The generation ship Willflower is on a mission to colonise
the stars. The crew on board represent a collection of nutballs.
The ship is out of control and on a deadly collision course
with a planet. Their only hope is an engineer who is not who
he says he is...
I get underway reviewing Colony properly there are
a few things I want to get off my chest. Firstly, alarm bells
should start to ring when the name of the author appears at
the top of the cassette cover in bold letters only to be followed
with the words "by the creator of Red Dwarf".
And secondly he was a co-creator of Red Dwarf anyway!
Doug Naylor was also responsible for creating the series.
those minor niggles aside Colony is a mediocre idea
that was obviouls thought up down the pub. My God, it so obviously
borrows heavily from the aforementioned Red Dwarf and
if Douglas Adams were alive he would be screaming at his solicitors
to send Grant a rather nasty letter for nicking his only good
idea that became The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
is not an original idea in here! Futurama, Hitchhiker's
Guide and Red Dwarf have all trod this board before.
Douglas Adams was always seen as a one trick pony - he had
one half funny idea and span it on for years (from Doctor
Who right through to Dirk Gently) and it seems
that Grant is no better.
story isn't all that bad, but oh look. Take away the character's
names and replace them with Arnold Rimmer, the megalomaniac
captain from Futurama (whose name escapes me) and Arthur
Dent and you have pretty much discovered Grant's ploy.
only redeeming quality is that this sham of a story is read
by the talented Mark Williams... which is nice.
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