The Catacombs Episode Critics
Compiled by Martin Willey

24. Testament of Arkadia

an intolerably pompous variant on the Shaggy God story (David Scott, DWB, 1992)

the usual load of psuedo-religious clap trap but done very atmospherically. (Anthony McKay, DWB, 1992)

There are some great moments but the music does become rather intrusive and the scene in which the Arkadians appear before the eyes of Anna and Ferro is too over-the-top to be credible. (Richard Houldsworth, TV Zone, 1992)

A sedate episode, but one with a thought provoking 'epic' quality in its subject matter that nicely concludes the first series. A+ (Chris Bentley, SFX 20, 1996)

A literate and profound story with a true sense of wonder. The guest performances are sincere and heartfelt, and the music contributes to the spiritual nature of the story. (John Kenneth Muir, Exploring Space: 1999, p82-83)

** (fair) (James O'Neill, Sci-Fi On Tape, p272, 1997)

The entire cast performs with clear emotions and subtlety. More than almost any other episode, this one has an obvious and undeniable soul. It has a history, an epic feeling to the Alphan journey, and a completeness to the characters and their interactions with each other. Just watch Landau, Bain, Morse, Hancock, Tate and Merton- these are all performances of award deserving calibre. 10/10 (Bob Wood, The Future Is Fantastic, 2001)

Some creepy moments combine with a pair of surprisingly sympathetic guest characters to make this a great episode. 4/5 (Alasdair Stuart, SciFiNow #10, 2007)