’s talking about immediatly, but people who decided to skip S31 and go straight to Lost Frontier will probably assume, like the majority of the characters do, that Korg’s daughter is also a Klingon. Their mistake is soon corrected; Korg is speaking of his adopted daughter Dalonna, one of the missing Starfleet captains.

That’s just the first half of the episode; the rest is comprised of backstory. The fate of the Nosferatu, the reason Dalonna and the survivng crewmembers parted ways, how and why Mak ended up on Korsava 4, and the genesis of the One True Federation and the civil war are only a few of the elements touched on in this episode.

The only thing that disappointed me about the latest installment to the show is that they didn’t bring Mak back. When I saw Mark Kalita’s name on the cast list for this episode, I was very, very happy. (In case you haven’t noticed, Mak is my favorite DP character. After Byron, of course…) Then I listened to it, and felt a little let down. No Mak. Just a flashback. Still, one of the writers of the show has said that as long as Lost Frontier is still running, there’s a chance that Mak might come back. Personally, I share Korg’s opinion: It is impossible that he’s actually dead. I just hope he doesn’t go all evil. Again.

That’s a petty little thing, however, and really no big deal in the scheme of things. (Did I really just type that? I can’t believe it…) This episode is great. I can’t tell whether it’s Season 1 Episode 14 or Season 2 Episode 1, though, but that doesn’t matter either. What matters is that Lost Frontier is back, Lost Frontier is awesome, and that just maybe…

…They’ll resurect Mak.

Again.

Check out Episode 14: The Valiant, Part 1 at: http://www.darkerprojects.com/lostfrontier.php#0113

Far Horizons and Green Lantern

Posted in Darker Projects with tags , on August 20, 2009 by Random Frequent-Flyer Dent
NOTE: For some reason, no matter how many times I repost or edit this page, the text is always really weird, and the hyperlinks won’t become hyperlinks like they’re supposed to. Please, try to ignore the formatting errors. Technology may not hate me, but there is definently a deep-seeded dislike between us.
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This post is late. Very late. In the confusion of moving halfway across the state, I haven’t had the time to review the newest TWO offerings from Darker Projects. So, I’m going to combine the two reviews into one, because I’m still unpacking. Why is it that packing takes less time than unpacking? That just isn’t right.  

#1) Far Horizons Episode 3: Into the Unknown

IT HAS RETURNED! I remember listening to the first two episodes of Far Horizons way back when. I thought it was pretty good, but since there were only two episodes and not much actually happened in those two episodes, I didn’t really get into it much. Episode 3, however, is something else altogether.
The plot revolves around Mankind’s first contact with extraterrestrials. No, it isn’t little grey men: It’s an alien construct found drifting in the asteroid belt. This while investigating the construct, the crew of the Art Bell (named for the founder/host of the paranormal radio show Coast to Coast AM) is transported to an unknown part of space.

That was where Episode 2 left us back in 2007. I’ll admit, I wasn’t all that impressed with the first two episodes. I thought it was another generic space epic. Episode 3, however, goes more in-depth as the crew explores the construct and discovers an extremely unsettling message left behind by the last sentient who set foot on board. I’m not going to give away details, but my first thought after finishing the episode was “Now we’re talkin’!” After a somewhat rocky beginning and a two-year intermission, Far Horizons has returned…and I’m excited.

Check out the return of Far Horizons, the original SciFi series by Eric Busby: http://www.darkerprojects.com/farhorizons.php#003

 

#2) Green Lantern 1: Blackest Night
I am going extremely out of my depth here, so bear with me. I have always been more of a Marvel fan than a DC groupie. Except Batman and the works of Alan Moore, I pretty much blew half my paycheck exclusively on Marvel comics. Therefore, I have no past experience with the Justice League, I haven’t read the series this show is based on, and the only thing I knew about the Green Lantern was that…um…he has this ring, see, and it…does stuff.

 

So, even though I can’t vouch for Green Lantern: Blackest Night‘s faithfulness to the source material, I can tell you with all honesty that it was definently enjoyable. Not one of the best, but how can you really tell from a 10 muinute introductory clip? Still, it made me want to go pick up the comics and see what I’m missing.

The characters are all well-cast, and despite the relatively dark subject matter, there are still some humerous moments. While this isn’t the first thing I’d recommend downloading from Darker Projects, it’s definently on the list. I’m definently anticipating episode 2 of this brand new series!

Christof Laputka’s “The Leviathan Chronicles”

Posted in The Leviathan Chronicles with tags on August 7, 2009 by Random Frequent-Flyer Dent

NOTE: Leviathan Chronicles was a finalist in the 2009 Parsec awards! Congratulations!

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www.leviathanchronicles.com

This is not a review of a Darker Projects show. I know, I’m shocked too, but I do try to diversify a little.

You may have heard an impressive-sounding preview on the end of a couple episodes of The Byron Chronicles or Doctor Who for a show called… The Leviathan Chronicles. It caught my attention because of the name alone, and my conspiracy theorist mind immediately began jumping to some conclusions that shall not be expounded on here. In short, I went to listen to this brilliant series simply because the word ‘Leviathan’ was in the name. (Three guesses as to which DP show I’m obsessed with, and the first two don’t count.)

There are, however, so many more reasons why this groundbreaking debut series by author Christof Laputka should be on your listening shortlist. To name a few: Production quality, amazing writing and acting, and an entirely new concept shedding some fresh light  into the dark world of science-fiction cliches. Oh, and the website is, for lack of a better word, epic.

The Leviathan Chronicles tells the story of a young genetic scientist named Macallan Orsel who becomes unwillingly caught up in a hidden war between two powerful groups of immortals who want to use her (or destroy her) to achieve their own ends. I really can’t say more without a) giving away the masterfully twisted plot or b) having an in-text fangirl moment, so I’ll leave it at that and tell you to get on over to www.leviathanchronicles.com and see for yourself.

Writer Christof Laputka, (a fan of The Byron Chronicles, on an ironic and completely unrelated note) has issued a challenge to all listeners/fans of his ‘podiobook’: To raise awareness and get more listeners, each person currently following LC should try to bring in at least five new people. Now, I doubt that five individual people might view this page in a year, but I’m doing my part to try to expand the audience. It’s just like the way I name-drop Darker Projects in literally every conversation and pester people into going to the website and downloading things.

So, if you’re reading this (if there’s anybody out there…) then for your own good, go listen to The Leviathan Chronicles. If you love the stuff put out by Darker Projects, BrokenSea, Pendant Productions, or a similarly awesome group, then I assure you, you will be right at home with The Leviathan Chronicles. If you stumbled onto this blog by accident and are by some miracle still reading, click here (www.darkerprojects.com) and then click here. (www.leviathanchronicles.com)

Now, I’ve counted, and there’s a grand total of three links to The Leviathan Chronicles website in this post. Here’s another one, so you can’t say you didn’t see it. www.leviathanchronicles.com . Believe me, you will not regret this. There are 19 episodes out so far with #20 on the way within the next week or so. ‘Book 1′ will be wrapping up shortly, followed by a few months’ hiatus so some buffer episodes can be created…so now’s a great time to jump in!

Batman: No Man’s Land

Posted in Darker Projects with tags on August 6, 2009 by Random Frequent-Flyer Dent

 Yet another late-in-coming review of one more brilliant Darker Projects show that I haven’t been listening to. In the months between putting my iPod through the wash and finally getting a laptop, I hadn’t been keeping up with Darker Projects as much as I wanted to…

But now, it’s catch-up time. And what better place to start than Gotham City?

In preparation for listening to Laura Post‘s adaptation of the novel Batman: No Man’s Land by Greg Rucka, I made a point of familiarizing myself with the source material — standard proceedure, for me. The book itself was absolutely brilliant, and I was eager to have my high expectations fulfilled yet again by the amazingness that is Darker Projects.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Even though only the prologue and 2 other episodes are out now, No Man’s Land already has the makings of a brilliant show. From what I’ve heard so far (The prologue and 1/3 of Episode 1) it is faithful to the source material while also making the necessary adaptations for audio drama. With the novel fresh in my mind, I can make a pretty good comparison, and the overall verdict is that if you liked the book, you’ll love Laura Post‘s version. If you didn’t like the book, listen to the DP version anyway. It’s that good.

Still, there’s bound to be some challenges ahead: For example, there’s a character in the book named Cassandra who speaks a grand total of…lets say five words throughout the course of the entire novel. That’s right, she’s mute. A mute character in an audio drama? Well, if anyone can do it, it’s Darker Projects.

Speaking of voice acting, not only did Laura Post adapt the story, she also stars in it and if I remember correctly, she is either the director or in charge of post production. Either way, it’s impressive. It also provides a very understandable explanation for why the episodes are a little slow in coming.  I think that’s the definition of having a lot on one’s plate.

All in all, if you’re a Batman fan, someone who enjoys the post-apocalyptic genre, or simply have some extra time on your hands and want to experience a little more of what Darker Projects has to offer…click the link below.

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Batman: No Man’s Land: http://www.darkerprojects.com/nomansland.php

And support author Greg Rucka by purchasing the novel from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Mans-Land-Greg-Rucka/dp/0671774557/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1249542164&sr=8-5#