Intent on apprehending the fugitive Elfi Drago San, Judge
Dredd and Psi-Judge Karyn board Justice One for a trip to
the Boranos System. Finding their quarry proves simple but
returning to Earth less so when the Judges become caught in
the crossfire between the warring clans of Earth's forgotten
really love the way that this series constantly changes so
that you are never sure whether the episode will be one that
is played entirely for laughs or a tense, action packed play
with a moral message at its core.
Planet falls into the later category. And what a ride
Big Finish has for the listener this time around. Is
Drago San really the corrupt individual who spits in the face
of law and order? Or has he uncovered a few frightening truths
about how the law is governed in MegaCity One? What about
the crimes that the Law men dish out in the name of justice?
Greif is perfect as Drago San. He is easily Dredd's equal.
In fact, you get the feeling that if things had turned out
differently he would have made a great Judge. And the scenes
shared between them have been scripted so that Drago San questions
everything, while Dredd follows the law to the letter no matter
what the outcome. While Drago Sans is portrayed as the black
sheep of the story it is Dredd's mindless sheep characteristics
that are put under the microscope.
Drago Sans intelligence is later brought into question (as
most villains is once they've trapped their nemesis) when
instead of killing Dredd he decides to leave him stranded.
Doesn't Drago Sans know anything about Dredd? He should have
killed him. But, then what would Big Finish do in 2004 for
its Judge Dredd range?
not sure whether it was intentional, but there is a rousing
section of music for this story that sounds not dissimilar
to music from Blake's 7 - seemed too much of a coincidence
for my liking, what with Greif guest starring.
also worth pointing out that India Fisher is extremely sexy
as Shamthri and brings to this production one of the best
characters to be introduced to the series.
was also amused at how the conclusion has a slight nit-pick
- events earlier in the story could have been sorted quicker
thanks to a revelation at the conclusion. But, writer Dave
Stone addresses this issue very tongue in cheek.
great way to conclude Big Finish's 2003 series of Dredd
audio productions. Let's hope that 2004 brings stories of
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