So for a long time - years now, really - Ive
had this growing suspicion that everything was, well, everything
was just wrong... Join Jason Kane - author, adventurer,
hero and inveterately polysyllabic hyperbolist - on his most
exciting adventure yet! Hes going to Hell and back on
an impossible quest to stop a man with the powers of a god.
Along the way, there are monsters and explosions and unseemly
contretemps in the odd posh restaurant. The battle will be
hard and will require every last iota of Jasons famous
cunning. What can possibly go wrong...? [Bernice Summerfield
Kane fans certainly have a cause for celebration. The character
recently took centre stage (twice over!) in Dave Stones
Two Jasons. Now here he is again, taking the
lead in the latest Bernice Summerfield audio drama,
also written by Stone. He even gets his own theme tune, a
funky, decidedly 60s-sounding adventure-show-style piece.
In view of the series title, though (albeit graffitied over
with Jasons name), Benny (Lisa Bowerman) does appear
briefly, in both a flashback and a voicemail message.
The Two Jasons, the plot is concerned with the unreliability
of memory. Jason (Stephen Fewell) discovers that not only
has Braxiatel (Miles Richardson) been tampering with his memory
but hes also been meddling with history itself. This
interference is cunningly used by the author to explain various
inconsistencies that have crept into Bernice's adventures
over the years. Brax's sinister plans also symbolise creative
directions the series has taken under different editors, who
have tended to make life difficult for Benny and her clan.
with the novel, Mira the telepath (Caroline Lennon) reappears.
Given her characters development in The Two Jasons,
I would say that, contrary to the placement notes on Big Finishs
website, the book takes place after the audio drama.
On the other hand, an aspect of Jasons character arc
in the novel is resolved here.
revelations disclosed here have turned many of my assumptions
on their heads. I had come to believe that the most recent
two seasons take place post-Time
War. However, comments made by Braxiatel suggest
that the Time Lords are still alive and well, though probably
still hiding inside the bottle universe they obtained in the
New Adventures novel Dead Romance. Having said
that, it becomes clear that Brax has interfered with local
history to such an extent that all bets may be off in terms
of tying this series in with Doctor Who continuity.
ending is a real jaw-dropper. Hmmm, maybe not such a cause
for celebration for Jason Kane fans after all...
CD closes with exciting-sounding trailers for the next two
productions (I cant wait!) and a medley of music by
Matthew Cochrane and David Darlington, including Jasons
groovy theme tune.
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