Well it was always going to be a hard act to follow. The last few Progs have been excellent, really excellent. With the line up we have here I think we could get close to that quality. Its just here the two thrills I was most looking forward to were a little too opening episodey. Brink
was pretty damned fine up it so called out scene setting as to feel a little too deliberate. I almost wish the two scenes were in the opposite order. The great piece with the worker shooting himself
just seemed to be nailing home what had been discussed before. It did it really well and added far more intrigue but it would have worked better at the start and allowed the second scene to focus more on pressure and character. Still really enjoyed it. Scarlet Traces
fair ponged of Ian Edginton's biggest weakness, poorly hidden exposition. I do love his work do he does suffer when he has episodes like this and after the highs of his superb Kingmaker this felt so heavy.
The Future Shock
was cute and fun, it did feel a bit weird that it was a surprise but still fun. The art at first glance looked soooo polished and seemed like someone the American market would snap up in seconds. It didnt quite hold to close examination but hell for a first go was pretty damned fine.
was a neat, easy one off. Not Wagner's best but Wagner doing stuff he does so well and maybe we've not been treated to for a while so really enjoyed this if it was standout.
What I did love was that the strip I was least looking forward to was the best thing in the Prog, always a treat that. Really enjoyed Deadworld which has left me cold in the past. Not sure why but something clicked and loved this. If that holds and the other strips get to the level I expect that we could be on for some good times.
Will we get another One-off next prog I wonder?