BBC Radio science fiction serial from 2008 in 5 half hour episodes by Simon Bovey about a British team that goes into Nazi Germany to investigate a mysterious new German plane…that’s far beyond normal technology.
Well enough acted (by Tim McMullan, Rory Kinnear and others) and put together, but I never found myself interested in, or caring about, the heroes. And ultimately the story is too simple. Briskly-paced, to be sure, but more like an action movie broken up into segments rather than a story that unfolds and develops over its 5 chapters. The core plot is straightforward, lacking any real stand out action scenes or twists, and with the basic premise pretty obvious (the fact that the German’s are using alien technology isn’t much of a twist — it’s pretty much given away in the synopsis!) But instead of that being the beginning of the story…that IS pretty much the story as we never really learn much about the source of the technology or anything. (Even though the technology has sentience).
Plus…there’s just a kind of moral sordidness to the story (which I kind of associate with some British stuff). Even though the story purports to have a kind of liberal anti-war undercurrent, one of the central characters (the leader of the operation) is basically a suave-but-amoral “ends justifies the means” sort of guy (the sort of guy who will liberate a Nazi work camp…then force the prisoners back to work for his agenda!) And though other characters criticize him…the obvious subtext is that he’s supposed to be kind of cool. In other words, it’s an action-thriller about battling fascists…that kind of sends mixed signals about the appeal of fascism!
So ultimately, though not boring, per se…the story could’ve used some beefing up beyond the obvious, and the character/human drama doesn’t really pick up the slack.