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You've got to hand it to the Beeb, they know drama and how to produce it. Resistance is a quality production which highlights the very modern and contemporary issue of drug-resistant disease. The upside of a dramatization is its quick-moving and exciting pace plus the genuine acting that brings the story alive. Here the cast do a great job of it and the sound is well-mastered as the myriad backing sounds never drown out the voice acting.
The story centres around Zoe Meadows, a journalist at a music festival in the North East of England. During the festival a mysterious illness starts to affect those there and then spreads beyond to the bafflement of scientists who are also represented as well as politicians trying to deal with the situation. The strength of the whole thing is that it deals with this most contemporary threat to society highlighting how the profit motive of the modern pharmaceutical industry runs counter to the wellbeing of humanity. It challenges the listener to question our priorities as a race.
If there's a weakness it's that the short format never really gets into the detail of the issue or the characters and apart from the biological nature of the disease there is very much a "been done before" air about the storyline.
I was happy to spend a credit on this despite the short length. The quality acting makes it exciting enough to warrant that but possibly the well-worn storyline and lack of depth will fail to satisfy regular readers of the apocalyptic genre.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
There's nothing wrong with this recording, apart from the price. It presents an all-too-plausible account of the events following an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant disease. It's competently acted and written, with reasonably good sound effects and music.
The problem is that if a presentation is only a whisker over two hours long, it's got to be breathtakingly, astoundingly good, to justify the price of a full credit -- £6 even if you buy in bulk. The cash price is laughable. Although Resistance is OK, for the price it would have to be a lot more than OK to be good value.