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Come on, we’ve all done it. We’ve all downloaded a cheeky little something we shouldn’t have. After all, what’s the harm, eh? You never get caught. No-one knows. No-one knocks at your door and tells you you’re about to die.
Turns out, there’s something hiding in the internet. It knows what you’ve done. And it’s going to stop you.
Before writing this review, or even (legally) downloading the file, I got the sense that torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor (and yes, that is it’s proper name, not “Cascade”) was going to be somewhat of a unique experience from Big Finish. Call it a hunch. That means that this review may not be exactly what you expect from a GallifreyArchive piece of work; but if Big Finish can do different, by heck I’m going to try and review it to the best of my ability. So here it is, my review of torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor.
Don’t illegally download anything. You never know which file you’re actually going to get. If, like me, you’ve listened to every Torchwood release ever from Big Finish, you may just get a sense of deja vu. Downloads can be corrupted, and even worse, downloads can themselves corrupt.
What I love within the first five minutes of listening to torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor is that it sets itself up as a mystery on it’s own. Usually in these releases, we go along with the main character throughout the mystery. But this is different. This time it’s up to us to piece together what’s going on. Amongst the madness. Amongst the corruption. Amongst the noise.
You’re told repeatedly to stop listening to this file, to torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor, but how can you? It’s so intriguing in such a bizarre and unique way. You can’t help it. And more and more throughout the story, you get the sense that you might actually benefit not listening to it.
Don’t ỉ̴̢l̴̗̈̌l̴̥̓̄e̷̤̿g̷̯̖͒ȁ̴̠l̷͖̭̓l̵͈̊̇ỷ̸̢ download anything. You never know which file you’re actually going to get. If, like me, you’ve listened to every Torchwood release ever from Big Finish, you may just get a sense of deja vu. D̵̜̃o̸̭̾̈́w̸̰̋̽ͅn̴͇̽l̷̢̈͘õ̷̧̰a̸͕͇͛d̷̳̲̈́ṣ̵̘̈́ can be corrupted, and even worse, downloads c̶̬̊̈́a̴̹͠n̸̡͑ themselves corrupt.
Chances are, if you’re reading this review and you enjoy Big Finish, you’re at least a little bit tech savvy. You should at least understand what a download and a torrent is. You should defiantly know what a computer virus is. What Scott Handcock does brilliantly in torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor is that he makes you scared that humanity may be able to catch the most dangerous virus ever.
It’s incredibly difficult to review torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor, and if you listen to it, you’ll understand. But I think it’s safe to say in my preface that I was right, this is a unique experience; and one that’s difficult to subjectively review in terms of story. torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor isn’t really a story, it is truly an audio experience like no other that I’ve ever heard.
Saying that, the ending is don’t illegally download anything. You n̸̪̳̺̳͖̙̥̜̑̽̽͐̆̓͆̀͒͐̊̀̃͠ę̴̡̱̦̗̠̜̪̫̗̻̰͚̖̫̮̭͎̟̳͙͖͐̈́͐͒̈́̋̾̿̕͠͝v̶̡̧̟͕͚̱̪̹͖̦̦͔͇̳̯̞̘̰͌̓͋̎̊̌͂̀͌̕͘͝ę̴̡̨̪̝̝͎̠̝͉̠̗͇̰̣̳͔̲̳̘͍̳̉̑͋̐͐̔̽̌͒̔̿̕̚̕ͅr̴͙͈̭͖͇͖̠̰͈̀͐͆ know which file you’re actually going to get. If, like me, you’ve listened to every Torchwood release ever from B̵̧̼̜̪̖̗̣̄̎̊́̀ì̴̧̦̲̙͈̮̦̫͓̝̥̩͍̱̍̏̕͠g̷̘̒͋̈́͆̈́͂̓̆͝ ̵̡̛̤̲̩̦͕̏͊͂̊̅̎͋́̈́̿͑ͅF̷̣̥̪̍̌̅́͌̆̅̅̊̔i̵̢͙͕̱̩͙̗͙͈͖̐͑n̸̨͎̼̟̹͓̠͇͍͎̼͇̈́͗̽͒̓͌̅͒͒̓̕͠ị̷̡̡̻̳̗͍̘̻̫̤̼͇̺̅͜ŝ̵̡̡̢̬̰͍͉͚͙͍̖̤̙̟̬͓̦͖͓̠̯̃̇͛͘̕͜ḩ̶̠͉̣̹̠̬̯̼̳́͗͑́̌͜͝, you may just get a sense of deja vu. Downloads can be corrupted, and even worse, downloads can themselves corrupt.
Saying that, the ending is rather satisfying, if a little bit cliche. But it really does work well in the context of the story, and then there’s a forty second snippet that is a mixture of confusing and bittersweet and yet totally understandable.
Saying that, there are a few aspects of this story that I can review; the main one being the sound design. I would love to have seen Rob Harvey get to work on torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor. The editing on this release is insane, both in the context of insanely good and insane in general. There are callbacks from Torchwood’s history in ways you never believed, and if, like me, you’ve listened to every Torchwood release ever from Big Finish, you may just get a sense of deja vu. Rob Harvey is truly the master of this story, along with Scott Handcock; personally, I would absolutely love to see how Scott wrote this script as it must have been an absolute doozy.
Oh, and by the way, the ending is never really the ending is never really the ending is never really the ending is never really the ending.
Or is it?
Ḑ̴̍o̷̯̒n̶̨̓͑’̶͕̏ť̶̻͓͝ ̴̤́i̴͆̇͜l̴̺̓ͅľ̶̻ḙ̷̘̓g̴͕̀͛͜ä̶̜́͠ͅl̴̛̰̱̐l̴̘͗ỳ̷͍̩ ̴̰̩͘d̸̜̯̃͗o̸̪̾͂ͅẁ̴̙̠n̵̯͂l̴̦̎͝o̶͙͍̍a̵̦̔d̶̘̞͛ ̷̰͖̒̚a̵͈̗͋n̷͔̊y̸̨̛̬t̷͎̚h̵̗̱͋̾ĩ̴̝n̶͓̂g̵̖̥̀͒.̷͚̌ ̷̱͈̃Y̸̧͙͛ȍ̴̘͗ͅư̶͛ͅ ̵̟̯̑n̸̜̆e̷̡͓͌̾v̸̟͒è̴͙̌ř̷̤͌ ̵͍͚̓͊k̷̙̺̿͠ň̷͖ǫ̵̜̃w̶̳̞͗ ̶̨̄̊w̷̧̻̌h̴̝̑i̶̫̚͝c̵͗͜h̵͙͓̍ ̶̣͔̓f̸̥̜̊í̷͍̓l̴͓̫̀ė̷̘̩̚ ̶̤̇ỵ̴̛̈o̵̘̳̿̐u̶̅̄ͅ’̷̡̜̊̕r̴̹͇̔ȩ̶̮͒͗ ̸͍͜͠ã̷͍̚c̸̱͙̓t̸̟̦͌u̵͔͑͘ͅa̷͌ͅḷ̴͛̊l̷̩̉ÿ̵͙̼́ ̴̦͗̑g̸̬̙̏͠ǫ̴͑͝ͅi̸̳̅͘ň̷̺̬̀ǵ̷͕͈ ̶̰͍̽̽t̴͉̃ō̵͓͋ ̵̥̖̐g̵̞̀e̵̜͎̓t̴̲̅͒.̵̼̓ ̸͉̰̉͘I̷͔̐f̵̖͔͠,̷̰̏͜ ̵͓̐͗l̶͈͝͠í̴̹̈́k̵̝͗e̴̠͘ ̴͔͑m̷̻̘̓̕e̷͈̋,̴̅͜ ̶̡̽̽y̵̰͉͑̓o̶̫̒ṵ̶͉̃’̴̖͍̂v̷̫͈̊e̵͙̊ ̴̳̜̋͝l̸̨͒i̴̭͖̐ṡ̴̥̑t̷͌ͅḙ̴̢̌͠n̷̨̲̿̋e̵͈̭͛d̴̢̙̾ ̶̝͕̌͝ţ̸̗̇̊o̶̗͝ ̵̭̅e̸̹̅̓ͅv̸͓͖̂̇e̶̻̤͗͝ŗ̷̰̄̒ẏ̶͍͔ ̴̥̔Ṫ̸͓̝o̶̧͋͋r̸̛̝̙c̴͓̠͆ḩ̴̄̐w̸͉̉o̴̝͕̚ö̷͍̩́d̷̛̼̓͜ ̴̜͕̋r̵͖͓̈́̋e̵̥͐l̴͈̩͌̀ẻ̴̼͍́ă̶̧̻ṡ̴͚͚e̴͔̲̓ ̷̩̗́͂ȇ̴̻̞v̶̠̫̈́͋ȩ̸̠̑̔r̵̙̐ ̵̱̳̓f̶͈̤̿r̶̯̯͐͒ô̵͙̰͑m̶͓̥͛͌ ̵̛͈̒B̵̪̪̋͠ì̵͔̝g̸̝̝͋̄ ̴̖̣̉̌F̵̛͙̆i̵̛̯̹n̵̥̒͂ĩ̵̘̰s̴̹̀̊h̸̘̿̕,̴͈͑͝ ̶̠̱̏͂y̸̺̓̾o̴̝̽u̶̙̅ ̴̧̭́m̵͓͎͝a̴̲͋̓y̴̼̟͑ ̶̥̺͒͝j̸̢̽ų̶̮̀ś̵̖́t̶̞́̐ ̴̬͇̂̂g̵͈͉͠ë̷̳́͌͜t̶̪̹̂ ̶̯̐̽ͅa̵͚̿̽ ̸͍̺͘s̸͔̎͝e̸̛̦n̸̟̋s̶͎̆ë̷̟́ ̴̦͚̕o̶̒̉ͅf̵̭̀ ̷̜͉̃̚d̶̢̠̊̈́e̶̗̔̚ǰ̸̠̲ȃ̷̠̩̎ ̷̦̔v̴͔͇͌́u̸̯͂͜.̸̝̘̚ ̴̛̛̠Ḍ̸̢̃͑ó̵̬̮w̵̨͛ň̶̤̻̔l̴͎̤̐o̷͈̫̓a̴͈̔͂d̷͖͓͋s̸̠͍̓̽ ̸̥̄̚c̴̻̞̄a̶̢̜͆n̵̫̯͑ ̵̢̌͠b̷̺̆ȅ̸̠̕ ̵̢̲̈́̃c̶̳͝ó̸̝̪͛ŗ̵̏͠r̷̛̦̲ŭ̴͇p̷̻̜̾̍t̶̬̖̕e̵͜͠ḍ̷͕͋,̸͈̓̃ ̶̠͛a̷̭͈̍n̶͖̓ḏ̶͝ ̷͔̠͆͊e̸͎̭̕v̷̮̥̀e̶̪͑n̶̝͔͌̓ ̷̧̻̉̍ẉ̴͎̇o̷̖̣͂r̸̤̍s̷̥̔͋ḙ̸̪͝,̸̛̼́ ̶͍̱̈́̾d̴̢̀o̵̧̞̔͗w̴͎̌͂n̷̖̺̾̚l̸̤̕͝o̸̪͜͝a̸̫̠̒͊d̵̖̏s̸͖̈͑ ̸̨̨͘͝ç̴̈̚ā̷͚̽ǹ̴̡͐ ̶̪̒t̷̩̤͗͝h̸̡̤͒̕e̵͇̪̓m̵̢̰͠͝s̵̪͛͜e̸͚̅l̷̢̗͊͘v̵̗̫̏ę̸̞̓̒s̸̡̪̅ ̸̰̓̔č̶̠͙ȏ̵̩r̶̻̀r̴̼̖̾́ú̶̝p̷̎͜t̵̰̤͛͑.̸̗̑
Overall, I think that it’s safe to say that torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor isn’t going to be for everyone; and that’s okay. If you listen to the interviews, I can also guarantee that you’re going to get an extra level of enjoyment and moments of “OH!” This release may well be the most clever Big Finish today, and it gave both Scott Handcock as a writer and Rob Harvey as a sound designer room to stretch and flex their creative muscles. My only regret is that this story is being released on CD, as it will inevitably lose some of it’s punch if you listen to it physically. I would be curious to see if the actual CD has a design on it, or if that looks as if it’s been burned from a torrent site. Only time will tell…
Should you want to purchase torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor, it’s currently available from Big Finish for £9.99 on CD or a £7.99 download which you can purchase h̵͙̱̀͋e̵̟̊̑ȓ̵̹̾e̷̢̮͒̕.