Star Wars Radio Drama. Need I say more? Perhaps one of the greatest science fiction movies of the twentieth century, Star Wars has captured the hearts of millions and lost a few of them along the way as the series went back in time. Of course I’m talking about the prequels, but that’s not the purpose of this review.
This adaptation of Star Wars IV: A New Hope was released on NPR back in 1981. Many others, have been fortunate to get it on audible.com, years after its original broadcast. Those expecting the movie but in audio form, will be presently surprised.
The runtime of the audio drama is 5+ hours and the the movie is less than 3. That means there’s at least 2 hours of extra story that adds more dimensions to the characters. We spend more time on Tatooine in the beginning, getting to know Luke as more than just a whiny farm boy. Or, at least, he has a bigger motivation for wanting to leave the planet than originally portrayed in the movie.
The acting done by Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Anthony Daniels is top quality. However, most of the cast from the first film do not make an appearance. That being said, the only actor who felt out of place was the person playing Darth Vader. Even so, near the end I came to accept the voice.
If there was one flaw early on that drove me up the wall it would be the unnatural timing of Darth Vader’s respirator. It went on and off constantly without any rhyme or reason. Thankfully it became background noise after a while, but when first introduced to one of the greatest villains in history, it came off as a grown man with breathing issues.
Fans of Star Wars and audio drama will be sure to get their money’s worth
Ender’s Game Alive has a wonderful cast, powerful sound effects, and a story that has stood the test of time. Just like the novel changed science fiction, this adaptation does the same for audio drama. It says “this isn’t a worn out medium and here’s proof.” This version was my first experience of the story, having never read the book, and I enjoyed the story.
The opening scene was hard to get through because of the dialogue that was written on the page and I’ve heard the same complaint from people who’ve read the book that the opening was hard to get through. From what I understand, the book starts off with dialogue with no context. It’s essentially two people talking in a white room. Audio Dramas use dialogue all the time as do movies. It’s kind of their thing. I wasn’t sure of the first scenes purpose other than to inform the reader that in this society, having a third child is illegal and how Ender was allowed to be born, despite that law.
The ending felt a bit rushed, at least in the way it was presented, but I can see how it could’ve worked well in a book. The big twist ending was foreshadowed a few scenes before the reveal actually happened and the foreshadowing was like a hit to the head with a hammer. There wasn’t enough time to collect and process the information.
Having watched the movie, I have to say I like this interpretation of Colonel Graff better than Harrison’s Ford’s portrayal. In the movie, he didn’t have a lot of depth. In Ender’s Game Alive, you understand his motivation much more clearly. Those scenes with him and the psychologist were some of the more interesting bits of the story. I felt like Graff cared for Ender like his own son. The entire cast did a great job. Even though these characters were supposed to be kids, I was never knocked out of the story—even in the beginning.
Overall this production is fantastic and there was never a dull moment where I wanted to turn it off. It was more like I had to do it.
Let me say that I’m not a fan of zombie-anything. I feel that this sub genre of post apocalyptic stories is overdone and there are only a handful of good ones out there. “We’re Alive” is one of the great ones
The story starts off pretty basic for a zombie story. The dead have risen and are reeking havoc. It’s only until we are introduced to two of my favorite characters: Saul and Michael that the story becomes interesting. That’s within the first couple episodes as well. I enjoy Saul, because he is just a good person. I like Michael because he’s smart. Screw it, all the characters are awesome, and that’s what makes a good zombie story (or any story for that matter). In a good zombie apocalypse story, the drama comes from the characters. The subtitle of the series: “A Story of Survival” is aptly named, because the zombies are just a backdrop. They may become important later, but as of the season 1 finale, I could really care less about the fact that there are zombies.
Most of the characters are likable, but they are by no means perfect. An excellent example is Michael. He serves as a sort of mentor figure for the people of the apartment complex. However, he also yells at people for a simple mistake. Granted any mistake could cost people their lives in such a scenario, but the way the actor played the character made it sound like the person who caused the accident did it on purpose. For me personally I hate people who do that. On the other hand, Michael is one of my favorite characters. His character flaw is what makes him more rounded and realistic as a person.
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