Gaia’s Voyages Episode 5 Parts 1 & 2 Episode Review! — It’s Heeeeere!

I have a shirt. It’s blue. On it, there are words, and the words say, “Procrastinators Unite! (Tomorrow). I feel as though I should be wearing that shirt right now, because I am a procrastinator of epic proportions. See, the reason this review is a twofer is because…gulp… I never actually reviewed Part 1 when it came out back in the beginning of September.

Well, it all worked out, because now parts 1 and 2 can be united together in one review of shiny goodness and oh, the happiness overwhelms me in great joyful waves of joy. Sigh.  

So, without any more ado, here’s the review of Gaia’s Voyages, Episode 5: Grumbles and Jump Starts, Parts 1 & 2. (To simplify things, I’ll just review episode 5 as a whole, and pretend that it was never split into parts.)

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Let me begin by saying that one of my favorite things about this series is the the charcter Zeet (James Rossi), Gaia’s robot caretaker and devotee. Every time he makes an appearance, I have to pause the show so I can giggle madly. This episode was no exception — poor Zeet suffers a nervous breakdown after his robot staff goes on strike. Robots. On strike. Try to even think about that and keep a straight face. I dare you.

 This episode is called ‘Grumbles and Jump Starts’, and I can tell you straight away that there’s a whole lot of the first and really only one of the second…and that the characters do a little more than just grumble.

It seems like everyone has a bone to pick with someone, and they don’t tend to pick it very quietly or peacfully… and that’s good, because if all the characters decided to sit down and settle their differences over a nice pot of tea, the show wouldn’t be half as good and we’d all get very bored. Some not-so-nice but very shiny examples of lovely conflict are: By-the-books Commander Mycroft Beckert (David Ault) and the Vengari assassin Armarok (Mark Kalita) get into the first of many arguments. Armarok and his new underlings, the Firestorms, have a not-so-nice little confrontation in which leadership is questioned and ass is kicked. This was a very exciting episode, but the best part is that based on the few behind-the-seens peeks I’ve gotten into the future of ‘Gaia’, I can tell you that the actioness and excitement keeps getting better and better. (Notice the fact that I had to invent a new word, ‘actioness’, to describe this and future episodes. I’m quite proud of it.)

I abhor spoilers, and that certainly makes me a hypocrite because I include them in pretty much every review regardles of the fact that I usually put disclaimers at the front. I don’t know why I put those disclaimers there. I don’t read them. Why should I assume that anyone else does? Anyway, I suppose my point is that beyond this point, I will be discussing specific things that happen to a specific character, so if you haven’t listened to either part (although you’ve had plenty of time to listen to the first one, so I won’t apologise there), I suggest you stop reading right about here.

Another of my favorite characters who pretty much makes the show for me (Other than the two obvious ones, that is,) is little Natty. (Played by the talented Natasha Damroth.) One of the things that bothers me about other series and about audio drama in general is the fact that the child characters are very rarely played by actual children. I understand that it can be difficult to find a kid who fits the part, can enunciate, and has the attention span to record lines, but still, it’s kind of annoying to hear people pretending to be small children. This is one of the reasons I don’t like anime much. It is also one of the reasons I like ‘Gaia’ so much. The character Natty is actually voiced by a very talented 7-year-old girl, and she’s another one of those characters whom I usually have to stop the show and giggle over. I started liking this character even more in Episode 5, when she ceased to be an adorable and amusing plot point and became an important and pretty epic main character. Without giving too much away, I’ll just say that I love the fact that a 7-year old, albeit a very special 7-year-old, saved the day pretty much on accident while everyone else failed. That makes me happy inside.

There’s another point I wish to make, and I feel odd focusing this entire review on the characters, but wow, do I love Mark Kalita as Armorak. He redefines the term “Creepy Badass”. I’d have to say that all in all, my favorite part about Gaia so far and this episode in general is the characters…and there are a lot of them to choose from. There are so many shiny examples of great writing and acting throuout, especially here in Episode 5. There’s some great talent here, both behind the scenes and in front of them. The only problem is, there are so many characters that it’s hard for me to keep track of them all. A new character will be introduced, and I won’t remember them the next time they start talking. I blame this partially on my poor memory and my tendancy to to do other things while listening to these shows, but for me, at least, the enormous cast somtimes gets tanged up in my head like shoelaces that have been victimized by little knot-tying creatures. That’s my only gripe about Gaia, and it’s small beans compared to the big picture.

Overall, I’m liking each new episode of ‘Gaia’ more than the one that came before… this show is absolutely nothing like what it’s made out to be in the trailer, and it’s heading in entirely strange, new, epic, creepy, and exciting directions.

To listen to Gaia’s Voyages Episode 5: Grumbles and Jump Starts, Parts 1 & 2, click this wonderfully lovely glowing link. –> This one. <– (In case there are any other wonderfully lovely glowing links around.)

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As soon as I manage to get The Robot With A Human Brain vs. The Insidious Octopoids to download properly, I think I might  be doing a quickie review for it later this week. I’m excited. I really am.

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