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Not quite shining brightly enough...
on 24 January 2013
When New York cabbie Clint visits a psychiatrist to discuss his delusions of Alien Abudction, he doesn't expect to encounter a real one. But by the end of the night, he will have seen and done things few humans could ever imagine...
Blackout presents a good idea and a strong opening, only to lose itself amid an over-familiar and unnecessary period and location. Having Stuart Milligan narrate a story based in America is, on the surface, a good idea. He is an excellent narrator and gives a strong performance, but his prescence immediately provokes comparisons with his on-screen story, set in a similar period, with unseen aliens only adding to the similarity. Also, New York seems to be becoming a second spot for alien invasions, with the series visiting ever more frequently, another factor working to the story's detriment.
Which is, in a way, a shame. The actual concept, characters and overall story are good, but it could have been based almost anywhere (Leicester Square would have been a good, and more original, alternate for example) and gained something from the lack of over-familiarity. And Stuart would almost certainly benefitted from a second narrator covering some of the voices: his renditions of the regulars, while very good, bear no resemblance to their real voices, and to me, an American Doctor just doesn't work.
Overall, the concept and performance manage to make this entry to the range okay, but it could have been so much better.