The fourth installment of The Michelangelo Code concludes in epic fashion. Once again the casting choices shine brightly. And Archer & Armstrong's character arcs come full circle in a way that just works.
The sound mix did some very interesting things this time around, and I enjoyed the concept of a character who communicates with everyone without speech. On occasion some of the more vivid imagery gets lost in translation, but overall the mix accomplishes the job.
This installment certainly leaves me wanting even more audio adventures from these two. But when considering the episode as a season finale, it isn't super satisfying. Future plot threads are sown, laying the groundwork for further installments, which the production treats as a beginning rather than an ending. While I do appreciate that approach to an extent, as a listener with no clue when or if another installment will drop, I would have preferred just a little more closure in this episode.
On the whole, episode #4 wasn't as thematically strong as the previous installments. But what it lacks in thematics, it makes up for by bringing things full circle and opening the Valiant Universe at large up for further storytelling in the audio realm.
To say I'm excited for the future Valiant audio dramas would be an understatement.
4 out of 5 stars.