A lighthouse in the middle of a thunderstorm. In the lamp
room, a young man is being sketched. Downstairs in the coal
room, newlyweds meet with their architect to discuss plans
to develop the place into a home. On the stairs, two children
play cat and mouse. And somewhere Sapphire and Steel see time
twisting out of shape in front of them...
Finish's Sapphire & Steel series continues to successfully
emulate the format of the original ITV show. Just as the TV
series was a mixture of longer (six- to eight-part) and shorter
(four-part) serials, Big Finish has opted for a combination
of double- and single-disc releases. The Lighthouse
is the first of two single-disc adventures in this run.
his sleeve notes, writer/co-producer Nigel Fairs expresses
concern that his tale of a fractured "storm" of time might
prove confusing and maybe even meaningless to some listeners.
Well, I don't think he need have worried. Though the story
is non-linear, I found that I grasped it the first time around
- unlike a few Faction Paradox and Doctor Who
audio adventures I could mention. Maybe I'm just acclimatised
to the offbeat style of the original Sapphire & Steel
programme, which often eschewed rational scientific explanations.
of explanations, we learn here why children are so often involved
in the agents' cases. Sapphire (Susannah Harker) tells Steel
(David Warner) that the young are less aware of Time and therefore
less wary of it.
Lighthouse doesn't rock boats like The
Passenger or Daisy
Chain did, but it certainly isn't all at sea.
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